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Kia Noelle Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor

Kia N. Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston (Houston, TX). She specializes in fluency disorders, with a specific focus on young children who stutter.


  • Ph.D., Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University
  • M.A., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Howard University
  • B.S., Communication Disorders, Truman State University

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COMD 7221: Fluency Disorders

Study of adult and child fluency disorders which focuses upon symptomatology, etiology, assessment/diagnosis, and intervention.

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Research Interests

Dr. Johnson specializes in fluency disorders, with a specific focus on young children who stutter. Her current research interests include investigating the influences of temperamental variables on developmental stuttering in young children from a behavioral/observational and electrophysiological perspective.  Read more about Dr. Johnson's research »

Research Grants

  • Johnson, K., Ludlow, C., & Johnson, K. (2012). Investigation of brain differences in people who stutter (PWS) Using fNIRS: A comparison of outcomes of speech perception and production training methods.  Research and Teaching Grant – College of Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University. $4,000.
  • Johnson, K. (2009). American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award. $5,000.

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Selected Publications

  • Richels, C., Johnson, K., Walden, T., & Conture, E. (2013). Socioeconomic status and childhood stuttering. Journal of Communication Disorders, 46, 361-374.
  • Johnson, K., & Walden, T., Conture, E., & Karrass, J. (2012). Efficacy of attention regulation in preschool-age children who stutter: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Communication Disorders, 45, 263-278.
  • Walden, T., Frankel, C., Buhr, A., Johnson, K., Conture, E. & Karrass, J. (2012). Dual diathesis-stressor model of emotional and linguistic contributions to developmental stuttering. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 40, 633-644.
  • Johnson, K., Johnson, K. & O’Malley, E. (2011). Stepping outside of the box: Using psychology-based methodology to investigate temperamental variables in children who stutter. Perspectives in Fluency Disorders, 21, 78-87.
  • Johnson, K., Walden, T., & Conture, E. (2010). Spontaneous regulation of positive and negative emotionality in preschool children who stutter: Preliminary Findings.   Journal of Speech, Language, Hearing Research, 53, 1478-1495.

For a complete list of Dr. Johnson's publications, please visit her curriculum vitae.

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Professional Activities

  • Reviewer for Journal of Speech, Language, Hearing Research, Journal of Communication Disorders, and other scholarly journals
  • Reviewer for ASHA SIG 4 Perspectives
  • ASHA Convention 2012, 2014 - Fluency & Fluency Disorders Program Committee Member
  • ASHA Minority Student Leadership Program Application Review Panel

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  • CSD Distinguished Alumna Award, Howard University, 2013
  • Mid-America Equal Opportunities Professional Personnel Regional TRiO Achiever Award Recipient, 2009

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Affiliations and Links

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