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J. Scott Yaruss, PhD

Job Title Assistant Director, Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Job Title Associate Professor, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh
4401 Penn Avenue, Suite Floor 3
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-5571 Phone
412-692-7717 Fax

Education and Training


BA, Linguistics, Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

Clinical Training:

MS, Speech-Language Pathology, Syracuse University

Research Training:

PhD, Speech-Language Pathology, Syracuse University


  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Associate Coordinator, ASHA Special Interest Division for Fluency Disorders
  • International Fluency Association (IFA)
  • 2001-2007 National Stuttering Association (NSA), NSA Board Member
  • Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA)

Board Certifications

  • 2000 - present Board-Recognized Specialist in Fluency Disorders (BRS-FD)


  • 2005 Fellow, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • 2002 Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1997 Carol Ann Prutting Prize, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


Biography Summary

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, is associate director of the Department of Audiology and Communication Disorders at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and associate professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. A board-recognized specialist and mentor in fluency disorders, Dr. Yaruss also co-directs the Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania, a partnership between the University of Pittsburgh and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, dedicated to improving treatment of stuttering through applied clinical research and education of students and clinicians, as well as support for people who stutter and their families.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 1998, Dr. Yaruss was director of Stuttering Programs at Northwestern University, Chicago. He also has worked in private practice as a stuttering specialist, consulting with school districts about the treatment of preschool and school-aged children who stutter. Dr. Yaruss joined Children's in March 2007, while continuing his teaching, research and service at the University of Pittsburgh.

Currently, Dr. Yaruss serves as associate coordinator for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Special Interest Division for Fluency Disorders, and he recently completed two terms on the board of directors for the National Stuttering Association. He has served as reviewer for National Institute of Health (NIH) grants and for numerous journals in the field of speech-language pathology.

Dr. Yaruss' research, which has been funded by the NIH, examines the linguistic, motoric and temperamental factors that contribute to the development of stuttering in young children. He also conducts research on methods for evaluating treatment outcomes in children, adolescents and adults who stutter. Most recently, he has published a comprehensive measurement tool for use in treatment outcomes research with individuals who stutter.

Dr. Yaruss has published more than 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals, as well as more than 75 other articles, papers and chapters, including a book on treating school-age children who stutter. Dr. Yaruss teaches classes on stuttering as well as counseling methods for speech-language pathologists and conducts frequent workshops and continuing education presentations designed to help clinicians feel more comfortable with their ability to improve the lives of individuals who stutter.

Last Update
June 10, 2008
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Last Update
June 10, 2008