Research Chair in Stuttering
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Alberta
Research Director - Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research - ISTAR
Dr. Torrey Loucks is the Research Chair in Stuttering at ISTAR and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Alberta. Dr. Loucks has a primary research interest in the areas of stuttering and what comprises fluent speech. He has been conducting research in these related areas for over 15 years. Dr. Loucks received his PhD in Speech-Language Pathology and Neuroscience from the University of Toronto. After finishing his PhD, Dr. Loucks conducted post-doctoral research on the neurophysiology of speech production at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, MD. From there, he joined the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois. Over 10 years at the University of Illinois, Dr. Loucks continued research on stuttering and fluency by using various approaches to understand what causes stuttering. Dr. Loucks received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. In 2017, Dr. Loucks was privileged to accept an offer from the University of Alberta to partner with ISTAR in continuing the long tradition of stuttering research.
In his own words, Dr. Loucks is honored and humbled to work with ISTAR to continue the quest of understanding what causes stuttering and identifying innovative treatments. He is deeply passionate about unraveling the mystery of stuttering. It will be a privilege to partner with the clients and professionals at ISTAR on this journey.