Geoffrey A. Coalson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Geoffrey A. Coalson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Associate Director of Research and Grant Development for The Blank Center. Prior to this role, Dr. Coalson served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the Founding Director of the LSU Stuttering Lab. Dr. Coalson received his BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders and BA in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, and his Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University. After a clinical fellowship in Houston, Texas, he returned to UT-Austin to complete his Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology. His research has focused on the contribution of phonetic and phonological factors to stuttering, with a secondary interest in the description of multilingual speakers in stuttering research. Dr. Courtney Byrd and her team at UT-Austin have been at the forefront of stuttering research for the past decade. Based on her clinical and behavioral data, The Blank Center was founded to advance our understanding of stuttering beyond the typical narrative and to embrace a bolder vision of the stuttering experience for our clients. For Dr. Coalson, it is an honor to be a part of The Blank Center team as we further refine our role as clinicians and redefine what it means to communicate truly. As a person who stutters himself, Dream. Speak. Live. captures the essence of what many children who stutter believe they can never fully attain: to speak, to dream, and to live unapologetically. To authorize a new future for these children at The Blank Center – one wherein stuttering will never dictate the choices they make – is to provide a welcome and long-overdue message to persons who stutter of any age, to their families, and to those dedicated to serving them.

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