Shelley B. Brundage

Shelley Brundage headshot
Department Chair, Professor
Room 214
Hall of Government
2115 G Street NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Stuttering
  • Using virtual reality environments to standardize assessment and treatment of stuttering
  • Measuring treatment processes and effectiveness

Shelley B. Brundage, Ph.D., CCC, BCS-F, Fellow-ASHA, is a full professor in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences department at George Washington University. Her research expertise is in the areas of fluency development, stuttering, and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).  In the area of fluency development, she evaluates how dual language learning influences disfluency and stuttering. Her research in virtual reality evaluates the use of virtual technologies to improve treatment outcomes in stuttering and to provide authentic learning environments for student learning. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in research methods and stuttering. She currently serves as an editor at the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

Current Research

Validating virtual environments for stuttering assessment and treatment; Stuttering and bilingualism. Listen to an interview from the Diane Rehm Show about the movie "The King's Speech" and stuttering that featured Dr. Brundage as one of the guests.


Visiting Research Fellowship, Curtin University, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology in Perth, Australia for 2013

Fulbright Senior Specialist Currently on Specialist Roster

Objective measures of speaking-related anxiety in persons who stutter.  Funded by the University Facilitating Fund at George Washington University.

Virtual reality environments for stuttering treatment.  Funded by NIH (NIDCD)


Ph.D., Communication Disorders, Minor: Gerontology; University of Minnesota, MN, December 1993

M.A., Communication Disorders, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, September 1989

B.S., Secondary Education/Communication Disorders, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI December 1984

Board Recognized Specialist and Mentor in Fluency Disorders, 
(BRS-FD) American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2000-present

Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, 
American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 1990-present

Award for Continuing Education, American Speech-Language Hearing Association

DREAM (CCAS Dean's Research Excellence Award for Mentoring) recipient in April 2016


New textbook:
Brookshire, R. & Brundage, S. (2015). Writing Scientific Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Plural Publishing.

Peer reviewed pub:
Quail, M., Brundage, S., Spitalnick, J., Allen, P. & Beilby, J. (2016). Student learning outcomes across standardised patient, virtual and traditional placements. BMJ Medical Education, 16, 73. DOI: 10.1186/s12909-016-0577-5

Following article is in press (note all are student co-authors):

Brundage, S. & *Rowe, H. (2018). Rates of typical disfluency in 30-month-old Spanish-English simultaneous bilinguals. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 27, 1287-1298.

Plack M.M., Goldman E.F., Scott A.R., Pintz C., Herrmann D., Kline K., Thompson T., & Brundage SB. (2018). Systems Thinking and Systems-Based Practice across the Health Professions: An Inquiry into Definitions, Teaching Practices & Assessment. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 30, 242-254. doi: 10.1080/10401334.2017.1398654. 

*Banski, F., Beilby, J., Quail, M., Allen, P., Brundage, S., & Spitalnick, J. (2018). A clinical educator’s experience using a virtual patient to teach communication and interpersonal skills: A case study. Australasian Journal of Education Technology, 34, 60-73.  

Brundage, S., *Winters, K., & Beilby, J. (2017) Fear of negative evaluation, trait anxiety, and judgment bias in adults who stutter. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26, 498-510. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0129.  

Brundage, S., *Brinton, J., & Hancock, A. (2016) Utility of virtual reality environments to examine physiological reactivity and subjective distress in adults who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 50, 85-95. doi:10.1016/j.jfludis.2016.10.001.  

Finn, P., Brundage, S., & DiLollo, A. (2016). Preparing our future helping professionals to become critical thinkers: A tutorial. Perspectives-SIG10, 1, 43-68. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG10.43.

Brundage, S., *Corcoran, T., *Wu, C., & *Sturgill, C. (2016). Developing and using Big Data archives to quantify disfluency and stuttering in bilingual children. Seminars in Speech and Language, 37, 117-127.  

Quail, M., Brundage, S., Spitalnick, J., Allen, P. & Beilby, J. (2016). Student learning outcomes across standardised patient, virtual and traditional placements. BMJ Medical Education, 16, 1-12. DOI: 10.1186/s12909-016-0577-5.  

Brundage, S., & Hancock, A. (2015). Real enough: Using virtual public speaking environments to evoke feelings and behaviors targeted in stuttering assessment and treatment. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 24, 139-149. 

Brundage, S., *Whelan, C., & Burgess, C. (2013). Brief report: Treating stuttering in an adult with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 43, (2), 483-489.

Tsai, P., Lim, V., Brundage, S., & Bernstein Ratner, N. (2011). Linguistic analysis of bilingual stuttering: concepts and methods. In P. Howell & J. Van Borsel (eds.). Fluency disorders and language diversity. Taylor & Francis.

Brundage, S. & Hancock, A. (2010). Assessment of student learning: Evidence based pedagogy. Invited commentary in International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 17, 586.

*Morton, E., Brundage, S., & Hancock, A. (2010). Validating the Proficiency in Oral English Communication Screening Test. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 37, 153-166.

Hancock, A. & Brundage, S. (2010). Formative feedback, rubrics, and assessment of professional competency through the speech-language pathology graduate program. Journal of Allied Health, 39, 110-119.

Brundage, S., & Graap, K (2009). Collaborating with small business to fund your research. Perspectives on Fluency Disorders, 19, 90-94.

Hancock, A., Stone, M., Brundage, S., & Zeigler, M. (in press). Voice and diction training: Impact on public speaking attitudes.  Accepted for publication in Journal of Voice.

Brundage, S. (2007). Virtual reality augmentation for functional assessment and treatment of stuttering. Topics in Language Disorders, 27, 254-271.

Brundage, S., Hancock, A., *Kiselewich, K., Graap, K., Brooks, J., & Ferrer, M. (2007). PWS and non-PWS self-reports of communication apprehension and confidence when giving speeches to virtual and live audiences.  In J. Au-Yeung and M. Leahy (Eds.). Proceedings of the 5th World Congress on Fluency Disorders: Research, treatment, and self-help in fluency disorders: new horizons (pp.439-445), Dublin: International Fluency Association.

Brundage, S., Graap, K., *Gibbons, K.,. Ferrer, M., & Brooks, J. (2006). Frequency of stuttering during challenging and supportive virtual reality job interviews. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 31, 325-339.

Brundage, S., Bothe, A., *Lengeling, A., & *Evans, J. (2006). Comparing judgments of stuttering made by students, clinicians, and authorities.  Journal of Fluency Disorders, 31, 271-283.

Brundage, S., *Bowers, M., Garcia-Barry, S. and *Schierts, M. (2006). Describing the processes involved in treatment: An analysis of clinicians’ verbal behaviors in a community reintegration program for TBI survivors. Journal of Allied Health, 35, 81-88.


Brundage, S., Hancock, A., *Kiselewich, K., & *Stallings, L. (2007). Affective, behavioral and cognitive measures of stuttering during speeches to virtual and live audiences. Proceedings of the 12th annual CyberTherapy conference: Transforming Healthcare Through Technology. San Diego: Interactive Media Institute, p. 318. 

Brundage, S. & Graap, K. (2006). Manipulating stuttering during virtual job interviews.  Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine. San Diego, CA: Interactive Media Institute, p. 197.

Professional Activities

  • Associate coordinator, ASHA Special Interest Division 4: Fluency Disorders
  • Member, CCAS Assessment Committee, GWU


Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Classes Taught

SPHR 4118W: Senior Seminar

SPHR 6210: Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders

SPHR 1011: Voice and Diction

SPHR 6251: Speech Fluency Disorders Seminar (summer)

Clinics Supervised

Fluency Disorders

Neurogenic Disorders