Research Programme


We are dedicated to carrying out research at the Centre and supporting research into stammering.

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... we offer a range of therapy programmes for children and young people who stammer

Research Programme

Research aim:
• To conduct clinically based research that will lead to improved services for children and young people who stammer

Research focus:
• To evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of services provided

• To establish the need for therapy by:

             - gaining a better understanding of the impact of stammering on children and young people who stammer and their families

             - investigating the cost-benefit of therapeutic interventions for services and society

Current Research Projects at MPC:

• Development of Palin Parent Rating Scales (PRS). Click here for more information about this study.  Click here to access The Palin PRS.
• Factors associated with parents' responses on the Palin PRS. Click here for more information about this study
• Effectiveness of an intensive course for teenagers: Single subject studies
• Effectiveness of the children's intensive course (10-14 year olds)
             a group study (click here for more information about this study)
             a single subject study
• Temperamental Characteristics of school-aged children who stammer and their parents. Click here for more information about this study
• Anxiety and stammering
• Accessing services using telehealth

Recently completed projects:
• Stammering Information Programme: A Delphi study to find out what information is important for the educational workforce. Click here for more information about this study.
• Effectiveness of Palin Parent Child Interaction (Palin PCI). Click here for more information about this study.

If you would like any further information about the Research Programme or any of the studies, please contact our Research Lead, Dr Sharon Millard, at the Centre 


Future Research
Would you like to be involved in research into stammering?
If you are a therapist considering research in the area and would like to talk about your ideas, we would be happy to talk with you. We are especially keen to encourage therapists to conduct single subject studies. It is extremely important that we learn more about the effectiveness of Palin PCI when conducted in different clinical contexts.

If you are a child who stammers, or a parent, we are always keen to hear your views about research into stammering and the therapy that is provided. While resources will limit what we can achieve, we would like to be guided by the opinions of people who stammer and their families, so if you have an idea about an area of research - please let us know!

In addition to giving your opinion about what research we should be conducting, you might also be interested in being part of a research study steering group; helping to develop an idea into a project; be involved in running a project; the analysis of the data collected; or writing articles, so that we can make the results accessible to a wider audience. You don't need any particular knowledge about research, just lots of enthusiasm!

There is also a training course for therapists, ‘Research and its application to clinical practice', to support therapists to develop their knowledge and skills in carrying out research.

A list of our publications can be found here.