Nan Bernstein Ratner
Nan Bernstein Ratner is Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park. She is a Fellow and Honors recipient of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). In 2014, she was made a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Her primary areas of research are fluency development and disorder (stuttering), psycholinguistics and the role of adult input and interaction in child language development. The author of numerous research articles, chapters and edited texts, she is the co-author of A Handbook on Stuttering (6th ed) with the late Oliver Bloodstein, as well as The Development of Language (7th ed) and Psycholinguistics (2nd ed.), both with Jean Berko Gleason. She is a Board-recognized Specialist in Child Language Disorders. In 2006, Professor Bernstein Ratner received the Distinguished Researcher award from the International Fluency Association. She currently serves as its President-Elect.In 2016, Dr. Bernstein Ratner was named Professional of the Year by the National Stuttering Association.
With Brian MacWhinney of Carnegie-Mellon University, Dr. Ratner manages FluencyBank, a project of TalkBank (www.Talkbank.org). This initiative will track fluency development in typical children, those who stutter, late-talking children and children raised bilingually. In addition, FluencyBank seeks to archive and facilitate sharing of data relevant to fluency research.
Dr. Ratner also publishes in the areas of Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders. Many of her research articles can be found at Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&q=Nan+Bernstein+Ratner&btnG=&as_...
Dr. Bernstein Ratner is a member of the following campus units:
Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroscience (NACS): http://www.nacs.umd.edu/
Language Sciences Center (LSC): http://languagescience.umd.edu/
University of Maryland Autism Research Consortium: http://autism.umd.edu
University of Maryland Developmental Sciences Field Committee
- Speech and language acquisition in typical children and children with communication disorders, such as children with autism, seizure disorder, and late talkers
- fluency and fluency disorders, with an emphasis on stuttering
- the role of parent-child interaction in typical and atypical communication development
- BA Child Study, Linguistics Tufts University 1974
- MA Speech-Language Pathology Temple University 1976
- Ph.D Applied Psycholinguistics Boston University 1982
My research interests cross a number of areas, including typical speech and language development in infants and children; childhood communication disorders; the role of parents in language development; typical fluency and fluency disorders, such as stuttering; and the roles of evidence-based practice and information literacy in the conduct of speech-language pathology.
I am very committed to collegial cooperation in strengthening communication sciences and disorders research. As such, I have been an active member of the TalkBank community since its inception in the 1980's, and have contributed multiple corpora. Currently, with Brian MacWhinney, I co-manage FluencyBank, which has a mission to strengthen research in fluency development and disorder across the lifespan.
|Campus||Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program (NACS)|
|Campus||Language Sciences at Maryland|
|Campus||Developmental Science Field Committee|
|Campus||Director, University of Maryland Autism Research Consortium (UMARC)|
Peitzu TsaiSan Jose State University
Stacy (Silverman) WagovichUniversity of Missouri
Amy StrekasAmerican Institute for Stuttering
Catherine Torrington EatonRockhurst University
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences