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Research group/lab  |  PI M.C. (Marie-Christine) Franken PhD


Stuttering is a developmental speech production disorder that starts in childhood at an early phase.

About our research group/lab

Our research

Background information

To prevent stuttering becoming persistent, effective treatment should preferably result in a high percentage of children recovering from stuttering at acceptable societal costs.

Overall aim

To study the pathofysiology of stuttering. To assess different treatment regimes on effectiveness.

Research focus areas

Both clinical focus groups are studied as well as population based cohorts.

Key Publications

Economic evaluation of stuttering treatment in preschool children: The RESTART-study.
De Sonneville-Koedoot C, Bouwmans C, Franken MC, Stolk E. (2015). J Commun Disord. 2015 Nov-Dec;58:106-18.

Health-related quality of life of preschool children who stutter.
De Sonneville-Koedoot C, Stolk EA, Raat H, Bouwmans-Frijters C, Franken MC. (2014). J Fluency Disord. 2014 Dec;42:1-12.

Direct versus Indirect Treatment for Preschool Children who Stutter: The RESTART Randomized Trial
De Sonneville-Koedoot C, Stolk E, Rietveld T, Franken MC. (2015). PLoS One. 2015 Jul 28;10(7):e0133758.

Validation and evaluation of the Dutch translation of the Overall Assessment of the Speaker's Experience of Stuttering for School-age children (OASES-S-D).
Lankman RS, Yaruss JS, Franken MC.  (2015). J Fluency Disord. 2015 Sep;45:27-37.

Stuttering and communicative suitability of speech.
Franken MC, van Bezooijen R, Boves L. (1997). J Speech Lang Hear Res. 1997 Feb;40(1):83-94.


Collaborations within Erasmus MC

  • Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT).
  • Department of Child Psychiatry.

Collaborations outside Erasmus MC