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Robert QuesalRobert Quesal, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Title: Professor 
Office: 240 Memorial Hall
Phone: 309/298-3278
E-mail: R-Quesal@wiu.edu

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Bob Quesal, Ph.D., a professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Illinois University, has been on the WIU faculty since 1991. He teaches classes in fluency disorders, speech science, anatomy and physiology, research design, and voice disorders. He is a Board Recognized Specialist in Fluency Disorders, and also holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the Illinois state license in Speech-Language Pathology. In addition to teaching, Dr. Quesal conducts research, primarily in the area of stuttering. His research focuses on the psychosocial aspects of stuttering, including the speaker's experience of stuttering and teasing and bullying. In 2009, he received the Western Illinois University College of Fine Arts and Communication Award for Scholarly Activity, and the Western Illinois University Provost's Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Professional Activities. He also was named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2009.

Dr. Quesal serves as an editorial consultant for several professional journals, including the Journal of Fluency Disorders and the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. He is a member of the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of ASHA, and served as a CAA site visitor from 2000-2008. He served as CSD program director from 1994-2004 and as graduate advisor from 1992-1999. He was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wyoming from 2004-2009.

Dr. Quesal earned the Ph.D. in Speech Pathology from the University of Iowa, and the B.A. and M.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University. Prior to coming to WIU, he was a faculty member at the University of North Dakota (1983-86) and the State University of New York-Plattsburgh (1986-91).

Recent Scholarly Activity

Book:

Yaruss, J.S., Murphy, W.P., Quesal, R.W., & Reardon, N.A. (2004). Bullying and teasing: Helping Children Who Stutter. New York: National Stuttering Association.

Book Chapters:

Yaruss, J.S., Pelczarski, K., & Quesal, R.W. (2010). Comprehensive Treatment for School-Age Children Who Stutter: Treating the Entire Disorder. In: B. Guitar & R. McCauley (Eds.) Treatment of Stuttering: Established and Emerging Interventions. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Willkins.

Quesal, R.W. (2007). Data Based Assessment of Adolescents and Adults who Stutter. In E.G. Conture & R.F. Curlee (Eds.), Stuttering & Related Disorders of Fluency (3rd ed.). New York: Thieme.

Yaruss, J.S., Quesal, R.W., & Reeves, L. (2007). Self-Help and Mutual Aid Groups as an Adjunct to Stuttering Therapy. In E.G. Conture & R.F. Curlee (Eds.), Stuttering & Related Disorders of Fluency (3rd ed.). New York: Thieme.

Quesal, B., & Murphy, B. (2008). The stuttering curriculum in the new millennium: building ‘skills’ into ‘knowledge’ classes. Perspectives in Fluency and Fluency Disorders, 18 (1), 33-36.

Murphy, B., Quesal, R.W., & Gulker, H. (2007). Covert stuttering. Perspectives in Fluency and Fluency Disorders, 17, (2), 4-9.

Murphy, W.P., Yaruss, J.S., & Quesal, R.W. Enhancing Treatment for School-Age Children Who Stutter I: Reducing Negative Reactions through Desensitization and Cognitive Restructuring. Manuscript accepted for publication in Journal of Fluency Disorders.

Murphy, W.P., Yaruss, J.S., & Quesal, R.W. Enhancing Treatment for School-Age Children Who Stutter II: Reducing Bullying through Role-Playing and Self-Disclosure. Manuscript accepted for publication in Journal of Fluency Disorders.

Murphy, W.P., Yaruss, J.S., & Quesal, R.W. (2007). Enhancing Treatment for School-Age Children Who Stutter I: Reducing Negative Reactions through Desensitization and Cognitive Restructuring.  Journal of Fluency Disorders, 32, 121–138.

Murphy, W.P., Yaruss, J.S., & Quesal, R.W. (2007). Enhancing Treatment for School-Age Children Who Stutter II: Reducing Bullying through Role-Playing and Self-Disclosure. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 32, 139–162.

Yaruss, J.S., & Quesal, R.W. (2006). Overall assessment of the speaker’s experience of stuttering (OASES): Documenting multiple outcomes in stuttering treatment. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 31, 90-115.

Presentations:

Yaruss, J.S., Coleman, C. & Quesal, R.W. (2009, Nov.) OASES: Comprehensive Assessment of Stuttering in School-Age Children and Teenagers. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, New Orleans, LA.

Yaruss, J.S. & Quesal, R.W. (2009, Nov.) OASES: Translation and Validation for Multiple Languages & Cultures. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, New Orleans, LA.

Therens, G., Yaruss, J.S., & Quesal, R.W. (2008, Nov.) Delivering OASES using on-screen assessment. Seminar presented at the the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.

Molt, L., Yaruss, J.S. & Quesal, R.W. (2007, Nov.) Influence of altered auditory feedback (AAF) device usage on stuttering’s impact. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Boston, MA.

Quesal, R.W. (2007, Oct.) Assessing and treating stuttering in an evidence based practice world. All day NSA workshop presented at St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL, October 19, 2007.

Yaruss, J.S., Tellis, C., & Quesal, R.W. (2006, Nov.). Impact of speaking ability in people who do not stutter. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Miami, FL.

Yaruss, J.S., Quesal, R.W., & Pelczarski, K. (2006, Nov.). Pre- and post-measures of stuttering treatment using the OASES. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Miami, FL.

Yaruss, J.S., Coleman, C., & Quesal, R.W. (2006, Nov.). Assessment of the child’s experience of stuttering (ACES). Poster session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Miami, FL.

Quesal, R.W. (2006, June). New (and not-so-new) assessment tools for stuttering. Presented at the Leadership Conference of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Special Interest Division 4- Fluency & Fluency Disorders, San Antonio, TX.

Quesal, R.W. (2006, June). Applying principles of change to the treatment of adolescents and adults who stutter. Presented at the Leadership Conference of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Special Interest Division 4- Fluency & Fluency Disorders, San Antonio, TX.