Joseph Donaher, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Joseph Donaher, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an academic and research program coordinator with the Center for Childhood Communication and the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Joseph Donaher, PhD, is the Academic and Research Program Director of the Center for Childhood Communication at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Donaher is an Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a board certified specialist in Fluency and Fluency Disorders. Currently Dr. Donaher serves on the Editorial Review Board for ASHA’s Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders and the Research and Publications Committee of the International Fluency Association. His clinical and research interests focus on the assessment and treatment of school-age children who stutter and disfluency patterns secondary to neurological conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  

Education and Training

Board Certification

Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP)
Certificate of Specialty Recognition in Fluency Disorders (BRS-FD)

Undergraduate Degree

BA in Journalism - Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Graduate Degree

PhD in Communication Sciences & Disorders, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
MA in Speech-Language Pathology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Academic and Research Program Coordinator

Speech-Language Pathologist

Adjunct, Assistant Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




Donaher, J.G., Richels, C. (Dec, 2012). Traits of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in school-age children who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders; 37(4):242-52


Donaher, J.G., Deery, C., Vogel, S. (May, 2011). The Preschool Stuttering Screen for Health Care Professionals. Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders; 21: 59-62


Donaher, J.G., Healey, E.C., & Zobell, A. (November, 2009). The Effects of ADHD Medication Changes on a Child Who Stutters. Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders. 19: 95-98

Posters and Presentations


Donaher, J. G. (September, 2011). Accounting for the impact of co-existing ADHD on children who stutter. (Keynote Address). 9th Oxford Dysfluency Conference. St. Catherine’s College. Oxford, UK.

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial positions

2013-present, Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders (Editor)
2010-present, Scientific Review Committee. The Center for Childhood Communication (Chair)
2010-2012, Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders (Associate Editor)

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in professional organizations

2012-present, International Fluency Association, Research and Publications Committee (Chair)
2012-present, ASHA, Special Interest Group 4 (Coordinating Committee)
2005-2008, ASHA, Specialty Board on Fluency Disorders