Bridget Walsh

Bridget Walsh


Assistant Professor
Communicative Sciences and Disorders



Translating thoughts into spoken words is a seemingly effortless ability, one easily taken for granted, yet speech production is a fascinating and remarkably complex process. My research focuses on central and peripheral correlates of speech production, and how breakdowns in these intricate networks contribute to speech disorders such as stuttering and dysarthria.

I joined the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences as an Assistant Professor in August 2018. I received my B.S. and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience at Purdue University. 

Research Projects

Developmental trajectories to stuttering persistence and recovery  


Project Narrative: Stuttering affects 70 million people worldwide and often has lifelong adverse consequences. In this project, we examine the mechanisms underlying stuttering persistence and recovery in preschool-aged children. We will use a comprehensive, multilevel approach to examine the development of neural, physiological, and behavioral mechanisms associated with different stuttering outcomes. This research is consistent with the mission of NIH in that our ultimate goal is to translate scientific discoveries about how stuttering develops in young children into advances in diagnostic and intervention approaches.



Walsh, B. & Usler, U. (Under revision). Autonomic correlates of fluent and stuttered speech production.

Walsh, B., Usler, E., Bostian, A., Mohan, R., Gerwin, K., Brown, B., Weber, C., & Smith, A. (2018). What are predictors for persistence in childhood stuttering? Seminars in Speech and Language, 39, 299-312. doi: 10.1044/2018_JSLHR-S-17-0435

Usler E. & Walsh B. (2018). The influence of syntactic complexity on speech production in school-aged children who stutter. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 61, 2157-2167. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1667159.

Hosseini, R., Walsh, B., Tian, F., & Shouyi, W. (2018). An fNIRS-based feature learning and classification framework to distinguish hemodynamic patterns in children who stutter. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering, 1-1. doi:10.1109/TNSRE.2018.2829083

Walsh, B., Tian, F., Tourville, J.A., Yücel, M.A., Kuczek, T., Bostian, A. (2017). Hemodynamics of speech production: An fNIRS investigation of children who stutter. Scientific Reports, 7.

Walsh, B., Mettel, K., & Smith, A. (2015). Speech motor planning and execution deficits in early childhood stuttering. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 7, 27.

Walsh, B. & Smith, A. (2013). Oral EMG activation patterns for speech are similar in preschoolers who do and do not stutter. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56, 1441-1454.

Walsh, B. & Smith, A. (2012). Basic parameters of articulatory movements and acoustics in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders, 27, 843-850. [Featured Article].

Walsh, B. & Smith, A. (2011). Linguistic complexity, speech production, and comprehension in Parkinson’s disease: Behavioral and physiological indices. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54, 787-802.

Smith, A., Sadagopan, N., Walsh, B., & Weber-Fox, C. (2010). Increasing phonological complexity reveals heightened instability in inter-articulatory coordination in adults who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 35, 1-18.

Walsh, B., Smith, A., & Weber-Fox, C. (2006). Short-term plasticity in children’s speech motor systems. Developmental Psychobiology, 48, 660-674.

Walsh, B. & Smith, A. (2002). Articulatory movements in adolescents: Evidence for protracted development of speech motor processes. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 45, 1119-1133.


CSD 803 Research Methods

CSD 865 Motor Speech Disorders

CSD 830 Fluency Disorders (Fall 2019)

CSD 992 Grant Writing Seminar (Spring 2020)

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