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Victoria Tumanova

Victoria Tumanova

Assistant Professor
Communication Sciences and Disorders

1200 621 Skytop

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Tumanova research is focused on the role of temperament, linguistic and speech motor control abilities in the development of stuttering in young children. The purpose of the current work in the Stuttering Research lab is to study how preschool-age children react to speech errors and disfluencies in their own speech and whether differences exist between children who do and do not stutter. We use psychophysiology measures such as skin conductance and heart rate variability to explore children's reactions during different language related stressors as well as a motion capture system to assess children's speech motor control abilities. Several studies have shown that children who stutter are more reactive and less able to regulate their reactivity and attention than normally fluent children, the work in our lab is focused on uncovering how these differences in emotional reactivity and regulation may affect speech production and specifically speech fluency in these children. 


  • CSD 625: Stuttering
  • CSD 315/615: Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms 
  • CSD 212: Introduction to Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders


University of Iowa, Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Science, 2010
University of Northern Iowa, M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, 2004
Saint-Petersberg State University,Russia, Specialist, Linguistics, 2002


Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Syracuse University, 2013-present

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Developmental Stuttering Project (Drs. Edward Conture and Tedra Walden) Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University, USA, 2011-2013

Research assistant, Stuttering Research Laboratory (Dr. Patricia Zebrowski), Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Iowa, USA, 2005-2010 

Instructor, College of Philology, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russian Federation 2002-2004

Selected Publications

  • Tumanova, V., Choi. D., Conture, E., & Walden, T. (2018). Expressed parental concern regarding childhood stuttering and the Test of Childhood Stuttering. Journal of Communication Disorders, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2018.01.002
  • Choi, D., Conture, E., Tumanova, V., Clark, C., Walden, T., & Jones, R. (2017). Young children's family history of stuttering and their articulation, language and attentional abilities: An exploratory study. Journal of Communication Disorders, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2017.11.002
  • Clark, C. E., Tumanova, V., & Choi, D. (2017). Evidence-Based Multifactorial Assessment of Preschool-Age Children Who Stutter. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 2(4), 4-27, DOI:10.1044/persp2.SIG4.4.
  • Buhr, A., Zebrowksi, P., Moon, J., Tumanova, V., Arenas, R., and Loucks, T. (2016). Opening and closing jaw movements of young children who stutter. Journal of Speech Pathology and Therapy, DOI: 10.4172/2472-5005.1000115
  • Tumanova, V., Zebrowski, P., Goodman, S., and Arenas, R. (2015). Motor Practice and Sensorimotor Integration in Adults who Stutter: Evidence from Visuomotor Tracking Performance. Journal of Fluency Disorders, DOI: 10.1016/j.jfludis.2015.04.001
  • Tumanova, V., Conture, E., Lambert, W., and Walden, T. (2014). Speech disfluencies in preschool-age children who do and do not stutter. Journal of Communication Disorders, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2014.01.003
  • Jones, R., Buhr, A., Conture, E., Tumanova, V., Walden, T., and Porges, S. (2014). Autonomic nervous system activity of preschool-age children who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, DOI: 10.1016/j.jfludis.2014.06.002.
  • Choi D., Conture, E., Walden, T., Lambert, W., and Tumanova, V. (2013). Behavioral inhibition and childhood stuttering. Journal of Fluency Disorders, DOI: 10.1016/j.jfludis.2013.03.001.
  • Tumanova, V., Zebrowski, P., Throneburg, R., and Kayikci M. (2010). Articulation rate and its relationship to disfluency type, duration, and temperament in preschool children who stutter. Journal of Communication Disorders, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2010.09.001.