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Rick Arenas, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor

graduate advisor

(319) 936-1287
Speech and Hearing Sciences 7003
stuttering, counseling, process of personal change
SHS Lab: 
UNM Stuttering Lab

Curriculum vitae


Dr. Arenas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico.  He received a bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Science, a master's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science all from the University of Iowa.  His primary research interest is in developmental stuttering.  He is interested in the anticipation of stuttering and the contextual variability of stuttering: Why is it that stuttering occurs consistently more frequently in particular contexts?  Recently his research has transitioned toward the way people relate to their stuttering and how it plays a role in their personal narrative.  Using qualitative methods, he is investigating how people who stutter change their thoughts and beliefs to live harmoniously with stuttering.  The overall goal is to translate research findings in to more effective treatments for stuttering in order to lessen the social and emotional impacts of the disorder.

Recent/Selected Publications:

Arenas, R. M., Shoemaker, J., & Phillips, J. (2018). High prevalence of pineal cysts in adults who stutter. Brain and Language, 177-178, 18-22.

Arenas, R. M., Walker, E., & Oleson, J. (2017). Developmental stuttering in children who are hard of hearing. Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools.

Arenas, R. M. (2017). Conceptualizing and investigating the contextual variability of stuttering: The speech and monitoring interaction (SAMI) framework. Speech, Language and Hearing, 20(1), 15–28.

Arenas, R. M., & Zebrowski, P. M. (2017). The relationship between stuttering anticipation and verbal response time in adults who stutter. Speech, Language and Hearing, 20(1), 1–14.

Buhr, T., Zebrowski, P., Moon, J., Tumanova, V., Arenas, R. & Loucks, T. (2016). Coordination of opening and closing jaw movements of young children who stutter. Speech Pathology and Therapy, 1(115).

Harrison, M., Page, T. A., Oleson, J., Spratford, M., Unflat Berry, L., Peterson, B., Welhaven, A., Arenas, R.M., & Moeller, M. P. (2016). Factors Affecting Early Services for Children Who Are Hard of Hearing. Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, 47(1), 16-30.

Tomblin, J. B., Walker, E. A., McCreery, R. W., Arenas, R.M., Harrison, M., & Moeller, M. P. (2015). Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss: Data Collection and Methods. Ear and Hearing, 36, 14S–23S.

Tumanova, V., Zebrowski, P. M., Goodman, S. S., & Arenas, R. M. (2015). Motor practice effects and sensorimotor integration in adults who stutter: Evidence from visuomotor tracking performance. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 45, 52–72.

Bentler, R., Walker, E., McCreery, R., Arenas, R, & Roush, P. (2014). Nonlinear frequency compression in hearing aids: Impact on speech and language development. Ear and Hearing, 35:4, 143-152.

McGregor, K, Licandro, U., Arenas, R., Eden, N., Stiles, D., Bean, A. & Walker, E. (2013). Why words are hard for adults with developmental language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 56, 1845-1856.

Arenas, R. & Zebrowski, Z. (2013). The effects of autonomic arousal on speech production in adults who stutter: A preliminary study. Speech, Language and Hearing, 16:3, 176-185.

McGregor, K., Rost, G., Arenas, R., Farris-Trimble, A. & Stiles, D. (2013). Children with autism can use gaze in support of word recognition and learning. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54:7, 745-753.

Arenas, R., Zebrowski, P., & Moon, J. (2012). Phonetically governed voicing onset and offset behavior in preschool children who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 37, 179-187.

Zebrowski, P. & Arenas, R. (2011). The “Iowa Way” revisited. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 36, 144-157.