1928 - 2013
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Gene J Brutten, Researched cause and treatment of stuttering, 84
Dr. Gene J Brutten, a research professor and expert in the field of stuttering, died due to heart complications on March 4 in Orlando, FL. He was 84.
Born in Brooklyn, Dr. Brutten received his Bachelor's degree from Kent State University, his Masters from Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
Dr. Brutten's research led to an improved understanding of the emotional, behavioral and cognitive components of stuttering. His "Two-Factor" theory developed with Don Shoemaker and documented in the highly regarded book "The Modification of Stuttering", placed these components of stuttering in the context of current scientific theory. It became the basis for future groundbreaking work into the nature, assessment and treatment of fluency disorders. Together with his wife, Dr. Martine Vanryckeghem, Brutten published the "Behavior Assessment Battery", a series of standardized assessment and treatment protocols for both children and adults who stutter; it is currently used in more than 20 countries. Over the years, Dr. Brutten published numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and delivered hundreds of presentations worldwide.
Brutten spent the majority of his professional career at Southern Illinois University mentoring many who are currently internationally recognized specialists in fluency disorders. His career path also brought him to Long Island University and Hunter College. He also was a Visiting Professor in Belgium, Croatia, the Netherlands, and South Africa.
Dr. Brutten was twice awarded the Fulbright-Hays Award, was a Founder of the International Fluency Association and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Fluency Disorders.
In addition to his wife, Dr. Brutten is survived by his two children, Lori Brutten of Washington DC and Mark Brutten of San Francisco.
Published on NYTimes.com from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2013