DR Elaina Kefalianos

DR Elaina Kefalianos


  • Developmental stuttering (fluency; childhood; epidemiology; treatment; assessment)



  • Elaina is Lead of Teaching and Senior Lecturer for Speech Pathology at The University of Melbourne, She is also Vice President of the Stuttering Association for the Young: Australia and Section Lead for Developmental Stuttering within the Centre for Neuroscience of Speech at The University of Melbourne. Elaina is an Honorary Fellow of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia.She has worked exclusively in the field of stuttering for the past 10 years across academic, research and clinical roles. Her current appointment as co-lead of the Early Language in Victoria Stuttering Study reflects one of her key research foci understanding the epidemiology of childhood stuttering. Recently she received funding together with her collaborators at The University of Oslo and University College London. This research program is focused on treatment interventions for preschool children who stutter.


Member of

  • Speech Pathology Australia Victorian Branch. Secretary and Treasurer 2016 -
  • Speech Pathology Australia. Practicing member 2009 -
  • Victorian Stuttering Interest Group. Senior Member and Guest Presenter 2008 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Chief Investigator on The Effective Stuttering Treatment Project awarded by the Research Council of Norway. 2017-2022.
    Chief Investigator on Gene Discovery in Childhood Stuttering awarded by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Clinical Sciences Theme. 2016.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2013
  • Bachelor (Hons), La Trobe University 2007

Awards and honors

  • Health Sector Leadership Program, Leadership Victoria, 2016
  • Awarded for excellence in teaching within the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, 2015
  • Awarded for excellence in teaching and learning to an early career academic (commenced teaching within last 5 years), University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Health Sciences Teaching and Learning Award, 2015
  • Harold Mitchell Travel Fellowship, Harold Mitchell Foundation, 2014
  • Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Travelling Scholarship, 2011
  • Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship, 2011
  • Department of Paediatrics Travelling Scholarship, 2011
  • M.A. Bartlett Research Scholarship Fund, 2011
  • Australian Research Centre Discovery Grant PhD Scholarship, 2009
  • Outstanding clinical achievement, Final Year Clinical Excellence in Speech Pathology student award, 2007
  • Academic and clinical excellence in field of stuttering and its treatment, Victorian Speak Easy Association Student Award, 2007
  • Outstanding academic performance, Golden Key National Honour Society Membership, 2005



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Dr Elaina Kefalianos is Section Lead for Developmental Stuttering within the Centre for Neuroscience of Speech.

    Honours, Masters and PhD research projects are available in the field of stuttering. Elaina has a particular interest in the epidemiology of stuttering.