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Dr. Charles Hughes, associate professor in Eastern Kentucky University’s Communication Disorders Program, is now the vice chair of the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders (ABFFD).

Currently the only Board Certified Specialist in Fluency in Kentucky, Hughes was elected in 2015 to a four-year term on the Board, and had served as its social media director last year.

The ABFFD reviews and oversees the credentialing process of speech-language pathologists who wish to apply to become a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency, and individuals who wish to maintain the BCS-F credential. The Board also promotes and advocates for high standards related to the clinical treatment of individuals with speech fluency disorders.

Hughes, who joined the EKU faculty in 2011, launched the EKU Stuttering Clinic for Children and Adolescents Who Stutter, one of the few such programs in the Commonwealth.

For more information about the Communication Disorders Program at EKU, visit