About ISTAR Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research - picture a man giving a speech, a female speech-language pathologist working with a child and speech research

About Us

The Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research (ISTAR) is an organization that offers specialized treatment to children, teens and adults who stutter. In addition, we conduct research into stuttering, offer advanced professional training for speech-language pathology students and clinicians, and promote public awareness of stuttering and its treatment.

Established in 1986 by the late Dr. Einer Boberg and Deborah Kully, ISTAR has grown from a fledgling institute into a centre of excellence. Making professional contributions nationally and internationally, the institute attracts clients and students from around the world. ISTAR is the only treatment and research facility of its kind in North America.

With the main office located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and a satellite office located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, ISTAR is an institute of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. We are committed to ensuring that people who stutter are aware of treatment options and that they have an opportunity to receive the treatment they need.