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We are currently recruiting people to participate in a research study entitled "Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals’ Access to Voice and Communication Therapy".

This study is being done to help us understand possible barriers to accessing healthcare for transgender and gender non-conforming people. This research will help us understand barriers to services so that we can try to eliminate them.

Total time required is 2 hours, including a questionnaire and focus group. There will be audio (no video) recording for researchers only. There are minimal risks (anxiety about being recorded, confidentially breached). Benefits include contributing to research advancing communication therapy. You will receive $20 for taking part in the study.

You must be over 18 years of age, a racial minority (non-White), and a gender minority (transgender, gender non-conforming, queer, etc).

The focus group(s) will be at Whitman Walker (NW DC) or Freed Bodyworks (SE DC, near Potmac Ave Metro) on a Saturday - exact details TBD, depending on when participants are available.


Hancock, A.B. & Hanson, M.K. (in review). Acoustic contributions to perception of female sexual orientation and gender performance.

Hancock, A.B. & Pool, S.F. (in review). It takes two: Influence of listener characteristics on perception of transgender speakers.

Brundage, S. & Hancock, A.B. (in review). Utility of virtual reality environments to examine physiological reactivity and subjective anxiety in adults who stutter.

Irwig, M.S., Childs, K., & Hancock, A.B (in press). Effects of Testosterone on the Transgender Male Voice. Andrology

Hancock, A.B. (available online). An ICF perspective on voice-related quality of life of American transgender women. Journal of Voice.

Hancock, A.B. & Haskin, G. (2015) Speech-language pathologists’ knowledge and attitudes regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer (LGBTQ) populations. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology: 24, 206-221.

Hancock, A.B. (2015). The role of cultural competence in serving transgender populations. Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, 25, 37-42.

Brundage, S.B. & Hancock, A.B. (2015). Real enough: Using virtual public speaking environments to evoke feelings and behaviors targeted in stuttering assessment and treatment. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

Hancock, A.B.,Stutts, H. W. & Bass, A. (2014). Perceptions of gender and femininity based on language: Implications for transgender communication therapy. Language and Speech 17, 1-19. DOI: 10.1177/0023830914549084

Hancock, A.B. & Rubin, B.A. (2015). Influence of communication partner’s gender on language. Journal of Language and Social Psychology. 34(1), 46-64, DOI: 10.1177/0261927X14533197

Hancock, A.B. & Gross, H.E. (2015). Acoustic and aerodynamic measures of the voice in pregnancy. Journal of Voice. 29(1), 53-58. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2014.04.005

Hancock, A.B., Colton, L. & Douglas, F. (2014). Intonation and gender perception: Applications for transgender speakers. Journal of Voice, 28(2).

Hancock, A.B. & Garabedian, L. (2013). Transgender voice and communication treatment: A retrospective chart review of 25 cases. International Journal of Communication Disorders, 48(1), 54-65.

Hancock, A.B. & Helenius, L. (2012). Adolescent Male-to-Female transgender voice and communication therapy. Journal of Communication Disorders, 45, 313-324.

Hancock, A.B., Krissinger, J. & Owen, K. (2011). Voice perceptions and quality of life of transgender individuals. Journal of Voice, 25(5), 553-558.

Owen, K. & Hancock, A.B. (2010). The role of self-and-listener perceptions of femininity in voice therapy. International Journal of Transgenderism, 12(4), 272-284.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) 2009: Presentation

2008 Voice Symposium: Presentation


Ekmekci, O., Hancock, A.B., Swayze, S. (2012). Teaching research methods to graduate students: Lessons learned from three different degree programs. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 24(2), 272-279.

Hancock, A.B. & Brundage, S.B. (2010). A rubric for formative assessment of students in communication science and disorders programs. Journal of Allied Health. Editor's Award for Journal of Allied Health

Hancock, Stone, Brundage, & Zeigler (2009). Public speaking attitudes: Does curriculum make a difference? Journal of Voice, 24(3), 302-307.


Youmans, S., Youmans, G., & Hancock, A.B. (2011). The social validity of script training related to the treatment of apraxia of speech. Aphasiology, 25(9), 1078-1089

Youmans, G., Youmans, S., & Hancock, A.B. (2011). Script training treatment for adults with apraxia of speech. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 20(1), 23-27.

Friedman, I., Hancock, A., Bamdad, M., & Schulz, G. (2010). Using principles of motor learning to treat apraxia of speech after traumatic brain injury. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 18(1), 1-12.

2008 DCSHA Winter Conference: Motor Learning Guided Handout


Hancock, A.B., Schulz, G., & Whelan, B. (2011). Language production by patients with Parkinson disease before and after posteroventral pallidotomy. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 19(4), 59-72

Hancock, A.B., LaPointe, L.L., Stierwalt, J.A.G., Bourgeois, M.S., Zwaan, R.A. (2007). Stimulus modality and interstimulus intervals as variables in computerized assessment. Contemporary Issues in Communication Disorders. Editor’s Award in Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders.



Effectiveness of Intensive Treatment Model for Voice Feminization
Within the past year, service delivery methods for voice and communication feminization at GW have grown to include full- and half-day workshops called “Transitional Voice Training Intensives”. Acoustic and perceptual measures are collected at the start and end of the workshop. Preliminary analysis confirms significant gains from this short, intense service delivery model … and delighted clients!