Adrienne B. Hancock

Adrienne Hancock headshot
Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor
Room 216
Hall of Government
2115 G Street NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Transgender Voice and Communication
  • Voice
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Adrienne Hancock, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor at The George Washington University. Her primary research area addresses transgender voice and communication, including psychosocial impact, speech and language characteristics related to perception of gender, and treatment efficacy. Dr. Hancock has published several peer-reviewed articles and presented nationally and internationally. A Bender Teaching Award winner, Dr. Hancock is known for innovative and effective teaching and is currently serving as the Teaching and Learning Coordinator for the SPHR department. She is a co-author of the new Plural publication entitled,  Transforming Voice and Communication with Transgender and Gender Diverse People. An Evidence Based Process

Current Research

Dr. Hancock's primary research addresses transgender voice and communication.  She has examined transgender voice physiology as well as the psychosocial influence of voice and communication skills for transgender speakers. Additional areas of inquiry are motor speech and language function in individuals with neurological impairment and effective pedagogical practice in higher education. Dr. Hancock collaborates with researchers around the country and has several students working in her research lab. She has published two book chapters, several peer-reviewed publications, and presented at national and international scientific meetings.


Hancock, A. (2013). Physiology and Health of Aging Male-to-Female Transgender Voice. Funded by Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National Medical Center.

Hancock, A., Plesniak, M., & Stewart, K. (2012). Evaluation and Improvement of Synthetic Vocal Fold Models for Normal and Ageing Voice. Funded by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering Interdisciplinary Research Fund.

Hancock, A. (2012). National Institutes of Health. Glottal Physiology and Gender Perception of Transgender Speakers. Funded by NIH  (NIH R03).


* indicates GWU student

Irwig, M.S., *Childs, K., & Hancock, A.B. (2017). Effects of Testosterone on the Transgender Male Voice. Andrology, 5, 107-112.

Hancock, A.B. (2017). An IFC perspective on voice-related quality of life of American transgender women. Journal of Voice, 31(1), 115.e1-115.e8.

Brundage, S. & Hancock, A.B. (2016). Utility of virtual reality environments to examine physiological reactivity and subjective anxiety in adults who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 50, 85-95.

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.

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. (available online, 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. (2015). Perceptions of gender and femininity based on language: Implications for transgender communication therapy. Language and Speech. DOI: 10.1177/0023830914549084

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

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: 10.1177/021927X14533197

Hancock, A.B., Colton, L., & Douglas, F. (2013). Intonation and Gender Perception: Applications for Transgender Speakers. Journal of Voice.

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

Hancock, A.B. & *Garabedian, L (2013). Transgender voice and communication treatment: A retrospective chart review of 25 cases. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. 

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

Hancock, A.B., Schulz, G., & Whelan, B. (2011). Quality of language before and after posteroventral pallidotomy for Parkinson's disease. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology.

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

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 applied to individuals with Apraxia of Speech. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 20(1) 23-37.

*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.

Kim, I., Hancock, A. & LaPointe, L. (2010). The motoric-cognition reaction time dilemma in Parkinson Disease: Influence of initiation delay. Journal of Speech-Language & Hearing Disorders, 19(4).

*Morton, E., Brundage, S.B. & Hancock, A.B. (2010). Validity of the Proficiency in Oral English Communication Screening. Contemporary Issues in Sciences and Disorders, 37, 153-166.

*Friedman, I., Hancock, A.B., Bamdad, M.J. & Schulz, G. (2010). Using motor learning to treat speech: The modified motor learning approach. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 18(1).

Hancock, A.B., & Brundage, S.B. (2010). Formative feedback, rubrics and assessment of professional competency through a speech-language pathology graduate program. Journal of Allied Health, 39(2), 110-119.

Hancock, A.B., *Stone, M., Brundage, S., & Zeigler, M. (2010). Public speaking attitudes: Does curriculum make a difference? Journal of Voice, 24(3), 302-307.

Brundage, S., Hancock, A., *Kiselewich, K., & *Stallings, P. (2007). Affective behavioral and cognitive measures of stuttering during speeches to virtual and live audiences. Proceedings of the 12th annual CyberTherapy conference: Transforming Healthcare Through Technology. San Diego: Interactive Media Institute, p. 318.

Hancock, A.B., LaPointe, L.L., Stierwalt, J.A.G., Bourgeois, M.S., & Zwaan, R.A. (2007). Computerized measures of verbal working memory performance in healthy elderly participants. Contemporary Issues in Communication Disorders, 34, 73-85.

Brundage, S.B., Hancock, A.B., *Kiselewich, K., Grapp, K., Brooks, J., & Ferrer, M. (2007). PWS and Non-PWS self-reports of communication apprehension and confidence when giving speeches to virtual and live audiences. In J. Au-Yeung and M. Leahy (Eds.) Proceedings of 5th World Congress on Fluency Disorders: Research, treatment, and self-help in fluency disorders: new horizons (pp. 439-445), Dublin: International Fluency Association.

Hancock, A., LaPointe, L., Stierwalt, J., Bourgeois, M., Zwaan, R., & Maitland, C. (2006). Computerized measures of working memory in Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders, 21(S13), S99.

Hancock, A., LaPointe, L., Maitland, C., Stierwalt, J., Heald, G. (2006). Longitudinal effect of Parkinson's disease on managing distraction during cognitive tasks. Movement Disorders, 21(S13), S99.

LaPointe, L., Stierwalt, J.A.G., Hancock, A., Heald, G., Goff, R. (2006). Semantic distraction effects on picture identification in aphasia. Brain and Language, 99, 122-123.

Dijkstra, K., Bourgeois, M.S., Youmans, G.B., Hancock, A.B. (2006). Implications of an advice giving and teacher role on language production in adults with dementia. The Gerontologist, 357-366 

LaPointe, L.L., Maitland, C.G., Blanchard, A., Kemker, B.E., Stierwalt, J.A.G., Heald, G.R. (2005). The effects of auditory distraction on visual cognitive performance in multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neuroophthalmology, 25(2), 92-94.

Professional Activities

  • Consultant and invited speaker on topics of gender-linked and transgender communication
  • Peer review for several professional research journals
  • Selection committee for GW Student Commencement Speaker competition
  • Judge for student presentations at GW Research Days
  • Teaching and Learning Coordinator for SPHR department
  • Academic advisor and research supervisor


GW CCAS Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring, 2016

FSU CCI Distinguished Alumni, 2016

Morton A. Bender Teaching Award, 2015

Classes Taught

SPHR 1011: Voice and Diction

SPHR 2104: Introduction to Speech and Language Disorders

SPHR 6210: Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders 

SPHR 6260: Voice Disorders: Evaluation and Treatment