Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
2115 G Street NW, Hall of Government 201
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: (202) 994-7362
Fax: (202) 994-2589

Speech and Hearing Center

2115 G Street NW, Hall of Government B01
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: (202) 994-7360
Fax: (202) 994-0747

Adrienne  B. Hancock

Title — Assistant Professor

Address — 2115 G Street NW, Hall of Government, Washington, DC 20052

Office — Room 216

Phone — 202-994-0975

E-mail —

Areas of Expertise —

  • Cognitive-Linguistic Function
  • Voice
  • Research design and analysis

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

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., 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).

Recent Publications

* indicates GWU student

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

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

Hancock, A.B. & *Garabedian, L (in press). 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

  • Dept. Speech and Hearing Sciences, Masters thesis committees
  • Research design and statistical analysis consultant
  • Reviewer: Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology
  • Reviewer: Movement Disorders
  • Former Chair: Speech-Language Pathology Editorial Review Group for Doody Publishing
  • 2007 ASHA Editor’s Award for Journal