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Faculty:  Dr. Alison Behrman

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Phone Number: 718-960-7308
Office: Speech Building, Room 229A
Rank: Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.A., University of Michigan, M.A., New York University, Ph.D., Columbia University

Undergraduate and Graduate Education

Institution Degree & Major

  • University of Michigan B.A., Linguistics
  • New York University M.A. Speech-Language Pathology
  • Columbia University Ph.D. Speech Science

Professional/clinical certificates and population(s) that you work with:

  • CCC-SLP, New York State Certification
  • Adults: voice disorders, motor speech disorders, and accent management

Grants/ Honors/ Fellowships Received:

  • 2016-2017  PSC CUNY Round 47 Enhanced Award The effect of clear speech on listener perception in Spanish-accented speakers of American English
  • March, 2014: Awarded invitation to ASHA’s Clinical Practice Research Institute
  • 2003-2006 NIDCD/NIH R03 DC006660-01A1 (Principal Investigator) Efficacy of Voice Therapy for Vocal Fold Nodules

Research Interests

  • Motor speech disorders
  • Nonnative accents



  • Behrman, A. (2014). Segmental and prosodic approaches to accent management. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathologylisting of adjunct and emeriti , 23, 546-561.
  • Behrman, A., & Akhund, A. (2013). The influence of semantic context on the perception of Spanish-accented American English. Journal of Speech, Language, Hearing Research, 56, 1567-1578.
  • Folkins, J., Behrman, A., Self, T., & Scudder, R. (2012) A Wiki to Support Teaching the Course: Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders. Perspectives in Higher Education, June.
  • Behrman, A., Rutledge, J., Hembree, A., & Sheridan, S. (2008). Voice hygiene education, voice
    production therapy, and the role of patient adherence. A treatment effectiveness study. Journal of  Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 51, 350-366.
  • Behrman, A. (2006). Facilitating behavioral change in voice therapy: The relevance of Motivational Interviewing. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15, 1-11.
  • Sulica, L., Behrman, A., & Roark, R. (2005). Inspiratory maneuver: A simple method to assess the superficial lamina propria during endoscopy. Journal of Voice, 19, 481-484.
  • Behrman, A. (2005). Common practices of voice therapists in the evaluation of patients. Journal of Voice, 19, 454-469.
  • Behrman, A., Sulica, L., & He, T. (2004). Factors predicting patient perception of dysphonia due to benign vocal fold lesions. Laryngoscope, 114, 1693-1700.
  • Behrman, A., & Sulica, L. (2003). Voice rest after microlaryngoscopy. Current Opinion and Practice. Laryngoscope, 113, 2182-2186.
  • Sulica, L., & Behrman, A. (2003). Management of benign vocal fold lesions: A survey of current opinion and practice. Annals of Otology, Rhinology, & Laryngology, 112, 827-833.
  • Behrman, A., Dahl, L., Abramson, A.L., & Schutte, H. (2003). Anterior-posterior and medial compression of the supraglottis: signs of non-organic dysphonia or normal postures? Journal of Voice, 17, 403-410.
  • Behrman, A., Shikowitz, M.H., & Daily, S. (2002). Effects of Upper Airway Surgery on Vocal Quality, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 127, 36-42.
  • Bloch, I., & Behrman, A. (2001). Quantitative analysis of videostroboscopic images in presbylarynges. Laryngoscope, 111, 2022-2027.
  • Behrman, A. (1999). Global and local dimensions of vocal dynamics. Journal Acoustical Society of America,105, 432-443.
  • Behrman, A., Agresti, C., Blumstein, E., & Lee, N. (1998). Microphone and electroglottographic signals from dysphonic patients: Type 1, 2 and 3 signals. Journal of Voice, 12, 249-260.
  • Behrman, A., & Orlikoff, R.F. (1997). Instrumentation in voice assessment and treatment: What’s the use? American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 6, 9-16.
  • Behrman, A., & Baken, R. (1997). Dimension analysis of electroglottographic data from healthy and pathologic subjects. Journal of Acoustical Society of America, 102, 2371-2379.
  • Behrman, A., Agresti, C., & Blumstein, E., & Sharma, G. (1996). Meaningful features of voice range profiles from patients with organic vocal fold pathology. Journal of Voice, 10, 269-283.

Books and Book Chapters

  • Behrman, A. (2014). Conversational voice therapy. In J. C. Stemple & E. Hapner (Eds.), Voice Therapy: Clinical case studies (4th ed.). San Diego: Plural Publishing.
  • Behrman, A. and Haskell, J. (eds.) (2013) Exercises for Voice Therapy, 2nd edition. San Diego: Plural Publishing, Inc.
  • Behrman, A. (2013). The Science of Speech and Voice Production, 2nd edition. San Diego: Plural Publishing, Inc.Book Chapters
  • Behrman, A. (2012). Fostering patient compliance by nurturing clinical expertise in graduate school. In R. Goldfarb (Ed.), Translational Research in Speech-Language Pathology (pp. 75-84). San Diego: Plural Publishing.
  • Behrman A. (2004). Evidence-Based Treatment of Paralytic Dysphonia: Making Sense of Outcomes and Efficacy Data. Otolaryngology Clinics of North America, 37, 75-104.7. Lectures: Presentations (recent selected)

Recent Presentations

  • Huberman, L, Pancila, D., Behrman, A., (2015). Does Clear Speech Enhance Phrase Intelligibility in Spanish-Accented Speakers of American English? American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Denver, CO. (November 13, 2015).
  • Efremenkova, L., Volney, D. , Behrman, A. (2015). Vowel Intelligibility of Clear Speech in Spanish Speakers of American English. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Denver, CO. (November 13, 2015).
  • Behrman, A. (2013). How to Conduct Prosodic Training for Accent Management. Clinical Technical Session presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago: November, 2013.
  • Van Leer, E., Behrman, A., & Hapner, E.R. (2013). Promoting adherence in voice therapy: Theory, evidence, and practical techniques. Invited session by the Subcommittee on Voice and Resonance, presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago: November, 2013.
  • Lincoln, G., & Behrman, A. (2013). Quantitative, ToBI, and perceptual measures of intonation. Poster presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago: November, 2013.
  • Behrman, A. (2013). Why Voice Therapy Patients Should Learn Public Speaking Skills.” Keynote address at the Pittsburgh Voice Conference, April 19, 2013. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Behrman, A., & Akhund, A. (2012). The Influence of Semantic Context on the Perception of Spanish-Accented American English. Presented at International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association, June 27, 2012, Cork, Ireland.
  • O’Halloran, E. & Behrman, A. (2012). Perception of Accent and Ease of Understanding of Accented English. Presented at International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association, June 27, 2012, Cork, Ireland.

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