IONA

Alison Behrman, PhD, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

PhD, Columbia University
MA, New York University
BA, University of Michigan

Iona College
Department of Speech-Communication Studies
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Office: (914) 633-2606
E-mail: abehrman@iona.edu

Office Location:
18 President Street Room 204

Office Hours:
Monday 10 am - 10:45 am & 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Wednesday 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Also by appointment

Research Interests:
Dr. Behrman's research interests currently focus upon the production and perception of second language accents. She has authored the textbook "Speech and Voice Science," and co-authored the manual "Exercises for Voice Therapy" (both published by Plural Publishing). She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and presented both research and clinical topics in conferences both here in the United States and internationally.

Specializations:

  • Fluency disorders
  • Accent modification
  • Voice disorders
 Licensure/Certifications:
  • Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP) with New York State certification
Classes Taught:
  • SCS 101: Introduction to Oral Communication
  • SCS 301: Clinical Linguistics
  • SCS 319: Bilingual and Speech and Language Disorders
  • SCS 364: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • SCS 373: Speech Science
Publications and Presentations:
Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • Behrman, A., & Akhund, A. (2013). The Influence of Semantic Context on the Perception of Spanish-Accented American English. Journal of Speech, Language, Hearing Research.
  • 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, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • 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., Abramson, A., & Myssiorek, D. (2001). A comparison of radiation-induced and presbylaryngeal dysphonia. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 125, 193-200.
  • Behrman, A. (1999). Global and local dimensions of vocal dynamics. Journal of the 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 the Acoustical Society of America, 102, 2371-2379.
  • Behrman, A., Agresti, C., & Blumstein, E. (1996). Meaningful features of voice range profiles from patients with organic vocal fold pathology. Journal of Voice, 10, 269-283.
Books
  • Behrman, A. (2013). The Science of Speech and Voice Production, 2nd Edition. San Diego: Plural Publishing.
  • Behrman, A. and Haskell, J. (eds.)(2013) Exercises for Voice Therapy, 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 SLP/A: Essays in honor of Dr. Sadanand Singh. 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.
Recent Presentations
  • Behrman, A. How to conduct prosodic training for foreign accent management. Oral presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Chicago, November 2013.
  • Lincoln, G., & Behrman, A. Comparative assessment of instrumental and perceptual measures of intonation. Poster presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Chicago, November 2013.
  • Van Leer, E., Behrman, A., & Hapner, E. Promoting adherence in voice therapy. Seminar presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Chicago, November 2013.
  • Behrman, A. Why voice patients should learn public speaking skills. Invited keynote speaker at Voice Therapy: A Comprehensive Approach. Pittsburgh, PA, March 2013
  • Behrman, A., & Akhund, A. The influence of semantic context on the perception of Spanish-accented American English. Oral presentation at the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association. Cork, Ireland, June 2012.
  • O'Halloran, E. & Behrman, A. Perception of accent and ease of understanding of accented English. Poster presentation at the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association. Cork, Ireland, June 2012.
  • Folkins, J., Behrman, A., Self, T., & Scudder, R. Teaching excellence - making Introduction to Communication Disorders more compelling. Oral presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. San Diego, CA, November, 2011.