Christie Block, MA, MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed and board-certified Speech-Language Pathologist with more than 25 years of experience as a clinical specialist, teacher, and trainer of speech-language pathology, ESL, public speaking, and linguistics. Her clinical expertise includes voice disorders, transgender voice, professional voice, stuttering, speech/accent, neurological disorders, upper airway disorders, swallowing, and public speaking.
Christie collaborates with a number of otolaryngologists, transgender health providers, head & neck surgeons, and singing/acting specialists to provide comprehensive assessment, treatment, and training. She conducts state-of-the-art testing, including videostroboscopy, acoustic analysis, and flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing.
Christie is a committed advocate of the transgender community. She is one of the few SLPs in private practice who dedicates a large portion of her practice to voice and communication training for transgender people. Christie’s interest in transgender voice and gender expression developed out of her background in language and gender studies. In addition to providing one-on-one voice testing/training, Christie actively gives presentations in the transgender community, teaches classes and workshops for transpeople, and trains other speech-language pathologists in transgender care.
Christie’s history of service extends across a wide variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds in business, outpatient, rehabilitation, hospital, home, and academic settings. Client languages include but are not limited to the following: Chinese, French, French-Creole, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, and non-standard American English dialects.
Christie holds a B.A. in Linguistics and Asian Languages and Literature (Mandarin Chinese) from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in Linguistics from the Ohio State University, and an M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She is a certified provider of the Lee Silverman Treatment Program (LSVT) and a provider of the SpeechEasy fluency device. She is also trained in LMRVT, VFE, and Estill. Current memberships include the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, New York Voice Study Group, Extramural Laryngeal Rounds, the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology, Working Group on Gender, and World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
Christie regularly gives presentations and workshops at conferences and associations, including the following: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) Community Health Center, Bronx Community Pride Center, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Crossdressers International, Empire Conference (TransEvents USA), FemmeFever, Fifth North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, Hetrick-Martin Institute, Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)-Bilingual Education State Convention, LeFemme Finishing School, Mid-South Conference on Communication Disorders, Midwest Regional TESOL Convention, Mt. Sinai – Beth Israel, The New School, New York Otolaryngology Group, New York Voice Study Group, New York University, Queens Pride House, Roosevelt University, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), Southern Comfort Conference, Total Woman Business Conference, Trans* Behavioral Healthcare Training/Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, Voice Foundation Symposium, Voice Institute of New York, Working Group on Gender, and World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
- Block, C. (in press). Transfeminine voice training. In Branski, R., & Monfenter, S. (Eds.) Speech-Language Pathology Casebook. New York, NY: Thieme.
- Block, C. (2017). Making a case for transmasculine voice and communication training. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 2 (SIG3), 33-41.
- Block, C. (2014). Finding our voices, literally. In Erickson-Schroth, L. (Ed.) Trans Bodies Trans Selves. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Block, C. (2013). Chant your pitch (voice feminization). Count big (voice masculinization). In Behrman, A., & Haskell, J. (Eds.) Exercises for Voice Therapy, 2nd ed. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.
- Koufman, J., & Block, C. (2008). Differential diagnosis of paradoxical vocal fold movement. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 17.
- Block, C. (1993). Null objects in Mandarin Chinese. Kathol, A., & Pollard, C. (Eds.) Papers in Syntax: Working Papers in Linguistics, 42. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University.
- PRINT – Saint Louis, Catherine. “Learning to talk like a woman (or man),” The New York Times, April 25, 2017.
- PRINT – “In the media,” The ASHA Leader, Vol. 21, No. 11, November 2016.
- ONLINE NEWS – Prakash, Nidhi. “How voice therapists are helping trans people sound like their true selves,” Fusion, August 17, 2016. http://fusion.net/story/327356/christie-block-transgender-speech-therapist/
- VIDEO – Lumsden, Lauren. “Helping trans people find their voices,” Cosmopolitan, February 18, 2016. https://youtu.be/LpMiqCmRNOU
- PRINT – Preston, Katherine. “Voicing the real self,” The ASHA Leader, Vol. 21, No. 2, February 2016.
- AUDIO POSTCAST – Nedelman, Michael with Jordan Jakomin. “Stanford J-School: Transgender Voice Therapy,” Cinemedical, December 15, 2015. https://soundcloud.com/cinemedical/trans-voice
- ONLINE NEWS – Chen, Angela. “How transgender women are training their voices to sound more feminine,” Smithsonian, December 15, 2015. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-transgender-women-are-training-their-voices-sound-more-feminine-180957537/?no-ist
- ONLINE NEWS – Miller, Korin. “Male voice, female body: How transgender women like Caitlin Jenner can feminize their tone,” Yahoo Health, July 31, 2015. https://www.yahoo.com/health/male-voice-female-body-how-transgender-women-125525715732.html
- PRINT – Jackson, Sharyn. “Expert coaches help transgender people find a new voice,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, March 25, 2015.
- RADIO – Starecheski, Laura. “Can changing how you sound help you find your voice?” Changing Lives of Women Series, All Things Considered, National Public Radio, October 14, 2014. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/10/14/354858420/can-changing-how-you-sound-help-you-find-your-voice
- FILM – Ruiz Tofano, Natalie. “Giving voice.” School of Visual Arts MFA Social Documentary Film (SOCDOC). A Gnat Production, 2013.