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Christie Block, MA, MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed and board-certified Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in voice, speech, and swallowing disorders, including professional voice, neurological disorders, transgender voice, and upper airway disorders. She has more than 20 years of experience as a clinical specialist, teacher, and trainer of speech-language pathology, ESL, public speaking, and linguistics.
Christie regularly collaborates with otolaryngologists and head & neck surgeons of ENT and Allergy Associates and elsewhere, as well as with other health providers and singing/acting specialists to provide comprehensive assessment, treatment, and training. She conducts state-of-the-art testing, including videostroboscopy, acoustic analysis, flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing, and pharyngeal-esophageal manometric analysis. She is also a certified provider of the Lee Silverman Treatment Program (LSVT) and a provider of the SpeechEasy fluency device.
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.
Christie is the owner of New York Speech & Voice Lab, a speech-language pathology private practice in lower Manhattan, where she sees patients, gives workshops/classes, trains graduate students, and mentors other speech-language pathologists.
Christie regularly gives presentations and workshops at conferences and associations, including the following: Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) Community Health Center, Bronx Community Pride Center, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Crossdressers International, The 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, Midwest Regional TESOL Convention, New York Otolaryngology Group, New York University, New York Voice Study Group, Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, Queens Pride House, Southern Comfort Conference, Total Woman Business Conference, Voice Institute of New York, Working Group on Gender, and World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
Block, Christie. “Finding our voices, literally." Trans Bodies Trans Selves. Ed. Laura Erickson-Schroth. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, in press.
Block, Christie. "Chant your pitch (voice feminization)” and “Count big (voice masculinization)." Exercises for Voice Therapy, 2nd Edition. Ed. Alison Behrman and John Haskell. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing, 2013.
Koufman, Jamie and Christie Block. "Differential diagnosis of paradoxical vocal fold movement." American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 17 (2008): 327-334.
Block, Christie. “Null objects in Mandarin Chinese." Papers in Syntax: Working Papers in Linguistics No. 42. Ed. Andreas Kathol and Carl Pollard. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University, 1993.