Marylou Pausewang Gelfer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator

[Image] Marylou Gelfer

Enderis Hall, Room 853
Phone: (414) 229-6465
Fax: (414) 229-2620


Communication Sciences & Disorders


  • Ph.D., Experimental Phonetics, University of Florida, 1984
  • M.A., Speech Pathology, Northwestern University, 1976
  • B.S.S., Speech Pathology, Northwestern University, 1975

Speaker Topics

  • Voice & Speech Disorders
  • Voice, Care of the Professional
  • Voice, Transgendered

Interests & Expertise

Dr. Gelfer's research interests center on the voice and voice disorders. Much of her research has been devoted to establishing normative data for various vocal parameters (fundamental frequency, intensity, laryngeal quality) and procedures for valid and reliable acoustic measurement. Dr. Gelfer's expertise in the acoustic characteristics of voice led her to an interest in the voices transgendered individuals, and acoustic cues for male vs. female voice quality. Current research directions include continued development of reliable voice evaluation procedures as well as assessing the outcomes of voice therapy.

Recent Publications

Gelfer, M. P., & Bennett, Q. (2013). Speaking Fundamental Frequency and Vowel Formant Frequencies: Effects on Perception of Gender. Journal of Voice, 27, 556-566.

Gelfer, M. P., & Van Dong, B. R. (2013). A Preliminary Study on the Use of Vocal Function Exercises to Improve Voice in Male-to-Female Transgender Clients. Journal of Voice, 27, 321-334.

Gelfer, M. P., & Tice, R. M. (2013). Perceptual and Acoustic Outcomes of Voice Therapy for Male-to-Female Transgender Individuals Immedi­ately Following Therapy and Fifteen Months Later, Journal of Voice, 27, 335-347.

Gelfer, M. P., & Mordaunt, M. (2012). Chapter 9: Pitch and Intonation. In R. Adler, S. Hirsch, & M. Mordaunt (Eds.), Voice and Communication Therapy for the Transgender/Transsexual Client: A Comprehensive Clinical Guide (2nd Edition). San Diego: Plural Publishing.


Gelfer, M. P., & Denor, S. S. (2013). Conversational Intensity in Caucasian and African-American School-Age Children. 2013 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

Gelfer, M. P. (2010, April). Current Research in Voice and Resonance Treatment for the Male-to-Female Transgender Client: Long-Term Treatment Outcomes. International Federation of Gender Education Conference, Alexandria, VA. (INVITED)

Mayer, R., & Gelfer, M. P. (2008). Outcomes of Voice Therapy for Male-to-Female Transgendered Individuals. 2008 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

Bauer, J., Gelfer, M. P., & Bashford, J. (2007). Pitch Perception Ability in Modifying Compensatory Voice F0 Responses During Sustained Vowel Productions. 154th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, New Orleans, November 27 – December 1, 2007.

Honors & Awards

  • Byoung Kim Teaching Excellence Award, College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2014.

Courses Taught

  • ComSDis 703: Voice Disorders
  • ComSDis 710: Motor Speech Disorders
  • ComSDis 480: Speech Science
  • ComSDis 450: Bases of Voice and Fluency Disorders