Seeking Deaf FTM Individuals

As many of you already know, ASC is a strong advocate of Deaf researchers. Here’s an opportunity to participate a Deaf-run study for those who meet the criteria. The Deaf student is from Eastern Michigan University. Please feel free to pass on the information to anyone you know who may be interested.

Seeking Deaf FTM Individuals

My name is Mel Whalen. I’m a Deaf graduate student in clinical psychology, writing my dissertation on the life experiences of Deaf adults who self-identify as female-to-male (FTM) transgender individuals. Anyone who identifies as both Deaf and FTM is eligible for inclusion in the study. I will pay participants for their time, as well. I will be doing interviews through videophone for those that use ASL, or via VRS for anyone wishing to utilize spoken English. If you or anyone you know would be interested in getting involved, please email me at : emupsychclinic@gmail.com. The interviews will be completely confidential and can be done under a pen name. Results will be used to help society better understand this unique community.

Thank you for your time!


Mel Whalen, M.A., M.S., TLLP
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Fellow
Eastern Michigan University Psychology Clinic
611 W. Cross Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48198


  1. A.D. April 2, 2015

    Don’t use Mel Whalen from Ann Arbor Psychological Services, LLC. She is a cochlear implant advocate and wears one herself. She was not interested in my abusive experience with CI. She told me that I can go a long way if I have lipreading skills. She offered lipreading therapy group. It was a big turn off to see a psychologist who claims to be deaf-friendly when she is not at all. She thinks deaf people should be fixed. Can you imagine that she is out there educating hearing people wrong information about us. If you don’t want to be fixed as a deaf person, don’t bother going to her.

  2. Deaf Counseling Center April 2, 2015

    We are sorry to learn about your negative experience with the Michigan psychologist. We completely agree with you that being Deaf is not a disability, not a pathology and not a condition that needs to be fixed or cured. Deaf People who have full access to sign language have every potential to be healthy and functioning individuals.


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