Dr. Carole Ferrand earned her BA in English Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. After immigrating to the United States, she obtained her MA and PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Ferrand taught in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Hofstra University in New York for 28 years. Her research and teaching interests focused on the bioacoustic aspects of normal and disordered speech production. She has authored two widely-used textbooks: “Speech Science: An Integrated Approach to Theory and Clinical Practice” now in its 4th edition, and “Voice Disorders: Scope of Theory and Practice”, now in its 2nd edition.
In 2018 Dr. Ferrand moved to Colorado where she continues to explore bioacoustics in humans as well as in birds. She is currently working on two projects. One is a book on the dinosaurian origins of bird song, and the close parallels between human speech and birdsong. The other focuses on the anatomical systems of speech and hearing.
Dr. Ferrand enjoys hiking and biking in the beautiful open spaces of Colorado. She is a fan of opera and has traveled to numerous European countries on opera tours. She hopes to continue doing so post-pandemic.