About Dr. Ferre
Dr. Ferre is a nationally recognized expert on central auditory processing disorders (CAPD), with over 35 years experience providing evaluation and intervention of CAPDs to children and adults. She established her practice in 1988, becoming one of the first audiologists in the nation to open a practice devoted exclusively to the evaluation and treatment of auditory processing disorders and has provided these services at her Oak Park office for over 25 years
In addition to her clinical practice, she is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Northwestern and Rush Universities, teaching graduate classes in assessment and management of CAPD and serving as an off-campus practicum supervisor to improve students’ clinical skills in the area of CAP assessment and intervention. Dr. Ferre regularly attends special education eligibility meetings and assists with development of IEPs and 504 accommodation plans. She has provided consultation on auditory processing to school districts and education departments in Illinois, Wisconsin, California, Georgia, Hawaii and the District of Columbia. Dr. Ferre is on the advisory board of Audiology Online and is a regular editorial reviewer of papers related to central auditory processing for several professional journals. She has contributed to “best practice” documents for central auditory processing assessment and intervention for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Her pioneering research in this area led to the development of the Bellis-Ferre model, currently one of the most widely used models for interpreting central auditory processing test results. She is the co-author of a widely used test for screening processing disorders among school-age children, the Differential Screening Test for Processing, available from www.proedinc.com
Dr. Ferre has published extensively in professional journals and written chapters for collegiate texts and has given over 300 presentations on CAPD to school districts, related professional associations, speech-language-hearing conferences, and parent support groups at the local, state, national and international levels.
Dr. Ferre’s work has earned numerous awards. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a Fellow of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and a Distinguished Alumnus of Illinois State University. In addition, she has received the Clinical Achievement Award and Honors of the Association from the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Dr. Ferre mentors graduate students and young professionals regarding central auditory processing disorders and their impact on listeners/learners of all ages. She is an active volunteer leader of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Her current research interests include improving effectiveness of treatments for CAPDs, screening for processing disorders, and graduate clinical preparation.