Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Practice
Co-Director, Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders
Carolyn Doughty-Margaret Kemp Chair
Video: Ferraro discusses the impact made by a less-invasive electrode he developed to improve electrocochleography. Watch
John A. Ferraro, Ph.D., FASHA, FAA, is the Carolyn Doughty-Margaret Kemp Chair of the Department of Hearing and Speech. A professor in the department, he also serves as co-director for the KU Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders. During July 2015-January 2016, Ferraro served as interim dean of the School of Health Professions, In February 2016 he was appointed interim associate dean for faculty practice.
An instructor and mentor in the audiology doctoral programs (Au.D. and Ph.D.), Ferraro teaches AUD 829 Anatomy and Physiology of the Hearing and Vestibular Mechanisms, AUD 846 Independent Study in Problems in Audiology, and AUD 851 Auditory Evoked Potentials, among many other courses. He also leads independent study and seminar offerings for students in both audiology degree programs.
Ferraro provides clinical expertise in the area of auditory-evoked potentials to the audiology clinics at KU Medical Center while also providing instruction to students during clinical experiences.
Academic and professional background
After receiving his bachelor's degree in biology from Southern Colorado State College, Ferraro earned his master's in biology and doctorate in speech and hearing sciences from the University of Denver. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University, 1972-1974.
Prior to his arrival at KU, Ferraro held positions of assistant and associate professor at The Ohio State University's Speech and Hearing Science Section (1974-1981) and as clinical neurophysiologist at Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, Colo. (1981-1984).
Ferraro is active in governance and administration across the KU Medical Center campus, including serving on leadership councils for the School of Health Professions and the Office of Graduate Studies, as well as on recent search committees for top School of Medicine positions. He's a member of the Medical Center's research advisory council, and sits on the board of directors for the KU Medical Center Research Institute.
Nationally, Ferraro has participated on several committees for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is past president, Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD). His numerous awards include the Honors of both the ASHA and the CAPCSD – the highest awards given to members of these assocations.
Ferraro's research interests are in the areas of auditory electrophysiology with special emphasis on the clinical applications of auditory- and vestibular-evoked potentials. He has pioneered techniques for using these potentials in the diagnosis, assessment and management of otological/neuro-otological disorders.
See Ferraro's publications at PubMed
With an additional focus specifically on the anatomy and phsysiology of the auditory and vestibular systems, Ferraro has worked to develop and refine non-invasive electrocochleographic approaches to help diagnose and monitor Meniere's disease/endolymphatic hydrops.
Extensively published in many national journals, Ferraro has also authored numerous book chapters and serves as a reviewer for several of these professional journals.