Louisa Ferrara, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CNT is a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist with over 10 years of clinical experience working with neonates, medically-fragile infants and children with a myriad of complex medical/developmental needs. Dr. Ferrara has worked in numerous pediatric settings, most recently as a Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist in Feeding and Swallowing Disorders at Winthrop University Hospital, now known as NYU-Winthrop Hospital, in New York. Dr. Ferrara developed the NICU Feeding Program in this Level III NICU and continues to serve as Program Manager. Dr. Ferrara completed her Doctorate degree in Speech and Language Pathology in May 2018 from Adelphi University. She received her Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders in 2014 through ASHA. She recently earned specification as a Certified Neonatal Therapist in 2018, through NANT, which she is also a member. Dr. Ferrara’s published research has focused on the swallowing mechanism in neonates under various conditions (respiratory devices, liquid modifications, feeding strategies, etc.), as well as the use of VFSS and FEES as diagnostic tools. Louisa has published in high-standing, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Ferrara lectures nationally, on various topics related to feeding readiness in preterm infants, dysphagia management, swallowing-respiratory coordination and early feeding milestone acquisition.
Therapeutic Management of the Complex Neonate: Cardiac, Respiratory, Neurologic Challenges in the NICU, PICU, SICU and EI Settings