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Dr. Linda M. Carroll

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    American Voices Symposium: Vocal Health and Illness: Insights into the Past, Present, and Future


Dr. Linda M Carroll, speech-language pathologist and voice trainer, is an internationally recognized voice clinician with more than 30 years of experience as a rehabilitation specialist. Although a specialist for performers, Dr. Carroll also treats patients who have high voice use demands, complicated voice issues, or severe dysphonia. She has extensive experience in treating patients with a variety of organic and functional voice disorders, including nodules, paralysis/paresis, scar/sulcus, polyps, polypoid corditis, edema, cysts, laryngeal sicca, atrophy, laryngospasm, Parkinson's, GERD/LPR, musculoskeletal tension, functional dysphonia, and conversion disorder.

Prior to Dr. Carroll's career as a voice clinician and researcher, she was coloratura soprano, performing regionally to critical acclaim. Dr. Carroll holds a Bachelor of Music (BM) in voice performance and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in music education from the University of Maine. She also holds 3 degrees from Columbia University: Master of Science (MS) in Speech and Language Pathology, Master of Philosophy (MPhil), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Applied Speech Science. Her dissertation focused on aerodynamics of the vocal tract in operatic lyric sopranos. Her unique background, acute perceptual skills, knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the normal and injured voice, as well as her extensive clinical experience, place Dr. Carroll at the top of her field.

Dr. Carroll's research on aerodynamics and acoustics of normal, supernormal, and disordered laryngeal function have helped revolutionize assessment and management of dysphonia. She has authored more than 40 publications centered on use of clinical voice measures, management of the injured and/or post-operative voice, and assessment of dysphonia.

Dr. Carroll is a frequent guest speaker at national and international conferences, as well as a mentor to many clinicians and voice laboratories. She has given more than 240 conference lectures, and has been invited speaker for The World Voice Congress, The Voice Foundation, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Canadian Voice Care Foundation, Shanghai International ENT Conference, Voice Medicine Australia, British Performing Arts Medicine Conference, Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference, European Congress on Musician's Medicine, The 2nd International Conference of Jordanian Royal Medical Services, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association National Conventions.

Dr. Carroll is Senior Voice Scientist in the Department of Otolaryngology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and has held faculty positions at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery), New York University (Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: Director of Undergraduate Program), The University of Iowa (Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology), The Actor's Studio MFA Program at The New School University, and Pace University (Department of Communication Disorders). She has held posts at Teachers College/Columbia University (Department of Speech and Language Pathology), and The University of Maine (Department of Music). Dr. Carroll was named Feagin Scholar for the University of Tulsa, and was recipient of the Carol Wilder Fellowship at Teachers College/Columbia University. In 2006, Dr. Carroll was honored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) with a Certificate of Appreciation "In recognition of a significant contribution to the Association and to the professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology."

She has been consultant/lecturer to the Renata Scotto Opera Academy and to The Juilliard School. She serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Voice and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and is a frequent guest reviewer for the Journal of Speech, Language, Hearing Research. Dr. Carroll was a member of the ASHA Voice Steering Committee, Chair of the Voice Education Committee, member of the Voice Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), served as 2012 and 2013 Chair for the Voice, Resonance, and Alaryngeal Committee at ASHA, and is a member of the Continuing Education Board (2012-2015).

Dr. Carroll treats performers active at The Metropolitan Opera and on Broadway, as well as leading jazz singers, rock performers, broadcasters, Wall Street traders, teachers, lawyers, and politicians. Dr. Carroll maintains a private practice in voice/speech disorders in New York City.
Dr. Linda Carroll