Catherine Ballif is a senior speech pathologist and pediatric voice specialist at Mass. Eye and Ear. With nearly 20 years of experience working with pediatric and adult populations, she has culminated a special interest and expertise in pediatric voice, PVFM (VCD/EILO/laryngospasm), habit/chronic cough, irritable larynx syndrome (ILS), and professional voice use.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Mrs. Ballif earned her bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University, followed by her master's in speech language pathology from George Washington University. Following her studies, she began working with pediatric patients at Waldo County General Hospital for three years, which is where she had her first exposure to assessing and diagnosing voice disorders. She then worked at Blaine Block Institute of Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation in Dayton, Ohio, where she expanded her skills in voice therapy. She combined these two skill sets when joining Mass. Eye and Ear. Here, she has helped build our pediatric voice therapy program and more recently, a pediatric voice therapy protocol for young children needing voice therapy services in the school setting as part of an NIH-funded grant addressing the effectiveness of voice therapy on pediatric nodules.
With the support of Drs. Christopher Hartnick and Phillip Song, among others, she has pioneered a unique approach to treating PVFM and habit/chronic cough centered on principles of muscle memory and brain re-mapping.