Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
Associate Professor, 2015-Present
College of Medicine
University of Central Florida
(Ph.D.) in Speech and Voice Science: University of Florida Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Masters of Arts Degree
(M.A.) in Communication Sciences: University of Central
Department of Communicative Disorders
Baccalaureate of Arts
Degree (B.A.) in Communication Sciences: University of Central
Florida Department of Communicative Disorders
American Speech Language Hearing Association Certificate
Clinical Competence: 2000-present
Professional Honors and
Recipient of the College of Health and Public Affairs Teaching
Incentive Award, 2014, 2006 Selected on the basis of sustained high level of teaching
effectiveness, professional development, and teaching
Recipient of the Research Incentive Award, 2014 Selected on the basis of value or impact of research within the
discipline and to society, recognition of research by peers in the
discipline, publication and presentation of research results, and
external grant support for research.
Recipient of Honors of the Association, Florida Association of
Speech Pathologists and Audiologists, 2012 Selected on the basis of career contributions in research
teaching and service to the Florida community of Speech
Pathologists and Audiologists.
Recipient of the University Excellence in Graduate Teaching
Award, 2006 Selected out of the pool of college recipients as the one
University recipient on the basis of sustained high level of
Graduate level teaching effectiveness, and teaching
Recipient of the College Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award,
2006 Selected as the 2006 recipient from the College of Health and
Public Affairs on the basis of sustained high level of Graduate
level teaching effectiveness, and teaching innovation.
Recipient of the College of Health and Public Affairs Rising
Star Award, 2002 Selected on the basis of early career contributions in the area
of research and teaching innovation from the College of Health and
Dr. Hoffman Ruddy's research focuses on the study of normal and
abnormal voice production in pediatric, professional and neurologic
populations implementing methods of endoscopy, acoustics and
aerodynamic analysis. Her current research involves studying
novel treatments and biomechanical mechanisms of head and neck
cancer while defining the high impact on quality of life
Her research is focused in three primary areas: 1. Short
duration medical, surgical and behavioral treatment to improve
airway protection; 2. Biomechanical modeling of tumor, tissue
fibrosis, and airway protection mechanisms; 3. Outcomes associated
with quality of life for patient undergoing treatment for head and
neck cancer and Parkinson disease.
Dr. Hoffman Ruddy has a significant record of peer-reviewed
publications, authorship of graduate text books: Voice Disorders
2nd edition; Cases in Head and Neck Cancer: A Multidisciplinary
Approach and actively lectures across the country on these
topics. Dr. Hoffman Ruddy also serves as Research Partner to
the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute and The Center for Voice Care
and Swallowing Disorders at the Ear Nose Throat and Plastic Surgery
Associates, Orlando, Florida.
Head and Neck Cancers/Laryngectomy
Neurogenic Communication Disorders
SPA 6211C: Voice Disorders
SPA 6236: Motor Speech Disorders in Adults and Children
SPA 6569: Upper Airway and Aerodigestive Disorders
SPA 4476: Speech Disorders Across the Lifespan
SPA 3101: Physiological Bases of Speech and Hearing
SPA 3101 Web-based: Physiological Bases of Speech and Hearing
The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann, M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
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My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
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The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
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The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
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The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
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