Faculty and Staff

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, 2007- Present

Assistant Professor, 2001-2007

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida

Associate Professor, 2015-Present
Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Central Florida

Educational Background

Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in Speech and Voice Science: University of Florida
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Awarded: 2001

Masters of Arts Degree (M.A.) in Communication Sciences: University of Central Florida
Department of Communicative Disorders
Awarded: 1998

Baccalaureate of Arts Degree (B.A.) in Communication Sciences: University of Central Florida
Department of Communicative Disorders
Awarded: 1996

Certification

American Speech Language Hearing Association Certificate Clinical Competence: 2000-present

Professional Honors and Awards

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 innovation.

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 innovation.

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 Public Affairs.     

Credentials
  • Ph.D.
  • CCC-SLP

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 factors.

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.

Research Interests
  • Voice disorders
  • Vocal health and Prevention
  • Upper Airway Disorders
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Respiratory Muscle Strength Training
  • 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
  • Speaking About Better Vocal Health
    It seems counter-intuitive, but as Professor Bari Hoffman Ruddy explains, “Whispering can actually lead to more damage. It is hard on the vocal folds due to turbulent airflow and increased...
  • Faculty Members to Receive Honors, Recognition at National Speech-Language-Hearing Convention
    Professor Bari Hoffman Ruddy will be honored with the Fellowship of the Association award at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Nov. 9-11 in Los Angeles. This honor is bestowed...