Faculty and Staff

Richard Zraick is a Professor and formerly the Founding Director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UCF. He is a Fellow of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. He is also a Certified Health Simulation Educator. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona (’84), his Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Arizona (’87), and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Arizona State University (’98). Prior to joining the faculty at UCF, he was on the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for 17 years and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of medical speech-language pathology, supervised student-clinicians in the teaching hospital and conducted research. He has over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts in scientific journals, has given over 100 presentations at scientific and professional conferences, and is co-author of the leading textbook on voice disorders, The Voice and Voice Therapy (now in its 10th edition). His research focuses on three primary areas: (1) evaluation and treatment of voice disorders, (2) healthcare simulation, and (3) health communication. He is a “clinician at heart” and has worked as a speech-language pathologist throughout his academic career, bringing decades of clinical experience into the classroom and clinic teaching environments.

Certification and Licensure

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), issued by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association [ASHA] (1988 to present).
  • FL License issued by the FL Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (July 2014 to present)
  • Certified Health Simulation Educator (CHSE) issued by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare [SSIH] (2020 to present).
Credentials
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy
  • CCC-SLP, Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists
  • CHSE, Certified Health Simulation Educator
Affiliations
  • ASHA Fellow
  • Member, American Speech, Language and Hearing Association
  • Member, Florida Speech and Hearing Association
  • Member, Association of Standardized Patient Educators
  • Member, Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Areas of Specialty
  • Voice disorders
  • Healthcare Simulation
  • Health communication
  • SPA 6211C: Voice Disorders
  • SPA 6236: Motor Speech Disorders
  • SPA 3101 : Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing
  • SPA 3104: Neural Bases of Communication
  • SPA 4476: Speech Disorders Across the Lifespan
  • CSD Faculty, Students and Alumni Present at Annual ASHA Convention in Washington, D.C.
    Written By: Drexler B. James'13 | November 4, 2021
    Faculty, students and alumni from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders will participate in this year’s ASHA Convention, both in-person and virtually, from Nov. 18-20 in Washington, D.C. Experts from around the country will share research,...
  • Collaborative Research on Health Literacy Reveals Impact that “Teach-back” Can Have on Patients
    Written By: Drexler B. James'13 | October 25, 2021
    Visiting a healthcare professional can be a nerve-wracking experience for patients. It can be more challenging when the patient may not understand what the healthcare provider is saying to them. Limited health literacy is the number one risk factor...
  • UCF CSD Program Shines at 2021 FLASHA Convention
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | July 19, 2021
    Faculty, students and alumni from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders gathered together this past weekend at the 2021 Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists annual convention. Among...
  • Research Roundup: Recent Publications By CHPS Faculty Spring 2021
    Written By: David Janosik | July 15, 2021
    Our faculty pursue big ideas and share what they learn by publishing their research to advance scientific discovery. As part of an institution designated as “very high” research activity by...
  • Research Roundup: Recent Publications By CHPS Faculty Fall 2020
    Written By: Megan Pabian | January 14, 2021
    Our faculty pursue big ideas and share what they learn by publishing their research to advance the profession. As part of an institution designated as “very high” research activity by...
  • Research Roundup: Recent Publications By CHPS Faculty Spring 2020
    Written By: David Janosik | June 28, 2020
    Our faculty pursue big ideas and share what they learn by publishing their research to advance the profession. As part of an institution designated as “very high” research activity by...
  • Research Roundup: Recent Publications By CHPS Faculty Fall 2020
    Written By: David Janosik | January 30, 2020
    Our faculty pursue big ideas and share what they learn by publishing their research to advance the profession. As part of an institution designated as “very high” research activity by...
  • Health Literacy: An Epidemic of Misunderstanding
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | October 19, 2018
    October is Health Literacy Month. Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate...
  • Dreaming Possibilities Through ASHFoundation Funding
    Written By: Karen Guin | November 8, 2017
    Originally published in The ASHA Leader, September 2017, Vol. 22, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.AN5.22092017.68 As many communications sciences and disorders students head back to class, and in keeping with The ASHA Leader’s...
  • ASHA Leader: Zraick Advocates for Using Standardized Patients
    Written By: Karen Guin | January 23, 2015
    The ASHA Leader recently interviewed department Chair Richard Zraick for a feature article on ways to increase clinical training opportunities for graduate students in communication sciences and disorders. The January 2015 article is available online at Way...
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