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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).
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy
  • CCC-SLP, Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists
  • CHSE, Certified Health Simulation Educator
  • 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
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