Richard I. Zraick, Ph.D., is the newly appointed professor and chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health and Public Affairs.

Zraick is a nationally recognized expert in the assessment and treatment of voice disorders. His textbook, The Voice and Voice Therapy (now in its 9th edition), is the leading textbook in its area. He is recognized nationally as a leader in developing innovative clinical skills training methods, particularly those involving patient simulation. He has a particular interest in helping clinicians meet the needs of patients with limited health literacy.

Zraick is also a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, one of the highest honors bestowed by the organization.

Prior to joining the faculty earlier this month, Zraick was a professor of speech-language pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, where he held appointments in the Departments of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and Geriatrics. During his 17 years at UAMS, he was the recipient of multiple faculty excellence awards for teaching and research.

“Dr. Zraick brings an amazing set of skills to his new role as chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders,” said college Dean Michael Frumkin. “As a recognized leader in the field, his vision for the future direction of the profession will help shape the department’s goals in the coming years — increasing its visibility throughout the profession. And as a distinguished scholar, he will lead the department in enhancing its already rich research capacity. We are indeed fortunate that he is now a member of COHPA’s leadership team.”

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