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M. David RuddAbout David Rudd


Dr. M. David Rudd was named the 12th president of the University of Memphis on May 1, 2014.  He previously served as the University’s provost and brings a distinguished academic and research record to the position. 

Dr. Rudd’s administrative and teaching experience spans almost 30 years in roles in Texas and Utah.  Before being named provost at the U of M, he was dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah from 2009-2013.  He was also professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Texas Tech from 2006-2009.  Prior to that, he was professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Baylor University from 2004-2005 and professor and director of Baylor’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology from 2000-2004.  He also was a faculty member at Texas A&M College of Medicine.

Throughout his career, he has been responsible in part for more than $18 million in research grant funding, including more than $3 million for research to help military populations through the U.S. Army/Department of Defense Military Operational Medicine Research Program.  He has continued his affiliation with the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah as co-founder and scientific director, a role that has garnered much national attention.  He has testified seven times before the U.S. Congress on issues related to veterans and suicide. 

Dr. Rudd is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of three professional societies, including the American Psychological Association (Division 12 and Division 29), the International Association of Suicide Research, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.  He was elected a Distinguished Practitioner and Scholar of the National Academies of Practice in Psychology. 

He serves on a number of editorial boards, and is past Chair of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, past President of the Texas Psychological Association, past President of Division 12 Section VII of the American Psychological Association, past Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology, a former member of the APA Council of Representatives, and recently served on an expert review committee for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science. 

Dr. Rudd earned the Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in psychology and holds a master’s degree in psychology from there as well. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.  

He and his wife, Dr. Loretta Rudd, an associate professor, clinical, at the University of Memphis, have two children, Nicholas and Emma.

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