Dr. Loretta Rudd

Dr. Loretta Rudd is a clinical associate professor in child development at the University of Memphis. Dr. Rudd earned her PhD in educational psychology from Baylor University. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in communication disorders/deaf education from The University of Texas at Austin. She also received a master's of education in educational administration from Tarleton State University.

Previously, Dr. Rudd was an assistant professor at the University of Utah. While she was an assistant professor at Texas Tech University, she served as the Campus Champion for the Jumpstart for Young Children-Lubbock, an early literacy program that partners college students with children from low income homes. For 12 years, she taught in public education in Texas and California.  She taught preschool through high school aged profoundly hearing-impaired children, general education first grade and PreK.

Currently, Dr. Rudd teaches several classes here at the UofM. Some of the classes include; Introduction to the Field of Child Development and Family Studies, Parent Child Relationships, Understanding Children's Behavior, Integrated Curriculum for Early Learners, Social Emotional Development in Young Children, and Ethics for Early Childhood Professionals. She is the Chair of UofM Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, and currently serves on many boards such as; Libertas School of Memphis (a public charter Montessori school), Shelby County Early Childhood Education Consortium (birth-third grade), and previously served on the board of the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Foundation.