Ruth   Crutchfield

Assistant Professor  

Office: EHABW 1.326
Phone: (956) 665-5273
Email: ruth.crutchfield@utrgv.edu

Dr. Ruth Crutchfield

Dr. Crutchfield is Assistant Professor where she teaches a variety of courses including language disorders, fluency, AAC, report writing and speech disorders. She has extensive experience in assessment, intervention and research in bilingual populations.





Selected Publications


  • Ruth Crutchfield and Alice Jeske. "The Effectiveness of Melodic Intonation Therapy on English Speaking Adults with Expressive Aphasia," Journal of Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies & Hearing Aids 4, no. 4 (December 2016): 167 (5 pages).

  • Ruth Crutchfield and Xiaohui Wang. "The perceptions of stereotypes of people who stutter in Hispanic university students," Clinical Archives of Communication Disorders 1, no. 1 (December 2016): 36-41.

  • Ruth Crutchfield. Review: Childhood Speech Sound Disorders authored by Shelley Velleman, PhD. November 2016.

  • Ruth Crutchfield. "Music therapy efficacy on increasing word length in Spanish dominant children with a phonological process disorder," Irving, Texas: American International Journal of Contemporary Research, 4, no. 5 (May 2014): 10.

  • Ruth Crutchfield "Attitudes and knowledge on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The sobering truth," Explore and Engage Undergraduate Research Conference Proceedings . Edinburg, Texas: Attitudes and knowledge on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The sobering truth, 2, May 2013: 21-32.

  • Ruth Crutchfield and Orlando Salinas. "Autism: Experiences of bilingual families in the Rio Grande Valley," Explore and Engage Undergraduate Research Conference Proceedings . Edinburg, Texas: Explore and Engage Undergraduate Research Conference Proceedings , 3, May 2013: 37-45.

  • Ruth Crutchfield and Evelyn Garcia. "Hispanic special educators verses the general Hispanic population: Academic perspectives on children with Down Syndrome," Explore and Engage Undergraduate Research Conference Proceedings . Edinburg, Texas: Explore and Engage Undergraduate Research Conference Proceedings , 2, May 2013: 23-35.

  • Ruth Crutchfield, Jorge Garza, Denise Alaniz, Debra Cantu, A Correa, Sashelly Garcia, Melissa Guerra, Estefania Perusquia, Roberto Salazar, Philip Selvera, and Mayra Vela. "Increasing awareness of hearing screenings in the Rio Grande Valley," Explore and Engage Undergraduate Research Conference Proceedings . Edinburg, Texas: Explore and Engage Undergraduate Research Conference Proceedings, 2, May 2013: 9-13.

  • Ruth Crutchfield and Alice Jeske. "Melodic Intonation Therapy: Efficacy in the treatment of non-fluent aphasia in monolingual and bilingual patients," Explore and Engage Undergraduate Research Conference Proceedings. Edinburg, Texas: Explore and Engage Undergraduate Research Conference Proceedings, 1, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2012: 21-32.

  • Ruth Crutchfield. Music therapy in children who are bilingual: What works?. Adelante! Bilingual Therapies.com. Bilingual Therapies, Adelante! Bilingual Therapies Blog, May 2011.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Ruth Crutchfield. UTRGV College of Health Affairs Research Fellows Program, UTRGV College of Health Affairs, $3,200.00 (September 29, 2016 - June 30, 2017)

  • Ruth Crutchfield. UTRGV Engaged Scholarship and Learning, UTRGV Engaged Scholarship and Learning, $2,000.00 (November 8, 2016 - June 1, 2017)

  • Ruth Crutchfield. Graduate Student Travel Award, UTRGV Graduate College, $1,500.00 (November 17, 2016 - May 10, 2017)

  • Ruth Crutchfield. Effects of Milieu teaching involving children with language disorders in general Hispanic populations, Student Government Association, Office of Student Involvement, $2,000.00 (October 10, 2016 - December 10, 2016)

  • Ruth Crutchfield. Faculty Travel Support Program 2016-2017, UTRGV Faculty Affairs and Diversity, $600.00 (September 23, 2016 - December 10, 2016)

  • Ruth Crutchfield. Graduate Student Travel Award, Crystal Moreno, Graduate College, (November 1, 2016 - December 1, 2016)

  • Ruth Crutchfield. Graduate Student Travel Award, Michelle Bazan, Graduate College, (November 1, 2016 - December 1, 2016)

  • Ruth Crutchfield. Graduate Student Travel Award, Rawan Hammad, Graduate College, (November 1, 2016 - December 1, 2016)

  • Shawn Saladin. Voice/Dysphagia Lab. UTRGV FY2016 Instructional/Research Equipment Request, UTRGV FY2016 Instructional/Research Equipment, $130,610.00 (December 7, 2015)

  • Ruth Crutchfield. Undergraduate Research grant , Undergraduate Research grant , $2,000.00 (January 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015)



Selected Presentations


  • Ruth Crutchfield, Dante Aguinaga, Steven Ruiz, Heather Cazares, Vanessa Cavazos, "Effects of Milieu Teaching involving children with language disorders in the general Hispanic population," Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association 2017, Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association, Austin, Texas (February 2017)

  • Ruth Crutchfield, Patricia Mejorado, Annette Cano, Kassandra Grimaldo, Evy Rendon, "Reimbursement Impacting Speech Therapy Services in a Pediatric Outpatient Setting," Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association 2017, Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association, Austin, Texas (February 2017)

  • Ruth Crutchfield, Alexandra Rosas, Amanda Gomez, Viviana Martinez, Glenda Maldonado, and Karina Diaz. "Teachers’ Perceptions and Efficacy of Bilingual Programs in Transitioning English as a Second Language Learners," Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association 2017, Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association, Austin, Texas (February 2017)

  • Ruth Crutchfield, Crystal Moreno, Michelle Bazan, and Rawan Hammad. " Effects of Milieu Teaching involving children with language disorders in the General Hispanic population," ASHA 2016 National Convention, American Speech Language and Hearing Assocation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (November 2016)

  • Ruth Crutchfield, Lupita Clemente, Mayra Jerez, Hilary Garza, Andrea Garcia, Miguel Medina, Dante Aguinaga, Lizeth Martinez, Marisa Garcia, and Heather Cazares. "Determining effective fluency approaches utilized in the Rio Grande Valley," TSHA 2016 State Convention, Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association, Ft. Worth, Texas (March 2016)

  • Ruth Crutchfield, Sonya Salinas, and Keri Parchman-Gonzalez. "Efficacy of social stories intervention for increasing communication skills in Hispanic children with Autism," TSHA 2016 State Convention, Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association, Ft. Worth, Texas (March 2016)

  • Ruth Crutchfield, Debra Cantu, Monika Najera, Kendra Gusikoski, Valerie Alanis, Corren Garza, Maria Hernandez, Nallely De La Torre, Krystal Trevino, Gabriela Tello, and Natalie Hernandez. "Perceptions and awareness of autism behavior in the Rio Grande Valley.," TSHA 2016 State Convention, Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association, Ft. Worth, Texas (March 2016)

  • Ruth Crutchfield, Kayla Crown, Jessica Vasquez, Gabriela Sandoval, Yoseline Gonzalez, Adriana Tijerina, Clarissa Esparza, Tiffany Cruz, Danarae Aleman, Flor Salinas, Cassandra Alvarado, Lyann De La Garza, Leonardo Longoria, Damaris Perez, and Jackie Rios. "Scaffolding graduate research: Reflections on a hands-on Experiential learning project. ," TSHA 2016 State Convention, Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association, Ft. Worth, Texas (March 2016)

  • Ruth Crutchfield, Crystal Moreno, Ricardo Flores, Michelle Bazan, Katherine Flores, Anabel Hinojosa, Naomy Sanchez, Jessica Castillo, Ilyana Cantu, Elizabeth Lopez, and Katherine Edmundson. "Bilingualism impact on language acquisition in children: Parent Survey. ," TSHA 2016 State Convention, Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association, Ft. Worth, Texas (March 2016)

  • Ruth Crutchfield and Judith Lunn. "Correlational aspects of preschool attendance and early language screenings.," TSHA 2016 State Convention, Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association, Ft. Worth, Texas (March 2016)

Current Courses

COMD 7300 02 - Thesis I:
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COMD 6360 01 - Neuromotor Speech Disorders:
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COMD 4360 01 - Lang Disorders in Child I:
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COMD 6330 01 - Fluency Disorders:
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