Anne Hoffmann, PhD, CCC-SLP


Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Role: Researcher
Joined Rush in 2012


I’m an assistant professor in and speech-language pathologist in the Department of Pediatrics. The majority of my time is spent on research with different developmental disabilities, primarily fragile X syndrome. I provide evaluation for a medical diagnostic clinic in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I had a somewhat circuitous route to my present area. I originally had an M.A. in linguistics and was working on my Ph.D. in that field when I started helping with a research study that focused on a more clinical aspect of language development. That one experience inspired me to change departments and get my M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and my Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

What I most appreciate is that direct clinical relevance of the work I do. Whether I’m working in the clinic or on a study, I know that it will be directly impacting families.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

I was so fortunate when I came to Rush to step directly into a great mentoring situation. By working with an experienced researcher and clinician I’ve been able to take part in projects that then led to me starting my own studies.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Don’t be shy about approaching someone to ask for guidance or advice. Most people love getting to share about their experiences and there are often opportunities that come from these interactions.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

Spending time with my husband and two children is always first on my list. We love spending time outside and going for bike rides and hikes.