Mark L. Ruffalo

Instructor of Psychiatry

Curriculum vitae

[email protected]

(813) 829-1804 (office)

Department of Psychiatry

University of Central Florida; Tufts University (Adjunct)

10335 Cross Creek Boulevard
Suite 15
Tampa, FL 33647

Biography & Experience

Academic Appointments

Instructor of Psychiatry, University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine


Dr. Ruffalo graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and attended graduate school for social work at the same institution. He completed additional training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and received his doctoral degree in psychoanalytic studies from the Parkmore Institute.


He completed his internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, one of the largest and most renowned university-affiliated psychiatric hospitals in the country. Following his internship, he was hired to serve on staff at the hospital.

Experience and Professional Involvement

Dr. Ruffalo has published over one hundred articles in the professional and popular literature on topics ranging from the history of psychiatry to the conceptualization of mental illness and the practice of psychotherapy. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work and the Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society. Currently, he serves as Co-Director of the Psychotherapy Track at the UCF/HCA Orlando Psychiatry Residency Program. He has been in the private practice of psychotherapy since 2012 and has previously worked in a psychiatric emergency department.

Practice and Philosophy

Dr. Ruffalo treats adult and adolescent patients in psychotherapy with interest in mood and personality disorders; conversion disorder and psychosomatic illness; and schizophrenia. He frequently treats patients who have not previously, or only partially, responded to treatment. He is a proponent of the biopsychosocial model of mental disorders.

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center