Departments

Dr. Raul Caetano
Raul Caetano, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Dean,
UT Southwestern School of Health Professions

Under the leadership of Raul Caetano, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Dean, the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions is structured into five major departments, which together offer degrees and certificates in eight areas.

Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Patricia Smith
Patricia Smith, Ph.D., P.T., NCS
Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
Dr. Patricia Blau
Patricia Blau, Ph.D., P.T.
Vice Chair, Department of Physical Therapy

The Department of Physical Therapy is chaired by Patricia Smith, Ph.D., P.T., NCS, with Patricia Blau, P.T., Ph.D., serving as Vice Chair.

The faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy is a powerful blend of highly regarded educators, researchers, and clinicians. Their wide-ranging clinical interests give students access to unique learning.

Department of Clinical Nutrition

Dr. Jo Ann Carson
Jo Ann Carson, Ph.D., R.D.
Program Director
Clinical Nutrition–Coordinated Program

The Department of Clinical Nutrition is led by Jo Ann Carson, Ph.D., R.D., who serves as the director of the Clinical Nutrition – Coordinated Program and the Clinical Nutrition – Health Professionals Track.

The faculty members in the Department of Clinical Nutrition are dedicated to bringing students a superb educational experience. Students learn with nationally recognized professionals who are directly involved in patient care in UT Southwestern hospitals and clinics and active in collaborative research through the Center for Human Nutrition and other campus departments.

Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Dr. Eugene Jones
P. Eugene Jones, Ph.D., PA-C
Chair and Program Director
Department of Physician Assistant Studies

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies is chaired by P. Eugene Jones, Ph.D., PA-C.

The Department is led by an expert faculty recognized for excellence in academics, research, and clinical care. Faculty members have received prestigious teaching awards, hold important leadership positions in the physician assistant profession, and have published research in nearly a dozen leading journals.

Department of Rehabilitation Counseling

Dr. Gerald Casenave
Gerald Casenave, Ph.D., CRC
Acting Chair and Program Co-Director
Department of Rehabilitation Counseling

The Department of Rehabilitation Counseling is led by Acting Chair Gerald Casenave, Ph.D., CRC, who also serves as Program Co-Director with Cheryl H. Silver, Ph.D.

The dedicated faculty members in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling engage in a broad spectrum of educational, scholarly, and service activities to enhance the education and life experience of students.

Department of Health Care Sciences

Dr. Jon Williamson
Jon Williamson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Chair, Department of Health Care Sciences 

The Department of Health Care Sciences is chaired by Jon Williamson, Ph.D., who also serves as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs for the School of Health Professions. 

The Department provides an academic infrastructure for several autonomous programs, oversees online learning initiatives, and offers mulitdisciplinary courses for the School of Health Professions:

Prosthetics-Orthotics: Susan Kapp, M.Ed., CPO, LPO, Program Director

Emergency Medicine Education: Debra Cason, EMT-P, R.N., M.S., Program Director

Radiation Therapy: Marissa Johnson, M.S.R.S., RT(T), Program Director

Division of Community Prevention and Intervention Unit (CPIU): Anne Freeman, B.A., M.S.P.H., Program Director

Division of Area Health Education Center (AHEC): Lori N. Millner, Ph.D., Executive Director of the DFW Area Health Education Center