Departments

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. Beth Deschenes
Beth Deschenes, P.T., D.P.T., O.C.S.
Interim Chair
Department of Physical Therapy

The interim chair for the Department of Physical Therapy is Beth Deschenes, P.T., D.P.T., O.C.S.

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. Jeffrey Browning
Jeffrey Browning, M.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Clinical Nutrition

The Department of Clinical Nutrition is led by Jeffrey Browning, M.D., who serves as the Chair of the Department of Clinical Nutrition.

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. Temple Howell-Stampley
Temple Howell-Stampley, M.D., M.B.A., FACP
Chair
Department of Physician Assistant Studies

The Department is led by Temple Howell-Stampley, M.D., M.B.A., FACP, 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

Robert Drake
Robert Drake, M.S., CRC, LPC-S
Interim Program Director
Department of Rehabilitation Counseling

The Department of Rehabilitation Counseling is led by Interim Program Director Robert Drake, M.S., CRC, LPC-S, 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. Scott Smith
Scott Smith, Ph.D.
Acting Chair and Assistant Dean of Research

The Department of Health Care Sciences is led by acting Chair Scott A. Smith, Ph.D., who also serves as Assistant Dean of Research of the School of Health Professions. 

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

Prosthetics-Orthotics: Leslie Gray, M.Ed., CPO, LPO, Interim Program Director

Radiation Therapy: Kameka Rideaux, M.B.A., RT(R)(T), Program Director

Division of Community Prevention and Intervention Unit (CPIU)