Physical Therapy Faculty

Jason Zafereo
Jason Zafereo, Physical Therapy Program Assistant Professor and Clinician, treats a patient with ultrasound.

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 experiences, including:

    • Participating in Camp John Marc (a summer camp for young people with disabilities)
    • Training with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment equipment that helps patients relearn gait after an injury
    • Implementing and carrying out an evidence-based clinical practice
    • Attending interdepartmental grand rounds
    • Developing a professional portfolio
    • Providing care in the faculty practice

Beth Deschenes, PT, D.P.T., OCS
Professor and Interim Department Chair
Graduate School: D.P.T., Arcadia University, 2013
Interests: Orthopaedic manual therapy; fitness and wellness

Traci Betts, PT, D.P.T., CCS
Assistant Professor
Graduate School: P.T., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2010

Patricia Blau, PT, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Vice Chair
Graduate School: Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, 2002
Interests: Neurological rehabilitation with emphasis on vestibular dysfunction and facial nerve re-education

Julie DeVahl, PT, D.P.T., OCS
Assistant Professor
Graduate School: D.P.T., Texas Tech University Health Science Center, 2014
Interests: Clinical education; electrotherapy and orthopaedics

Tara Dickson, PT, D.P.T., OCS, CSCS
Assistant Professor
Graduate School:  D.P.T., Duke University, 2012
Interests:  Clinical education, orthopedic rehabilitation

Karen McCain, PT, D.P.T., NCS
Associate Professor
Graduate School: D.P.T., Regis University, 2006
Interests: Stroke rehabilitation and locomotor retraining

Emily Middleton, PT, D.P.T., OCS, SCS, CSCS
Instructor
Graduate School: D.P.T., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2011
Interests: Sports Rehabilitation

Edward Mulligan, PT, D.P.T., OCS, SCS
Associate Professor
Graduate School: D.P.T., Regis University, 2008
Interests: Orthopaedic rehabilitation

Leslie Nelson, PT, M.P.T., OCS
Assistant Professor
Graduate School: M.P.T., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2003
Interests: Orthopaedic rehabilitation for adult and pediatric patients

Erin Perez, PT, D.P.T., NCS
Instructor
Graduate School: Washington University, 2011

Ross Querry, PT, Ph.D.
Professor
Graduate School: Ph.D., University of North Texas Health Science Center, 1999
Interests: Orthopaedic rehabilitation

Staci Shearin, PT, M.P.T., NCS
Assistant Professor
Graduate School: M.P.T., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006
Interests: Neurological Rehabilitation

Susan Simpkins, PT, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Graduate School: Ed.D., Columbia University, 1999
Interests: Postural control and balance in the pediatric population

Jason Zafereo, PT, M.P.T., OCS, FAAOMPT
Associate Professor
Graduate School: M.P.T., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2001
Interests: Orthopaedic manual therapy