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

Patricia Smith, PT, Ph.D., NCS
Professor and Department Chair
Graduate School: Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University, 2006
Interests: Neurological rehabilitation and outcomes research

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

Beth Deschenes, PT, D.P.T., OCS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Graduate School: D.P.T., Arcadia Univeristy, 2013
Interests: Orthopaedic manual therapy; fitness and wellness

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
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
Clinical 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
Faculty Associate
Graduate School: M.P.T., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2003
Interests: Orthopaedic rehabilitation for adult and pediatric patients

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

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

Susan Simpkins, P.T., 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
Assistant Professor
Graduate School: M.P.T., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2001
Interests: Orthopaedic manual therapy