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Jon W. Williamson, Ph.D.

Jon Williamson, Ph.D.

Jon Williamson, Ph.D., is responsible for overseeing the School’s academic programs, budget and finances, strategic planning, clinical operations, and research programs. He previously served as Interim Dean, Chair of the Department of Health Care Sciences, Assistant Dean for Research, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, as well as Director of a Center for Interdisciplinary Research and a Center for Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Williamson received his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, completed his training as a research fellow in Cardiology at UT Southwestern, and joined the faculty in the School of Health Professions in 1995. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and his research programs have focused on neural control of the circulation, neuroplasticity, and cortical remapping following injury and rehabilitation. As a Distinguished Teaching Professor, he also has keen interest in interprofessional education, health care teams, and student performance.

Dr. Williamson joined the Dean’s Office in 2007 and was named Dean in October 2015.


Scott Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research

Scott Smith, Ph.D.

Scott Smith, Ph.D., oversees the School’s basic and clinical research program including, but not limited to, development of projects, establishment of collaborative partnerships, grant award planning/submission, and post-award management. He is the Chair of the Applied Clinical Research Ph.D. Program and Promotion and Tenure Committee as well as Director of the Human Physiology Course for first-year students.

Dr. Smith previously served as Director of the David M. Crowley Research and Rehabilitation Laboratory and is a former President of the Faculty Assembly Executive Committee. In addition, he is a former member of the University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council in which he served on the Executive Sub-Committee on Health Affairs.

Following a bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in biomedical science from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Internal Medicine/Cardiology at UT Southwestern in 2002 and joined the faculty of the School of Health Professions shortly thereafter. Dr. Smith is an active member of the American Heart Association, American Physiological Society, and American College of Sports Medicine. He serves as a reviewer for numerous journals and funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

His NIH-funded research focuses on determining the mechanisms underlying the development of autonomic reflex dysfunction in cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension and heart failure. He has active collaborative research relationships with fellow UTSW scientists in cardiology, hypertension, nephrology, mineral metabolism, bioengineering, and surgery. His research has received award recognition from both the American Physiological Society and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

He joined the Dean’s Office in his current role in November 2012.

Carolyn Bradley-Guidry, Dr.P.H., M.P.A.S., PA-C, CPH
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Affairs

Carolyn Bradley Guidry, Dr.P.H., M.P.A.S.

Carolyn Bradley-Guidry is responsible for oversight of strategies and initiatives to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the School of Health Professions. Dr. Bradley-Guidry chairs the School of Health Professions Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, the Faculty Diversity Collaborative Task Force, and collaborates with the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion to support a culture and climate of inclusive excellence. She coordinates outreach initiatives to build ongoing relationships with local and regional university health professions advisors and key student influencers to increase the number of applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Dr. Bradley-Guidry earned bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Texas Christian University and physician assistant students from UT Southwestern Medical Center. She earned a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska and a doctorate degree in public health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health. Dr. Bradley-Guidry joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2010 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. She was promoted to Associate Professor in fall 2018. Dr. Bradley-Guidry’s clinical expertise is in hypertension. Her research interest is in health professions workforce diversity and health disparities. Dr. Bradley-Guidry is a 2013 National Institutes on Minority Health and Health Disparities Scholar. She is a member of the Southwestern Academy of Teachers, which comes with the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor.

Dr. Bradley-Guidry joined the Dean’s Office in 2017 as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. She was promoted to Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Affairs in December 2020.

Bernadette Nagib, M.B.A., CPC

Bernadette Nagib joined the Dean’s Office in 2013. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University in 1999 and her Master of Business Administration in 2009 from UT Arlington. She has worked in health care since 2001. As Director, her responsibilities include managing the School of Health Professions’ fiscal resources. She also serves as Director of the School’s Faculty Service, Research, and Development Plan.

Geoffrey Grabow, M.Ed.

Geoffrey Grabow joined the Dean’s Office in July 2005. He earned his Master of Education degree in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University in 1999 and has extensive experience in higher education administration. In addition to oversight of administrative staff and financial affairs, he provides counsel to the School’s academic departments on administrative and personnel matters.

Jesse T. McElroy, III, MBA

Program Coordinator – Student Affairs and Digital Marketing

Jesse McElroy joined the Dean’s Office in June 2022. In his current role he serves School of Health Professions students in affairs outside of their academic curriculum such as student leadership, orientation, and more. He also serves in the areas of recruitment, digital marketing, and website updates.

Christine Morales, M.S.
Financial Analyst

Christine Morales joined the Dean’s Office in March 2020. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 2013 and her Master of Statistics in 2015, both from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Her duties include assisting the Director with annual budget forecasting and preparation for the School of Health Professions, as well as assisting with preparing financial reports.

Ana Herrera
Senior Administrative Associate

Ana Herrera joined the Dean’s Office in February 2008 from AMH Transport. Her duties include calendar keeper for the Dean and upper management, travel arrangements, accounts payable items, managing administrative forms in PeopleSoft, faculty recruitment processes.

Angela Massey
Senior Administrative Assistant

Angela Massey joined the Dean’s Office in 2013. In her current role as Senior Administative Assistant, her duties include HCS course administrator, student tutoring, reconciling One Card and other administrative duties.

Audrey Nelson
Senior Administrative Assistant

Audrey Nelson has been with UT Southwestern since 2016 and joined the School of Health Professions Dean’s Office in 2019. She earned a bachelor’s from Texas Woman’s University in 2020 and has worked in health care since 2012. In her current role as a Senior Administrative Assistant she is the gatekeeper of the front office, student orientation, manages administrative supplies, inventory control, department classroom scheduling, and host of various duties.