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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
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Engagement

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

Carolyn Bradley-Guidry oversees the School’s student affairs and engagement operations. She is responsible for implementing policies and programming to support health professions student academic progress from admission to graduation. Dr. Bradley-Guidry works collaboratively with program directors, faculty, staff, and campus student support leaders to ensure a positive educational experience for all learners. She chairs the School of Health Professions Student Engagement Advisory Committee and is a member of the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion to support a culture and climate of inclusive excellence. She leads recruitment initiatives and coordinates outreach activities to build ongoing relationships with local and regional schools and university health professions advisors.

Dr. Bradley-Guidry earned bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Texas Christian University and physician assistant studies 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 the fall of 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 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 and became Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Engagement in March 2023.

Ramona Dorough, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Faculty Development

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Ramona Dorough, PhD, is an academic leader with expertise in overseeing academic affairs and faculty development in the School of Health Professions at UT Southwestern Medical Center. With a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy and a strong background in program development, she ensures compliance with accreditation standards while promoting faculty development opportunities. Dr. Dorough collaborates with the Dean, SHP programs, and UTSW leadership for strategic planning, curricular design, and assessment to enrich the school’s drive toward continued success.

As a primary resource for faculty development, Dr. Dorough provides guidance on educational best practices, facilitates collaborations, and advocates for equitable practices. Her extensive experience in higher education administration, combined with her exceptional communication skills, makes her an invaluable asset in shaping academic affairs. Dr. Dorough's research focuses on communication modalities in educational policies and practice, empathetic communication, effective communication skills in medical practice, medicalization, and the workforce’s efforts in health equity.

With a genuine commitment to fostering an inclusive and engaging academic environment, Dr. Dorough actively serves on regional, national, and international committees, representing UT Southwestern’s School of Health Professions and contributing to the advancement of best practices in higher education. Dr. Dorough brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role. Her dedication to promoting excellence, ensuring compliance, and fostering a vibrant academic community is evident in her oversight of program development, faculty recruitment, and retention initiatives. With her expertise, Dr. Dorough continually strives to enhance the academic experience for faculty, staff, and students

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.

Shanta Campbell, BS
Program Coordinator - Student Affairs and Digital Marketing 

Shanta Campbell joined the Dean’s Office in October of 2023. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of Texas at Dallas. She has worked at UT Southwestern since 2022. Shanta collaborates with various UTSW student affairs offices to provide program support to the School of Health Professions and is responsible for social media and digital marketing. Shanta oversees the student advisory committee, tutoring services, new student orientation, and enriching activities outside the academic curriculum.

Victoria Perez, MPH
Program Coordinator - Recruitment and Student Success 

Victoria Perez joined the Dean’s Office in October 2023. She earned her Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences in May 2023 from UT Health Houston. Previously she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Social Sciences in 2021 from Colorado State University-Pueblo. Victoria develops, implements, and evaluates strategies to reduce barriers, enhance efficiency of student matriculation, builds partnerships with pathway institutions and local high schools. She facilitates student success initiatives in addition to student engagement activities and works closely with the Office of Student Empowerment and Engagement to support a climate of inclusive excellence.

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, Associate Deans 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 Administrative Assistant, her duties include HCS course administrator, student tutoring, coordinating SHP tours, reconciling One Card, and other administrative duties.

Sandy Storm
Senior Administrative Assistant

Sandy Storm joined the Dean's Office in July, 2023, after two years at UTA as an Administrative Assistant. She is a returning employee, having been previously employed at UTSW 2018-2021. Her duties include procurement, catering orders, organization of events, and One Card reconciliation. She also supports the Genetic Counseling department with scheduling and travel arrangements..