HPS Faculty Research


Irine Abraham, MTS, LMSW

Lecturer
Social Work

Areas of Expertise:



Shahla Ala'i PhD, BCBA-D, LBA

Associate Professor
Behavior Analysis

Areas of Expertise:
Early Intervention, Applied Behavior Analysis, Parent Training, Collaboration, Social Justice



Katsura Aoyama, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Speech-Language Pathology
Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Areas of Expertise:
Phonetics, Language Acquisition, Children, Second Language, Cultural Linguistic Diversity



Cassidy Baker, Ph.D. LCSW-S, ACSW

Interim Chair of Social Work
Social Work

Areas of Expertise:
Child Welfare, Family Violence, Child Abuse

Cassidy Baker, LCSW-S, ACSW


Abraham Benavides, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Public Administration

Areas of Expertise:
Local Government, Aging in Place, Rural Homelessness, Cultural Competency Immigration, Risk Communication



Bob Bland, Ph.D.

Endowed Professor of Local Government
Public Administration

Areas of Expertise:
Property Tax, Local Budgets, City Management, Municipal Bonds, Grants



Chandra Donnell Carey, Ph.D., CRC, FNAMRC

Associate Dean for Academics
Rehabilitation and Health Services

Areas of Expertise:
Mental Illness, Multicultural Competency/Responsiveness, Integrated Care, Supervision, Rehabilitation Outcomes

Chandra Donnell Carey, Ph.D., CRC, FNAMRC


Traci Cihon, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Associate Professor
Behavior Analysis

Areas of Expertise:
Cultural Selection, Behavior Systems Analysis, Social Responsibility, Fluency-based Instruction, Language Sustainability



Jessica Craig, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Criminal Justice

Areas of Expertise:
Trauma, Desistance, Junvenile Justice, Development, Offending

Jessica Craig, Ph.D.


Kamakshi Gopal, Ph.D., CCC-A

Professor and Chair
Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Areas of Expertise:
Hearing Loss, Tinnitus, Auditory Processing, Recreational Noise Induced Hearing Loss, Auditory Electrophysiology



Julia Heck, PhD, MPH

Associate Dean for Research
Rehabilitation and Health Services

Areas of Expertise:

Julia Heck, PhD, MPH


Theresa Kouri, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Principal Lecturer and Clinical Director for SLP
Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Areas of Expertise:



Skip Krueger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Public Administration

Areas of Expertise:
Disasters, Government Budgeting, Cities, Local Government, Government Finance

Skip Krueger, Ph.D.


Amanda Labue, Au.D., CCC-A

Senior Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor
Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Areas of Expertise:



Boji Lam, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Areas of Expertise:
Bilingualism, Vocabulary, Emotion, Motivation, Language Proficiency

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Lauren Mathews, M.S., CCC-SLP

Principal Lecturer
Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Areas of Expertise:
Autism, Language, Auditory Processing, Engagement, Theory of Mind



Sharon Miller, Ph.D., CCC-A

Assistant Professor
Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Areas of Expertise:
Speech Perception, Electrophysiology, Cochlear Implants, Hearing Aids, Phonetic Categorization



Sarah Moore, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor
Social Work

Areas of Expertise:
International Social Work, Refugees, Cultural Humility, Immigrants, HIV/AIDS

Sarah Moore


Mary Nelan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Emergency Management and Disaster Science

Areas of Expertise:
Disaster Volunteers, Disaster Donations, Disaster Response, Disaster Recovery, Therapeutic Communities



Stacy Nunnelee, M.A., CCC-SLP

Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Director
Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Areas of Expertise:
Social Language, Teaching College Students, Keeping Students Engaged, Aphasia, Social Skills



Liam O'Neill Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Rehabilitation and Health Services

Areas of Expertise:
Electronic Health Records, Administrative Data, Health Services Research, Health Disparities, Hospital-Acquired infections

Liam O'Neill Ph.D.


Gloria Streit Olness, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor
Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Areas of Expertise:
Aphasia, Discourse Linguistics, Communitcation Disorders, Neurological Disorders, Rehabilitation



Shannon Presley, M.S., CCC-SLP

Senior Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor
Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Areas of Expertise:
TBI, Aphasia, Apraxia, Dysarthria, Adult



Leslie Roberts, J.D.

Principal Lecturer
Public Administration

Areas of Expertise:

Leslie Roberts, J.D


Erin C. Schafer, Ph.D., CCC-A

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Audiology
Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Areas of Expertise:
Auditory, Hearing Loss, Processing, Training, Technology

Erin C. Schafer, Ph.D., CCC-A


Brenda Sweeten, LCSW

Clinical Associate Professor & Director of Social Work Field Education & UNT Foster Care Liaison Officer
Social Work

Areas of Expertise:
Foster Care, Postsecondary Readiness, Child Welfare, Nonprofits, Voluntary Management

Brenda Sweeten, LCSW


Cassie Thomas, Au.D., FAAA

Senior Lecturer, Clinical Director for Audiology
Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Areas of Expertise:



Adam Trahan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
Criminal Justice

Areas of Expertise:
Capital Punishment, Diversity, Punitiveness, Theory, Effects of Incarceration



Robert Wall, M.S.

Lecturer
Criminal Justice

Areas of Expertise:

Robert Wall


Justin Watts, Ph.D., NCC

Assistant Professor
Rehabilitation and Health Services

Areas of Expertise:

Justin Watts


Raedeen Wingate, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lecturer
Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Areas of Expertise:



Elyse Zavar Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Emergency Management and Disaster Science

Areas of Expertise:
Buyout , Mitigation, Disaster , Commemoration, Recovery

Elyse Zavar, Ph.D.


Haley Zettler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice

Areas of Expertise:
Corrections, Mental Health, Substance Use, Trauma, Probation