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The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

DEAN AND ASSOCIATE DEANS


Dean Steven Small

Dr. Steven Small
Dean

Dr. Small was appointed as the dean of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences in spring 2019. He holds the Aage and Margareta Møller Distinguished Professorship in Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Dr. Small’s work focuses on understanding the anatomy and physiology of the human brain and its relation to function. His research involves direct investigation of human subjects, particularly in speech and language, and clinical and fundamental neurobiological aspects of mild traumatic brain injuries like concussions, particularly in sports.


Dr. Lisa Jimenez

Dr. Lisa Jimenez
Associate Dean, Administration

In her role as associate dean, Dr. Jimenez serves as chief operations and finance officer for the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, working to support the Dean with administrative leadership and counsel. Dr. Jimenez has extensive training and experience in academic leadership, comprising graduate degrees in both business and educational leadership, and leadership experience in higher education. Her previous roles include Senior Director of Operations at a veterinary medical school and Executive Director at a graduate school of management.


Dr. Melanie Spence

Dr. Melanie Spence
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies

In her role as associate dean, Dr. Spence provides resources and support for students enrolled as undergraduates at the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Dr. Spence is a leading researcher in the area of how young infants process speech stimuli and faces.


Dr. Robert Stillman

Dr. Robert Stillman
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

In his role as associate dean, Dr. Stillman provides resources and support for students enrolled in graduate programs at the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Dr. Stillman is a member of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing, and has extensive administrative experience at UT Dallas, including his longstanding role as Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs, with additional previous experience with the BS, MS, and PhD programs in Speech, Language, and Hearing, and helping to manage academic affairs for the Callier Center for Communication Disorders.

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