Office of Research: Meet the Team | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

The SHP Office of Research provides learning, development, and support programs for SHP research and scholarship. Our programs promote knowledge, practice, and translation through research in basic, applied, and clinical sciences with the aim of advancing SHP scholarly activities among faculty and students.

Please call 806.743.2439, email us at, or visit our office if you are interested in learning more about the programs we offer or have any questions. We are proud to have an “open-door” policy and encourage drop-in visits to assist you in achieving your research and scholarship goals.

The Research Team

Phil S. Sizer Jr., PT, Ph.D.

Phillip S. Sizer Jr, PT, PhD
Associate Dean of Research

PROFESSIONAL-Phil Sizer is an Endowed Professor in Pain Science, TTUHSC President’s University Distinguished Professor, and the Associate Dean for Research for the School of Health Professions. and Senior Faculty in the ScD (PT), PhD (Rehabilitation Sciences) and Medical Pain Fellowship Programs at TTUHSC. Phil earned a BS in Physical Therapy from UTMB-Galveston (1985), as well as his MEd in Exercise Science (1993) and PhD with a Motor Control emphasis (2002) at TTU. Phil earned a post-professional Fellow in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (2002). MORE

Kerry K. Gilbert, PT, ScD

Kerry K. Gilbert, PT, ScD
Assistant Dean of Anatomy Research & Education

Dr. Gilbert was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He attended The University of Texas and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology. In 1994 he moved to Lubbock, Texas to attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) to pursue his Master in Physical Therapy (MPT) Degree. After receiving his MPT degree (1997) and being licensed as a physical therapist, he worked in an outpatient orthopaedic setting at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. MORE

Roger James, Ph.D.,FACSM

Roger James, PhD, FACSM
Director, Center of Rehabilitation Research

Roger James is a professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at TTUHSC. He is Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Research, Director of the Clinical Biomechanics (Gait) Laboratory within the Center, and Program Director of the Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program. James holds a Ph.D. in Exercise and Movement Science from the University of Oregon with a specialization in biomechanics and emphases in sports medicine and motor control. MORE

Candace Hicks, Ph.D., CCC-A

Candace Hicks, PhD, CCC-A
Director, Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

Candace Bourland Hicks has directed the Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing Research in the School of Health Professions at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center since 2013. In this role, she has had the opportunity to support research in the areas of audiology, hearing science, speech-language pathology, and speech science. Her research interests have focused on pediatric audiology and on listening effort. MORE

Carleigh Smith

Carleigh Smith
Unit Manager of Research

Carleigh Smith is Unit Manager of Research for the TTUHSC School of Health Professions (SHP). Her role is to implement and manage systems and processes that promote best practices for faculty with the aim to support, educate, and encourage the pursuance of research grants, innovations and discoveries, and collaborations with the goal of advancing the research enterprise. MORE