School of Health Professions



Dr. Lori Rice-Spearman is the Dean for the School of Health Professions. She holds a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science from TTUHSC, M.S. in Interdisciplinary Sciences and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.


Dr. Hal S. Larsen is the Executive Associate Dean. He holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Microbiology from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.


Dr. Steven Sawyer is the Associate Dean for Faculty Development. He holds a Bachelor's of Science from the University of California, a Masters of Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University,  and a Ph.D in Neuroscience from the University of California.


Dr. Phil Sizer is a President’s Distinguished Professor and the Associate Dean For Research. He supports SHP scholarship development and progress, coordinates interdepartmental research, and oversees internal grant activity. He holds a BS in Physical Therapy from UTMB and both MEd and PhD from Texas Tech University, with an emphasis in Sensorimotor Control and Learning. He is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist with the APTA and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists..

Lindsay Johnson is the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs. She holds a Bachelor's of Science and Master of Education from Texas Tech University.


Dr. Wade Redman is the Assistant Dean for Educational Technology as well as Chair for the department of Laboratory Sciences and Primary Care. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from TTUHSC, M.B.A. from Wayland Baptist University, and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.


Dawndra Sechrist, OTR, PhD is the Assistant Dean of Learning Outcomes and Assessments, assistant professor and the Program Director in the Occupational Therapy Program. In 2006, she earned a PhD from Texas Tech University. Dr. Sechrist teaches courses in the areas of adult rehabilitation and clinical reasoning for practice. Areas of professional practice focus on treating adults with neurological conditions in the acute care setting. Her research interests focus on effective teaching techniques, interprofessional education, and sex and gender-based education.


Micheal West is the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration. In 1996, he earned a B.B.A in Finance from Texas Tech University.


Dr. Rajinder Koul is the Chair for the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. He holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Speech & Hearing from University of Mysore, India and a Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology from Purdue University.


Dr. Evans Spears is the Chair for the Department of Clinical Counseling and Mental Health. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Coe College, and M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Education from the University of Arizona.