Christopher R. Watts (Ph.D., Univ. of South Alabama) is the Director (Chair) of the Davies School of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences at TCU, where he also holds the appointment of tenured Professor. Prior to his arrival at TCU in 2008, Dr. Watts held faculty appointments at James Madison University, the University of South Alabama, and the University of Central Florida. His clinical, research, and teaching interests center on laryngeal function in voice and swallowing, with an emphasis on laryngeal physiology in Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Watts regularly publishes research in the top peer-reviewed scientific journals of communication sciences & disorders, and presents his research at national and international conferences.
Dr. Watts is known for his mentorship of students and quality of research. He has been recognized with the Wassenich Award for Mentoring at TCU, and was twice recognized with the Dean’s Award for Research. His outstanding contributions to research, teaching, and service to the profession were recognized by election as Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2015.
In the Davies School of COSD, Dr. Watts teaches graduate courses in Voice Disorders and undergraduate courses in Speech & Hearing Science. He also collaborates in the Voice Clinic on the campus of TCU, a specialty program within the Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic. Dr. Watts has established collaborative relationships with national and international colleagues. His ongoing collaboration with Dr. Ted Mau and his team at the UT Southwestern Medical School has resulted in important clinically focused research utilizing high quality research designs.
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