Steven Small, MD, PhD (Chair/Speaker)

University of Texas at Dallas

Steven L. Small, Ph.D., M.D., is Dean of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and the Aage and Margareta Møller Distinguished Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Small retired from the University of California, Irvine, where he was the Chair of the Department of Neurology from 2010-2017, and from The University of Chicago, where he founded the first high-field MRI research center in Chicago (in 1999), and where he retains an appointment as Professor Emeritus.  As a scientist, Dr. Small has been a pioneer in understanding the anatomy and physiology of the human brain and its relation to function by direct investigation of human subjects, particularly related to language comprehension and production. This work has encompassed the study of normal adults and children, adults with neurological disease (especially stroke), and children with developmental impairments. Dr. Small is the founder of both the Society for the Neurobiology of Language and the MIT Press open access journal, Neurobiology of Language. As Department Chair, Dr. Small doubled department size and expanded significantly the volume and quality of neurological services for the only academic medical center in Orange County, California, the sixth largest county in the United States, with a population of more than 3 million people. In his current role, Dr. Small aims to continue the trajectory of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences by expanding and broadening research and education in neuroscience, psychology, and speech and hearing sciences, building partnerships with other educational, industrial, and philanthropic institutions in Dallas, particularly the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and advancing the stature of the premier Carnegie Tier 1 research institution in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States.