Dr. Bess Sirmon-Taylor is director of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program. Dr. Sirmon-Taylor is the associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Health Sciences and an associate professor of Speech Language Pathology. She also directs the college's Concussion Management Clinic.
Dr. Sirmon-Taylor's primary research interests are concussion management and traumatic brain injury assessment, and legislation and policy in the clinical professions.
Dr. Sirmon-Taylor received a master's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Florida State University, and a second master's degree in psychology from Georgia College and State University. She received a Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics from the University of Georgia.
Darlene Muguiro is the program manager for the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. Program, and also oversees marketnig and recruitment efforts for the College of Health Sciences dean's office. Ms. Muguiro has been in the education field since 2000. Prior to her current appointment, she held leadership positions within the university advancement offices at New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), focusing on corporate and foundation fundraising within the context of two comprehensive capital campaigns. During this time, Ms. Muguiro’s work contributed substantially towards raising the visibility and capacity of the institutions and their programs, and increasing student financial support. In addition to her work in higher education, Ms. Muguiro has also served in a professional capacity for the El Paso and Socorro Independent School Districts, and as a consultant to area nonprofits, specializing in the areas of communication, grant writing and fund development, and marketing. Ms. Muguiro received her BBA in Marketing and Master of Public Administration degrees from UTEP.