Academic Faculty 


In addition to the practice of speech-language pathology and audiology, many providers in the Speech and Hearing National Referral Network™ have affiliations with tertiary referral centers and major research universities.


Dr. Kristine Tanner

Voice Disorders; Resonance Disorders, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

Kristine Tanner, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University. She holds adjunct faculty appointments in the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Utah. 

Dr. Tanner is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist and works clinically at The University of Utah Voice Disorders Center. Dr. Tanner's translational clinical research examines environmental effects on voice function, including laryngeal and airway surface hydration, irritants, and novel treatment development.

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Dr. Ryan Branski

Specializations: Voice Disorders; Clinical and Academic Administration

Ryan Branski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist and the Associate Director of the NYU Voice Center in New York, N.Y., where he specializes in the assessment and treatment of patients with voice disorders. Dr. Branski directs a multidisciplinary clinical enterprise and an active research program in voice disorders. 


Dr. Christopher Watts

Voice Disorders; Academic Administration; Director

Christopher Watts, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist and Director of the Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. The Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic is on the campus of Texas Christian University, offering a wide variety of services to individuals in Forth Worth and surrounding areas.