J. David Garrett, Ph.D. CCC/SLP

Associate Professor
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Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Garrett currently serves as Associate Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. His recent courses include Voice Pathology, Advanced Instrumentation, Neurology, and Organic Disorders. Dr. Garrett is proud to be associated with the exceptional faculty and students in the CSD Department at Baylor.

Dr. Garrett came to the field of Speech Pathology in an unusual way. He began his undergraduate education as a Biology and Psychology major and learned about Speech Pathology by reading a friend's Aphasia textbook. He fell in love with the field, and found his calling. The field incorporates all aspects of science (anatomy, physiology, neurology, acoustics, etc.) yet applies the science to helping people in a very real and personal way.

Dr. Garrett completed his Masters Degree at Baylor and his Ph.D. at University of Iowa. After a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Haskins Laboratories, he taught at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Returning to Texas, his home state, he was an Asst. Professor at Baylor College of Medicine - Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, a Voice Scientist at the Texas Voice Center in Houston, and an Adjunct Professor at Rice University.

For the last decade, Dr. Garrett has enjoyed his time at Baylor University. He and his family have a long history at Baylor and were awarded the Baylor Alumni - First Family Award in 2003 (along with the other 53 family members over 4 generations who have attended Baylor).

Dr. Garrett is married to the lovely and talented Ruth Garrett and they live at Serenity Ranch in China Spring. Dr. Garrett enjoys teaching the bright enthusiastic students at Baylor, kayaking with his brother, and creating a beautiful nature preserve with his wife at Serenity Ranch.

Research Interests

  • Vocal Physiology and Pathology
  • Vocal Health
  • Reflux (LPRD)
  • Parkinsonism
  • Neural Control of Bat Vocalizations

Clinical Interests

  • Voice Disorders
  • Videostroboscopy & Endoscopy
  • Laryngectomy
  • Neuropathologies (Aphasia, Motor Speech Disorders)
  • Dysphagia