Throughout her adult life, Dr. Frances Jackson Freeman has been a social activist, working for equality, civil rights, social justice and inclusion. From the 1950s through the present, she has worked with and for the handicapped, contributing to improved technology and promoting expanded educational and occupational opportunities. In the 1960s she was active in the Civil Rights Movement in Louisiana, where she was among the first white teachers in the formerly all Black schools. In the 1970s she worked in the Women's Rights Movement in New York City. Most recently, she has become involved in efforts to provide better medical and educational opportunities for the speech and hearing handicapped in emerging nations. Her position as Assistant Vice President for Faculty Diversity is a logical extension of her passionate commitment.
During her long career, she has been a journalist, broadcaster, teacher, professor, clinician, scientist, Methodist minister, writer/editor, forensic expert and CIA consultant. The unifying element in these seemingly diverse endeavors is "human communication," its forms, nature and disorders. She is best known internationally as a speech scientist specializing in behavioral, acoustic, physiologic and neurologic analyses in individuals with speech disorders. Her research has contributed to advances in the diagnosis and treatment of stuttering, cluttering and spasmodic dysphonia. This work has combined behavioral and acoustic analyses with EMG, QEEG, Brain Imaging, and most recently DNA testing in defining the nature and etiology of poorly understood disorders of speech production. Her current research seeks to relate prior brain imaging studies to more recent research in familial stuttering and cluttering. She has over 150 professional publications in journals and text books, and over 200 works in other publications.
Freeman has held research and/or academic appointments at Haskins Laboratories of Yale University, Adelphi University, Northwestern University, University of Texas at Dallas, the Callier Center of UT Dallas, Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of North Texas. She received her PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York after completing bachelor's and master's degrees at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.
She is a master clinician who has worked in the public schools, university affiliated clinics and hospitals. Her lifetime scorecard of clients reaches 1,000 and covers the full range of speech, language and hearing impaired. This number includes over 300 fluency and voice clients. She has taught and/or supervised an equal number of student speech-language pathologists.
Her husband of 52 years is Charles C. Freeman (retired VA Medical Center Director). They have two daughters Denise McGrade, a dentist in Plano, TX, and Jacqueline Lee Perez, an English teacher in Weston, FL. The Freeman's have four grandchildren, Veronica Lee Perez, Carlos Perez, Patrick McGrade, and Sarah Katherine McGrade. Her hobbies include genealogy and gardening.