College welcomes new faculty, staff for 2017-2018 year

The College of Health and Public Service is delighted to introduce these new faculty and staff:

Amanda Anaya, Administrative Specialist IV
Behavior Analysis

April Becker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Behavior Analysis
Becker earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center where her work with Dr. Mark Goldberg focused on behavioral recovery from brain injury and the use of plasticity-modulating pathways to augment rehabilitation. Becker's research and interests have two aims: to better understand basic processes underlying behavior and recovery from brain injury and to develop better clinical approaches to rehabilitation. 

Carrie Breedlove, M.S., CRC, LPC, Coordinator for Recovery to Practice
Rehabilitation and Health Services
Breedlove is the Coordinator for UNT's Recovery to Practice initiative. She is a graduate of the UNT Masters in Rehab Counseling program. She is a certified rehab counselor, a licensed professional counselor, and a certified crisis worker through the American Association of Suicidology. She has 17 years of experience working in outpatient mental health including crisis intervention, psychoeducational group facilitation, intensive case management, and individual counseling.   She is passionate about recovery and engaging the community in supporting individuals in recovery.

Rebecca “Becky” Cagle, M.S., ATHS, Senior Trainer for UNTWISE
Rehabilitation and Health Services
Cagle is a Senior Trainer for UNTWISE.  She comes to HPS from the UNT Office of Disability Accommodation where she was the student services coordinator and oversaw Text Conversion and Assistive Technology. She has experience working in postsecondary disability services since 1996 and has taught high school students with learning disabilities. Cagle holds a master’s degree in Assistive Technology & Human Services from California State University at Northridge, received her bachelor’s in Rehabilitation Science from UT Southwestern Medical Allied Health Sciences, and obtained a certificate in Life Care Planning. Becky is an IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC). She is active in several rehabilitation-accessibility memberships and is the advisor for the MeanGreen Lions Club.

Parker Ellis, M.Ed., Academic Advisor
Academic Advising 
Ellis joins the Academic Advising team following the completion of Master of Education in Higher Education at the University of North Texas. As a Graduate Student in the Master’s Cohort in College Student Personnel, he served as a graduate assistant with the North Texas in DC Internship program and the University Program Council. 

Karla B. Horton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Social Work
Horton received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Social Work from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIU), and her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Texas-Arlington. She has her Professional Educators License in School Social Work from Illinois and is a Licensed Master Social Worker in Texas. Her practical experiences are in school social work, where she has worked for Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Cedar Hill Independent School District as a school social worker. Prior to joining UNT faculty, Horton worked at SIU as an Assistant Professor. Her areas of research are relational aggression in schools, workplace bullying (specifically in academia), school social work and trauma in schools.

Laura Keyes, Lecturer
Public Administration

Sharon Miller, Ph.D., CCC-A, Assistant Professor of Audiology
Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology
Miller earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Audiology from The University of Minnesota and has a B.S. in Communication Disorders from Northwestern University. The long-term goal of her research is to establish an integrative program that combines behavioral and electrophysiological measures to address fundamental questions about brain plasticity and language in adults and children with hearing loss. By identifying biomarkers underlying successful speech and language outcomes, she hopes to develop more targeted auditory rehabilitation protocols for persons with hearing loss.

Kenda Morrison, Ph.D., Principal Lecturer
Behavior Analysis
Morrison has used ABA to help children with autism and their families since 1989. Her early work was with the Early Childhood Autism Program in Lawrence, KS. She also worked at the UCLA Young Autism Project and Princeton Child Development Institute. 

Elias Mpofu, Ph.D., DEd, CRC, Professor & Ph.D. Coordinator – Health Services
Rehabilitation and Health Services
Mpofu is a distinguished researcher already having published with several faculty across UNT during the last year. He is the recipient of three international research awards in rehabilitation: Mary Switzer Distinguished Researcher Award (2008), National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), and the American Rehabilitation Counselling Association Research Award (2007). Mpofu was also awarded the Rehabilitation Educator of the Year Award by the NCRE (2010) and an honorary doctoral degree in education by the University of Pretoria (2010). He is Editor of the Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling and the Journal of Psychology in Africa. He also serves on the editorial boards of several rehabilitation counselling related journals, including Journal of Rehabilitation Administration, Rehabilitation Education, Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, Psychological Assessment, and the International Journal of Disability, Development and Education.

Dhru Mukherjee, Ph.D, LCSW, Associate Professor
Social Work
As a researcher and licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), Mukherjee’s research includes addressing challenges to develop the trauma-informed clinical workforce, impact of trauma on children, adolescent and transitional youth and military population, post-traumatic growth, suicidal ideation, and technology solution to trauma-informed clinical practice. He received federal funding that explored trauma-preparedness among the rural clinical workforce and creating trauma-informed suicide infrastructure in college campuses respectively. Mukherjee also helped create learning collaborative in rural communities to train clinicians on trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TfCBT) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) with funding from private foundations. Mukherjee published and served in editorial capacity at the Journal of Technology in Human Services and Social Development Issues. He is a board member of Council of Social Work Education’s (CSWE) taskforce on Trauma.

Melinda Sota, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty
Behavior Analysis
Sota is an Instructional Designer with a special interest and expertise in content analysis and formative evaluation. Over the past 10 years, most of her work has focused on the design and development of educational technology products for K-12 learners, including the Headsprout Reading Comprehension program.

Jennifer Ulmer, B.A., Administrative Specialist III for the UNT Speech & Hearing Center
Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology
Ulmer brings 8 years of retail and office management experience to her position as Administrative Specialist III for the UNT Speech and Hearing Center. She earned her degree from Texas Woman’s University and has been a resident of Denton, Texas for 12 years.

Elyse Zavar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Emergency Management and Disaster Science
Zavar holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Geography from Texas State University and has served previously as an assistant professor at Southern Connecticut State University. Her primary research interests are in the human dimensions of hazards and disasters, and she has published in numerous scholarly journals, including Natural Hazards Review, Disaster Prevention and Management, Environmental Hazards, and others. In 2015 she received the Gilbert White Dissertation Award from the Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.