Faculty & Staff

Garber, George receive awards at national rehabilitation conference
At the National Rehabilitation Association Conference held this fall in Corpus Christi, Texas, Martha Garber, director of UNTWISE, and Crystal George, program manager of UNTWISE, received awards for their contributions to the field of rehabilitation. As part of the College of Health and Public Service Rehabilitation and Health Services (RHS) department, UNT’s Workplace Inclusion & Sustainable Employment (UNTWISE) delivers information, continuing education and technical assistance in...
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Smith receives UNT Special Recognition Award
Richard G. Smith, Ph.D., an associate professor in HPS’ Behavior Analysis Department, received the UNT Special Recognition Award. “Rick has spent a lifetime bringing grace to the world of adults with severe and profound disabilities, one of the most forgotten populations,” noted Shahla Ala'i-Rosales, Ph.D., BCBA-D, associate professor in the Behavior Analysis department, who nominated Smith for recognition. The Special Recognition Award honors an extraordinary student, faculty or staff...
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Bland named honorary member of international association
Robert L. Bland, endowed professor of local government in the University of North Texas Department of Public Administration, has been named an honorary member of the International City/County Management Association. He will be honored at the association's annual conference October 22-25 in San Antonio. Founded in 1914, ICMA provides training and professional development to more than 11,000 city, town and county managers, their staffs, and other individuals and organizations...
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Watts to take on the runway at annual cancer benefit
Justin Watts, assistant professor in Rehabilitation and Health Services, will be a model in the You're Beautiful! Luncheon and Style Show on Jan. 26 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center. The annual event shares the stories of local cancer survivors and raises money for the American Cancer Society. Read the original story by the Denton Record-Chronicle.
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Jang presents at University of Utah’s Asia Center
This fall, Hee Soun Jang, Ph.D., associate professor and assistant department chair of HPS’ Public Administration department, gave an invited lecture at Asia Center, a Title VI National Resource Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Utah. Jang’s lecture, “The Government-driven Civil Society in South Korea,” offered an understanding about Asia’s recent efforts to grow the third sector and engage nonprofit organizations in social service provision, with a focus on South...
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Video: Vaidya develops alternative to sedation for children undergoing radiation for cancer
Watch the 1-minute video from NBC 5 News: UNT Program Could Help Children During Radiation. Manish Vaidya, associate professor in the University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis, and graduate student Maria Otero are using a motion monitoring computer program to teach young children to stay mostly motionless during radiation treatments for cancer. They are currently testing the technology on healthy children. Watch the 1-minute video from...
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Sharma honored by National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns
Rachita Sharma, instructor and clinical coordinator in the University of North Texas’ Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services, has received the President’s Award from the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns. One of 11 divisions of the National Rehabilitation Association, NAMRC was formed in 1969 with a mission of promoting cultural diversity and disability through advocacy for excellence and equity in rehabilitation research, education and practice. The...
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Message from the Dean: Fall 2017
Greetings everyone, Fall is an exciting time in any university, but it is particularly exciting for our college as we embark upon our first full academic year as the College of Health and Public Service. As a college that prepares professionals for the workplace and advances research across several disciplines, the new name embodies two major themes of our college and helps to clarify our mission. While the name has changed, our rich history of working collaboratively to solve social...
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Angelogiannos receives Star Performer Award
IT manager Vasilis Angelogiannos recently received UNT’s Star Performer award in recognition of his outstanding contributions. Angelogiannos provides technical leadership for the college and supervises a team of IT staff. “Vasilis’ contributions have enabled HPS IT to operate efficiently and effectively in changing times and changing schedules,” said Jackie Thames, director of information technology for the College of Health and Public Service. The UNT Star Performer Award program provides...
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UNT professors receive more than $1 million in grants to increase cultural competency in mental health services
Angie Wilson, assistant professor in the Department Counseling and Higher Education Chandra Carey, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services  Peggy Ceballos, associate professor in the Department Counseling and Higher Education Three University of North Texas professors have been awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to begin the work of increasing cultural...
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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...
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Video: Craig presents at Stockholm Criminology Symposium
Jessica Craig, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice, traveled to Stockholm, Sweden for the Stockholm Criminology Symposium June 19-21. Many of the top criminology researchers in the field attended the symposium, where the the annual Stockholm Prize in Criminology is awarded. Craig presented her current research on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), a set of abusive and otherwise harmful circumstances that have been linked to negative health and social outcomes...
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HPS announces faculty promotions for 2017-2018 year
Leslie Roberts, JD, promoted to Principal Lecturer Public Administration Prior to joining the faculty at UNT in 2011, Roberts practiced law for over 20 years in both the U.S. and overseas. She has more than 8 years experience working as a mediator in business, probate, employment, education, and family disputes. Erin C. Schafer, Ph.D., CCC-A, promoted to Professor Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Schafer’s research focuses on the assessment and (re)habilitation of adults and...
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Ask an Expert: Stan Ingman
How can I help my loved ones receive the best care as they age? Health becomes a greater concern as you and your loved ones age. Stan Ingman, gerontology professor and an expert in senior health care, spends his time teaching and researching health care options and trends around the world. He says it is important for individuals to be proactive and do all they can to prepare for advanced care. "Instead of seniors being cared for," Ingman says, "think of it as more of a joint effort...
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HPS alumna named next UNT provost
Jennifer Evans-Cowley, a UNT alumna with more than a decade of experience in higher education leadership, has been named the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Texas.  She will have a faculty appointment in HPS’ Public Administration department. Evans-Cowley earned a master of public administration from UNT’s MPA program, which is ranked first in Texas and 13th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Evans-Cowley will also have a...
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From the dean: Summer 2017
Have you heard? PACS is now the College of Health and Public Service. And with the change, we’re launching the college's eNewsletter. Our students, faculty and alumni are doing great things, and we want to keep you apprised of the latest news. A few times per year, we’ll share quick updates on the college. The College of Public Affairs and Community Service (PACS) has been renamed the College of Health and Public Service (HPS). The new name directly reflects the major strengths that...
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Schafer receives highly competitive Teacher-Scholar Award
Erin Schafer, Ph.D., an associate professor of audiology in HPS’ Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Department, was selected to receive the highly competitive 2017 UNT Office of Research and Innovation’s Teacher-Scholar Award, one of the prestigious annual Research and Creativity Awards (RCA). This award goes to a mid-career faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in research or creative productivity while also performing in an extraordinary manner as a teacher.  “I am...
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Sweeten receives 'Fessor Graham Award, highest honor given by UNT student body
Brenda Sweeten, MSSW, LCSW, clinical assistant professor of social work in HPS’ new Social Work Department, will receive this year’s prestigious 'Fessor Graham Award.  “I am so honored to receive this year’s ‘Fessor Graham Award,” said Sweeten. “There are many wonderful faculty and staff at UNT who care deeply about the welfare of our students and this award is representative of all. I am truly humbled.” This award is named for the late Professor Floyd Graham and is presented by the...
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Giving "Mean Green Family" new meaning
The summer of 1996 was a busy one for Eric and Cheryl Fritsch. After earning his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University the previous year, Eric had just accepted a position as an assistant professor with the University of North Texas. The new job meant the young couple would have to find a new home as they relocated from Austin to Denton. And in the middle of all the madness of starting a new job and moving across the state, the Fritsches were also preparing to welcome...
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Johnstone recognized through President’s Council Teaching Award
Peter Johnstone, Ph.D., a professor in HPS’ Criminal Justice Department, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 President’s Council Teaching Award.   “I am very pleased to receive this award,” said Johnstone. “For me it represents an endorsement of my attempts to be effective by the colleagues I work with on a daily basis. I am aware that many of them would be more worthy recipients than I.” The $3,000 award was established to recognize annually two full‑time, tenured/tenure‑...
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Sharma to study military mental health in India
Rachita Sharma, CRC, LPC, Ph.D.-candidate, clinical instructor and internship coordinator for programs in rehabilitation, and Ateka Contractor, assistant professor of psychology, were awarded an India Venture Fund award from UNT International to study military mental health in India. “The Indian culture has some distinct social characteristics and values that can influence the nature, severity, expression and treatment of …mental health problems following traumatic experiences,” stated Sharma...
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Fuselier recognized by American College Personnel Association
As seen in: Staffer earns professional award (Denton Record-Chronicle) Nicholas Fuselier, a staff member in the University of North Texas' College of Health and Public Service, has received an Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional Award from the American College Personnel Association. The awards are given each year to five emerging professionals who demonstrate potential for significant contributions to the field of student affairs in administrative service or teaching,...
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Photos: Dean’s List students recognized at special reception
View more photos on Flickr. On February 28, HPS (PACS) students who were named to the Dean’s Honor Roll in 2016 were honored through a special reception held outside the HPS Dean’s Office. View more photos on Flickr. HPS students who made the Dean’s List in Fall 2016 can stop by Chilton 209 now through March 31 for their certificate and t-shirt (while supplies last). HPS students who made the list in Spring 2016 can stop by Chilton 209 now through March 31 for...
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Behavior Analysis offers free research talks throughout semester
HPS’ Behavior Analysis department will host several Behavior Analysis Research Colloquium (BARC) events during the spring semester. BARCs are typically held from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Fridays and are free and open to the UNT community. An offsite, informal social gathering often follows the talks. Instructional Design: Dos and Don'ts Presented by T.V. Joe Layng and Melinda Sota February 10 Location: ENV 110 Establishing a Minimal Recombinative Repertoire in Behavior Analysis...
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Faculty to create auditory processing training model for children and young adults with autism
As seen in:  UNT Launches a New Autistim Research Project (Dallas Innovates) While concentrating on a classroom lesson or assignment, most elementary and secondary school students have learned to filter out typical background noise, such as other students walking by the classroom door or sounds from outside. But students with Autism Spectrum Disorder often have difficulty with auditory filtering — the ability to process speech, complete tasks and function in the presence of background...
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Ala’i-Rosales to present at ABAI Conference in Paris
Shahla Ala’i-Rosales is the Director of UNT’s Behavior Analysis Online. Associate professor of behavior analysis Shahla Ala’i-Rosales will be presenting an individual symposium at the Ninth International Conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). The conference is set to take place at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel and Conference Center in Paris, France on Nov. 14 and 15, 2017. Shahla Ala’i-Rosales, Ph.D., BCBA-D was...
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Nyiransekuye shares personal refugee story on podcast
“…But when you’re on the road with only the clothes that you’re wearing, nobody looks at you in those terms. Nobody, nobody thinks about you as a person who was once a pillar of his or her own society.” Listen to Hadidja Nyiransekuye, assistant professor in PACS’ Community and Professional Programs department and Rwandan native, share her personal refugee story on the Data Crunch podcast.
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Holloway receives UNT Community Award
As part of UNT’s Salute to Faculty Excellence Week, Linda Holloway, Ph.D., CRC, chair of PACS' Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation department, received the UNT Community Award for her outstanding service to the university community. The award recognizes faculty who give time and concern to individual or groups of students, gives assistance consistently to other faculty and staff and other involvement in the university community. Holloway’s passion is ensuring that...
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Recovery Conference held to benefit recovery research
Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS presents A Modern Day Social Crisis: Dieting and Disordered Eating at the UNT Recovery Conference Earlier this semester the UNT Office of Substance Misuse and Mental Health Recovery Research brought together experts, professionals, students and researchers at its annual UNT Recovery Conference. The office will use conference proceeds to address substance misuse by combining services in the areas of education and training, research...
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How do you keep New Year's resolutions? Faculty share advice
As seen in: How to be one of the cool kids who make New Year's resolutions stick (Dallas Morning News) Maybe you drink several caffeinated drinks every day. Or maybe you automatically have a snack at 2 p.m., neglect other things to check Twitter and Facebook or regularly skimp on sleep. You’ve made a New Year’s resolution to break that habit during 2017, but aren’t quite sure how to start. Two University of North Texas faculty members in the Department of Disability and Addiction...
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Heller Garland inducted to Texas Counselor Hall of Fame
Paula Heller Garland, MS, LCDC recently became the nineteenth individual inducted into the Texas Counselor Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1990. This award recognizes the body of work of an individual in the field of addictions counseling and is awarded based on the many facets of their contributions over an extended period of time, the varied scope of services provided, and the populations these services reached. “I am honored to have been invited into such a prestigious group of people...
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Autism experts converge at UNT to discuss trends in ASD research
A panel of internationally recognized autism experts converged in Denton recently to meet with UNT’s cross-disciplinary autism research team to offer insight into new, groundbreaking research and steps UNT can take to elevate its work in the field.  Read more on the College of Education website. Panel members with UNT representatives. Left to right: Samuel Odom, professor and director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the...
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Williamson named interim chair of CAPP department
Celia Williamson Celia Williamson, Ph.D., LCSW has been named interim chair of PACS’ Community and Professional Programs (CAPP) department. She will continue to serve as UNT’s associate vice president for enrollment and strategic initiatives. Williamson holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Abilene Christian University and master’s and doctoral degrees in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a licensed social worker and has a decade...
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Commencement set for Dec. 16
College of Public Affairs and Community Service (PACS) Undergraduate College Ceremony Friday, December 16 9:00 a.m. UNT Coliseum UNT Doctoral and Master’s Ceremony Friday, December 16 7:00 p.m. UNT Coliseum Learn more at commencement.unt.edu or contact the PACS Student Advising Office.
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DAR’s Lunch and Learn sessions cover variety of topics
Each long semester PACS’ Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation department (DAR) hosts Lunch and Learn events featuring local experts on a wide range of topics. UNT students, staff, and faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to attend. Complimentary lunch is provided at each session. Lunch and Learn Fall 2016 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Select Tuesdays throughout the semester Chilton Hall, Room 134 November 22: Uncomfortable Conversations Presented by Michelle Nietert, Licensed Professional...
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Emergency Administration and Planning forms new academic department
UNT’s Emergency Administration and Planning Program (EADP) has formed the new Emergency Management and Disaster Science (EMDS) department within PACS. Gary Webb, Ph.D. serves as the founding chair. EADP was established in 1983 as the world’s first resident degree program in emergency management. The program was previously part of PACS’ Public Administration department.  The program prepares students for emergency management and related careers in the public, private and...
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Newell to be honored through tree dedication Nov. 11
The Public Administration department (PADM) received a $2 million gift this spring from the Estate of Charldean Newell, a former faculty member and renowned scholar. The endowed funds will support graduate student scholarships. The department will plant a tree and dedicate a granite plaque in honor of Newell at a ceremony November 11. Friends of the college are welcome to attend. “This substantial contribution will help to ensure that the UNT MPA program continues to...
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