Behavior Analysis

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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College & department scholarships application now available online
HPS undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for classes in 2018-2019 are eligible to apply for HPS scholarships. Some scholarships are open to all HPS students while others are available only to specific majors through the academic departments. Thousands of dollars in scholarships are awarded to HPS students each year thanks to generous support from HPS donors. Learn more and find applications at HPS.unt.edu/scholarships Most applications due Thursday, March 1.
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UNT names new dean for College of Health and Public Service
Neale R. Chumbler, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Western Kentucky University, has been named the new dean of the University of North Texas' College of Health and Public Service, or HPS. His appointment will begin July 1. Chumbler will replace Linda Holloway, former chair and faculty member in the college's Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services, who has served as interim dean since September 2017. "I'm excited Dean Chumbler is joining UNT and...
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Undergrads can now schedule advising appointments online
Visit appointments.unt.edu to schedule your appointment now. Undergraduate advising is offered by appointment 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Walk-in advising opportunities are only available during certain periods each semester. Find the advisor for your major.   Office of Student Services and Academic Advising UNT College of Health and Public Service Chilton Hall, Suite 289 410 S. Avenue C, Denton, TX 76201 940-565-4115 HPSadvisingservices@unt.edu
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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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$1,000 Ricco Ethics Competition open to HPS students
Nick and Anna Ricco, long-time UNT donors, created an ethics scholarship competition in 2011. It is open to all students in the 13 colleges and schools at the University of North Texas. The ethics competition was created to promote intellectual debate and discussion on ethics as related to students’ areas of study at UNT, their field of vocation or their avocation. The goal is to stimulate the applicants to new heights of reasoning and self-discipline. The ultimate result will be...
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Photos: Homecoming 2017
View 150+ photos on Flickr. Dozens of alumni returned to Denton on Saturday, November 11 for UNT Homecoming festivities. Check out these photos from the day. The College of Health and Public Service (HPS) hosted an Alumni Brunch at UNT on the Square followed by a tailgate tent near the stadium in the afternoon. Special thanks to all who joined us! HPS alumni, take our survey about Homecoming by December...
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Career Development Specialist available to HPS students
Gena Kirkwood is the Career Development Specialist for all majors in the College of Health and Public Service. She can help you transition from student to professional and help you navigate all of the resources and services offered by the UNT Career Center. Email: Gena.Kirkwood@unt.edu Twitter: @GKcareeradvisor LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/GenaLKirkwood To make an appointment, log in to Eagle Careers powered by Handshake.  
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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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Photos: First Flight Week at HPS
View all 17 photos on Flickr. The College of Health and Public Service welcomed our new first year students during UNT's First Flight Week. Students had an opportunity to get to know each other and get to know more about the college. PACE coordinated the events designed to demonstrate the college’s commitment to community engagement, including mini-service projects with three of our community partners: Our Daily Bread, Hallie’s...
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Join Interim Dean Holloway at upcoming alumni receptions
Whether you graduated forty years ago or yesterday, you will always be an integral part of the Mean Green family. Stay connected to your alma mater by joining Interim Dean Linda Holloway and other HPS alumni and friends at one of the upcoming UNT Alumni Regional Receptions: Dallas County September 28, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Belo Mansion, Dallas, TX With more than 36,000 alumni in Dallas county, we will be painting the town Green! Plan to attend our UNT Alumni Fall Reception - Dallas...
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ORCA recognized by White House for work with veterans
HPS’ student group Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA) received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their work with veterans and military families. Last summer, ORCA began partnering with Patriot PAWS, a Rockwall-based nonprofit organization that trains service dogs. Watch the WFAA video: UNT students help train service dogs for veterans. The Corporation for National and Community Service gave the 2016 award, which was...
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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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Essay: Tenacity by recent graduate Marisa Nowicki
Tenacity By Marisa Nowicki ('17)   Although neither of my parents attended college, they fostered in me a deep love of learning from an early age. We would often play word games in the car, and it was during one of these car rides that my dad introduced the new word-of-the-week: "tenacity," the quality of being determined or persistent. I've always liked the word, and as an adult it often reminds me how much my family has sacrificed to ensure I gained a quality education. It is with...
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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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Patriot PAWS highlights partnership with Behavior Analysis
University of North Texas students Alyssa Schmidt (left) and Maasa Nishimuta work with Drill Bit, who is being trained as a service dog to a military veteran, inside UNT's University Union. In its Spring 2017 newsletter, Rockwall-based nonprofit Patriot PAWS featured UNT’s partnership training service dogs for veterans: Patriot PAWS has partnered with the University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis, chaired by Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, to grow...
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Great Graduate: Marisa Nowicki
After receiving a scholarship from The Terry Foundation, Marisa Nowicki made the most of her time at UNT. As a result, she earned one of the highest honors given to a student — the UNT Presidential Excellence Award — at UNT’s 2017 Wingspan Gala. Marisa, a University of North Texas Honors College student, has an impressive resume for her time here. She studied abroad in San José, Costa Rica and Barcelona, Spain. She was in the North Texas in DC Internship Program ...
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Video: UNT students help train service dogs for veterans
University of North Texas students Alyssa Schmidt (left) and Maasa Nishimuta work with Drill Bit, who is being trained as a service dog to a military veteran, inside UNT's University Union. Watch the video and read the story by WFAA-TV:  UNT students help train service dogs for veterans   UNT behavior analysis students helping dogs to serve veterans with disabilities Going against the friendly nature of his breed, Drill Bit, a young yellow Labrador...
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Apply now to be an ambassador for HPS
Calling HPS undergraduate students! Are you passionate about helping others while sharing your knowledge of HPS? Do you want to work with Faculty and enhance your resume? If so, we want to hear from YOU! In the HPS Ambassador Program, HPS undergraduate students will have the opportunity to collaborate at various department and campus-wide events, help students that might be interested in our programs, collaborate with other students, faculty and staff on campus while developing...
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Alumna helps adults with autism find employment
Susan Richardson ('99 M.S.) found her life's calling shortly after moving to Nashville in early 2001 to move adults with intellectual disabilities from a state-run developmental center to a family-based residential model. "Upon seeing the conditions of institutional life firsthand, I decided to make working with adults with intellectual disabilities my life's work," Richardson says, reflecting on the conditions of Nashville's now-closed Clover Bottom Developmental Center. "There was a...
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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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UNT Alumni Association to host regional chapter spring mixers
Stay connected to your alma mater by joining us at one of the four upcoming UNT Alumni Regional Chapter Spring Mixers. Select the event that best fits your schedule and location. These events were made to give you the opportunity to reconnect with other UNT alumni in your area for networking, University updates and fun. Dallas County Tuesday, March 28, 2017 5:30-8 pm The Social House of Addison, Dallas, TX RSVP by March 26 Tarrant County Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:30-8 pm Acre...
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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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Temple Grandin to speak at UNT event April 13
The University of North Texas and ACES (Comprehensive Educational Services Inc.) will present prominent autism activist Temple Grandin April 13 (Thursday) in Dallas. “+Autism: A Lecture and Discussion with Temple Grandin” will begin at 9 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Ave. The lecture is open to anyone with an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, including educators, parents and health practitioners. Tickets are $20, and pre-registration is highly encouraged as the event is expected...
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Alumni featured in The North Texan story on autism awareness
The winter 2016 issue of The North Texan, UNT’s alumni magazine, features three PACS alumni in the cover story, “Advancing Autism Awareness.” Lori Sekhon ('83, '85 M.S.) is a speech-language pathologist with her own practice, Lori Sekhon Speech and Language Services, in Dallas, which serves individuals with autism. Malika Pritchett (’10 M.S.) is a behavior analyst and owner of Positive Enlightenment, an Austin-based behavioral consulting service...
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Undergrads can apply now for $500 research fellowships
PACS undergraduates who plan to graduate in May 2018 or later can apply now for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship, a mentor-based research experience.  Have you ever wished to conduct guided research in your field of study, gaining invaluable experience, unique credentials, and a faculty champion? A beyond-the-classroom, professor-guided research project is a transformative experience that: immerses you in vital inquiry within your field of study; places you in scholarly...
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Commencement set for May 12-13
PACS Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Friday, May 12, 2017 3:00 p.m. UNT Coliseum University-wide Graduation Celebration Friday, May 12, 2017 6:00 p.m. Location TBA Doctoral and Master's Commencement Saturday, May 13, 2017 5:30 p.m. UNT Coliseum Visit commencement.unt.edu for the latest updates on all Commencement activities. View photos from Fall 2016 Commencement on Flickr.
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Apply now for PACS scholarships
PACS undergraduate and graduate students who plan to take classes in 2017-2018 are eligible to apply for PACS scholarships. Some scholarships are open to all PACS students while others are available only to specific majors through the academic departments. Thousands of dollars in scholarships are awarded to PACS students each year thanks to generous support from PACS donors. Learn more and find applications at hps.unt.edu/scholarships Priority due date is Friday, March 31...
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Photos: Commencement Fall 2016
 View all 84 photos on Flickr.  Over 400 students participated in the PACS Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on December 16, 2016. Congratulations to all new PACS alumni! View photos from the day.  And be sure to save the date for Spring 2017 graduation activities: PACS Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Friday, May 12, 2017 3:00 p.m. UNT Coliseum University-wide Graduation Celebration Friday, May 12, 2017 6:00 p.m....
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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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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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Video: UNT is helping students achieve their dreams
Our students come to UNT with dreams to have a successful career, provide for their families and make a difference in the world. Check out this inspiring video featuring UNT students and parents: Helping UNT Students Achieve Their Dreams Learn more about Admissions at UNT.
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$1,000 Ricco Ethics Competition open to PACS students
Nick and Anna Ricco, long-time UNT donors, created an ethics scholarship competition in 2011. It is open to all students in the 13 colleges and schools at the University of North Texas. The ethics competition was created to promote intellectual debate and discussion on ethics as related to students’ areas of study at UNT, their field of vocation or their avocation. The goal is to stimulate the applicants to new heights of reasoning and self-discipline. The ultimate result will be a higher...
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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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UNT Preview offers open house experience Nov. 19
UNT Preview is your opportunity to get a sneak peek at campus life and your future Mean Green family. Bring your family and your friends, and allow our students, faculty and staff to help you discover why UNT is the right place for you. Learn more.  
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Photos: Homecoming 2016
See all photos Dozens of alumni returned to Denton Saturday, November 5 for UNT Homecoming festivities. Check out these photos from the day. PACS hosted an Alumni Brunch at UNT on the Square followed by a tailgate tent near the stadium in the afternoon. Special thanks to all who joined us! PACS alumni, take our survey about Homecoming by November 30 for your chance to win a PACS prize pack. Subscribe to the PACS eNewsletter for announcements on...
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Nov. 11 BARC to focus on Intersection of Ethics and Supervision
Tyra Sellers, Ph.D., BCBA-D will present on the topic of The Intersection of Ethics and Supervision at the next Behavior Analysis Research Colloquium (BARC) on Friday, November 11. Sellers is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University and the director of the Utah Behavior Support Clinic (UBSC).  PACS’ Behavior Analysis department hosts BARCs throughout the semester. The events are free and open to the UNT community. BARC:...
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