All HPS News Updates

December 2018

Parents say Dr. Theresa Kouri, with the help of Scottish Rite, is giving their children a second chance at success.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Andrew McCann struggled in every school subject. "He was truly a high-risk student who could have easily fallen through the cracks,” his mother Donna McCann said.  Jordan Yancey’s grades suddenly plummeted and he wasn’t reading at his level. His self-esteem was suffering and he was being bullied.  “He was at a second-grade level at 13-and-a-half,” his mother Stacy Rollins said.  His sister Kinslee Warren was also struggling. Rollins, a mother of five children with a variety of challenges, began homeschooling both children who were diagnosed with severe ADHD.

Madelynn Michaels was facing reading challenges of her own. The creative and...

December 2018

They brought together leaders of four North Texas municipalities for the first time in determining the next steps in their unique partnership.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Dr. Bob Bland, Endowed Professor in Local Government and the faculty director of the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service’s Center for Public Management, and city management graduate student Chris Byrd facilitated a planning retreat for executive leaders and department heads of the Lake Cities. Lake Cities consists of the cities of Corinth and Hickory Creek and the towns of Lake Dallas and Shady Shores.

“Lake Cities is unusual in that all four communities and their utility district, the Lake Cities Municipal Utility Authority, are geographically constrained by a large lake and a major interstate highway. Yet their proximity makes collaboration in service delivery a cost-effective alternative,” Dr. Bland said. “The four cities and authority also currently cooperate in providing fire protection...

November 2018

DENTON (UNT) – Kayla Castro, currently a junior at the University of North Texas who’s pursuing a major in music and a minor in the College of Health and Public Service’s nonprofit leadership studies program, has been awarded the Association of Fundraising Professionals Fort Worth Chapter Student Fellowship.

“The Association of Fundraising Professionals Fort Worth Metro Chapter is thrilled to announce its first student fellow, Kayla Castro,” said Peyton Salvarria, executive director of Gill Children’s Services and member of the AFP. “AFP is committed to empowering individuals and organizations to practice ethical fundraising through professional education, networking, research and advocacy. The fellowship will allow Ms. Castro to learn more about the profession as she prepares to start a career.”

The fellowship includes a one-year scholarship for AFP membership, free...

November 2018

This is the first year SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher, has ranked online colleges based on degree-specific return on investment.

The University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service’s Criminal Justice program has been named to the 2019 SR Education Group list of “Most Affordable Master’s in Criminal Justice Online.” UNT’s degree ranks no. 15 of 25 colleges and universities that earned the designation, each costing less than $9,000 per year.

“Providing high-quality, affordable graduate education is a core value at the University of North Texas,” said Eric Fritsch, chair and professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. The methodology for these rankings employs median mid-career salary data, as well as manually researched tuition rates. UNT’s degree is offered 100 percent online and examines criminal justice from theoretical, practical and empirical perspectives.

October 2018

Dr. Jessica Craig was invited to attend the event presented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

DENTON (UNT) – Dr. Jessica Craig, University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service assistant professor of Criminal Justice, took part in an event presented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Behavioral Analysis Unit regarding threat management issues pertaining to how they approach active shooter threats. Dr. Craig was invited to attend the event – called “Preventing Targeted Violence” – as a former FBI citizen’s academy participant.

 “The talk was presented by an FBI Special Agent who works in the Behavioral Analysis Unit and personally investigated the case of Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old male who committed mass homicide in 2014,” Dr. Craig said. “The SA had read all of Rodger’s journals, watched all videos that were posted...

October 2018

The students will attend the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action conference in Austin this November.

DENTON (UNT) – Czarina Muñoz and Aries Nuño, nonprofit leadership studies students in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service, were awarded the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship to attend the 47th annual conference in Austin November 15 to 17, 2018. The ARNOVA Conference is meant to create a public conversation on, as well as opportunities for, presenting research about pressing issues and vital...

October 2018

The degree is one of the most highly recognized degrees in health and human services.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The need for skilled social workers is expected to rise by 16 percent by 2026, much faster than average job growth. Graduates of the Texas Woman’s University – University of North Texas Joint Master of Social Work Degree Program, which was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in March of 2017, will be ready to fill those jobs in health care, child and family services, mental health and other fast-growing areas.

“The program’s concentration is ‘Advanced Generalist Practice’ which, in essence, prepares students to work in any social work setting,” said Dr. Mahasin Saleh, associate professor and JMSW Program founding director. “The JMSW students are placed in a variety of field internships in the region. They benefit from the opportunity to apply their classroom learning and further hone their...

October 2018

The degree sits at number seven on the 2018 list of Best Counseling Degrees “Top 10 Affordable Online Degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling.”

DENTON (UNT), Texas –, a website that helps people who want to pursue a degree in counseling choose the college that best fits their needs, selected the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service online degree because it offers flexible modes of study, gives students the opportunity to work with faculty who are highly respected in the field and exposes students to innovative research.

“The program in rehabilitation counseling at UNT is invested in preparing competent professionals,” said Dr. Chandra Carey, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services. “Our increased efforts to provide high-quality online courses Involved rigorous course redesign and achieving Quality Matters...

October 2018

The 2018 Comeback Trail 5K will be held in Frisco in partnership with Baylor Scott & White Health

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service’s Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (ASLP) is partnering with Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation – Frisco – to bring the National Stroke Association’s (NSA) Comeback Trail 5K to Texas. The event, which will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at Warren Sports Complex, located at 7599 Eldorado Parkway in Frisco, honors stroke survivors and their caregivers.

 “Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. and is the fifth leading cause of death,” said Stacy Nunnelee, audiology and speech-language pathology lecturer and...

October 2018

New master’s degree in Emergency Management and Disaster Science to help meet rising demand for disaster experts

The degree will prepare students to work collaboratively across all phases of disasters, including preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.


DENTON (UNT), Texas – The images from recent hurricanes are hard to look at – destruction, displacement and untold human suffering – and a large number of professionals are needed to help the areas hardest hit recover. The University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service’s new Master of Science degree in Emergency Management and Disaster Science will equip the next generation of emergency managers with the knowledge and skills needed to manage the growing complexities of all types of hazards and disasters, including natural, technological and man-made. 

“Catastrophic disasters are on the rise, and the demand for knowledgeable emergency managers has...

September 2018

He also has been selected to co-chair the Policy and Benefits Committee.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Don Noska, administrative coordinator in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (ASLP), has been selected for his fourth term on the UNT Staff Senate. His appointment runs through Aug. 31, 2020.

“It is an honor and privilege to represent my colleagues as a member of the UNT Staff Senate,” Noska said. “I believe such representation is a vital activity of the university’s ongoing task of ‘breaking down silos’ of communication and procedures, which improves efficiency and job satisfaction.”

Noska says effective two-way communication—where he provides informational updates from Staff Senate to his colleagues and also takes constituent concerns and issues to the senate—can play a part in the...

September 2018

Behavior Analysis, Public Administration and Social Work are all under new leadership.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service is welcoming three new chairs for this semester – all of whom are involved in research that’s changing lives.

Manish Vaidya, Department of Behavior Analysis

Manish Vaidya is an associate professor who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Florida . He is interested in issues related to stimulus control, and his current research involves behavioral health and medicine, technology-infused contingency management, health technologies and generative learning. Dr. Vaidya has developed an alternative to anesthesia used when children receive radiation treatments for cancer. The process involves teaching young patients to stay mostly motionless while awake for the sessions by pausing a cartoon they are watching if they move.

Dr. Vaidya aims to make behavior analysis more relevant to community and society...

September 2018

The degree will prepare students for an influx of jobs in DFW – the fastest growing region in the United States.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The North Central Texas Council of Governments projects an additional four million people will be moving to North Texas by 2030 – which is more than the population of the entire state of Oklahoma.

“City officials are aware that this growth is coming and are becoming proactive to better plan for the next 20-30 years,” said Doug McDonald, president of the American Planning Association Texas Chapter.

With a projected 13 percent increase in demand for urban and regional planners over the next 10 years, the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service’s new bachelors of arts degree in urban policy and planning is addressing the need for skilled workers.


September 2018

Dr. Gary Webb, professor and chair of UNT Emergency Management and Disaster Science, has been in the news lately talking about hurricane recovery.

Check out this feature on CNNhttp...

August 2018

The International Symposium on the History of Crime is a forum for international university students to explore the understanding of issues surrounding the history of crime. The annual symposium was created to bring together doctoral, masters, and undergraduate students as well as early career academics in a friendly academic environment that facilitates discussion around history of crime issues.

Over the past two years the symposium has been attended by students and academics from the USA, UK and France. For the 3rd symposium it is expected there will also be contributions from students and faculty from Spain and Portugal. The symposium is deliberately broad in reach and we make every effort to draw together wide and diverse topics in order that contributors feel encouraged to participate and present their research inprogress as well as engaging and informative short papers.

Proposals for inclusion should be email to :

Peter Johnstone •

Laure De Saint Pern • laure.montillet@...

July 2018

Fly into your future!

Most of your classmates have locked in their schedules – don’t get left behind!

2018 Fall Schedule

Fall registration remains open!

  • Last day to register: Aug 20
  • Late registration: Aug 24-29
  • First day of class: Aug 27

July 2018

Residents of Puerto Rico are expressing relief that Hurricane Beryl has weakened as it sweeps over the island. But Puerto Rico is still recovering from last year’s hurricanes as more crop up in the Caribbean. One suggestion for how the island should prepare and react to natural disasters? Incorporate the private sector.

UNT Emergency Management & Disaster Science Professor Gary Webb discusses Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery on NPR’s Marektplace.

Click the audio player below to hear the full story. 

May 2018

May 2018

Criminal justice professionals investigate crimes, ensure the safety of their communities, respond to disasters, and share their findings in court. These professionals include police officers, federal agents, detectives, criminologists, and forensic specialists. A PayScale poll found that criminal justice professionals report high job satisfaction and fulfillment in their careers.

Read the Whole Article Here

March 2018

This past May, the EADP program announced the winners of the 2017 Tom Joslin Award at our annual end of the year picnic. Established in 1994, the Tom Joslin Award is given once a year to EADP students to carry forward Mr. Joslin’s vision for the EADP program and profession. The award is up to $1,000. In order to be eligible, students must be (1) at least a sophomore at the time the award is made; (2) have an overall 3.0 GPA in all coursework; (3) provide evidence of a commitment to a career in emergency management such as participation in appropriate professional development opportunities (seminars, workshops, professional meetings) and membership in relevant professional associations such as IAEM-SC, and (4) have the ability to demonstrate leadership qualities and involvement in community service activities. This year, Hannah Morton and Corey Olszewski were awarded the Tom Joslin Scholarship. Below, the award winners describe how this scholarship has supported their emergency management education.

“I have been...

March 2018

City of Denton Disaster Drill: The Student’s PerspectiveLast May, students from the EADP program participated in the City of Denton Disaster Drill at Apogee Stadium. This year’s event, named “Operation Deimos,” involved a suspicious explosive device and mass casualty event. Approximately 100 students from UNT and TWU volunteered to play the role of “victims” in this event and several lucky students enjoyed flights on the medical heli-copters. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to see first-hand disaster response in action. We are grateful to EADP alum Mike Penaluna from the City of Denton Emergency Management for providing this great opportunity for our students.

City of Denton Disaster Drill: The Student’s Perspective"I played a victim who had...

March 2018


At the UNT ICBH Project Team’s first integrated health care and multicultural training, participants will learn strategies and find resources that will help them increase competencies in delivering culturally responsive integrated health care services. Additionally, participants will build new connections with one another, UNT faculty and staff and potential ICBH Project partners.

Guest presenters will be Eric Christian, MAEd, LPC, NCC, Director of Behavioral Health Integration Community Care of Western N.C. and Dr. Lyndon Abrams, Associate Professor UNC Charlotte. Participants will earn 5 CE hours. Seats are limited and are on a first come first serve basis. Lunch will be donated by Berry Best BBQ....

March 2018

This Alumni Spotlight on Seana Epley ('17) first appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of The Mitigator, the EMDS department newsletter.

This year, we asked 2017 John Maxwell Award Winner Seana Epley to update us on what she is up to following her graduation from the EADP program last year. Seana writes:

"When I left the military I knew I wanted to continue being of service to my community but struggled to figure out exactly how I could. While finishing up my Associate’s degree I tried several things, but nothing felt right. Then one day, the random thought of “I wonder what degree you need to work at FEMA” crossed my mind.

"A couple of searches later and I ended up at the...

March 2018

Every country, government, and society reduces vulnerability to hazards and copes with disasters differently. Led by the United Nations, international disaster risk reduction efforts have made moderate progress. However, in the absence of preparedness and mitigation activities, many countries focus primarily on a reactive approach to managing disasters. This method is not sustainable.

EADP 4040 International Disasters was recently offered in an asynchronous online format with EMDS adjunct faculty member Luis Tapia.

Tapia covered topics including disaster trends, risk perception, social vulnerability, and sustainable development in an international context. Video lectures, film reviews, and an online accessible text book helped facilitate our discovery on how international stakeholders handle natural disasters and acts of terrorism. Special attention was given to the role of disaster relief and identifying why developing coun-tries continue to be...

March 2018

More than 96,000 nonprofit organizations are located in the state of Texas, the second largest number in the nation behind California, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics. Nonprofits in the Dallas-Fort Worth region generated more than 27 billion in total revenue and employed approximately 103,000 individuals in 2012, as reported by Dallas’ CNM Connect.    

Beginning with the 2018 fall semester, a new undergraduate degree program at the University of North Texas will prepare students for careers in the nonprofit sector. The bachelor of science degree in nonprofit leadership studies, offered in UNT’s Department of Public Administration, will expand on courses already offered through a minor in leadership of community and nonprofit organizations and an academic certificate in volunteer and community resource...