All HPS News Updates

October 2022

Dr. Dhru Mukherjee, associate professor in the College of Health and Public Service Department of Social Work, will use the funds to address health disparities and the shortage in the healthcare workforce in DFW who are skilled in handling opioid and other substance use disorders in underserved communities. 

DENTON (UNT), Texas – With the 3-year funding from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), Dr. Mukherjee, the principal investigator, will be collaborating with faculty in the college’s...


October 2022

Dr. Sharon Miller, assistant professor in the College of Health and Public Service Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, was part of a team of researchers whose work led the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to update their cochlear implant candidacy criteria to provide coverage for a broader spectrum of hearing loss.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Dr. Miller was part of the CMS National Coverage Analysis that led to...


October 2022

We’re excited to sponsor the UNT Food Pantry presented by Kroger again for October!

Please join us in supporting our students by dropping off any of the items listed below to Chilton Hall, Suite 289, or donate money online at this link.

There’s also a UNT Food Pantry Amazon Wish list if you’d like to donate there instead: https://bit.ly/UNTFoodPantryWishList

For more information on the UNT Food Pantry presented by Kroger, visit...


September 2022

Dr. Dash is an expert in emergency management and has personally experienced how good intentions can sometimes go awry

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Watching Hurricane Ian track towards the coast of Florida the last few days reminded me of my own hurricane experience. Back in August 1992, I was living in Miami Beach waiting to start graduate school. Shortly before the semester began, Hurricane Andrew began to spin in the Atlantic. And as days went by, it became increasingly likely that the storm would make landfall somewhere in South Florida.

We evacuated off of Miami Beach as required and stayed with some family slightly to the northwest, but many people evacuated inland and south into areas that ultimately felt the brunt of Hurricane Andrew’s fury. Some of the same things...


July 2022

They are currently seeking participants for the study, which will help determine factors that lead to successful hearing aid usage. 

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Faculty in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology have received a sizable grant from the Hearing Industry Research Consortium to determine how emotions, psychological well-being, social relationships, stress and other factors impact whether adults continue to use hearing aids once they’re purchased. The study will include 40...


June 2022

The group is meant to help reduce feelings of uncertainty and isolation for adults who stutter. 

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology is offering a support group for adults who stutter beginning July 6 at 6 p.m. Monthly meetings will be held at the UNT Speech and Hearing Center, located at 907 W. Sycamore St. in Denton, and will focus on support, education and resources.

“The UNT Speech and Hearing Center is very excited to collaborate with the National Stuttering Association to bring a much-needed support...


June 2022

The UNT Speech and Hearing Center, located at 907 W. Sycamore St. in Denton, is now registering children for its Fall language and literacy enrichment program.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Dr. Theresa Kouri, principal lecturer and clinical director for speech-language pathology in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service (HPS) Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, and her team are using evidence-based multi-sensory and traditional educational practices that have been proven highly effective in preventing reading delays and strengthening pre-literacy skills. 

Dr. Kouri says the testimonials from parents speak volumes.

“One parent from the past year’s program said, ‘My child now writes messages and letters every day. She is wanting to learn and practice letter, writing, and speech. She asks about letters and how to spell words. The amount...


May 2022

Dr. Haley Zettler has received a portion of a $350,000 grant funded by the Urban Child Institute to study the effectiveness of mental health services on the children.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, a level-one trauma center,...


May 2022

Dr. Sarah Moore is one of only 15 faculty from around the nation chosen for the elite opportunity. 

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Dr. Sarah Moore, assistant professor in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service...


March 2022

What: University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service 2022 Master of Public Administration Annual Alumni-Student Conference

When: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. April 8 (Friday)

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March 2022

Faculty and students presented research, took part in events and won awards at the annual state convention and exhibition, one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Many faculty and students from the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology headed to Fort Worth to attend the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) annual convention Feb. 24-26.

While attending, UNT students and faculty received a variety of prestigious awards. In the Praxis Bowl, a competition between more than a dozen speech-language pathology (SLP) programs in Texas, UNT placed third. The team was made up of students Celinda Acosta, Sidney Moore, Janessa Guzman and Amber Moon, and Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Director Stacy Nunnelee coordinated. At the awards...


February 2022

Olivia Montou has been selected to attend the Boys Town National Research Hospital Research Training Program in Omaha, Nebraska.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Olivia Montou, an AuD student in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Department has been selected for the Boys Town National Research Hospital Short Term AuD Research Training Program. It’s a three-month, full-time clinical or translational research training experience in the hearing sciences. She will work with Dr. Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham in the Cognitive and Sensory Imaging Laboratory. Dr. Heinrichs-Graham is a cognitive neuroscientist by training whose work utilizes advanced neuroimaging methods such as magnetoencephalography (MEG)...


February 2022

Leslie Roberts has been named the 2021-22 UNT Foundation Outstanding Lecturer. DENTON (UNT), Texas 

Leslie Roberts, principal lecturer in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service Department of Public Administration, has earned the coveted UNT Foundation Outstanding Lecturer Award. She was surprised with the designation, which is the university’s highest honor for a full-time lecturer and recognizes her for her “significant and sustained contributions to the university as evidenced by quality of teaching and service”, during a class on January 27.

“Ms. Roberts is in the elite group of faculty in the college who I would consider our best instructors. She is dedicated to her students’ success while also expecting rigor and hard work,” said Dr. Nicole Dash, dean of the college. “While it would be easy to expect students to learn and demonstrate the mastery of facts, she moves beyond that to instill a breadth of knowledge based on choices and behaviors. Her students are her priority, and as a result, she spends...


January 2022

David L. Garlock was sentenced to 25 years for killing his childhood abuser, but since his release, he’s become an advocate for an effective and equitable justice system.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – David L. Garlock’s childhood wasn’t easy. He and his brother were raised in a dysfunctional home. After his parents’ divorce and custody issues with both parents, there were multiple actions that put them in contact with a man who began to sexually abuse both children.
“The first time that I saw my mom in two years was supposed to be a joyous time, and it was for a while until the abuse began,” Garlock said. “At 11 years old, I lost my innocence and who I really was. I had to create masks so no one could know what was happening to me.”
The brothers suffered in silence – until the fateful night they decided to take matters into their own hands.
“The sexual abuse turned into severe physical abuse – this man beat the crap out of us daily and tried to kill us numerous times,” Garlock said. “...


November 2021

The project, titled “Music and Hearing Conservation,” is geared toward area band and orchestra students.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Dr. Amanda Labue, Senior Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service (HPS) Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, and doctoral student Lauren Davis have developed a presentation that covers the following topics:

  • General overview of the profession of audiology
  • Facts about noise exposure and potential hearing damage that can be caused by repeated exposure to musical instruments
  • Ways to help prevent or slow hearing damage by using proper ear protection including custom fitted Musician’s Ear Plugs (MEPs)

They have been visiting North Texas high schools to share the information in hopes of preventing hearing loss in young musicians.

“I hope that the students we...


November 2021

In 2019, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported about 20 million people in the United States indicated struggling with a substance use disorder the prior year.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The new bachelor of science degree in Addiction Studies in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service (HPS) Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services prepares students for careers working with people with addiction, those at risk, those in recovery and allies. Opportunities in the profession exist in hospitals, community agencies, schools, the judicial system, state and federal government organizations, recovery homes, detoxication programs, and private and public treatment programs.

“Sadly, addiction is not declining, so the need for counselors and auxiliary staff to treat the disorder is greater than it has ever been,” says Paula Heller Garland, addiction studies program coordinator and senior...


November 2021

More than 50 percent of college students report feeling concerned about their mental health. Dr. Sharma says minimizing stress can help.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – According to Inside Higher Ed, 58 percent of college students say they were “moderately,” “very” or “extremely” concerned about their mental health. Dr. Rachita Sharma, interim chair of the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services (RHS) in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service says managing stress can help improve mental health and well-being. Dr. Sharma offers the following tips for UNT students to help manage stress.

Tip 1: Learn to manage your time wisely.
“Feeling overwhelmed or imbalanced by all your responsibilities? Develop good time management habits to avoid procrastination and make the most of your minutes,” Dr. Sharma says. “Having a detailed...


July 2021

A new camp geared towards teaching young adults with disabilities about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) kicked off this week at the University of North Texas.

Funded by the Texas Workforce Commission-Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the camps are part of a collaboration between UNT WISE, a program based out of the College of Health and Public Service, and the College of Engineering.

"UNT WISE’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. We know that STEM careers offer great opportunity, so we want to increase students with disabilities access to STEM education. Our ultimate goal is to open up their world of possibilities and get them excited about in-demand occupations where their experience and...


June 2021

We’re excited to sponsor the UNT Food Pantry presented by Kroger this month! 

Please join us in supporting our students by dropping off any of the following items to Chilton Hall, Suite 289, the UNT Food Pantry in the University Union, Suite 409, or donate money online at this link.

There’s also a UNT Food Pantry Amazon Wish list if you’d like to donate there instead: https://bit.ly/UNTFoodPantryWishList

For more information on the UNT Food Pantry presented by Kroger, visit https://studentaffairs.unt.edu/food-pantry

Thank you for helping us support our students and...


June 2021

The language-literacy program at the UNT Speech and Hearing Center, located at 907 W. Sycamore St. in Denton, helps prepare children for entry into kindergarten and first grade.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Dr. Theresa Kouri, principal lecturer and clinical director for speech-language pathology in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service (HPS) Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, is using evidence-based multi-sensory and traditional educational practices that have been proven highly effective in preventing reading delays and strengthening pre-literacy skills. The training strategies are appropriate for children regardless of their reading...


May 2021

Jose Garcia is one of two HPS students to earn this honor that only six students received university wide.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Jose Garcia, who’s pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service, has earned the esteemed UNT Golden Eagle Award from the Division of Student Affairs and Multicultural Center. It is the most prestigious award that UNT bestows on a student leader. Recipients are those who show a tremendous commitment to co-curricular activities and enhance campus life at UNT by engaging in considerable service and displaying great leadership, all while achieving excellence in the classroom.

“I could not have achieved this award without the support of my family, professors, student organization advisors and classmates at UNT. As a non-traditional student, it can be challenging to make sure everything is taken care of at home, school, student organizations and volunteering,” Garcia said. “However, being part of student organizations at UNT,...


April 2021

Ivalis Guajardo is one of only six students to earn the honor.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Ivalis Guajardo, recent audiology and speech-language pathology graduate in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service, has earned the esteemed UNT Golden Eagle Award from the Division of Student Affairs and Multicultural Center. It is the most prestigious award that UNT bestows on a student leader. Recipients are those who show a tremendous commitment to co-curricular activities and enhance campus life at UNT by engaging in considerable service and displaying great leadership, all while achieving excellence in the classroom.

“The experience UNT has given me has allowed me to transform the many organizations I was part of, cultivate relationships with staff and peers that have changed my life, and ultimately finish a degree I am passionate about,” Guajardo said. “This award encapsulates my last four years here and I am so grateful to receive it!”

Only six undergraduates in the university received the...


April 2021

DENTON (UNT), Texas – U.S. News and World Report has named two concentrations in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service (HPS) number one in Texas on its 2021 list of Best Graduate Schools – local government management, and homeland security and emergency management.

“These rankings show our college's continued dedication to excellence and to providing our students with a top-tier education,” said Dr. Nicole Dash, dean of the college. “While we know rankings aren't everything, it's always an honor to have outside entities recognize our achievements."

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program specialization in local government management is ranked no. 12 in the nation and it is also ranked in the public financing and budgeting category, where it sits at no. 31. 
“The UNT MPA program is proud to again be recognized as one of the top degrees in the nation. With a placement rate...


January 2021

A new dean, associate deans and new chairs are all part of the shift in leadership.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service (HPS) named Dr. Nicole Dash the new dean of the college in September 2020. Dr. Dash has served as academic associate dean of HPS since 2010 and has been instrumental in integrating health programs and growing the college’s enrollments. Under Dash’s leadership, the college has added master’s degrees in applied behavior analysis and emergency management and disaster science, as well as expanded its undergraduate offerings to include new and growing concentrations in public health, urban policy and planning and nonprofit leadership studies.

“I know the college and its people very well, and I couldn’t be prouder of all that we’ve achieved—both as individuals and as a collective,” Dr. Dash said. “I’ve witnessed firsthand the hard work it’s taken to become what we are today. Our graduates are doing research and going into professions that make a difference in their communities and the world.”

Dr. Dash served as...


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