College of Health and Public Service

UNT's College of Health and Public Service (HPS) takes academics beyond the classroom and into the community through hands-on experience across a variety of social issues.

Learn more about HPS.

 hps@unt.edu
 940-565-2239
 Chilton Hall 209

 

Physical/Shipping Address
UNT College of Health and Public Service
Chilton Hall, Suite 209
410 S. Avenue C
Denton, TX 76201

Mailing Address
UNT College of Health and Public Service
1155 Union Circle #311340
Denton, TX 76203

Faculty and Staff

Dean's Office

UNT's College of Health and Public Service (HPS)takes academics beyond the classroom and into the community through hands-on experience across a variety of social issues.

 hps.unt.edu
 hps@unt.edu
 940-565-2239
 Chilton Hall 209

Nicole C. Dash Ph.D.

Nicole Dash, Ph.D.


Dean of the College of Health and Public Service

Dean's Office
Emergency Management and Disaster Science
  Nicole.Dash@unt.edu
 940-565-2230
  Chilton 289
  Faculty Profile
Julia Heck, PhD, MPH

Julia Heck, PhD, MPH


Associate Dean for Research

Dean's Office
Rehabilitation and Health Services
  julia.heck@unt.edu
 940-565-5061
  Chilton 289A
  Faculty Profile
Sarah Garza

Sarah Garza


Director of Development

Dean's Office
  sarah.garza@unt.edu
 940-369-8501
  Chilton 289
Britni Jacobsen-Bridges, MPA

Britni Jacobsen-Bridges, MPA


Academic Research and Financial Officer

Dean's Office
  britni.jacobsen-bridges@unt.edu
 940-565-2961
  Chilton Hall, Suite 289
Shelly Lane

Shelly Lane


Executive Director of Development

Dean's Office
  shelly.lane@unt.edu
 940-891-6860
  Chilton 289

Deborah Matassa


Assistant to the Dean

Dean's Office
  deborah.matassa@unt.edu
 940-565-3440
  Chilton 289
Callie Stanford, MS, NCC

Callie Stanford, MS, NCC


Graduate Sr. Academic Advisor

Dean's Office
  callie.stanford@unt.edu
 940-565-3450
  Chilton 289D

Jody Sundt PH.D.


Associate Dean for Academics

Criminal Justice
Dean's Office
  Jody.Sundt@unt.edu
 940-369-8868
  Chilton Hall 263D
  Faculty Profile

Courtney Taylor


HPS Program Director

Dean's Office
  courtney.taylor@unt.edu
 940-369-7349

Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology

The Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology strives to provide the finest professional education in both speech-language pathology and audiology while maintaining an excellent Arts and Sciences pre-professional undergraduate degree.

The Center offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders.

 aslp.unt.edu
 speechandhearing@unt.edu
 940-565-2481
 UNT Speech & Hearing Bldg

Centers and Clinics

 UNT Speech & Hearing Center
 aslp@unt.edu
 940-565-2262
 907 W.Sycamore St. Denton, TX

Kamakshi Gopal, Ph.D., CCC-A

Professor and Chair

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

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Objective measures of tinnitus, prevention of music-induced hearing loss

  Kamakshi.Gopal@unt.edu
 940-565-2481
  SPHC 261
  Faculty Profile

Katherine Alsop, Au.D., CCC-A, AIB-VRC

Audiologist and Clinical Educator

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Read More

  katherine.alsop@unt.edu
 940-369-7413
  SPHC 152

Katsura Aoyama, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Speech-Language Pathology

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

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Language acquisition, psycholinguistics

  Katsura.Aoyama@unt.edu
 940-369-7430
  SPHC 265
  Faculty Profile

Alyssa (Nikki) Fahrenthold, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Educator

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Read More

  alyssa.fahrenthold@unt.edu
 940-369-7497
  SPHC 262

Theresa Kouri, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Principal Lecturer and Clinical Director for SLP

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Read More

  Theresa.Kouri@unt.edu
 940-369-7339
  SPHC 219
  Faculty Profile

Amanda Labue, Au.D., CCC-A

Senior Lecturer and Clinical Educator

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Read More

  Amanda.Labue@unt.edu
 940-369-7415
  SPHC 268
  Faculty Profile
Boji Lam, Ph.D. Image

Boji Lam, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

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Effect of bilingualism and motivation on language behaviors, learning, and therapeutic outcomes in both children and adults, emotion and vocabulary learning

  Boji@unt.edu
 940-565-2653
  SPHC 267

Lauren Mathews, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Associate Professor

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

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Assessment and intervention of individuals with developmental communication disorders; Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically individuals who are non-verbal, with Theory of Mind difficulties, auditory processing difficulties and students in higher education

  Lauren.Mathews@unt.edu
 940-369-7456
  SPHC 264
  Faculty Profile

Sharon Miller, Ph.D., CCC-A

Assistant Professor

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

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Identify biomarkers of successful speech and language performance in persons with and without communication disorders; develop auditory training protocols that maximize brain plasticity and improve auditory and speech-language outcomes

  Sharon.Miller@unt.edu
 940-369-7385
  SPHC 214
  Faculty Profile

Stacy Nunnelee, M.A., CCC-SLP

Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Director

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

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Adult neurogenics; adults with high functioning autism; pragmatic language; pedagogy

  Stacy.Nunnelee@unt.edu
 940-369-8226
  SPHC 269
  Faculty Profile

Gloria Streit Olness, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

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Research and advocacy for and with people whose lives have been impacted by aphasia; the enhancement of everyday communicative functionality and life engagement, of people with aphasia and their co-survivors

  Gloria.Olness@unt.edu
 940-369-7455
  SPHC 217
  Faculty Profile

Shannon Presley, M.S., CCC-SLP

Senior Lecturer and Clinical Educator

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

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Adult neurogenic communication disorders resulting from an acquired brain injury

  Shannon.Presley@unt.edu
 940-369-7298
  SPHC 237
  Faculty Profile

Denise Romine, Au.D., CCC-A

Audiologist and Clinical Educator

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Read More

  Maria.Romine@unt.edu
 940-369-7636
  SPHC 152
  Faculty Profile
Erin C. Schafer, Ph.D., CCC-A

Erin C. Schafer, Ph.D., CCC-A

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Audiology

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

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Auditory processing, hearing aids, cochlear implants, remote microphone technology, autism, hearing loss

  Erin.Schafer@unt.edu
 940-369-7433
  SPHC 266
  Faculty Profile

Shelby Simmons

Clinic Support Associate

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

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  shelby.simmons@unt.edu
 940-369-8761
  SPHC 190

Cassie Thomas, Au.D., FAAA

Senior Lecturer, Clinical Director for Audiology

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Read More

  Cassie.Thomas@unt.edu
 940-565-2811
  SPHC 218
  Faculty Profile

Raedeen Wingate, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lecturer

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

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  Raedeen.Wingate@unt.edu
 940-369-7414
  SPHC 269
  Faculty Profile

Behavior Analysis

Behavior Analysis is a natural science that studies the effects of the environment on the behavior of individuals. Its principles are universal. They can be applied with any population, including children with autism, people with developmental disabilities, parents and children, pet owners, college students, healthcare providers, athletes, employees, and CEOs.

 behv.unt.edu
 Behavior.Analysis@unt.edu
 940-565-2274
 Chilton Hall 360

Centers and Clinics

 Behavior Analysis Resource Center (BARC)
 Behavior.Analysis@unt.edu
 940-565-2274
 Chilton Hall Room 360

Manish Vaidya, Ph.D.


Chair and Associate Professor

Behavior Analysis

Use of biosensor technology to create Smart games to facilitate recovery from disease or injury

  Manish.Vaidya@unt.edu
 940-369-7961
  Chilton 360E
  Faculty Profile

Shahla Alai-Rosales, Ph.D. BCBA-D, LBA, CPBA-AP


Associate Professor

Behavior Analysis

Autism early intervention, cultural responsiveness in interventions, parent support and training, staff training, telehealth interventions, interdisciplinary collaborations, ethics

  shahla.alai@unt.edu
 940-369-7475
  Chilton 361D
  Faculty Profile

Katy Atcheson, M.S., BCBA


Assistant Director, Behavior Analysis Research Center

Behavior Analysis
  Katy.Atcheson@unt.edu
 940-594-6472
  Behavior Analysis Research Center at Denton State Supported Living Center

April Becker, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Behavior Analysis

How particular neural systems underlie behavioral function and behavioral principles, then translationally applies behavioral and neural principles to brain injury and rehabilitation; investigate how complex arrangements of behavioral contingencies contributes to social and cultural function and evolution

  April.Becker@unt.edu
 940-565-4071
  Chilton 360F
  Faculty Profile

Samantha Bergmann, Ph.D., BCBA-D


Assistant Professor

Behavior Analysis

Early intervention for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), auditory and visual discrimination learning, language acquisition, procedural integrity.

  sam.bergmann@unt.edu
 940-565-4771
  Chilton 360F
  Faculty Profile

Traci Cihon, Ph.D., BCBA-D


Associate Professor

Behavior Analysis

Cultural Behavioral Systems Science, social responsibility and cooperation, behavioral approaches to education (e.g., language acquisition, reading instruction, Precision Teaching), interdisciplinary collaboration

  Traci.Cihon@unt.edu
 940-565-3318
  Chilton 360B
  Faculty Profile

Joseph Dracobly, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA


Assistant Professor

Behavior Analysis

Development of robust and clinician-friendly assessment and treatment procedures for severe behavior disorders, relations among responses, advances in reinforcement-based procedures for altering response variability, the relation between response variability and novelty, and the role of recombination and generativity in developing problem-solving repertoires

  Joe.Dracobly@unt.edu
 940-565-4826
  Chilton 360A
  Faculty Profile
Micah Hope

Micah Hope, M.S., BCBA


Assistant Director of Instructional Design

Behavior Analysis
  Micah.Hope@unt.edu
 940-891-6720
  Chilton 361A
Bryan S. Lovelace, M.S., BCBA

Bryan S Lovelace, M.S., BCBA


Adjunct Professor

Behavior Analysis
  bryan.lovelace@unt.edu

  Chilton 360
Ashley M. Lugo, Ph. D.

Ashley M. Lugo, Ph. D., BCBA-D


Lecturer

Behavior Analysis
  Ashley.Lugo@unt.edu


  Faculty Profile
Kenda Morrison Ph.D., BCBA-D

Kenda Morrison, Ph.D., BCBA-D


Principal Lecturer

Behavior Analysis

Distance Learning Pedagogy: effectiveness, social validity, temporal discounting

  kenda.morrison@unt.edu

  Chilton 360
  Faculty Profile

Audrey Newkirk, M.S., BCBA


Program Project Coordinator III

Behavior Analysis
  Audrey.Newkirk@unt.edu
 940-591-3412
  Behavior Analysis Research Center at Denton State Supported Living Center

Daniele Ortu, Ph.D.


Research Assistant Professor

Behavior Analysis
  Daniele.Ortu@unt.edu
 940-565-2274
  Chilton 393C
  Faculty Profile

Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, Ph.D.


Professor

Behavior Analysis

Acquisition of behavior in both people and animals

  Jesus.Rosales-Ruiz@unt.edu
 940-565-2559
  Chilton 360J
  Faculty Profile

Richard Smith, Ph.D., BCBA-D


Associate Professor

Behavior Analysis
  Rick.Smith@unt.edu
 940-565-4970
  Chilton 360A
  Faculty Profile

Karen Toussaint, Ph.D., BCBA-D


Assistant Professor

Behavior Analysis

Development and evaluation of effective and efficient behavioral interventions for young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD); improving clinical outcomes through developing (a) efficient instructional techniques and (b) interventions that decrease treatment barriers

  Karen.Toussaint@unt.edu
 940-369-5371
  Chilton 360F
  Faculty Profile

Criminal Justice

The Department of Criminal Justice is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service. Our faculty is comprised of nationally recognized scholars focusing on interdisciplinary solutions to the complex problems of crime and disorder.

 cjus.unt.edu
 D'Ann.Hammett@unt.edu
 940-565-2548
 Chilton Hall 265

Centers and Clinics

 UNT Cyber Forensics Lab
 Scott.Belshaw@unt.edu
 972-668-7100
 Chilton Hall

Adam Trahan, Ph.D.


Chair of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Punitiveness, capital punishment, jury behavior, attitudes toward harsh punishment, criminological and socio-legal theory, collateral effects of incarceration, diversity

  Adam.Trahan@unt.edu
 940-369-8860
  Chilton 265B
  Faculty Profile

Scott Belshaw, Ph.D.


Associate Professor
Director of Cyber Forensics Lab
Criminal Justice

Cyber Security, Crime Cyber Security, Adult Corrections (Community Supervision), Cyber Security Technology, Digital Forensics

  Scott.Belshaw@unt.edu
 940-565-4591
  Chilton 273H
  Faculty Profile
Jessica Craig, Ph.D.

Jessica Craig, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

Criminal Justice

Developmental/life course criminology and juvenile justice, the impact of child maltreatment and other traumatic experiences on delinquent and criminal behavior, identifying protective factors for offending, issues related to desistance from crime

  Jessica.Craig@unt.edu
 940-565-3464
  Chilton 273L
  Faculty Profile

Andrekus Dixon, M.S.


Director of Undergraduate Programs

Criminal Justice
  Andrekus.Dixon@unt.edu
 940-565-4475
  Chilton 273C
  Faculty Profile

Eric Fritsch, Ph.D.


Professor

Criminal Justice

Police staffing, organizational assessment, efficiency analysis, research methods, evaluation research, law enforcement juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, allocation and deployment, legal issues in criminal justice

  Eric.Fritsch@unt.edu
 940-565-4954
  Chilton 273A
  Faculty Profile

D'Ann Hammett


Administrative Coordinator

Criminal Justice
  D'Ann.Hammett@unt.edu
 940-369-8574
  Chilton 273E

Michael Krenek, M.S.


Lecturer & Internship Coordinator

Criminal Justice
  Michael.Krenek@unt.edu
 940-369-7682
  Chilton 273F
  Faculty Profile

Brooke Nodeland, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor & Director of Graduate Programs

Criminal Justice
Healthy Community Collaborative Program

Better understand the deviant behavior in an online environment

  Brooke.Nodeland@unt.edu
 940-565-2830
  Chilton 263D
  Faculty Profile

Jordan Russell, M.S.


Office Support Associate
Adjunct Faculty
Criminal Justice
  jordan.russell@unt.edu
 940-369-8725
  Chilton 263A
  Faculty Profile

Mark Saber, Ph.D.


Lecturer

Criminal Justice
  Mark.Saber@unt.edu
 940-565-4593
  Chilton 263G
  Faculty Profile

Jody Sundt PH.D.


Associate Dean for Academics

Criminal Justice
Dean's Office

Corrections and sentencing, program implementation, public attitudes

  Jody.Sundt@unt.edu
 940-369-8868
  Chilton Hall 263D
  Faculty Profile

Chad Trulson, Ph.D.


Professor

Criminal Justice

Juvenile and adult recidivism, institutional behavior (misconduct and violence) in correctional organizations, juvenile justice, juvenile sentencing

  Chad.Trulson@unt.edu
 940-565-2758
  Chilton 263C
  Faculty Profile

Alexander Updegrove, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Criminal Justice

Capital punishment, immigration, U.S.-Mexico Border, victimology/victim services, public opinion, race and justice

  alexander.updegrove@unt.edu
 940-565-2756
  Chilton Hall 273B
Robert Wall

Robert Wall, M.S.


Lecturer

Criminal Justice
  Robert.Wall@unt.edu
 940-565-2989
  Chilton 263E
  Faculty Profile

Haley Zettler, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Criminal Justice

Programs and practices in community corrections, the role that trauma, mental health, and substance use have among justice-impacted populations

  Haley.Zettler@unt.edu
 940-565-4338
  Chilton 273G
  Faculty Profile

Emergency Management and Disaster Science

The University of North Texas offers the nation's first and most respected undergraduate program in Emergency Administration and Planning.

Professionals in this field help individuals, businesses, governments and nonprofit organizations prepare for, respond to and recover from floods, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, terrorist attacks and epidemics.

 emds.unt.edu
 eadp@unt.edu
 940-369-7445
 Chilton Hall 302

Centers and Clinics

 Emergency Operations Center
 EADP@unt.edu
 940-369-7445
 East Classroom Building 120

Gary Webb, Ph.D.


Chair and Professor

Emergency Management and Disaster Science

Social aspects of disasters, including organizational preparedness for and response to extreme events; financial impacts of disasters; and cultural dimensions of disasters.

  Gary.Webb@unt.edu
 940-369-5815
  Chilton 302C
  Faculty Profile
Nicole C. Dash Ph.D.

Nicole Dash, Ph.D.


Dean of the College of Health and Public Service

Dean's Office
Emergency Management and Disaster Science

My primary area of interest is the Impact of disasters/hazards on communities and individuals. I have a range of interests in this area, but I am most known for my work on evacuation and vulnerable populations.

  Nicole.Dash@unt.edu
 940-565-2230
  Chilton 289
  Faculty Profile

Mary Nelan, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Emergency Management and Disaster Science

My primary focus areas are disaster donations, disaster volunteers, convergence behaviors into disaster areas, and therapeutic communities that emerge following disasters.

  Mary.Nelan@unt.edu
 940-369-7466
  Chilton 308K
  Faculty Profile

Kimberly Roy


Administrative Coordinator

Emergency Management and Disaster Science
  Kimberly.Roy@unt.edu
 940-369-7445
  Chilton 302A

Ronald Schumann III, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

Emergency Management and Disaster Science

Housing recovery, hazard mitigation, place attachment, cultural memory, commemoration, vulnerable populations

  Ronald.Schumann@unt.edu
 940-565-2996
  Chilton 308G
  Faculty Profile

Laura Siebeneck, Ph.D.


Professor

Emergency Management and Disaster Science

My research interests include research interests include hazards, evacuation and return-entry processes, disaster displacement, risk perception and risk communication, emergency management, natural hazards, recovery, and Geographic Information Science (GIS) / spatial analysis.

  Laura.Siebeneck@unt.edu
 940-565-4893
  Chilton 308F
  Faculty Profile

Ronald Timmons, Ph.D.


Principal Lecturer

Emergency Management and Disaster Science
  Ronald.Timmons@unt.edu
 940-565-2213
  Chilton 308H
  Faculty Profile
Tristan Wu, Ph.D.4

Tristan Wu, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

Emergency Management and Disaster Science

My research examines the connections between hazard risk and individuals' disaster preparedness/response behavior. My research focuses on the mental model of disaster risk information search, information content and protective action decision making.

  tristan.wu@unt.edu
 940-891-6719
  Chilton 308C
  Faculty Profile
Elyse Zavar, Ph.D.

Elyse Zavar Ph.D.


Associate Professor

Emergency Management and Disaster Science

Hazard mitigation, Disaster recovery, Climate change adaptation, Disaster commemoration, Buyouts, Property acquisitions

Other Hidden Research Keywords: Qualitative research, Tourism, Flood, Hurricane, Memorial, COVID

  elyse.zavar@unt.edu
 940-565-2574
  Chilton 302E
  Faculty Profile

 

Public Administration

Founded in 1992, the Department of Public Administration is located in the College of Health and Public Service.

Today the department's ten faculty and five professional staff serve more than 350 majors in these three programs. Student-centered education is a hallmark of this dedicated faculty who take personal interest in every student's progress from the first day they enter and beyond graduation to their professional career.

padm.unt.edu
Macy.Jackson@unt.edu 
 940-565-2165
 Chilton Hall 204

Simon Andrew, Ph.D.


Chair, Professor, Ph.D. Program Coordinator

Public Administration

Emergency response and recovery; housing recovery assistance; Neighborhood Institutions (HOA vs. NA); Local Governance and Inter-local Collaboration; Community Engagement Research; State Preemption

  Simon.Andrew@unt.edu
 940-565-4982
  Chilton 204A
  Faculty Profile
Dr. Sowmya Balachandran

Sowmya Balachandran, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Public Administration

I study poverty, poverty risk, and economic mobility in transnational geographies. My sub-field of specialization is housing and community development. Within the domain of housing, I focus on evaluating access to credit, housing, and mortgage markets and the role of State assistance in affordable housing production.  Within community development, my work makes visible power structures, foregrounds the planning practices of marginalized communities, and innovates methods and theory for realizing social justice. In my scholarship, I often engage in mixed methods research combining qualitative ethnographic studies with quantitative spatial and statistical analyses.

  Sowmya.Balachandran@unt.edu
 940-565-2165
  Chilton 204M
  Faculty Profile

Bob Bland, Ph.D.


Endowed Professor of Local Government

Public Administration
  1. Local tax policy -- Tax increment financing; property tax policy; economics of local investment;
  2. Intergovernmental revenue -- flypaper and fungibilty effects if grants (and gifts);
  3. Municipal bond market -- US and China.
  4. City management -- performance measurement; financial management
  BBland@unt.edu
 940-565-4339
  Chilton 204Q
  Faculty Profile
Brian Collins, Ph.D.

Brian Collins, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

Public Administration
  Brian.Collins@unt.edu
 940-565-2318
  Chilton 204C
  Faculty Profile

Lisa Dicke, Ph.D.


Professor

Public Administration

Nonprofit organizations, Leadership, advocacy organizations, nonprofit management

  Lisa.Dicke@unt.edu
 940-891-6793
  Chilton 204G
  Faculty Profile

Lauren Ames Fischer, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Public Administration

I examine the governance of urban transport and land use with a particular focus on decision-making processes, policies and implementation tools impact low income and minority neighborhoods. I utilize qualitative, quantitative and spatial analysis methods to produce policy-relevant research aimed at facilitating more equitable and sustainable urban environments.

Specific Research Areas:

Urban Planning
Transportation and Land Use
Infrastructure Finance and Management
Social Equity
Sustainability and Resilience

  lauren.fischer@unt.edu
 940-369-8424
  Chilton 204K
  Faculty Profile
Nathan Hutson

Nathan Hutson Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Public Administration

Transportation planning, intermodal corridor development, former Soviet Union economy and society

  nathan.hutson@unt.edu
 940-369-8154
  Chilton 204J
  Faculty Profile
Hee Soun Jang, Ph.D.

Hee Soun Jang, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

Public Administration
Healthy Community Collaborative Program

Nonprofit organizations engaging in public service as service providers; advocacy and resource development; local government policies and management of services; services for the homeless; network governance

  Heesoun.Jang@unt.edu
 940-369-7844
  Chilton 204B
  Faculty Profile

Laura Keyes, Ph.D.


Lecturer and Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Nonprofit Leadership

Public Administration

Local government, community development, nonprofit management, and undergraduate education

  Laura.Keyes@unt.edu
 940-891-6790
  Chilton 240P
  Faculty Profile
Skip Krueger, Ph.D.

Skip Krueger, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

Public Administration
Healthy Community Collaborative Program

Financial aspects of natural disasters, state and local budgeting, urban political economy

  Skip.Krueger@unt.edu
 940-565-4870
  Chilton 204D
  Faculty Profile
Leslie Roberts, J.D

Leslie Roberts, J.D.


Principal Lecturer

Public Administration
Conflict Resolution
  leslie.roberts@unt.edu
 940-565-4010
  Chilton 204L
  Faculty Profile

Kelly Shi, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

Public Administration

Financial management of state and local governments; fiscal policies, fiscal federalism, intergovernmental management, collective actions, financial aspect of emergency management, urban and local governance, smart cities and civic engagement

  Yu.Shi@unt.edu
 940-369-7248
  Chilton 204N
  Faculty Profile

Rehabilitation and Health Services

the RHS mission is to prepare professionals to enhance the lives of diverse populations including the aging population, individuals with disabilities, substance use disorders and/or chronic health concerns through training in advanced research, education and service delivery, or clinical practice.

Our department is comprised of community engaged academics providing an education that reaches beyond the classroom.

Julia Heck, PhD, MPH

Julia Heck, PhD, MPH


Associate Dean for Research

Dean's Office
Rehabilitation and Health Services

My focus is lifecourse epidemiology, with particular interests in early life exposures and later health outcomes. My major research focuses on the epidemiology of birth outcomes and childhood cancers within cohorts of children from the United States, Scandinavia, and Taiwan, with an emphasis on environmental and occupational causes of cancer as well as maternal and paternal health, pharmaceutical use, and the perinatal environment.

Birth Outcomes among Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Families: This project uses a large cohort of 1.7 million Danish births to examine the prevalence of preterm birth, low birthweight, and other adverse birth outcomes among the offspring of mothers and fathers with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. We will additionally look at the prevalence of pregnancy complications in mothers with the condition. For this project I am working with colleagues at the Danish Cancer Society and UCLA.

Ambient Air Toxics and Breast Cancer Risk: This study uses data from the Multiethnic Cohort to examine residential exposure to industrial and traffic-related air pollution in relation to breast cancer risk. For this I am collaborating with UCSF, USC, The University of Hawaii-Manoa, UCLA, UC-Berkeley, and Oregon State University.

Childhood Cancer in Relation to Parental Occupational Exposure to Chemical and Other Agents: I lead the Parental Occupation and Childhood Cancer (POCC) Study, an international effort that integrates data from large prospective databases in Denmark with cancer registry data. The overarching objective of this study is to address hypotheses of exposure to environmental agents in childhood cancer etiology, using validated job-exposure matrices (JEMs) developed by Danish occupational hygienists. This project includes over 6000 cancer cases, and we are able to additionally use data from the Danish Medical Births Registry to address questions of gestational risk factors.

Maternal Comorbidities, Prescription drug use in pregnancy, and Childhood cancer (COMPAC): I am PI of a large-scale study of childhood cancer among Danish children which utilizes information from large medical and pharmaceutical databases to examine the risk of childhood cancers from maternal comorbid health conditions and prescription drug use during pregnancy..

Environmental Health Tracking of Childhood Cancers: Our group has several projects which use California Cancer Registry records of 11,000 childhood cancer cases, linked to California birth records, to examine the risk of cancer related to perinatal exposure to traffic-related air pollution, air toxics, pesticides, and other environmental as well as gestational risk factors. A new NIH-funded study within this project examines exposure to industrial pollution emissions in relation to risk for pediatric cancers.

Metabolomic Profiling of Retinoblastoma: This project conduct broad metabolomic profiling of newborn blood spots among retinoblastoma cases and controls. We aim to examine whether nicotine and cotinine differ in blood spots between retinoblastoma cases and controls, and also to examine a variety of metabolites in relation to cancer risk. Recently we received funding from NIH to conduct a metabolome-wide association study (MWAS) within this cohort.

Childhood Cancer in Taiwan: Along with colleagues at National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, we are investigating maternal health and pharmaceutical use in risk for childhood cancers and birth outcomes. We are using data from the Taiwanese National Health Insurance Database. This grant is funded by the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

  julia.heck@unt.edu
 940-565-5061
  Chilton 289A
  Faculty Profile

Rachita Sharma, Ph.D., LPC-S, CRC


Interim Chair of Rehabilitation & Health Services
Clinical Associate Professor and UNT Well Clinic Director
Rehabilitation and Health Services

My research interests lie primarily in Resilience and Positive Psychology in provision of Mental Health Counseling. I am also interested in Mindfulness, provider self-care, and multicultural competencies in counseling. As a counseling supervisor I am also interested in looking at the impact of pedagogy on educational effectiveness as it pertains to self-efficacy and competency among counselors in training. Additionally, I have looked at cultural attitudes and barriers that impact help seeking behaviors in minority communities, receptiveness of veterans towards complementary and alternate medicine (CAM), and the role of culture on the experience of mental health symptoms among military personnel.

  Rachita.Sharma@unt.edu
 940-565-2795
  Chilton 218K
  Faculty Profile
Azzama Alia

Azzama Alia


Graduate Services Coordinator

Rehabilitation and Health Services
  azzama.alia@unt.edu
 940-565-4054
  Chilton 218E

Ryan Appleton, M.S., CRC


Senior Program Project Coordinator

Rehabilitation and Health Services
  ryan.appleton@unt.edu
 940-369-5497
  Chilton 122
Carmen Auerbach

Carmen Auerbach


Sr. Administrative Specialist

Rehabilitation and Health Services
  carmen.auerbach@unt.edu
 940-565-3400
  Chilton 218B

Justin Boulay, M.S.


UNT WISE Instructional Designer/Program Manager

Rehabilitation and Health Services
  justin.boulay@unt.edu
 940-369-8620
  Chilton 122

Becky Cagle, M.S., ATHS


Senior Trainer for UNTWISE

Rehabilitation and Health Services
  Rebecca.Cagle@unt.edu
 940-565-4000

Chandra Donnell Carey, Ph.D., CRC, FNAMRC

Chandra Donnell Carey, Ph.D., CRC, FNAMRC


Associate Professor

Rehabilitation and Health Services
Healthy Community Collaborative Program

My primary research interests focus on access and utilization of mental health services for underserved populations. My research examines multicultural responsiveness in rehabilitation counselor education, supervision and practice; integrated care for medically underserved populations and investigating severe mental illnesses and rehabilitation outcomes.

My most recent research projects have utilized multivariate data analyses and grounded theory to explore mental health utilization and access for underserved populations and in the cultural competency of community-based providers.

  Chandra.Carey@unt.edu
 940-369-7267
  Chilton 218N
  Faculty Profile

Denise Catalano, Ph.D., CRC


Associate Professor
Doctoral Program Coordinator
Rehabilitation and Health Services

factors that impact individual resilience, factors that impact ecological resilience, community participation among individuals with chronic illness and disability, quality of life issues among individuals with chronic illness and disability

  Denise.Catalano@unt.edu
 940-891-6893
  Chilton 218F
  Faculty Profile
Dalia Chowdhury, Ph.D., CRC, CADC, LPC

Dalia Chowdhury, Ph.D., CRC, CADC, LPC


Assistant Professor

Rehabilitation and Health Services
Healthy Community Collaborative Program

Mental and Physical Disability, Gender, and Violence; Trauma and addiction; Suicide and Trauma informed Healthcare; Gender and Pedagogy; Psychometry.

  Dalia.Chowdhury@unt.edu
 940-369-5001
  Chilton 218P
  Faculty Profile
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Ryan Cole, M.S. CRC


Senior Program Project Coordinator

Rehabilitation and Health Services
  ryan.cole@unt.edu
 940-565-4422
  Chilton 122
Alex Davidson

Alex Davidson, M.S.


Senior Program Project Coordinator

Rehabilitation and Health Services
  Alex.Davidson@unt.edu
 940-369-7939
  Chilton 122
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Jill Denniston, M.S.


RHS Internship Coordinator
Adjunct Instructor
Rehabilitation and Health Services
  Jill.Denniston@unt.edu
 940-369-5343
  Chilton Hall 218

Lucy Gafford M.S., CRC


Director, UNT WISE

Rehabilitation and Health Services
  lucy.gafford@unt.edu
 940-891-6769
  Chilton 122
  Faculty Profile
Paula Heller Garland, M.S., LCDC

Paula Heller Garland, M.S., LCDC


Senior Lecturer & Addiction Studies Coordinator

Rehabilitation and Health Services
  Paula.Heller-Garland@unt.edu
 940-369-5186
  Chilton 218L
  Faculty Profile
Linda Holloway, Ph.D., CRC

Linda Holloway, Ph.D., CRC


Professor Emeritus – Rehabilitation Counseling

Rehabilitation and Health Services
  Linda.Holloway@unt.edu
 940-565-3629
  Chilton 209F
  Faculty Profile

Chisom Iwundu, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Rehabilitation and Health Services

My primary research interest is focused on better understanding the social and environmental contexts that affect health, and health behaviors especially among marginalized groups.

  chisom.odoh@unt.edu

  Chilton 238L
  Faculty Profile
Benedict Jikong DHA

Benedict Jikong (DHA)


Lecturer

Rehabilitation and Health Services
  Benedict.Jikong@unt.edu

  Chilton 218N
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Brandi Darensbourg Levingston, Ph.D., CRC


Principal Lecturer

Rehabilitation and Health Services
  Brandi.Levingston@unt.edu
 (940) 565-2234
  Chilton Hall 218
  Faculty Profile
Bradley McDaniels, PhD, CRC

Bradley McDaniels, PhD, CRC


Assistant Professor
Coordinator of Rehabilitation Studies Program
Rehabilitation and Health Services

Well-being, quality of life issues, meaning and purpose, positive psychology, apathy, and psychosocial adaptation among individuals with chronic illness and disability with a particular interest in Parkinson’s disease.

  bradley.mcdaniels@unt.edu
 940-565-4938
  Chilton 238J
  Faculty Profile
Naomi Meier

Naomi Meier, DrPH, MS


Lecturer

Rehabilitation and Health Services
  naomi.meier@unt.edu
 940-369-8096
  Chilton 218H
  Faculty Profile
Ami Moore, PhD., MPH, CPH

Ami Moore, PhD., MPH, CPH


Professor
Coordinator of Public Health Program
Rehabilitation and Health Services

My research interests have evolved as I go through the different phases of my academic journey. First, as a social demographer, my scholarship focused on the social and economic assimilation of immigrants in the United States. Second, as HIV/AIDS became a global epidemic with great racial, ethnic, social and economic disparities, I began examining the social and structural dimensions of HIV acquisition and prevention among vulnerable populations with a focus on the determinants of disclosure of serostatus on one hand, and caregiving challenges on the other hand. I also, examined health disparities, focusing on the social determinants of health.

Social determinants of health are the diverse factors that influence health from childhood until death. Third, while I continue investigating the social and structural dimensions of HIV/AIDS, I have put more emphasis on health disparity research after earning a Public Health degree. My current research interests center around racial and ethnic disparities in different areas such as clinical trial participation, obesity, disabilities, and mental health. I have also begun to conduct health services research looking at determinants of support for government obesity intervention programs and factors that influence long term care funding schemes.

  ami.moore@unt.edu

  Chilton 218G
  Faculty Profile

Elias Mpofu, Ph.D., CRC


Professor

Rehabilitation and Health Services

My research interests coalesce around sustainable community-oriented health services; - their design, implementation and evaluation for health promotive supports across the lifespan, with an increasing emphasis on community living and participation outcomes for health older adults aging with or into disability

  Elias.Mpofu@unt.edu
 940-565-4829
  Chilton 302A
  Faculty Profile
Kellie Nix

Kellie Nix M.S., CRC


Sr. Program Project Coordinator
UNT WISE ENGAGE
Rehabilitation and Health Services
  kellie.nix@unt.edu
 940-565-4000
  Chilton 122
Liam O'Neill Ph.D.

Liam O'Neill Ph.D.


Associate Professor
Coordinator of Health Services Administration Program
Rehabilitation and Health Services

Efficiency measurement in health care, data envelopment analysis, health information systems, electronic health records, big data, and Covid-19. His most recent article on risk factors among children with Covid-19 was published in Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology.

  liam.o'neill@unt.edu
 940-369-7568
  Chilton 238M
  Faculty Profile

Gayle Prybutok, BSN, MBA, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

Rehabilitation and Health Services

Health communication/education; health care quality improvement, health education, Internet based health communication, health care service quality, mobile health, health disparities

  Gayle.Prybutok@unt.edu
 940-369-7820
  Chilton 238P
  Faculty Profile
Eralda Shyle

Eralda Shyle


ENGAGE Administrative Coordinator

Rehabilitation and Health Services
  Eralda.Shyle@unt.edu
 940-565-4000
  Chilton 122
Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor, MS, CRC, LPC-A


Senior Program Project Coordinator for ENGAGE

Rehabilitation and Health Services
  Lauren.Taylor@unt.ede
 940-369-5392
  Chilton 122
Justin Watts

Justin Watts, Ph.D., NCC


Assistant Professor
Coordinator of Rehabilitation Counseling Program
Rehabilitation and Health Services
Healthy Community Collaborative Program

The impact of child-maltreatment among young/emerging adults, trauma, post-traumatic stress, childhood psychological maltreatment.

  Justin.Watts@unt.edu
 940-369-8947
  Chilton 238p
  Faculty Profile

Social Work

Social workers make the world a better place by helping people overcome the challenges associated with abuse, poverty, homelessness, addiction, disability, illness, and discrimination. They practice in a variety of areas including healthcare, hospice, substance abuse treatment, child welfare, aging, criminal justice and others.

Learn more about UNT’s Social Work program and how you can make a difference!

 sowk.unt.edu
 socialwork@unt.edu
 940-565-3437
 Chilton Hall

Cassidy Baker, LCSW-S, ACSW

Cassidy Baker, Ph.D. LCSW-S, ACSW


Interim Chair of Social Work
Clinical Assistant Professor | BSW Director | Title IV-E Child Welfare Program PI
Social Work
  Cassidy.Baker@unt.edu
 940-565-2687
  Chilton 397G
  Faculty Profile

Rosalind Evans


Lecturer

Social Work
  rosalind.evans@unt.edu
 940-565-3437
  Chilton 390H
  Faculty Profile

Joseph Frey, PhD, MSSW


Assistant Professor

Social Work
  Joseph.Frey@unt.edu
 940-369-7278
  Chilton 390G
  Faculty Profile

Karla Horton, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Social Work
  karla.horton@unt.edu
 940-369-5172
  Chilton 390C
  Faculty Profile
Amy Mayes, DSW, LMSW

Amy Mayes, DSW, LMSW


Assistant Program Coordinator, Title IV-E Program
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work
  amy.mayes@unt.edu

  Chilton
  Faculty Profile

Jennifer Middleton, LMSW


Assistant Director of Field Education

Social Work
  Jennifer.Middleton@unt.edu
 940-565-3270
  Chilton 390
  Faculty Profile
Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore, Ph.D., MSW


Assistant Professor

Social Work
  sarah.moore@unt.edu
 940-369-5018
  Chilton 390D
  Faculty Profile
Dhrubodhi Mukherjee, Ph.D., LCSW

Dhrubodhi Mukherjee, Ph.D., LCSW


Associate Professor

Social Work
  dhru.m@unt.edu
 940-565-3198
  Chilton 390E
  Faculty Profile
Meloney Paty

Meloney Paty


Senior Administrative Specialist

Social Work
  meloney.paty@unt.edu
 940-369-7735
  Chilton 300A
Huei-Wern Shen, Ph.D.

Huei-Wern Shen, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

Social Work
  Huei-wern.Shen@unt.edu
 940-369-7095
  Chilton Hall 390B
  Faculty Profile
Brenda Sweeten, LCSW

Brenda Sweeten, LCSW


Clinical Professor & Director of Social Work Field Education & UNT Foster Care Liaison Officer

Social Work
  Brenda.Sweeten@unt.edu
 940-369-6991
  Chilton 397E
  Faculty Profile
Kayla Whitworth, LCSW-S

Kayla Whitworth, LCSW-S


Title IV-E Senior Program Coordinator

Social Work
  kayla.whitworth@unt.edu
 940-369-6609
  Chilton

Advising and Student Success

Welcome to the College of Health and Public Service (HPS)! You’ve made a wise decision to join a College that has absolutely made an impact on the university and the community it serves. The College prides itself in being student focused and community oriented, with innovative, applied research.

The Student Services Office provides ongoing support for HPS undergraduate students as you progress from freshmen to seniors ready to graduate.

 hps.unt.edu/advising
 hpsadvisingservices@unt.edu
 940-565-4115
 Chilton Hall 112

Richard Mabry, M.S.


Assistant Dean, Student Success

HPS Student Services
  Rmabry@unt.edu
 940-565-4115 (Main)
  Chilton 112

Amanda DeVaney


Academic Counselor

HPS Student Services
  Amanda.Devaney@unt.edu
 940-565-4115 (main)
  Chilton 112

Raelyn Duncan


Academic Advisor

HPS Student Services
  Raelyn.Duncan@unt.edu
 940-565-4115 (main)
  Chilton 112

Brisa Finegan, M.Ed.


Academic Counselor

HPS Student Services
  brisa.finegan@unt.edu
 940-565-4115
  Chilton 112

Xavier Floyd, M.Ed.


Academic Advisor

HPS Student Services
  xavier.floyd@unt.edu
 940-369-8951
  Chilton 112F

Katie Hebert


Office Support Associate

HPS Student Services
  Katie.Hebert@unt.edu
 940-565-4115
  Chilton 112

Kevin Huang, M.A.


Career Coach

HPS Student Services
  Kevin.Huang@unt.edu
 940-565-2105
  Chilton 308J

Janice Lader, M.Ed.


Career Coach
Adjunct Instructor
HPS Student Services
  janice.lader@unt.edu
 940-565-2865
  Chilton 390
Rachel Rachel

Rachel Rachel


Academic Advisor

HPS Student Services
  Rachel.Rachel@unt.edu
 940-369-5791
  Chilton 112

Rod Streng, Ph.D.


Academic Advisor

HPS Student Services
  Rod.Streng@unt.edu
 940-565-4115 (main)
  Chilton 112

Center for Public Management

Established in 1992 as the professional development arm of the Department of Public Administration, the mission of the Center for Public Management (CPM) is to promote excellence and efficiency in public and nonprofit organizations.

 cpm.unt.edu
 CPMworkshops@unt.edu
 940-369-7483
 Chilton Hall 242B

Patrick Shinkle


Director

Center for Public Management
  Patrick.Shinkle@unt.edu
 940-369-7950
  Chilton 121

Emily Cook


Office Manager

Center for Public Management
  Emily.Cook@unt.edu
 940-369-7843
  Chilton 121

Information Technology Services

HPS Information Technology Services (HPS IT) supports the academic, research, and service efforts of students, faculty, and staff of the College of Health and Public Service (HPS).

The Chilton Hall 255 Student Computer Lab and the HPS technology classrooms offer an academic environment conducive to collaborative learning. We are committed to ensuring that students remain central to our work.

 it.hps.unt.edu
 hpsit@unt.edu
 940-565-3460
 Chilton Hall 255

Centers and Labs

 Chilton Hall General Access Computer Lab
 HPSIT@unt.edu
 940-565-3460
 Chilton Hall 255

Jackie Thames


Senior IT Support Manager
IT Services

thames@unt.edu
940-565-3419
Chilton 289B

Vasilis Angelogiannos


Senior System Administrator
IT Services

vasilis@unt.edu
940-565-4641
Chilton 209B

Chu Chuah


System Administrator
IT Services

Chu.Chuah@unt.edu
940-565-4454
Chilton 209