HPS Community Support Initiative

In these unprecedented times, the College of Health and Public Service at UNT, which has extensive expertise with proactively finding solutions to community problems and lending expertise to nonprofit agencies, health care systems and city and county governments in the DFW region, as well as other entities, is accessible and available to voluntarily partner with our community to address emerging and changing needs related to COVID-19.


Irine Abraham, MTS, LMSW

Lecturer

Social Work

Research Areas:

medical social work with a specialization in gerontology and spirituality


Shahla Ala'i-Rosales, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Director, Behavior Analysis Online
Associate Professor

Behavior Analysis

Research Areas:

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

Cassidy Baker, LCSW-S, ACSW

Cassidy Baker, LCSW-S, ACSW

Clinical Assistant Professor | Title IV-E Child Welfare Program

Social Work

Research Areas:

Child welfare, family violence, child abuse and neglect, victim advocacy, family violence prosecution, clinical supervision, ethics, child welfare workforce training


Abraham Benavides, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Healthy Community Collaboration Project Co-PI

Public Administration

Research Areas:

Ethics, state and local governance management, urban governance, cultural competency, human resource management, rural homelessness, ageing in place, and immigration.


Bob Bland, Ph.D.

Interim Chair, Department of Criminal Justice
Endowed Professor of Local Government

Public Administration

Research Areas:
State and local tax policy, capital and operating budgeting, municipal debt management, city/ county management, local politics


Chandra Donnell Carey, Ph.D., CRC, LPC-I

Interim Department Chair & Associate Professor
Healthy Community Collaboration Project Co-PI

Rehabilitation and Health Services

Research Areas:

Mental illness, recovery experiences of women of color, culturally responsive service provision in rehabilitation counseling

Neale Chumbler Ph.D.

Neale Chumbler Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Health and Public Service
Professor, Rehabilitation & Health Services

Rehabilitation and Health Services

Research Areas:

access to care for older adults and those with chronic health conditions; informal/family caregiver burden


Traci Cihon, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Associate Professor

Behavior Analysis

Research Areas:

Behavioral Systems Analysis (community- and organization-focused), social responsibility and cooperation, ethics, education (language acquisition, reading instruction, Precision Teaching), sustainability

Jessica Craig, Ph.D.

Jessica Craig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Criminal Justice

Research Areas:

Crime and punishment,desistance from crime, trauma, juvenile justice; mental health; substance use; developmental/life-course criminology; juvenile offending

Skip Krueger, Ph.D.

Skip Krueger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Public Administration

Research Areas:

Financial aspects of natural disaster, regional cooperation among local governments, state and local budgeting

Brandi Levingston, Ph.D., CRC

Brandi Levingston, Ph.D., CRC

Principal Lecturer, Director of Programs in Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation and Health Services

Research Areas:

Competitive employment outcomes for people with disabilities, Wage earnings potential for people with disabilities, postsecondary education of people with disabilities, Psychosocial aspects of disability, cultural competencies


Mary Nelan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Emergency Management and Disaster Science

Research Areas:

Convergence behavior, disaster volunteers and identity, disaster donations, therapeutic communities, quick response research

Liam O'Neill Ph.D.

Liam O'Neill Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Rehabilitation and Health Services

Research Areas:

Efficiency measurement in health care, health disparities, health information systems, health services research, hospital-acquired infections.

Sarah Moore Oliphant

Sarah Moore Oliphant, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor

Social Work

Research Areas:

International social work, refugee and immigrants, Ethiopian immigrant community and HIV/AIDS


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

Associate Professor

Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Research Areas:

Communication disorders due to stroke or other brain injury, with special focus on aphasia; research and advocacy; rehabilitation of everyday, functional communication

Leslie Roberts, J.D

Leslie Roberts, J.D.

Principal Lecturer

Public Administration

Research Areas:

Conflict resolution, contracts, disabilities, trade policy, foreign policy, German language & culture

Brenda Sweeten, LCSW

Brenda Sweeten, LCSW

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

Social Work

Research Areas:

Foster care alumni post secondary success, foster care youth, child welfare system, non-profit and volunteer managment, community engagement and field agency partnerships


Adam Trahan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs

Criminal Justice

Research Areas:

Graffiti, capital punishment, criminology, jury selection/voir dire, sentencing outcomes

Robert Wall

Robert Wall, M.S.

Lecturer

Criminal Justice

Research Areas:

Policing, Criminalistics, White Collar Crime and Fraud

Justin Watts

Justin Watts, Ph.D., NCC

Assistant Professor

Rehabilitation and Health Services

Research Areas:
Interpersonal trauma, bio-psycho-social-emotional impact of child-maltreatment, collegiate recovery, recovery support, the counseling working alliance, and mental health

Elyse Zavar, Ph.D.

Elyse Zavar Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Emergency Management and Disaster Science

Research Areas:

Hazard mitigation, land use, landscape change following disaster, non-structural hazard mitigation projects, flood buyouts, property acquisition, long-term community recovery


Haley Zettler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Criminal Justice

Research Areas:

Community Corrections, Institutional Corrections, Reentry, Mental Health, Substance Use, Trauma