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 – BestCounselingDegrees.net, 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

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 • Peter.Pinceminjohnstone@unt.edu

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...

March 2018

MortonDuring this past summer, EADP student Hannah Morton had the opportunity to com-plete her emergency management internship in New Zealand. This is a unique program in which students gain experience interning at the Joint Center for Disaster Re-search through Massey University in Wellington and the National Headquarters for Fire and Emergency, New Zealand offices. Hannah was one of 11 students from across the United States selected to participate in this program.

When asked about her experience overseas for a semester, Hannah writes:

“I got to study in person the infrastructural damage from the massive 2011 Canterbury earth-quakes in Christchurch, climb a volcano in Auckland, and study tsunami hazards all along the coasts. It was extremely eye opening! For the Joint Center for Disaster Research (JCDR) I studied small community vulnerability, the unique risk perception and disaster culture among...

February 2018

At the National Rehabilitation Association Conference held this fall in Corpus Christi, Texas, Martha Garber, director of UNTWISE, and Crystal George, program manager of UNTWISE, received awards for their contributions to the field of rehabilitation.

As part of the College of Health and Public Service Rehabilitation and Health Services (RHS) department, UNT’s Workplace Inclusion & Sustainable Employment (UNTWISE) delivers information, continuing education and technical assistance in areas that affect the employment and inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

GarberMartha Garber (left) received the Research, Project Demonstration, and/or Special Program Award for her development and maintenance of the Texas Credential Program for Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) Providers of Employment Services. The first and...

February 2018

Melissa Huffman ('12 M.P.A.) had planned a relaxing trip to her hometown of Coppell for the last weekend in August to celebrate her mother's birthday.

But as a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in League City, near Houston, Huffman canceled her trip when forecast models showed a tropical depression in the Caribbean -- named Harvey -- likely to hit the Texas coast after it strengthened into a hurricane.

The first major Atlantic hurricane of 2017, Harvey came ashore with Category 4 intensity near Rockport, then caused widespread flooding in the Houston metropolitan area with 30 to 64 inches of rain. Huffman stayed at her office for six days to track the storm, working 12-hour shifts. She was the lead radar operator, evaluating radar data and deciding when to issue warnings. She also issued and updated river and bayou flood warnings and provided forecast information to Harris County regarding the explosion at the Arkema Chemical Plant in Crosby.

"Hurricane Harvey was a career-...

February 2018

Last fall, HPS’ Public Administration department welcomed a group of 22 juniors and seniors from North Forney High School (NFHS) to UNT to learn about peer mediation and life as a college student.

“These students are candidates for leadership roles in the peer mediation program that our Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program faculty and students are co-developing with NFHS administration,” said Leslie Roberts, ADR program coordinator & principal lecturer, who organized the daylong event.

“Forney is a high growth city in Kaufman County and schools are expected to feel significant impact,” she said. “Consequently, conflict management is a high priority at NFHS.”

While most of the day was spent discussing conflict, negotiation and mediating conflicts among their peers, the students were also exposed to campus life at UNT. They enjoyed a campus tour, dining in Kerr...

February 2018

Left to right: Mustafa Icer, Yusuf Baktir, Chris Guerra and Kaleigh LairdHPS faculty and students represented UNT at the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice conference in Fort Worth October 13-14.

Jessica Craig, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice and doctoral students from HPS’s Public Administration department Mustafa Icer and Yusuf Baktir presented their research titled Military and Crime: A systematic review of the literature.

Kaleigh Laird, criminal justice master’s student and Adam Trahan, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice and graduate coordinator, presented...

February 2018

"I feel like I didn't choose Emergency Management, Emergency Management chose me. When I was in high school I got involved with the Civil Air Patrol. Oddly enough, the day after I got my membership card in the mail was September 11, 2001. During Katrina in 2005, I found myself in a Salvation Army Shelter, advising the Command team on best practices to organize and manage the large influx of donations, volunteers, and unique medical needs of evacuees. In all of that, I found a passion and excitement of trying to create order of chaos. By 2007, I was enrolled in the UNT EADP program.

I probably had a more unique experience while earning my EADP degree. I was the very last UNT student that had to travel to UT Arlington to earn a Commission in the U.S. Army through the ROTC program. When I graduated, I commissioned onto Active Duty with the U.S. Army as an MP Officer thinking that would get me in the middle of the action for using my Emergency Man-agement skills. I was right and wrong. I was in...

February 2018

LabUnder the leadership of Scott Belshaw, Ph.D., lab director and associate professor of criminal justice, the UNT Cyber Forensics Lab  has built a fully-functional digital forensics lab to serve law enforcement since opening in early 2017.

  • The Lab can examine cell phones, SIM cards, tablets, computers, external storage devices and other forms of digital media to detect any files and data of evidentiary value on a wide array of crimes.
  • To bring together training and a greater awareness to law enforcement regarding online child exploitation crimes, the Lab is involved in initial talks with federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and local detectives with the North Texas Internet Crimes Against Children...

February 2018

Rusty CarterUniversity of North Texas student Rusty Carter struggled with alcohol abuse, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and a failing marriage, a few months after he was honorably discharged from the Army. He knew that something needed to change in his life after a failed suicide attempt in June 2013.

“I hated who I was,” he says. “I spent years hiding behind a bottle in a feeble attempt to suppress my thoughts and drink my pain away. I created a façade to shield others from the truth, and worst of all, I lied to myself.”

Four years later, he graduated with honors from the University of North Texas to serve those who face some of the same issues as he did. With his bachelor’s degree in social work, he plans to become a mental health counselor to fellow veterans. Rusty also plans to earn a master of social work degree, to prepare for doing research on adjustments veterans face when they leave the military

Rusty says he started to turn his life...