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DARS accreditation

The master's program for Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling is now accredited by the Board of Directors of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Offered by the department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies for the College of Allied Health Sciences, the program’s accreditation has been granted for a two-year period through October of 2017.

After an extensive review of self-study documents and a site visit, among other commitments from the department, the board believed the program substantially met the requirements for accredited status.

"We are proud to have our Masters in Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling accredited by CACREP in Clinical Mental Health Counseling," said Dr. Paul Toriello, chair of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies. "We believe this accomplishment reflects the excellence demonstrated by our program since 1989."

Graduates of the Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling Program may be employed in community mental health and substance abuse settings such as inpatient or outpatient programs, detoxification centers, residential and halfway-house programs, and home-based counseling programs.

"CACREP accreditation assures students of a high-quality program and a streamlined path toward professional licensure and jobs," noted Toriello. "Without the extraordinary vision, leadership and hard work of Dr. Lloyd Goodwin, professor and creator of the Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling, and Dr. Shari Sias, assistant professor and the program’s current director, we would not have accomplished this momentous task."

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Health Informatics & Information Management program graduates first master’s student

A distance education student from the Charlotte area has become the first person to graduate from East Carolina University with a master’s degree in health informatics and information management. Rhonda Joyner of Indian Trails completed her required internship this summer and is now seeking employment in the health care industry. ECU’s Department of Health Services and Information Management – housed in the College of Allied Health Sciences – launched its inaugural graduate program in 2013. The degree builds on a graduate certificate in health informatics.

Read more about Joyner’s experience at www.ecu.edu/news/hiimgrad.cfm.

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Cellucci and Forrestal prepare future healthcare managers

Ethics and Professionalism for Healthcare Managers by Elizabeth J. Forrestal and Leigh W. Cellucci, Professors in the Department of Health Services and Information Management, discusses a host of difficult decisions that health care managers face every day. Many can be loaded with ethical implications that, if not addressed properly, can evolve into major issues for both the manager and the organization as a whole.

This book prepares new and aspiring healthcare managers to make better decisions through a solid grounding in ethics and professionalism. The book uses cases that are based on a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, physician practices, ambulatory surgery centers, home health agencies, and skilled nursing facilities.

More info at www.ache.org/publications/product.aspx?pc=2294

Nutrition Sciences Reports 100 Percent Pass Rate

Nutrition Sciences Reports 100 Percent Pass Rate

The Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics issues a report twice annually on the pass rate of graduates from the didactic program in nutrition on the national registration examination for dietitians. The Department of Nutrition Science is proud to report a 100 percent pass rate for the period of January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015. Congratulations to these newly credentialed registered dietitians.

Leela Goel

ECU Hosts NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

ECU Honors College student Leela Goel spent time this summer working with Dr. Stacey Meardon, assistant professor in Physical Therapy, learning about how computer models can aid in predicting tibial stress. Tibial pain and fractures are a common problem among athletes.

Read more about Goel's undergraduate research experience

Heather Harris Wright

Wright elected fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Dr. Heather Harris Wright, associate dean for Research and incoming chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences, has been elected a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Fellowship is one of the highest forms of recognition given by ASHA of an individual’s accomplishments and is a public declaration of their outstanding professional achievements.

Individuals selected to receive awards given by the Association will be formally recognized with a presentation at the Awards Ceremony on Nov. 13 at the ASHA Convention in Denver.

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Dickerson earns Certification in Driving and Community Mobility

Dr. Anne E. Dickerson, professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, received Specialty Certification in Driving and Community Mobility from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).  Less than 1 percent of all occupational therapists accomplish this special distinction.

The attainment of certification demonstrates a strong level of commitment to the profession, the practice area of Driving and Community Mobility and consumer care.  Her completion of this certification demonstrates scholarly and professional involvement in activities that promote professional growth and contribute to the field of occupational therapy.

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Dr. Jenkins elected as President of the APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section

Dr. Walt Jenkins, Professor and Chair, in the Department of Physical Therapy was elected as President of the American Physical Therapy Association Sports Physical Therapy Section April 30, 2015. During 2015-16 he will serve as President-elect followed by a three year term as President.

The APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section is an 8,000 member professional organization serving its members, athletes of all ages and abilities, the profession, and the community at large through excellence in Sports Physical Therapy practice, research, education, and professional development.

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CAHS Alumni Develops Occupational Therapy Video for Navy

College of Allied Health Sciences alumni and Navy Occupational Therapist Lieutenant Junior Grade Trey Elam is sharing his passion for occupational therapy through a new video developed for medical officers and prospective occupational therapists interested in a career in Navy Medicine. Read more on the ECU Health Beat blog by clicking here.
Perry and Willy CAHS Faculty Awarded Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Awards

Dr. Jamie Perry, Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders and Dr. Rich Willy, associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy have received Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Awards, each in the amount of $15,900. Read more...


Dr. Ellis Selected as Leadership Academy Participant

Dr. Charles Ellis, associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has been selected as a participant for the 2015 Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) Leadership Academy. Only 19 participants of the 75 applicants were selected for this inaugural event to be held in Newport Beach, California in April. As part of his participation, CAPCSD will provide complimentary registration for the academy, hotel expenses and complimentary registration for the CAPCSD Annual Conference.


U.S. News 2016 ranking recognizes ECU health sciences graduate programs

Addictions Rehabilitation Studies WebEast Carolina University programs in medicine, nursing and rehabilitation counseling have been ranked among the best graduate schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Included in the rankings is the rehabilitation counseling program in the College of Allied Health Sciences' Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies, ranked 18th among such programs. Read more here.

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