Featured Alumni from The College of Human Ecology


Patrick Meadors (Phd, LMFT) was a member of the first graduating class in the doctoral program in Medical Family Therapy at East Carolina University. Since graduating with his doctorate in Medical Family Therapy (2008), he was hired as a family therapist at Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute, a radiation oncology practice in Florida. In this position Patrick is the family therapist for 5 medical offices, where he has installed a model of care for the integration and accessibility of family therapy services to every patient.

Patrick also supervises three counselor education students (2 masters, 1 doctoral) and has co-taught a Sexuality and Mental Health course to master’s and doctoral level students at the University of Florida. Along with all his other endeavors Patrick continues to pursue his various research interests. His eventual goal is to possibly return to academia in a medical school or family therapy setting, or work in medical administration.

Patrick is very candid when speaking of ECU, the College of Human Ecology (CHE), and the Department of Child Development and Family Relations (CDFR) saying: “I am very blessed to be a part of the East Carolina University family. The Medical Family Therapy doctoral program provided incredible opportunities in research, teaching, and ultimately led me to incredible success professionally and personally. I have the CDFR faculty and administration within CHE and CDFR to thank for the mentorship and direction that I received while being affiliated with ECU. The experiences that I was afforded were invaluable. He continues with “I am extremely proud to graduate from East Carolina University and be the first graduate of the doctoral program! Thank you for all the support and providing such an enriching experience that has changed and shaped my life’s path!”

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