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.
SOUND ADVICE: Tinnitus clinic accepting patients for evaluations, therapy
For people suffering from tinnitus, silence is relative. The constant perception of "ringing ears" when there is no external sound is something those diagnosed with tinnitus deal with on a daily basis. Read more of this story, featured on the University homepage by clicking here.
U.S. News 2016 ranking recognizes ECU health sciences graduate programs
East 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. "We're committed to providing the highest quality programs to prepare professional counselors for a complex and rapidly changing behavioral health care environment," said Dr. Paul Toriello, chairman and director of graduate programs for the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies. "Having our master's program in rehabilitation counseling be recognized by the US News & World Report is a testament to our continuous pursuit of excellence." ECU offers a master's degree in rehabilitation and career counseling and substance abuse and clinical counseling. Students also can pursue certificates in rehabilitation counseling, substance abuse counseling, vocational evaluation and military and trauma counseling. The doctoral program in rehabilitation counseling and administration allows students to specialize in substance and clinical counseling, vocational evaluation or rehabilitation research.
Dr. Perry Receives Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Award
Dr. Jamie Perry, Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders has received an Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Award in the amount of $15,900 to fund her project entitled "Assessing levels of nasality among children whose primary language is Spanish". Dr. Yolanda Holt and Dr. Lucía Méndez will be assisting with the project.
Dr. Willy Awarded Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Award
Dr. Rich Willy, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy received an Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Award in the amount of $15,900 to fund his project "In-field gait analysis and gait retraining to reduce risk factors associated with tibial stress fractures". Dr. John Willson and Dr. Stacey Meardon will be assisting with the project.
College of Allied Health Sciences Honors Exceptional Students
East Carolina University freshmen and transfer students who are either majoring in an area within the College of Allied Health Sciences or interested in pursuing a degree from the College and earned a 3.0 GPA or higher during the fall semester were recognized for their academic achievements on Feb. 20 as part of the annual ECU EXCELS program.
Following a brief presentation by Interim Dean Greg Hassler, senior students and faculty members from the four undergraduate programs at CAHS, Clinical Laboratory Science, Health Services Management, Speech and Hearing Science, and Rehabilitation Services spoke about their programs and gave the students advice about how to make the most out of their majors and to continue succeeding in their college careers.
After hearing from the seniors, advisors Anthony Coutouzis and Kristal Gauthier presented the awarded students with an ECU Excels certificate, along with Dr. Hassler.
The following students were invited to be recognized as part of the ECU Excels Program:
Adams, Kathryn A.
Adams, Melissa D.
Alford, Carter L.
Almutairi, Rashed A.
Ayscue, Ashley K.
Baggett, Anna M.
Bates, Lindsey H.
Best, Morgan B.
Bogert, Hunter S.
Bridgers, Maci A.
Brinkley, Mariana E.
Bullard, Madison A.
Butler, Jennifer B.
Cantrell, Casey F.
Clarke, Kimberly M.
Cline, Anna E.
Cooper, Alicia J.
Coro, Jeisy C.
Cox, Ashlyn B.
Currier, Madison M.
Daborowski, Jared D.
Dahrooge, Victoria M.
D’Artois, Kelsey A.
Davis, Kensleigh G.
DeGree, Meagan N.
DeRoche, Carina A.
Donaldson, Christina M.
Driver, Carrie L.
Echols, Aliyah D.
Evans, Brittany G.
Flaster, Traci M.
Fleming, Dusty L.
Furimsky, Stephanie A.
Gagliardi, Elizabeth R.
Garner, Elizabeth L.
Gibson, Wendy R.
Glenn, Corey S.
Goodman, Angela K.
Gregory, Candace C.
Hamiel, Kionna R.
Hancock, Paige E.
Hart, Dawn A.
Hauhuth, Kelly E.
Hernandez, Alicia N.
Herold, Amy C.
Hill, Matthew G.
Hoffman, Maria Christina K.
Holcomb, Michael J.
Houston, Kayla E.
Hughes, Anna J.
Jama, Hodan A.
James, Louisa D.
Jarman, Haleigh P.
Johnson, Chynah A.
Kea, Angela F.
Kline, Kylie P.
Koogler, Mary R.
Lancaster, Brittany D.
Lanier, Deanna T.
Le, TuAnh N.
Lee, Aspyn P.
Lee, Patricia L.
Luyster, Sydney R.
Marriaga Castillo, Abner E.
Marsh, Connie L.
Medina, Alexis M.
Miller, Jamie L.
Miller, Melissa L.
Mills, Kristina K.
Miranda, Shawn H.
Moore, Jessica M.
Murray, Harley K.
Nelson, Lani D.
Newnam, Andrew P.
Nguyen, Kristina Y.
Niccoli, Jennifer B.
Nicks, Charlotte E.
Palmiotto, Jessica L.
Paynter, Janis D.
Pemberton, Colleen A.
Phthisic, Rachel D.
Poole, Janice G.
Quick, Brandon F.
Ringenberg, Rachel N.
Robbins, Whitney A.
Robinson, Julie A.
Rodriguez, Angela N.
Sampson, Deion T.
Scales, Autumn K.
Schulman, Emily B.
Skinner, Julia M.
Smith, Harley G.
Smith, Shadona R.
Stanley, Erica N.
Starling, Allison K.
Stokes, Joel E.
Stone, Savanna J.
Strickland, Lydia G.
Taylor, Aubrie W.
Taylor, Garrett F.
Teeter, Meredith E.
Terrell, Teresa M.
Tisdale, Ashlynn S.
Valdez, Tatiana V.
Wallace, Shamika L.
Warren, Eddie E.
Williams, Vantisha B.
Wilson, Sierra K.
Ziegler, Melissa L. The students then had the chance to tour the College and learn more about their intended or current majors.
This is the sixth year that the ECU Excels program has recognized the accomplishments of first time ECU students. For more information contact Anthony Coutouzis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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| | CAHS Student Featured in Pirate Profiles
Vanessa Perry, a third year doctoral student in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies is currently featured on the University homepage. Check out Vanessa's "Pirate Profile" here.
| | March 2015 Research Update
The latest edition of the CAHS Research Update is now available. Check out the March 2015 edition of the College of Allied Health Sciences Research Update featuring vital information about funding opportunities, upcoming deadlines, resources and highlights from CAHS research developments. You can view the update and access the links by clicking here.
| | Five Questions with Dr. Anne Dickerson
Check out the latest "Five Questions With..." interview on the CAHS Research website featuring Dr. Anne Dickerson from the Department of Occupational Therapy. Read the interview here...
Dr. Thomas Awarded Order of the Long Leaf Pine
Dr. Stephen Thomas, dean emeritus of the College of Allied Health Sciences was recently honored with one of North Carolina's most prestigious civilian awards for his outstanding service to the state in the area of health equity. Read more...
GENERATING SOLUTIONS: Symposium peddles patient-centered partnerships
Innovative community health care driven by patient needs, and tailoring local resources to cooperatively address those needs was the focus of the 11th annual Jean Mills Health Symposium held Feb. 6 at East Carolina University. Read more...
| | Dr. Kulsher Interviewed on WCTI
Dr. Robert Kulesher from the Department of Health Services and Information Management was interviewed by WCTI to comment on the recent partnership announcement between Lenoir Memorial Hospitals in Kinston and Novant Health System headquartered in Winston-Salem. The entire story can be viewed online by clicking here.
| | February 2015 Research Update
The latest edition of the CAHS Research Update is now available. Check out the February 2015 edition of the College of Allied Health Sciences Research Update featuring vital information about funding opportunities, upcoming deadlines, resources and highlights from CAHS research developments. You can view the update and access the links by clicking here.
| | Five Questions with Dr. Ray Hylock
Checkout the latest "Five Questions With..." interview on the CAHS Research website featuring Dr. Ray Hylock from the Department of Health Services and Information Management. Read the interview here...
Dr. Thomas Awarded Order of the Long Leaf Pine
The dean emeritus of the College of Allied Health Sciences at East Carolina University was recently honored with one of North Carolina’s most prestigious civilian awards for his outstanding service to the state in the area of health equity.
Dr. Stephen Thomas, who retired in October, was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award Feb. 6 during the 11th annual Jean Mills Symposium, an event aimed at generating awareness and solutions for health problems that plague North Carolinians and especially minorities. Thomas has been instrumental in organizing the event over the past decade.
Although the honor was conferred by the governor, the surprise presentation was made by Dr. Johnny Williams, president of the Old North State Medical Society; Amos T. Mills, founder of the Mills Symposium; Dr. Don Ensley, professor emeritus of health services and information management; and Dr. Julius Mallette, president of the Andrew A. Best Medical Society.
Thomas served the university for 34 years. He joined ECU in 1980 as a faculty member in the rehabilitation studies department, tasked to start and direct the vocational evaluation master’s degree program. He was named chair of the department in 1998 and interim dean of the former School of Allied Health Sciences in April 2001.
After his promotion to dean in 2003, Thomas led the school through several new endeavors including a move from its former location in the Belk Building to the new Health Sciences Building in 2006, and a name change from the School of Allied Health Sciences to the College of Allied Health Sciences in 2007.
ECU researchers receive grant to study chronic pain
Two East Carolina University researchers have received funding for a project that could lead to better quality of life for people living with chronic pain.
Drs. Sonja Bareiss and Kori Brewer were awarded a two-year, $300,000 grant by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to study the development and possible treatments of the debilitating pain that commonly occurs after a spinal cord injury.
Bareiss, an assistant professor in the College of Allied Health Sciences’ Department of Physical Therapy, practiced physical therapy for eight years before earning her doctorate in anatomy and cell biology.
“My clinical experience informs the way I ask the questions,” she said. “When I was practicing in the clinic, I didn’t feel like I had a lot of tools to treat patients with chronic pain. That motivated me to do basic science research so I could better understand what was happening with my patients.”
Subsequently, her doctoral studies focused on pain at the cellular level; specifically, how sensory neurons – which relay sensory information like pain – grow and form connections. She became especially interested in the uncontrolled growth – or “sprouting” – of sensory cells in the peripheral nerves, which are those beyond the brain and spinal cord.
“This branching off of peripheral sensory cells to form new connections in the spinal cord has been recognized in humans who’ve suffered spinal cord injury,” Bareiss said. “It’s thought to contribute to abnormal sensations, including pain.
”Brewer, an associate professor and associate chief of the Division of Research in the Brody School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine, is well versed in the basic science of pain.
The pair has collaborated since 2010, when they received seed funding from the Harriet and John Wooten Lab for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research, which aims to jump-start Brody faculty on multidisciplinary research projects about molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative diseases.
They hope their findings will lead to an effective pharmacological treatment for the sharp, burning neuropathic pain commonly experienced by patients after spinal cord injuries. Specifically, they’re trying to determine whether reducing sensory ‘sprouting’ – with a specific drug known to stop it – will combat the pain without sacrificing motor function. Current treatments are ineffective, they said.
It could also have implications beyond pain relief.
“Chronic pain is debilitating, and it affects every facet of life,” said Bareiss. “Once these pain conditions arise, they tend to persist or worsen over time. It reduces quality of life and hinders a person’s reintegration into community and vocation.”
“What if, instead of reducing the sprouting, you were to enhance it, fostering new synaptic connections in brain cells? Could that help with Alzheimer’s? The signal may be the same,” said Bareiss.
According to the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Pain Medicine, chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans – more than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.
One reason, Bareiss said, is people are surviving spinal cord injuries that would have proven fatal 50 years ago. Of the more than one million people who live with spinal cord injuries in the United States, about 50 percent develop neuropathic pain within the first six months of their injury, and as many as 90 percent report it at the five-year mark, she said.
Brewer called the team’s research a “novel approach to a long-standing problem” because rather than focusing on the brain or the spinal cord, they are studying the peripheral nerves that carry pain information from outlying areas of the body into the central nervous system. Understanding the cellular mechanisms involved, she said, could have applications for all types of chronic pain.
Dr. Heather Harris Wright, associate dean for research in the ECU College of Allied Health Sciences, said, “The collaboration between Dr. Bareiss and Dr. Brewer exemplifies how researchers across ECU’s Division of Health Sciences work together to address health-related issues affecting North Carolinians.
"Our college is very excited about the tremendous impact this research could have for individuals living with chronic pain.”
The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation was established in 2002 to provide funding for a broad spectrum of charities benefiting spinal cord injury research and rehabilitation.
Health alumnus receives governor's award
alumnus of the College of Allied Health Sciences at East Carolina University
was among the 38 state employees honored with a 2014 Governor's Award for
Finley, a dysphagia specialist who works at the O'Berry Neuro-Medical Treatment
Center in Goldsboro, was one of three N.C. Department of Health and Human
Services workers cited for providing excellent customer service.
to find ways for program residents with extreme developmental disabilities to continue
enjoying solid foods and to delay their need for liquefied diets. He developed
and taught therapeutic exercises to help residents maintain or regain the ability
to chew and swallow.
earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in communication sciences and
disorders from ECU in 2004 and 2006.
Governor's Award for Excellence is the highest award for service given to state
employees. "Each of these outstanding
employees goes beyond simply performing their responsibilities to provide
patient-focused care and make a difference in the lives of the people they so
selflessly serve," said DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos. "We can all be proud of our
employees' commitment to our patients and others and willingness to serve from
Finley's wife Stacy holds identical degrees from the ECU College of Allied Health Sciences and is employed by Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro.
| | Bareiss Receives Grant for Cord Injury Pain Research
The Neilson Foundation has approved funding for Dr. Sonja Bareiss' grant, "Targeting GSK-3beta Signaling to Prevent Spinal Cord Injury Pain". This research will investigate maladaptive plasticity mechanisms involved in the development and recovery from chronic pain following central nervous system injury. These studies are aimed at developing new treatments for those living with spinal cord injury pain.
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