ECU graduates final HIM class
East Carolina University graduated its final class of Health Information Management students on May 10, 2013. From left, Faisal Olayan Alharbi, Ethel Lee Wright, Deniece N. Russell, Callie R. Woodard, Susan Michelle Haddock, Angela Marie Falsetti. Not pictured - DE students: Dawn Camden, Tina Charlton, and Lacey Williams.
The graduation ended a long history of educating close to 600 health information management professionals.
The Medical Records Administration department was created in 1970, with Mrs. Peggy Wood as the first chairperson. She remained in that position for 26 years. In 1993, the department was renamed Health Information Management. It was later expanded to include the BS in Health Services Management, and renamed the Department of Health Services and Information Management in 2002.
Since its beginnings, more than ninety percent of the health information management professionals in eastern NC received a degree from ECU.
The decision to discontinue the bachelor's degree is due to the change in health information technology. In the future, more emphasis will be placed on the sharing of medical information and computer specialists trained at the graduate level in health informatics will be needed. Accordingly, as one chapter closes, another will open through the MS in Health Informatics and Information Management. The first class of students will enter in fall 2013.
PT welcomes new clinical instructor
The ECU Department of Physical Therapy would like to welcome Keith Sales, DPT, Clinical Instructor.
Sales received a Doctor of Physical Therapy from ECU in 2011. His clinical interests encompass vestibular rehabilitation and interventions to improve balance and gait. He will be working in the physical therapy clinic at the ECU Neurosurgery & Spine Center.
PA welcomes new faculty
Natalie Smith, MS, PA-C, Clinical Assistant Professor, has joined the faculty of East Carolina University in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.
Natalie Smith is a practicing physician assistant in emergency medicine, also with experience in urgent care medicine. In addition to practicing clinically and being a full time didactic faculty member, she is currently building upon her undergraduate interest in business by pursuing her MBA from East Carolina University.
Smith is originally from Apex, NC but fell in love with eastern North Carolina while attending East Carolina University where she met her husband as an undergraduate student. She is excited to be back at her alma mater in the professorial role and is enjoying teaching medicine to future generations of PA's.
Smith and her husband reside in New Bern, NC where they enjoy eastern North Carolina's laidback lifestyle, watching pirate football and weekends on the water.
OT department will hold CarFit
ECU's occupational therapy department will hold CarFit, a safety program that gives a quick, comprehensive check on how well a driver and his or her vehicle work together. The event will be held Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. until noon at Eastern Pines Church of Christ, 3380 Portertown Road, Greenville. No appointment needed.
Geared at older adults but open to everyone, occupational therapy students and ECU Professor Anne Dickerson will lead drivers through a 12-point checklist, recommend car adjustments or adaptations and offer advice on what could make a car "fit" an owner better or enhance safety.
Among the items checked: Is the person positioned correctly in the driver's seat? Can the person reach the pedals easily? Does the person know how to properly adjust mirrors to remove blind spots?
CarFit was developed by the American Society on Aging, AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
People over 65 are the fastest-growing population in the United States. By 2030, one in five drivers will be age 65 or older with more than 30 million older drivers on the road. Older drivers have the second highest rate of crashes in the nation, after teen-agers.
QUESTIONS: Contact Dr. Anne Dickerson, email@example.com or 252-744-6199.
REHB students attend PARC conference
Several master's and doctoral students in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies attended the annual Professional Association of Rehabilitation Counselors (PARC) conference held in Atlantic Beach in March 2013. The conference was coordinated by Drs. Lloyd Goodwin, Mary Crozier, and Beverly Sheaffer.
Guest speakers were Dr. Russoniello, ECU Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, and Dr. Batten, US Department of Veteran Affairs. Dr. Russoniello spoke about the use of boefeedback to treat PTSD in military and veteran populations. Dr. Batten spoke about the use of acceptance and commitment therapy for treating PTSD.
Students made the follow poster presentations:
- Pregnancy and Recovery in an Integrated Health Care Setting by Alicia Bell,PhD student.
- Mobile Biofeedback: An Alternative Method of Delivery by Audrey Worthington (ECU alum, 2012) & masters student and Dominiquie Clemmons-James, PhD student. (Pictured above)
- A Randomized Controlled Study of the Effectiveness of Casual Video Game in Reducing Symptoms of Anxiety by Matthew Fish PhD student.
- Adjustment Disorder as a Stress-Related Disorder by Charlie Warstler, MS & Rehabilitation Counseling MS student.
- Counseling Military Stepfamilies by Marie Agius (ECU alum, 2010) & PhD student.
- Biofeedback and the Treatment of Addiction by Audrey Worthington (ECU alum, 2012) & masters student.
- Review of the Shipley-2 and Practical Application by Jonathan Barefoot, masters student.
- Test Review of O*NET Work Importance Locator, Paper & Pencil by Jamie Pedro (ECU alum, 2012) and Hunter Sharp, masters students.
OT students achieve 100% pass rate
Congratulations to the Occupational Therapy Class of 2012! They achieved a 100% pass rate on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
OT students inducted into honor society
The Delta Beta chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, occupational therapy honors society, inducted its second class of members on Tuesday March 19th at 6:30 pm.
The 8 inductees were welcomed by the current charter members, family, friends, and faculty of the Occupational Therapy Department. The inductees were encouraged by the East Carolina University College of Allied Health Sciences Dean, Dr. Stephen Thomas, to consider different views of their role as occupational therapists and the impact they can make both today and in the future in the community that surrounds them.
The current Pi Theta Epsilon officers who conducted the induction ceremony include: Brittany Robertson, President; Monica Powell, Vice President; Alana Justice, Secretary; Erin Schofield, Treasurer; and Dr. Denise Donica, Faculty Advisor.
The new inductees include (from left to right and bottom to top) Madeline McCauley, Elizabeth Gibbs, Andrea Sparks, Lauren Armstrong, Elisabeth Sitton, Hannah Flaherty, Caitlin Davis, and Kathleen Brinkley (not pictured). The program concluded with some inspirational words from Dr. Leonard Trujillo, the chair of the Occupational Therapy Department.
Department of Health Services and Information Management received BB&T grant
The Department of Health Services and Information Management has been awarded a second $10,000 grant from the BB&T Leadership Enhancement Fund titled "Health Care Leadership 2.0: Videos and Social Media for Leadership Development."
Student teams in HSMA 3050 (Leadership in Health Care) will use social media tools to learn the strategy and practice of social media in health care by interviewing health care leaders in the field. The current teams will build on projects and information provided by the 2012 HSMA student teams to help them construct interview questions and identify which social media tools are best to conduct the interviews. The social media interviews will be recorded and posted on an on-line module on ECU Blackboard so that the team efforts may be made available to future health services and information management students.
All activities during the project will be supervised and directed according to the ECU social media guidelines. Faculty members involved in the project include Drs. Leigh W. Cellucci, Michael Kennedy, Robert Kulesher, and Xiaoming Zeng.
PA studies achieves 100% pass rate
Congratulations to the Physician Assistant Studies class of 2012! They achieved a 100% pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). This class also ranked in the 95th percentile among all physician assistant schools in the nation on the PANCE.
The mission of the Physician Assistant Studies Program is to provide educational experiences which prepare physician assistant graduates to enhance access to primary medical care for the citizens of rural and medically underserved Eastern North Carolina and beyond in an educational community where faculty, staff, clinical instructors, students and other health care providers work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect, cooperation, compassion and commitment.
REHB student receives scholarship award
Congratulations to Julie Turner, a student in the Rehabilitation Services program. She received The Vera and Chip Pennington Scholarship through her employer, Cypress Glen.
Turner has worked as a host and server in the Cypress Glen Dining Room for the past three years. The $750 scholarship is based on school performance, work performance, a written essay and financial need.
The Vera and Chip Pennington scholarship was created in 2007 by Charles "Chip" Pennington with his late wife, Vera, using returns he realized on investments he made after his retirement as customer service manager for Burroughs-Wellcome, Inc. On Monday, he presented scholarships to Turner and three other Cypress Glen employees to further their educational goals. Pennington is a resident at Cypress Glen.
Military and Trauma Counseling course developed
Dr. Mark Stebnicki, professor, Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies, has developed a new course, REHB 6375 Military and Trauma Counseling. This semester (spring 2013) is the first offering of the course.
The course is offered through distance education and will prepare graduate level professional counselors to deal with the psychosocial adjustment and traumatic experiences that challenge our military men and women during active duty, as well as their transition back to civilian life. Stebnicki says the establishment of the new course emphasizes the commitment the department has in training counselors for this new emerging population.
Stebnicki will use taped interviews conducted with retired armed services personnel and wives of veterans as part of the learning experience. Some of the interviewed guests have been Samantha Hines and Sarah Atencio, graduate students in the department and wives of active duty marines from Camp Lejuene (pictured above); Dr. Shel Downes, a retired marine colonel and professor emeritus; and Dr. Lisa Montague, MD, retired army colonel and flight surgeon and current graduate student in the department.
Although the course is an elective, 20 students are enrolled in the first offering. Stebnicki plans for the course to be the keystone course for the proposed Military and Trauma Counseling (MTC) certificate program which he hopes to have approved by the fall of 2013.
Faculty to participate in leadership programs
Dr. Susie Harris, Department of Health Services and Information Management, and Dr. Kathy Cox, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, will be participating in leadership programs at ECU during the spring 2013 semester.
Susie Harris, assistant professor, was accepted as one of the top candidates into the 2013 Chancellor's Leadership Academy.
The Chancellor's Leadership Academy is a one semester intensive professional development experience for faculty and staff who are ready to expand their capacity for leadership in higher education and who are committed to enhancing their contribution to the university.
The inaugural class, under the direction of former Chancellor Richard Eakin and Peter J. Kragel, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, graduated in 2004.
Kathy T. Cox, associate professor, was chosen as an inaugural BB&T Faculty Leadership Fellow for spring 2013.
The new program will extend leadership development into the classrooms of individual faculty. The fellows will meet weekly through April 17 to consider ways faculty can develop leadership abilities of their students as they teach in their disciplines.
The frame of reference for the work to be completed will be Leadership Reconsidered: Engaging Higher Education in Social Change, the publication provided to all ECU faculty. Fellows will read and discuss this and other leadership literature, compile and evaluate ideas and strategies for incorporating leadership into college instruction, and implement ideas and strategies into their teaching.
Upon completion of the program, fellows will receive a $1750 stipend.
Are Public Schools Safe?
Dr. Mark Stebnicki, PhD, reflects on the tragedy that took place in Connecticut and offers some advice for the Newtown residents, as well as parents with school-age children here in our community.
The unspeakable acts of violence that have taken place December 14, 2012 in Newtown, CT has created extraordinary traumatic stress beyond comprehension for the parents, family, friends, and community of the victims and survivors of Sandy Hook Elementary school.
The emotional aftershocks of this horrific event bring new meaning to the phrase "school violence." For the folks in Newtown, this must feel like the terrorist attacks of September 11th or the natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Sandy.
Regardless of how close one is to the epicenter of either human-made or natural large-scale disasters we all grieve the emotional aftershocks of such critical events; even within the ECU community.
It is unfortunate that some of us are continually being exposed and re-traumatized to the Sandy Hook shooting via television and in the print media. How can we possible begin the healing process? At this time, we are seeing "the tip of the iceberg" of this sinking mental, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual Titanic.
As a consequence of December 14th, many parents of adolescents are feeling powerless and have extraordinary fears and anxiety of their own and are likely asking the significant question-- Are my children safe in their public school?
The events of December 14th remind me of my own story of being involved in another school shooting that occurred on March 24, 1998 at the Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, AR. It was at this time an 11 and 13 year old shooter took the lives of four children and teacher and injured 15 others. I was a member of the crisis response team in Jonesboro where I lived and taught in the department of Psychology and Counseling at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro. This was an apocalyptic moment for this small quiet southern and very religious/spiritual community.
My son and daughter attended the other middle school across town at the time of the Westside shootings. One of the most difficult issues to deal with as a parent is trying to answer the questions of "Are we safe?" During the time of the Westside shootings I remembered my 10 and 12 year old son and daughter asking me "daddy, is someone going to come to my school and shoot us?" Kids are naturally genuine and direct. Being a trained psychotherapist and having worked in rehabilitation and mental health for many years, I am supposed to have all the answers. But strangely I had to respond NOT as a mental health professional--but as a parent. I myself was feeling a high degree of empathy fatigue engaging in daily therapeutic interactions with the adolescents, parents, staff, and teachers of the Westside community. The most parsimonious, honest, and direct response I could give to my son and daughter is that "we are doing everything we can to make sure that this never happens again."
I would never say to a Sandy Hook Elementary parent that "I know what you are going through" because I do not live in Newtown.I can only attest that I lived in a community where another unspeakable act of school violence took place that changed the lives of the children, parents, and community of Jonesboro. Events such as horrific school violence create a type of historical trauma to the local culture; much like slavery, extermination of minority cultures by the majority-dominate culture, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and other extraordinary stressful and traumatic events.
As for the community of Newtown, my most honest and direct response to you is that I am extremely sorry for the losses you have experienced. I can't imagine what it must feel like to live in this part of America. This horrific tragedy is too much for the rationale or analytical brain to comprehend. So, the only way we can understand this is from the emotional brain which can only being understood by our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual experience. It is okay that you are feeling a range of emotions of anger, extreme sadness, grief, loss, and trying to find meaning in how such a horrific incident could take place on our planet.
Please be open to the idea that this is a normal reaction to an extremely abnormal critical event. As time goes on, you will likely never forget this trauma, but it won't always feel this intense. Everyone heals at their own rate, they find their own meaning, and discover ways in which to heal. We have the capacity to be resilient beyond our expectations and to live life optimally again. A crisis such as this will certainly test our coping abilities and resiliency skills.
Improving the mental and physical health of children and adolescents is a complex problem that requires a paradigm shift on many levels. Researchers in adolescent mental health and youth risk factors suggest that children and adolescents are targeted and exploited with negative images of sexually graphic material, exposure to violence and abuse against women, children, persons with disabilities, persons that are gay, and many other cultures that are disenfranchised from mainstream America.
Qualitatively, there is evidence that there is a general disrespect for authority and persons that are older. Many epidemiologists would state that the most significant risk factor of youth violence may be living in America. Unless the adolescent resides in the Amish communities of Ohio and Pennsylvania, they have likely been exposed to 26,000 murders on television alone by the time they have reach 18 years of age. More than 85% of high school students by the time they have reached their senior year have drank and experimented with illicit drugs.
Overall, adolescents have been exposed to thousands of other graphic visual images of violence in moves, video games, and on the internet. It is important to consider it is more likely that children will be exposed to childhood obesity, diabetes, teen smoking, teen pregnancy, sexual abuse, substance abuse, pornography, and other acts of violence- at much higher rates than an act of school violence.
This is no comfort to the parents of Newtown today. However, these are issues we will need to address that are at the foundation of our children and adolescents mind, body, and spirit. This is not time to listen to the experts "talk" about school violence and adolescent mental. Rather, this is a time to come together as a culture of compassion, empathy, faith, and hope that we can change the future of youth in our communities.
Dr. Mark Stebnicki, PhD
Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies
CLSC student nominated to Phi Kappa Phi
Congratulations to Kristie Barrick, a first year clinical laboratory science student, who has been nominated for membership in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Kristie ranks in the top ten percent of upperclassmen at East Carolina University.
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-disciplinary honor society (http://www.phikappaphi.org/web/). The ECU chapter, the one hundred fourteenth approved by the national organization, was formally installed in 1970, and celebrates the academic achievements of nearly 3000 initiates.
The Department of Clinical Laboratory Science is very proud to count Kristie as one of its students and a future laboratory professional!
Health Services Management program recertified
The undergraduate Health Services Management program has been recertified for six years and has retained Full Certified Undergraduate Membership status with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).
As noted by AUPHA, "… AUPHA has established a rigorous peer review process modeled for those programs willing to undergo the rigors of external review in the interest of program excellence. Successful completion of the panel review process leads to Certification by AUPHA and attainment of Full Certified Undergraduate membership status."
The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) is a global network of colleges, universities, faculty, individuals and organizations dedicated to the improvement of healthcare delivery through excellence in healthcare management and policy education.
From an original membership of seven graduate programs in the US and Canada, it has grown to over 180 graduate and undergraduate programs in North America and hundreds of personal, corporate and affiliated program members all over the world. AUPHA is now an international consortium of graduate and undergraduate health administration programs and practitioners engaged in the development of health management education.
Congratulations to the faculty and staff of the Department of Health Services and Information Management!
Occupational therapy students inducted into honor society
Front row, l to r, Chelsey McKeel, Stacia Pomeroy, Alana Justice, Brittany Robertson
Back row, l to r, Monica Powell, Caitlin Zawistowicz, Kelly Pippin, Erin Schofield, Farrell Wiggins, Keli McColl, Sarah Timmons, Dr. Denise Donica (faculty advisor)
Eleven students were inducted into the Delta Beta Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni at a ceremony conducted on Monday, October 29 at the Health Sciences Building.
The induction marked the beginning of the very first chapter of PTE in North Carolina. There are currently over 80 active chapters nationwide.
Pi Theta Epsilon recognizes scholastic excellence of occupational therapy students, contributes to the advancement of the field of OT, and provides a vehicle for OT students to exchange information and collaborate regarding scholarly activities.
Dr. Denise Donica is the faculty advisor for the ECU chapter.
Food Lion donation will endow scholarship
Approximately 100 faculty, staff and alumni attended the ECU College of Allied Health Sciences 45th Anniversary Homecoming celebration on Friday, October 12, 2012 at Rock Springs Equestrian Center in Greenville, sponsored by the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation.
The highlight of the celebration was the announcement of Food Lion's donation of $25,000 to endow the Freedom Scholarship in Occupational Therapy.
The Freedom Scholarship was originally established by Nathan Black, a 2003 graduate of the occupational therapy program who passed away in 2011. It provides support to ECU OT students who are military members, veterans, spouses or children of a military member or veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States. It also includes students who are working with Wounded Warrior Battalion initiatives.
Food Lion's involvement with the scholarship came in September 2010 after they, along with ECU, were selected to receive the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award for employer support of the National Guard and Reserve. Food Lion and ECU partnered to find projects that would have a lasting impact in helping our nation's returning service members. The partnership resulted in a $100,000 gift to the university that will provide university-wide doctoral fellowships under Operation Re-entry North Carolina, as well as the funding for the endowment of the Freedom Scholarship in Occupational Therapy.
PT students win Quiz Bowl
Congratulations to third-year doctor of physical therapy students Erin Ackland, Brittany Cutts, Hannah Fisher, Emily Williams and Lora Smith! They won the annual physical therapy student Quiz Bowl at the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association's annual fall conference and chapter meeting in October. The ECU team competed against teams from UNC-CH, Duke, WSSU, Western Carolina, and Elon.
The Quiz Bowl is held annually at the fall conference as a fund-raiser for the NCPTA Scholarship and Loan Fund to help support PT students.
Department Will Host Open House
The Department of Clinical Laboratory Science will be having its annual Fall Open House program on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm, in the Mendenhall Student Center room 14. This program will introduce interested students to the B.S. degree program in Clinical Laboratory Science, Clinical Laboratory Science minors and the dual B.S. degrees in Biology and Clinical Laboratory Science. Refreshments will be served.
Department Hosts Symposium
The Department of Health Services and Information Management successfully hosted the first Informatics in Health Care Symposium on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at the ECU Heart Institute.
Speakers for the symposium were Troy Trygstad, PharmD, MBA, PhD, (pictured), Director, Network Pharmacist Program, Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), and William Rudman, PhD, RHIA,Executive Director, AHIMA Foundation and Vice President of Education Visioning, AHIMA.Their PowerPoint presentations can be viewed at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/hsim/hiim.cfm
There were 231 on-line registrants and 169 attendants in person. Among those registered, 130 were affiliated with ECU and 100 were from outside ECU. Of those affiliated with ECU, 71 were students and 28 were faculty members. Most of the attendees, including many Health Information Management graduates, were interested in getting more information about the new Master of Science degree program in Heath Informatics and Information Management program.
A very informative panel discussion and poster presentation concluded the symposium.Panelists included:
Kellie Brabec, BS, Training Consultant, Allscripts Healthcare
Kay Gooding, MPH, MAEd, RHIA,Program Director, Region D HITECH Workforce Training at Pitt Community College
Stuart James, MBA,Chief Information Office, Vidant Health
Dawn Enterline, MSN, Quality Improvement Consultant, Eastern AHEC Regional Extension Center
Doug Smith, MBA, CEO/CIO, Community Partners HealthNet
Pictures from the event can be viewed at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/hsim/hiim.cfm.
Dickerson Serves on Panel of Experts
Dr. Anne Dickerson, professor, was one of ten experts on a panel who recently reviewed vehicle technologies to determine which are the most beneficial for promoting capacity, confidence, and convenience for drivers as they age.
The recent study was conducted by The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab. Other experts on the panel included practitioners and researchers with expertise in geriatric medicine, kinesiology, human factors, and OT.
Dr. Dickerson has been researching functional performance of older adults since early 1990's. When the American Occupational Therapy Association identified older adult drivers as an emerging practice area in 2003, she began to focus on the functional performance of driving and has become one of the leading occupational therapy researchers and experts in this growing area.
For more information about the study:
PT Welcomes New Faculty
John Willson, PT, PhD, associate professor, has joined the faculty of East Carolina University in the Department of Physical Therapy.
John received a BS in biology from University of Minnesota, a master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and a PhD in biomechanics and movement science from the University of Delaware. His research is focused on identifying factors that contribute to both acute and overuse knee injuries associated with running and other physical activities.
In his new position he will serve as director of the Human Movement Analysis Laboratory. He and his wife Kate are the proud parents of a 1 year-old boy, Jacob.
Dean's Awards Presented at CAHS Convocation
The ECU College of Allied Health Sciences held its annual Faculty and Staff Convocation on Monday, August 20, 2012. Annual awards for outstanding performance in the areas of Teaching, Service, Research, and Outstanding Staff Personnel were given by Dr. Stephen Thomas, Dean. Awards were presented to:
- Outstanding Teaching: Dr. Kathy Cox, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disoreders
- Outstanding Service: Dr. Jason Brinkley, Dept. of Biostatistics
- Outstanding Research: Dr. Jane Painter, Dept. of Occupational Therapy
- Outstanding Staff Personnel: Kathy Benitez, Dept. of Occupational Therapy
The awards were largely based on work done over the last year (July 1 - June 30) with consideration given to work completed in the preceding three years.
Congratulations to our award winners!
Donica appointed Graduate Program Director
Congratulations to Denise Donica, DHS, OTR/L, BCP on her appointment as Graduate Program Director for the Department of Occupational Therapy Graduate Program(s).
Dr. Donica is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) board certified pediatric specialist, and a test item writer for the National Board of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Most recently, she was recognized with an award for her research by the American Journal of Occupational Therapy at the AOTA 92nd Annual Conference & Expo in Indiana.
She has been featured in many local newspaper articles focused on handwriting, and is featured on the national association's web site as a practitioner who is "inspirational and promoting the profession."
New Leadership for the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies
Dr. Paul Toriello has been hired as the new chair of the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies, formerly the Department of Rehabilitation Studies, effective August 1, 2012.
Dr. Toriello has been working in the addictions and rehabilitation field since 1991. After working in the role of paraprofessional, case manager, and clinician, he served for several years as the Training Director and then the Clinical Director of a 108-bed residential facility serving adjudicated adolescents with behavior disorders and substance abuse issues.
After four years at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Toriello joined ECU in 2005. He has directed the PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration since 2009 and has served as the CAHS Interim Assistant Dean for Research Grants since 2011. In the role of Principal Investigator, Dr. Toriello conceived and started an addictions treatment clinic in the fall of 2007, and developed it into a NC licensed Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program. As principal investigator or consultant, Dr. Toriello has participated in over $5 million dollars in projects funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, National Institute on Drug Abuse, the US Department of Defense, and other funding organizations.He is President-Elect of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association.
Dr. Toriello earned his Doctor of Rehabilitation (RhD) specializing in substance related disorders from the Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He received a Bachelor's in psychology and Master's in rehabilitation counseling from Wright State University. He is a board licensed clinical addictions specialist and a board certified rehabilitation counselor and clinical supervisor.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Lloyd Goodwin for his excellent leadership as interim department chair for several years and on two occasions. He facilitated the new department name change to reflect its expanded emphasis, combined two graduate degree programs to improve their visibility and to reflect current and future practice, and initiated the application for a new national accreditation to broaden student recruitment and employment markets for department graduates. These and other changes and improvements in the department can be credited to his role as interim department chair and have significantly added to its already strong national reputation.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Toriello to his new leadership role, and thanking Dr. Goodwin for his innovative service and dedication to the department as interim chair.
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