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Paul Toriello ECU program ranks among the nation’s best in U.S. News listing 

East Carolina University’s rehabilitation counseling program is ranked among the best graduate programs in the nation, according to a listing released today by U.S. News & World Report. The program was ranked 13th for the second consecutive year. It has been consistently ranked in the top 20 since the mid-1990s. Read more of this article by ECU News Services writer Crystal Baity by clicking here.

Navigate RWTC team photo

New Blog Post: Navigate Counseling Clinic Faculty and Students Stand "Ready When the Time Comes"

Dr. Leigh Atherton along with four students from the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Services, Samantha Coleman, Matt Cox, Vanessa Perry and Jeff Thomas, have been trained by the American Red Cross to respond during disasters as part of the "Ready When the Time Comes" program. Through their training and the program the Navigate Counseling Clinic at ECU will provide counseling for those affected by disasters. Read the post by clicking here


PA Student Brandon Alspaugh chosen as Oral Health Champion

Brandon Alspaugh, a student in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies has recently been selected as an Oral Health Champion by the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) and in partnership with the NCCPA Health Foundation. To read more about this honor click here.

Martin Mayer Bias Presentation Mayer to Present on Publication Bias

Martin Mayer, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies will give a talk entitled "Driving blind - Publication bias and tainted trial transparency: Endangering the entirety of evidence-based health care" on Wednesday, March 19 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Laupus Library room 4503. Click here for more information.

Jacob Thorpe presented OCR

Thorp Receives Clinical Specialist Certification 

Dr. Jacob Thorp, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy received his Clinical Specialist Certification in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Congratulations Dr. Thorp!

Amos Mills and Stephen Thomas BUILDING TOGETHER
10th Jean Mills Symposium focuses on achieving health equity

Building a road and building better health care require a community to work together.That was the message from keynote speaker Dr. Lori Carter-Edwards at the 10th annual Jean Mills Health Symposium held Feb. 7 at East Carolina University. Read more of this article by Crystal Baity from ECU News Services and view s slideshow of photos from the Mills Symposium here or visit the Jean Mills Health Symposium website here for even more information. 


First Time ECU Students Excel

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. 14 as part of the annual ECU EXCELS program.

The event began with a small reception in the lobby of the Health Sciences building before students and guests moved to a classroom to answer a few Valentines-related trivia questions for a chance to win a CAHS t-shirt.

Academy Advisor Anthony Coutouzis then began the recognition event by introducing the CAHS advisors and faculty present along with Dr. Stephen Thomas, the dean of the College.

Following a brief presentation by Dr. Thomas explaining the growth and history of the College, four Outstanding Seniors from CAHS departments talked 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 Outstanding Seniors, Coutouzis and another academic advisor, Elizabeth McAllister presented the awarded students with an ECU Excels certificate, along with Dr. Thomas.

The following students were invited to be recognized as part of the ECU Excels Program:

Last Name
First Name
Thaiyana A.
Abashian Caroline R.
Allen Dylan M.
Anderson Warren B.
Annunziata Emily P.
Aquafredda Alyssa K.
Atkins Jordan A.
Baker Jessica N.
Bellardini Mikayla M.
Bowling Erica R.
Branch Kristen D.
Brown Hunter E.
Bulla Emery E.
Cahoon Jennifer M.
Caldwel Myia D.
Capps Heather D.
Carroll Catherine L.
Carter Lauren C.
Cartrette Megan E.
Chambers Dallas N.
Chappell William M.
Colley Brittany A.
Cromie Jessie P.
Daniels Natalie L.
Davitt Allison M.
Deacon Kayleigh A.
Dellinger Hannah M.
Douglas Taylor C.
Drummonds Taylor M.
Dunlap Tiffany D.
Dunn Danielle N.
Easter McKenzie D.
Fry Katlyn E.
Gilette Annaliese S.
Golding Kristen P.
Hart Kayla C.
Hart Kevin L.
Hatfield Savanah B.
Herndon Ashley R.
Hlatky Quinn R.
Hoang Michele
Hooks Rachel A.
Hopkins Alex M.
Hunyh Taylor L.
Joyce Autumn T.
Kasprzak Megan E.
Kelly Mary-Grace E.
Kirouac Michelle B.
Lee Mark C.
Lenahan Sintayehu L.
Linkous Brittany P.
Little Amanda C.
Lowery Kelcey M.
Maclaughlin Allyson D.
Mahr Emilie R.
Mayberry Grayson B.
McAlister Kayla A.
Mccutchin Amanda M.
McLaurin Brianna R.
Mercer Telisha S.
Miller Kelly C.
Moua Shoua
Naqvi Lawanda D.
Newsome Brandi M.
Nguyen ThuyTien T.
Nyberg Erin P.
Parker Anna W.
Pearce Rachel R.
Pridgen Candace A.
Pridgen Savannah A.
Pritchard Allyson L.
Puglisi Kaitlyn P.
Radack Elizabeth L.
Ramnath Joshua N.
Reeves Kelsey A.
Revels Joseph A.
Roberson Rachel N.
Samuelson Kelly A.
Scherer Megan
Schoenbeck Taylor F.
Sciacca Michael A.
Sengkhamphong Justin
Shaw Jennifer S.
Sherrill Christina N.
Sibbett Jacqueline A.
Spruill Rashad M.
Stephens Jasmine M.
Suitt Morgan M.
Swindell Damian C.
Swing Anna M.
Taylor Maggey J.
Taylor Mary F.
Telfer Summer L.
Terry Chase W.
Thomas Morgan B.
Tikekar Meghan A.
Wall Alayna N.
Wall Emily C.
Warren Julie K.
Watterson Stephanie R.
Williams Kayla S.

The students then had the chance to tour the College and learn more about their intended or current majors.

This is the fifth year that the ECU Excels program has recognized the accomplishments of first time ECU students. For more information contact Anthony Coutouzis at

Sonja Bareiss with award-winning poster

Physical Therapy Faculty, Students and Alumni Present at Summit

Faculty, staff and alumni from the Department of Physical Therapy traveled to Las Vegas for American Physical Therapy Association summit with Dr. Sonja Bareiss, assistant professor, being awarded the 2014 Best Poster Award for her poster entitled "Effects of Exercise Frequency on Blood Biomarker Profiles in Triple-Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease". Click here to view other photos and a list of participating department members.

Dr. Michael Kennedy and Dr. Tom Ross HSIM Faculty Chosen for Teachers of Quality Academy

Dr. Michael Kennedy and Dr. Tom Ross from the Department of Health Services & Information Management have been chosen to participate in the Teachers of Quality Academy where they will spend the next 12 months exploring ways to educate students about patient safety, quality improvement and team-based care along with new ways of teaching that engage students more actively in their own education. Read more here..
10th Jean Mills Symposium focuses on achieving health equity

Feb. 7, 2014

Building a road and building better health care require a community to work together.That was the message from keynote speaker Dr. Lori Carter-Edwards at the 10th annual Jean Mills Health Symposium held Feb. 7 at East Carolina University. Using a road-building project in three towns to illustrate her point, Carter-Edwards said the only community that was successful had engaged stakeholders – from the ditch-diggers to the landowner – to get their road built on time with limited resources. They gathered information, relied on the skills of those involved and shared with each other.   

“Let’s look at what’s working and replicate it in our communities,” said Carter-Edwards, deputy director for research and operations at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and research associate professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Achieving health equity, or the same quality care for all, will require using the principles of community engagement to care for an aging – and changing – population, she said.

North Carolina’s public school system saw a net increase of 60 percent more Latinos and 32 percent more black students enrolled from 2000 to 2009. In Tier 1 counties, many of which are in rural eastern North Carolina, 84 percent of the population was listed as non-white and 51.5 percent was Hispanic.

While construction and manufacturing jobs continue to shrink in rural counties, one growth area has been health care because of an aging population with chronic health conditions.Health care in the next decade will need to focus on four key areas, Carter-Edwards said:

  • More options for where people get care. Besides hospitals and clinics, people will be treated in mobile units and other non-traditional settings like recreation centers, churches or schools.
  • More diversity in health care teams. Community health workers will be the bridge to the community.
  • Increased attention to preventing illness and disease.
  • Adding collaborative, integrated care networks with non-traditional partners.

“Research projects need to include the people we’re serving,” Carter-Edwards said. “Are you ready to sit at the table with the person you’re claiming to help?”

Landon Allen of Wake Forest is a third-year ECU medical/master’s of public health student and director of the Grimesland Free Clinic. He found Carter-Edwards’ presentation translatable. “It’s great advice,” he said. “It’s difficult to navigate, but the more we talk about it, we begin pulling groups together in a social movement to make these sorts of changes.”   

Helen Hill has attended every Mills Symposium since at least 2008.

“It’s been a real advantage. Having the connection, listening to all the speakers they’ve brought in through the years and the different areas. It’s helped me,” said Hill, who retired as director of a school-based program with Greene County Health Care after more than 25 years. She began working part-time in Greene, Pitt and Pamlico counties last summer on another project.

Jean Elaine Mills, the symposium’s namesake, was a Greenville native and ECU alumna who died at age 45 of breast cancer in 2000. Her brother, Amos T. Mills III, and his family started the symposium as a tribute and to bring awareness and solutions for health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, hypertension, diabetes and obesity that plague North Carolinians, particularly African-Americans and other minorities.

“We made a commitment to make a difference in the life of eastern North Carolinians,” Mills said.

The only minority rural health care symposium of its kind in eastern North Carolina, the event has grown each year, from 50 participants in 2004 to about 175 last year.

The symposium was presented by the College of Allied Health Sciences in collaboration with the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation. A broadcast of the symposium will be available online at and ECU’s TV station Channel 99.  

For more information about the symposium visit this link
View photos from the 10th Annual Jean Mills Health Symposium below













Alliance Winter14 Edition

Winter 2014 Edition of Alliance released

The latest edition of the College of Allied Health Sciences quarterly newsletter, Alliance is now available. Click here to view the newsletter and enjoy a message from Dean Thomas, faculty accomplishment highlights and other stories from the College. 






BestBuySeal from getEducated

Health Services Management online program ranked as "Best Buy" by

The Bachelor of Science degree in health services management offered by the Department of Health Services & Information Management was ranked first by as the "Best Affordable Online Bachelor's Degree in Health Science" for students seeking a high quality, affordable online degree. Eight programs in total from ECU were included in the list.


Clinical Laboratory Science Student

CLSC Accepting Applications

The Clinical Laboratory Science program is now accepting applications for the Fall 2014 semester. Click here for more information about the department and to view the application.

Nicole Stallard, CSDI Student

ECU Pirate Profile: Nicole Stallard

Check out the latest ECU Pirate Profile on a student from the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Nicole Stallard here.  


New Certificate Department of Addictions & Rehabilitation Studies continues to aid military personnel and families 

The College of Allied Health Science is adding a fourth certificate to the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies with the new certificate in military and trauma counseling (MTC) program.  Read the latest Health Beat blog post for more information or visit the department's certificate page.

Lori Carter Edwards

Keynote Speaker Announced for Mills Symposium

Dr. Lori Carter-Edwards, the deputy director for research and operations at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) and research associate professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has been announced as the keynote speaker for the 10th Annual Jean Mills Health Symposium on Feb. 7, 2014 at the ECU Heart Institute. To learn more about the symposium and how to register to attend, visit








Ning Zhou

Zhou Awarded by American Auditory Society

Assistant Professor Ning Zhou, PhD from the Department of Communications Sciences & Disorders has just received a 2014 New Investigator Award from the American Auditory Society for her submission, "Integration of electrical pulses by listeners with cochlear implants". Congratulations Dr. Zhou!


Pregnancy & Recovery Clinic staff
ECU, Vidant care for pregnant women, new moms with history of drug use

Check out the latest story by ECU News Services writer Crystal Baity about the Pregnancy & Recovery Clinic, part of ECU’s Navigate Clinic

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