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2007 News and Events

Susie Harris Presents to NCDVR Director and Staff

Wednesday, 11/21/2007

Susie T. Harris, MBA, RHIA, CCS is a PhD student in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies and a clinical instructor in the Department of Health Services and Information Management at ECU. As part of her studies during the summer of 2007, Mrs. Harris conducted program evaluation research at the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NCDVR) state office in Raleigh. While at NCDVR, Mrs. Harris analyzed data from a client satisfaction questionnaire to assist the Research, Planning and Program Evaluation Department (RPPED) to improve services for the citizens of North Carolina. On Wednesday, 11/21/2007 Mrs. Harris presented the results, Analysis of NCDVR Client Satisfaction Survey Data, to the NCDVR Director, Linda Harrington, RPPED staff and fellow doc students. Mrs. Harrington commented about the “usefulness of this data” and the professionalism of Mrs. Harris. This collaboration is an excellent example of how the Department of Rehabilitation Studies is able to collaborate with NCDVR to deliver more effective services and advance student learning.


Seated at table (left to right): Phil Protz (NCDVR), Paula Jones (NCDVR), Beth Coberly (NCDVR) and Susie Harris (doctoral student) Standing: Leigh Atherton (doctoral student), Jennifer Mitchell (NCDVR), Steven Sligar (professor), Linda Harrington (NCDVR Director), Sarah Li (doctoral student), Barbara Galloway (doctoral student) and Edna Davis (NCDVR)


Fall 2007 NCRCA/VEWAA Conference in Atlantic Beach

As the picture below clearly shows, the students at this year’s conference added some well earned play to accompany their hard work. Concerning the work: Drs. Sligar & Toriello and masters student Lynette Weaver presented a workshop on Substance Abuse Screening in the Evaluation Process. Three masters students presented poster sessions: Tracie Campbell collected data for her project titled Some Considerations for Test Selection for Individuals with Mental Retardation; Lynette Weaver displayed her research of a Test Review of CAGE Questionnaire; and Nicole Zolnowski’s analysis resulting in a Test Review of the Work Readiness Profile.

Professor emeritus Dr. Shel Downes presented A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Bathroom: The Agony and Ecstasy of Barrier Removal.



Rehabilitation Students Perform YMCA
L to R: Tracie Campbell, Rebecca Carbaugh, Melissa Cole and Nicole Zolnowski


Vocational Evaluation Summer Institute 2007

The annual Summer Institute at East Carolina University was a great success! The eight participants from North Carolina learned the foundations of vocational evaluation (VE) in the introductory course and then applied their new knowledge in the practicum class. The students have a better understanding of what constitutes a comprehensive VE and how to select, administer, score and interpret tests and situational assessments with accommodations for various types of persons with disabilities. They also developed skills in report writing and examined various formats. Those who participated full time earned 6 graduate hours. This year, Dr. Nathalie Mizelle co-taught both courses with Dr. Sligar. Next year’s Summer Institute is scheduled to begin on May 19, 2008. For more information contact Dr. Steven Sligar  


Standing: Terry Burtyk, Chapel Hill Unit NCDVR; Dr. Steven Sligar; Marjorie Spencer, Rocky Mount Unit NCDVR; Nicole Zolnowski, ECU graduate student; Courtney Derreberry, Sylva Unit NCDVR; Duane Cranford, Charlotte Unit NCDVR; and Skylar DePedro, Dunn Unit NCDVR. Seated: Tracie Campbell, ECU graduate student & Dr. Nathalie Mizelle (not pictured Doug Thomas) Photo by Robert Fainter


Spring 2007 Student & Faculty Presentations

The Department of Rehabilitation Studies had a strong presence at the spring 2007 conference of the NC Rehabilitation Counseling Association and Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (NCRCA/VEWAA) training conference in Blowing Rock, NC.

Ph.D. student, Leigh Atherton, presented on Motivational Interviewing: Application to Diverse Populations; Masters student, Christina Fulks, presented her research project, Community Based Assessment Practices: An Analysis of Community Rehabilitation Programs in North Carolina; and Department Chair, Paul Alston, Ph.D., presented Defining Disability: Cultural, Economic and Political Influences.

In addition, two Masters students, Michelle LaCoste and Shamere Morrison, presented posters on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicators and the Simple Screening Instrument for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, respectively. Other students and faculty attended the two day event.


Michelle LaCoste
Shamere Morrison

Back row, L to R,  Keisha Malloy, Dr. Steven R. Sligar, Dean Stephen Thomas, Leigh Atherton, Lynette Weaver Front row, L to R,  Melissa Cole, Christina Fulks, Tracie Campbell, Glovette Shannon, Dr. Shel Downes (professor emeritus), Shamere Morrison, Michelle LaCoste