Category Archives: Health and Human Performance

ECU department chair honored as outstanding educator

Dr. Sharon Ballard, associate professor and chair of East Carolina University’s Department of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Health and Human Performance has been recognized nationally for her work in family life education.

Sharon Ballard


Ballard is the 2016 Margaret E. Arcus Outstanding Family Life Educator Award recipient. The award recognizes her significant contributions to the field of family life education through research, theory, publication, practice, program development and training.

“We congratulate Sharon on this prestigious award and are grateful for her leadership in this field,” said Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.

Ballard has helped shaped family life education for decades joining the ECU faculty in 2000. She served as interim chair for the department before being named chair in 2013 and has taught courses at The University of Tennessee – Knoxville and Western Carolina University. She also taught family and consumer sciences in the public schools for six years.  Ballard has been a certified family life educator since 1998.

Ballard’s research interests include family life education programming, parent education, and sexuality education.  She has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters, including her co-edited book Family Life Education with Diverse Populations.

In 2012, she received the Certified Family Life Education Service Award and is the past chair of the Certified Family Life Educator Advisory Committee with the National Council on Family Relations.

“As a family life educator, I am passionate about programming that strengthens and empowers families and I am thrilled to be recognized for my work,” said Sharon Ballard, associate professor and department chair. “In particular, to be the recipient for an award that bears the name of Margaret Arcus, who has long been a leader in family life education, is humbling and a great honor.”

She earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics education from the University of Maine.  She received both a master’s degree and doctorate in child and family studies from The University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Ballard is a Certified Family Life Educator, a trained provider of the Triple P Parenting Program and a licensed K-12 family and consumer sciences teacher.

Ballard will be honored for her achievements at the 2016 NCFR annual conference Nov. 2-5 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

–Kathy Muse

Alumnae Spotlights: An entrepreneur and a mobile crisis director

At the age of five, Dana McQueen knew that she wanted to become an interior designer and her passion has helped her continue a family legacy.

McQueen earned a degree in interior design in 1992 and decided to return to her family’s business at McQueen’s Interiors in Morehead City.  She admits a family business can sometimes be complex but said the knowledge gained from earning her degree helped with a successful ownership transition.

Dana McQueen

Dana McQueen

“My passion for my clients and interior design coupled with my staff have kept this long-standing business alive,” McQueen said.  Since taking the helm, McQueen has improved business practices including adding a barcode system for inventory and hiring additional designers. She has also expanded the showroom, adding 4,000 sq. ft. of space.

Named Business Women of the Year in 2014 by Crystal Magazine, McQueen said her favorite class at ECU was space planning.  “I still use this knowledge every day,” she said.  “I know the world of computers has opened up so many opportunities with computer-aided design, but it is always best to know the basics with a pencil, paper, and a scale.”

As a successful business owner, McQueen knows firsthand the time involved in building a clientele and communicating with them regarding their wants and needs.  The best part of her job is seeing a project completed and a happy client she said.

Another successful College of Health and Human Performance alumna is leading the largest mobile crisis management service in the state.

Mona Townes, who earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social work, oversees mobile crisis services to 23 eastern North Carolina counties provided by Integrated Family Services, PLLC.

“My passion is intervening when people are at their worst and to help them see that things can get better,” Townes said. Her team delivers integrated crisis response, crisis intervention and prevention 24/7 to any location in the community, according to the website. Townes said crisis intervention is challenging.

Mona Townes

Mona Townes

“The reward is when you work with a person who admits that without our support, without our ability to provide them with hope, they had planned on taking their life,” she said.

It was Townes’ time at ECU that helped shape her leadership skills.  “I learned that no matter what my background is or where I came from, I could be successful,” said Townes.  “I saw several highly educated and experienced women that looked like me.”

Her favorite course was Human Behavior and Social Environment taught by Dr. Lessie Bass.

Among her many accolades, Townes received the ECU School of Social Work 2015 Rising Star Award.  She serves as a member of the National Association of Social Workers and assists as a training instructor for the local Crisis Intervention Team.  She is a licensed clinical additions specialist associate and is certified by the National Council on Behavioral Health as a facilitator for Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid.

–Kathy Muse

ECU laboratory named in honor of alumnus

East Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Performance dedicated the Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Laboratory in the Carol G. Belk Building in honor of alumnus Max Ray Joyner Sr. on July 20.

The laboratory was named in honor of Joyner’s generous support of HHP’s Center for Applied Psychophysiology (CAP).

“Few people realize what ECU is doing with wounded warriors,” Joyner said. “If (my contribution) can help one man get back to normal, it will be the best investment I’ve ever made.”

Joyner addresses attendees (Photos by Chuck Baldwin)

The center uses an innovative combination of gaming technology and biofeedback techniques to help U.S. military personnel recover from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Glen Gilbert, dean of HHP, welcomed faculty, Joyner’s family and acquaintances, including members of his “coffee club,” who wore yellow jackets. Chancellor Cecil Staton began the recognition with remarks.

“I am proud of this college and the important role that it plays at East Carolina University,” Staton said.  “I thank Max and his family for all the many ways they interact with ECU. Max your generosity and contributions over a long period of time are very significant.”

Before graduating in 1955 with a degree in business administration, Joyner served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean conflict. He is known for his longtime leadership and legendary service to ECU and the community. He served on numerous boards and foundations including the Board of Trustees and the East Carolina Alumni Association.

HHP dean Glen Gilbert, Max R. Joyner, Sr. and Chancellor Cecil Staton

HHP dean Glen Gilbert, Max R. Joyner, Sr. and Chancellor Cecil Staton

Carmen Russoniello, director of CAP, and Chris Dyba, vice chancellor for University Advancement, also took to the podium thanking Joyner for his support.

–Kathy Muse

ECU’s behind-the-scenes work part of “The Treehouse Guys” episode to air July 5

Behind-the-scenes work by East Carolina University students and a faculty member will come to life in an upcoming episode of “The Treehouse Guys.” 

The popular DIY Network show was filmed between February and April while hosts James “B’fer” Roth and Chris “Ka-V” Haake and their crew built two, 200-square-foot treehouses in a cypress swamp in Windsor. The show airs at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5. 

Dr. Paige Viren, associate professor of recreation and leisure studies at ECU, and undergraduate students in recreation and park management, as well as graduate students in sustainable tourism, have worked on the project for the past three years.

ECU first began working with the town in 2013 when Viren and her students were asked to examine the feasibility of building treehouse accommodations or “treezebos” in cypress trees on the Cashie River as part of a sustainable, community-based tourism and economic development plan for the area. The treehouses are located near the N.C. Wildlife boat access at the end of Elm Street in Windsor. 

(contributed photo by Morgan Schneider)

The assessment was made possible through Viren’s participation in ECU’s Engaged Outreach and Scholarship Academy, which provided seed money to hire a consultant to determine the treehouse project feasibility. 

The consultant connected Viren and the town with the DIY Network show, which decided to take on the project as an episode for the program.

ECU recreation and park management majors in Viren’s tourism and planning and development class have continued to collaborate on the town’s efforts to enhance recreation and tourism in Windsor.

(contributed photo by Morgan Schneider)

Students have played a role in obtaining grants for funding to make improvements in Windsor including the Elm Street Campground, universally-accessible kayak launches and boat access at Hoggard’s Mill Bridge and now the first universally-accessible treehouses in North Carolina, Viren said.

ECU students also have participated in river clean-ups and several students have completed internships in Windsor.       

The TV episode represents a culmination of efforts by ECU, the Town of Windsor and grassroots leaders and residents to spur economic development while protecting the environment and showcasing the culture of eastern North Carolina, Viren said.  

“By drawing attention to the area’s unique natural resources, this project represents a major shift in how communities think about sustainable economic development,” said Dr. Clifton E. Watts, incoming interim chair of the ECU Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.

ECU alumni have been involved in the effort too. Coastal Fog, a Greenville interior design firm, was contracted to “stage” the treehouse for filming. Jordan Vainright Proctor, her sister Jennifer Vainright Lutz and their mother Marty East Vainright – all alumnae of ECU – co-own and operate the business.

One ECU graduate has been hired by “The Treehouse Guys” and another now works for the Town of Windsor, Viren said. 

The treehouses are expected to be available for overnight rentals later this year.

–Crystal Baity

College of Health and Human Performance awards $208,700 in scholarships

East Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Performance awarded $208,700 in scholarships to 161 outstanding students during the Pecheles Automotive Group Winner’s Circle scholarship breakfast April 8 at the ECU’s Williams Arena.

The Pecheles Automotive Group has sponsored the event for twelve consecutive years.

“We are grateful for the generosity of the Pecheles Automotive Group,” said Dr. Glen Gilbert, Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.

“In partnership with this successful business leader, we can gather together benefactors and students. Scholarship recipients learn about why others give back and donors hear firsthand how their gifts make a difference.”

The Pecheles Automotive Group also supports an annually funded scholarship in the College of Health and Human Performance.

Mr. Brian Pecheles, President of the Pecheles Automotive Group, joins Dean Gilbert on stage and welcomes the crowd in Williams Arena. (Photos by Chuck Baldwin).

Mr. Brian Pecheles, President of the Pecheles Automotive Group, joins Dean Gilbert on stage and welcomes the crowd in Williams Arena. (Photos by Chuck Baldwin).

“We are very proud to be part of the College of Health and Human Performance Winner’s Circle Breakfast,” said Brian Pecheles, president of Pecheles Automotive.  “There is no better event we participate in, and no more deserving group of people.”

Awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 were presented and granted to students for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Private donations fund the scholarships, created to honor outstanding faculty and friends of the college.

Nearly 460 people attended the breakfast, including scholarship recipients, donors, advancement council members, faculty, staff and guests.

Ms. Emily Evans congratulates the first recipient of the Emily Evans Scholarship, Zainah AbulHawa.  Dr. Don Chaney, Chair of the Department of Health Education and Promotion, Dean Glen Gilbert, and associate dean, Dr. Angela Lamson presented certificates to students.

Ms. Emily Evans congratulates the first recipient of the Emily Evans Scholarship, Zainah AbulHawa. Dr. Don Chaney, Chair of the Department of Health Education and Promotion, Dean Glen Gilbert, and associate dean, Dr. Angela Lamson presented certificates to students.

Following is a list of the awards and student recipients:

Joe Pecheles Volkswagen, Inc. Scholarship: McKayla Kraft
Harold H. Bate Scholarship in Health and Human Performance: Andrew Whaley
Health and Human Performance Advancement Council Scholarship: Courtney Nall, Ashley Boyd, Lydia Ritchie, Rachel Jhala, Kerry Walsh
William E. Cain Scholarship: Kayla Maness, Kaylan Bristol
Abeyounis Family Scholarship: Laura Snyder
Captain Christopher Cash Memorial Scholarship: Genevieve Ramirez, Samuel Bowen, Luke McMillan, Summer Martinez
George Whitfield Scholarship: Cheyenne Carothers
Walter and Marie Williams Scholarship: Mona Sims, Rachel Williams, Mary Blackwelder
Jane B. Waller Scholarship: Wesley Thigpen, Amanda Driggers
Dr. Ed Clement Scholarship: Alison Ratti
John and Nicole Archibald Scholarship: Nicole LaDuca
Dave Alexander Scholarship: Vivian Nguyen
Bessie McNeil Scholarship: Monica Millsaps
Bloxton-Strawn Scholarship: Lauren Plis
Health and Human Performance Faculty Scholarship: David Taylor
John P. and Harriet I. Hudson Scholarship: Nadine Rammouni
University Book Exchange Scholarship: Farren Allen, Greyson Vann
Dr. Jerry McGee Scholarship: Israel Mendez
Emilie Tilley Scholarship: Danielle Holdner, Kristina Cripe, Jordan Groose
Guy and Kathy Swain Scholarship: Treva Perry
Steven W. Osborne Scholarship: Sarah Jones
Miriam B. Moore Scholarship: Tionne Allen

Department of Health Education and Promotion Scholarships
Patricia C. Dunn Scholarship: Brittany Lewis
Michael L. Bunting Scholarship in Health Education and Promotion: Augustus Floyd
Mollie Berry Davenport Scholarship in Health Education and Promotion: Kimberlea Lehr
Judy B. Baker Scholarship in Public Health Studies: Gladys Ruby Gonzalez
Emily Evans Scholarship in Health Education and Promotion: Zainah AbulHawa
Jamie and Jonathan Williams Scholarship: Lauren Smith
James Mulligan Memorial Scholarship: Brittany Case, Jackson Hooton
Daniel and Roelyn Adams Scholarship in Environmental Health: Elizabeth Asawacharoenkun
Ronnie P. Barnes Scholarship in Athletic Training: Kathryn Carter, Sydney O’Brien
Craig and June Baker Scholarship in Athletic Training: Jessica Phillips
The Athletic Alumni Scholarship: Hope Stuart

Department of Human Development and Family Science Scholarships
Mel Markowski Medical and Family Therapy Scholarship: Daniel Blocker
Myrtle H. Westmoreland Scholarship: Giles Jones
Vonta Leach Scholarship: Azanique Rawl
Tyndall-Owens Scholarship: Sasha Murphy
Ursich Marriage and Family Therapy Scholarship: Erika Taylor
Marriage and Family Therapy Alumni Scholarship: Meagan Collins
David Dosser Scholarship: Merin Joshy
Nash Love Scholarship: Kaylabeth Gudac
J. B. and Vera Congleton Scholarship: Sarah Cope
Maisie Castlebury Freeman Scholarship: Dana Carty, DeLys Chauvin
Dorothy G. Pruitt Scholarship: Miranda Holland
Elizabeth Pate Johnson Scholarship: Caroline Traflet
Alexandria G. Kittrell Scholarship: Jamie Tilley, Kristen Malagisi, Star Chang
Nancy Darden Early Childhood Scholarship: Janna Elawar, Alaina Purvis
Human Development and Family Science Scholarship: Marcy Regan
J.F. “Frank” and Reba D. Howell Scholarship: Amanda Alnadesh
Lucy Ervin Roberts Birth-Kindergarten Scholarship: Michelle Flores

Department of Interior Design and Merchandising Scholarships
Collegiate Tartan Scholarship: Anne Mason
M. Louise Thomas Scholarship: Hannah Wiser, Lisa Duerr
Garnice Knight Ealy Scholarship: Ijechukwuama Omotosho
Interior Design Alumni and Friends Scholarship: Madelyn Wood
Tom and Karen Bartik Interior Design Scholarship: Rebecca Culvahouse
Belk Scholarship: Lauren Williams, Kristina Mutio, Allison Hawkins
Caroline Allen Scholarship: Angelica Martinez-Tejada
Merchandising Advisory Board Scholarship: Yulan Ruan
M. Louise Thomas Merchandising Scholarship: Angel Johnson, Kaitlyn Shrey

Department of Kinesiology Scholarships
Merry Sandra Aycock Kennedy Scholarship: Brady Cartwright
Jimmie R. Grimsley Scholarship: Jeffrey Broadway, Brittany Vaughan
Eva Price Memorial Scholarship: Emma Shirley
G. Brantley and Barbara F. Aycock Scholarship for Physical Education: Adell Remsberg, Colton Chrisman, Jamie Corbett, William Pittman
George E. Williams Memorial Scholarship: Mollie Edick
Catherine V. McCulley Scholarship: Tyara Nevels
Karla Faye Jones Scholarship: Garrett VanHoy
Catherine A. Bolton Scholarship: Lauren MacchioCatherine A. Bolton Scholarship: Constantine Unanka
Jim and Wendy Dill Scholarship: Adam Parker
Gay Blocker EXSS Memorial Scholarship: Stephen Allard
Nell Stallings Scholarship: Hannah Vermillion, Josh Dixon, Mary Shaw,  Thomas Wynne, William Deatherage
Graham and Lynne Felton Scholarship: David Modigliani-Estraella
Ernest Schwartz Sports Management Graduate Fellowship: Marlee Sloan
Clay and Anne Walker Scholarship in Sports Management: Lyle Jones

Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies Scholarships
Keene Spirit of Service Scholarship: Kelly Semon
Michael Bunting Scholarship in RCLS: Tynasia Miles
Michael Bunting Scholarship for Warrior Training Program: Emily Reames
Peggy Pruett Cromer Scholarship: Madeline Jones
Joseph and Hannah Tart Scholarship for Warrior Training Program: Stephanie Warrick
John and Joan Taylor Scholarship in RCLS: Jacquelyn Nance
Charles A. Vincent Memorial Scholarship: Kayla Maness
Robert L. Jones Scholarship for Warrior Training Program: Christina Brown-Bochicchio

School of Social Work Scholarships
Elizabeth Ann Worden Scholarship: Alleyah Mason
Lamanda Michelle Reid Memorial Scholarship: Laura Fisher
David B. and Willa H. Stevens Social Work Scholarship: Maya Williams, Caitlin Wyant
Edward L. Garrison Memorial Scholarship: Phuong Nguyen
Peggy Myers Chandler Memorial Scholarship: Gabriela Mendoza
ECU School of Social Work Scholarship: Chrisola Ham
Master of Social Work Scholarship: Jalessa S. Jones, Hailey Harris, Tracy James-McAllister, Mitzi Jordan

Air Force ROTC Scholarships 
Major General William Dutch & Lt. Colonel Norma Holland Scholarship: Lajoy Galloway
Captain Christopher Cash Scholarship: Davonte Brown, Clayton Brock
Michael L. Bunting Scholarship in Air Force ROTC: Colby Wallmow, Nastassia Arrington, Hekima Wainaina
Keith and Janie Oliphant Scholarship: Zachary Schadewald
Stephen and Tammy Blizzard Scholarship: Katie Dew
Walter and Marie Williams Scholarship: Travis Paul
Lt. Colonel Ed Tadlock Scholarship: Tyler McGuire
The ‘High Flight’ Spirit Scholarship: Matthew Campbell
Kirk and Dasha Little Scholarship: Charlotte Jenkins
Bill and Nancy Miller Scholarship in Air Force ROTC: Jack Davis
General Gary North Scholarship: Thomas Griswold
Colonel J. Worth Carter DMSS Scholarship: Jonathan Jeffries
Archie Burnette Scholarship: Jacquelyn Nance, Kenneth Bridges
Clifton E. Boyd Scholarship: Christina Debnam
Maj. Gen. Cathy Dreyer & Lt. Gen. Kevin Chilton Scholarship: Drake Kuntzleman
B.G. Beacham Scholarship: Christy Xiong, Mason Doty

Army ROTC Scholarships
Captain Christopher Cash Memorial Scholarship: Joseph Jernigan, Kelsey Page
Ruth Glass Bunting Scholarship: Nathan Hallock, Justin Stevenson
Michael Bunting Scholarship in Army ROTC: Gabriel Abreu
Walter and Marie Williams Scholarship: Kaeley Churchill
Captain David “JP” Thompson Memorial Scholarship: William Blackwell
Archie Burnette Scholarship: Theodore Protonentis, Matthew Pastino
LTC Daniel and Mrs. Heather Heape Scholarship:  Samuel Phillips
B.G. Beacham Scholarship: Christopher Voss, Michael Helpingstine, Christopher Rudkowski, James Dempsey, Lathan Nelson

-Kathy Muse

ECU to hold annual fashion show

Ready-to-wear and art-inspired fashion will hit the runway at East Carolina University’s 12th annual Apparel and Interior Merchandising Organization (AIMO) Fashion Show.

The event will be held 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at Rock Springs Center, 4025 NC Highway 43, Greenville.

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The stage set-up from last year’s show. Contributed photo.

Produced and modeled by students, this year’s theme is Parisian Garden Party. Spring fashions for women and men from local stores and boutiques will be showcased including Pink – A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store, Shimmer, Belk, Truly Yours, Campus Corner, Bald Head Blues, Olly Oxen and Beloved. Wearable art creations from ECU textile design students also will be featured.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for non-students and will be available at the door or in advance by contacting Dr. Runying Chen, associate professor of interior design and merchandising, at or 252-328-1329.

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Student models and designers pose backstage after last year’s event. Contributed photo.

Since it began in 2004, funds from the event go to support professional development for AIMO students. The show gives students real-world experience and skills in community engagement, model and wardrobe line up, stage design and production.

–Crystal Baity

ECU hosts the Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute

East Carolina University’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies in the College of Health and Human Performance hosted the 2016 Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute Feb. 24-26.

Nearly 90 professionals nationwide attended the event themed: Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present and Shaping the Future.

“The ALS Teaching Institute provided all participating faculty and students interested in teaching the opportunity to learn best practices and new pedagogical innovations to help reach a new generation of students,” said Dr. David Loy, associate professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.

ECU Associate Professor Dr. Richard Williams speaks at the 2016 Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute (Photo by Chuck Baldwin)

ECU Associate Professor Dr. Richard Williams speaks at the 2016 Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute (Photos by Chuck Baldwin)

Session topics included faculty collaboration between and within disciplines, fostering digital literacy and utilizing online and technological resources as educational tools.

The department’s planning committee included Drs. David Loy, Paige Viren, Clifton Watts and Nelson Cooper.

“Our planning committee for the teaching institute wanted to demonstrate East Carolina University’s leadership in integrating technology in higher education,” said Loy. “What a great opportunity for our peers to see the wonderful things we are doing here as East Carolina.”

ECU Professor Dr. Abbie Brown, Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education, delivered the keynote address entitled, The Networked Teacher: Instruction that Honors the Past, Keeps Pace with the Present and Looks to the Future.

“The Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute has a long history,” said Cooper.

ECU hosts the 2016 Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute Feb. 24-26.

ECU hosts the 2016 Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute Feb. 24-26.

“Recreation, parks, tourism, sport, and leisure educators from across the nation gather biennially to discuss best practices and share success stories of successful teaching and learning in our discipline. This was the first time East Carolina hosted the Teaching Institute and we were really excited to be selected.”

The institute aims to share information among recreation, parks, tourism, sport and leisure educators concerning traditional and new trends related to education, education administration, teaching, research so that educators can remain current in the techniques, content, and skills needed in higher education, according to the website.

–Kathy Muse

Excels event celebrates student success

East Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Performance recognized its high achieving freshmen and transfer students at an Excels Award Ceremony Feb. 5 at the Murphy Center.

The event honored freshmen and transfer students who achieved a GPA of 3.0 and above. A total of 450 freshmen were identified, 32 on the chancellor’s list, 189 on the dean’s list, and 229 on the Honor Roll.

Excels Event

High achieving HHP students were lauded at the ECU Excels Ceremony on Feb. 5.

Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance, welcomed the students and guests. “HHP has a long history with interesting and challenging career options,” he said.

His remarks were followed by the keynote speaker, ECU alumna Tricia Tufts.

Tufts graduated from ECU in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in health fitness specialist. She also earned a master’s degree in teaching and is employed at Charles Jordan High School in Durham.

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HHP students received a t-shirt at the Excels Ceremony on Feb. 5.

Students received a HHP t-shirt following an activity that allowed them meet peers and faculty in the college.

-Kathy Muse

Open house to showcase marriage and family therapy clinic, research academy

An open house for the ECU Family Therapy Clinic and Redditt House: Medical Family Therapy Research Academy will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Jan. 22. Visitors may meet faculty, graduate student interns and tour the facilities at 612 E. 10th St. in Greenville. The event is free and open to the public.

The Marriage and Family Therapy Excellence in Collaboration Award will be presented to Dr. Cal Paries. As the director of Vidant Health Employee Assistance Program, Paries pioneered the integration of medical family therapy services into the Vidant Employee Assistance Program. Despite Paries’ departure from Vidant Health, the collaboration between Vidant Health and Marriage and Family Therapy and Medical Family Therapy Programs continues as one of his legacies.

The Family Therapy Clinic offers a range of services, including individual therapy, couple therapy, family therapy and premarital services. The clinic specializes in medical family therapy services, which provides coping strategies for families with a critically or chronically ill member.

Throughout the treatment process, collaboration with other providers is encouraged, including physicians, social workers and school systems. The clinic is also available as an employee assistance program for small businesses wanting to safeguard the well-being of employees and to reduce employee turnover.

The Medical Family Therapy Research Academy, under the co-direction of Dr. Lisa Tyndall and Dr. Damon Rappleyea, promotes educational and research opportunities for students and professionals with a focus on collaborative health care including local initiatives with Greene County Health Care, Vidant Health, ECU Brody School of Medicine as well as with military and veteran couples and families.

The Family Therapy Clinic and the Medical Family Therapy Research Academy are housed in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.

For additional information contact Dr. Lisa Tyndall at, 252-328-4206.

— Kathy Muse

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