East Carolina University’s Division of Health Sciences will host an interdisciplinary program, “Crossing Borders,” from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Brody School of Medicine Auditorium.
The event will bring students and faculty from each of the health sciences disciplines – allied health sciences, dental medicine, Laupus Library, medicine and nursing – together with a focus on collaboration in education. Approximately 300 students have been invited.
They will watch the film, “Crossing Borders,” a feature documentary directed by Arnd Wächter examining different cultures, hidden preconceptions and discovering oneself.
After the film, students will divide into small discussion groups to work with facilitators from each unit.
The event is sponsored by the offices of ECU Diversity and Dr. Phyllis Horns, vice chancellor for health sciences. Dr. Donna Lake from the College of Nursing has led the event planning group.
For more on the film, go to http://crossingbordersfilm.org/
East Carolina University occupational therapy professor Dr. Anne Dickerson was one of ten experts on a panel that reviewed vehicle technologies for benefits in promoting capacity, confidence and convenience for drivers as they age.
Dickerson is the director of Research for the Older Adult Driver Initiative at ECU. She has been researching functional performance of older adults since the early 1990s. 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 in this growing area.
She has an occupational therapy degree from Temple University, a master’s degree in allied health education/health administration from Texas State University and a doctorate in
developmental psychology from Florida International University.
Other panel participants included practitioners and researchers with expertise in geriatric medicine, kinesiology, human factors and occupational therapy.
The study was conducted by The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab. For more information about the study, visit http://www.thehartford.com/advance50/vehicle-technology. For details on the panel, visit http://www.thehartford.com/sites/thehartford/files/TopCarTechnologiesExperts.pdf.
Dr. Paul Toriello has been named the new chair of the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies at East Carolina University effective Aug. 1.
In the addictions and rehabilitation field since 1991, Toriello has worked as a paraprofessional, case manager and clinician. He also spent several years as the training director and then clinical director of a 108-bed residential facility serving adolescents with behavior disorders and substance abuse issues.
Toriello joined ECU in 2005 after four years at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He has directed the PhD program in rehabilitation counseling and administration since 2009, and has served as the College of Allied Health Sciences’ interim assistant dean for research grants since 2011. In the role of principal investigator, Toriello conceived and started an addictions treatment clinic in 2007, and developed it into a state-licensed substance abuse intensive outpatient program.
He has participated in more than $5 million in projects funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, National Institute on Drug Abuse, the U.S. Department of Defense and other agencies. He is president-elect of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association.
Toriello earned his Doctor of Rehabilitation, 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.
Toriello replaces Dr. Lloyd Goodwin, who served as interim department chair for several years on two separate occasions.
Goodwin facilitated the new department name change to reflect its expanded emphasis; combined two graduate degree programs to improve their visibility and reflect current and future practice; and initiated the application for a new national accreditation to broaden student recruitment and employment markets for graduates, according to Dr. Stephen Thomas, dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences.
Dr. Alan F. Gindoff was named chair and program director of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Allied Health Sciences.
Gindoff was previously on the faculty at the School of PA Studies at the University of Florida. He completed his PA training at Wake Forest University. He holds a bachelor’s in zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University, a master of physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska and a doctor of health science degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Gindoff’s academic and research interests include glomerulonephritis and migraine headaches. In the academic arena he is particularly interested in mentoring and remediation. As a result of the latter interest, in 2004 Dr. Gindoff established an academic support program at the University of Florida which has had positive outcomes for dozens of PA students. His past clinical experience has been in urgent care, family practice, emergency medicine, pediatrics and student health.
The Department of Health Services and Information Management has received the official notification from the UNC Board of Governors to establish the master of science in health informatics and information management program starting in fall 2013.
The MS in HIIM program is designed to prepare health informaticians and information managers who will work to lead, develop and implement clear and effective health information strategies within and across health care organizations.
The establishment of the MS in HIIM program is a direct response to the emerging strong workforce needs from the field as well as the vision of the national association, American Health Information Management Association, to transform health information management to a graduate level education by 2016.
The program at ECU is the second such program approved within the UNC constituent institutions. The program will be offered both on campus and via distance education.