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Faculty briefs

Deborah Barrett has a new Q&A column in Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Life Magazine. The current edition’s question deals with intimacy when a partner suffers from chronic pain.

Mimi Chapman, who worked in Baltimore earlier in her career, wrote a blog post weighing in on recent events there.

Chapman co-presented a national webinar on April 22 that highlighted the work of the Envisioning Health Research team, a trans-disciplinary group examining ways to modify implicit and explicit bias among health care providers working with new immigrant Latino youth.

Trenette Clark spoke at the Minority Postdoc Alliance (MPA) luncheon on April 28. The MPA works to bring together underrepresented racial and ethnic postdoctoral scholars across disciplines to build valuable professional networks and to promote and support diversity and inclusiveness at UNC-Chapel Hill. Clark’s research focuses broadly on identifying and preventing racial and ethnic health disparities. To achieve this goal, her primary research focuses on the epidemiology, etiology, prevention, and consequences of substance use and risky sexual behaviors among adolescents and young adults.

Mark Fraser is giving the keynote address at the 19th Annual Ph.D. Spring Symposium, at the School of Social Work, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. He is speaking on, “Emerging Publication Formats in Scholarly Communication: Dreams of Public Knowledge and the Nightmare of the Pseudo Academy.”

Rebecca Macy moderated a campus panel discussion on April 16 that followed a screening of the movie “The Hunting Ground,” about sexual assaults at universities and prominently features two UNC student activists. Final-year MSW student Melinda Manning was on the panel.

Sherry Mergner is giving a talk at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities on May 13 at 7 p.m., entitled “Let’s Talk About It! The Power of Promoting Disability Awareness.”

Theresa Palmer gave a talk on April 28, “Microaggression: Keeping PACE with a Diverse Society,” hosted by PACE of the Triad in Greensboro; and on May 7, “Microaggressions and Their Impact on Behavioral Health and Wellness,” hosted by the Center for Behavioral Health & Wellness at NC A & T.

Bebe Smith received the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award at UNC’s 2015 Public Service Awards ceremony on April 7. She was honored for her work as project director of Critical Time Intervention, a collaborative effort between the UNC School of Social Work and the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health. The project helps those with mental illness who are experiencing a critical transition – from homelessness to being housed, from hospital or prison to community, or to foster engagement in mental health treatment after emergence of severe mental illness. The program meets basic needs, aids in recovery and connects participants with appropriate treatment and resources. Smith also engages with state policy makers to expand the program to fill gaps in North Carolina’s mental health and homelessness service systems.

Lisa de Saxe Zerden will serve as a panelist on best practices in integrated care at a June 5 summit at UNC’s Friday Center entitled, “Integrating Behavioral Health in Acute and Primary Care Settings,” sponsored by the School of Nursing and funded by HRSA. Denise Dews is on the steering committee for this event and helped plan it.

Upcoming AHEC presentations by faculty

June 26 – Cultural Competency: Assessing and Enhancing Cultural Competency in your Organization and Individual Practice – Cindy Fraga Rizo and doctoral student Jennifer O’Brien

June 5 – Suicide and the Military – Jodi Flick
Flick is also conducting a training in Kokomo, Indiana for Indiana AHEC on suicide and the military on May 22. She is doing the same program for local AHECs in Wilmington on May 18 and Salisbury on May 8.

June 9 – Ethical Practice in the Digital Age – Tina Souders
June 22 – CBT for Substance Use Disorder – Marty Weems

June 19 –  Adolescent Substance Abuse –Trenette Clark

June 26 – Advanced Ethical Issues – Kim Strom-Gottfried

June 2 – Ethics and Microaggression – Theresa Palmer

June 5 – Ethics – Kim Strom-Gottfried

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New publications by faculty and doctoral students

In the media