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CHSP Year in Review


Academic Year 2019-2020 was a very exciting and challenging year for the College of Health Sciences and Professions. In November 2019 Dr. Carolynn DeSandre was appointed Interim Dean of the College following the departure of the former dean. During 2019-2020 all programs in the College continued to experience exponential growth. Due to COVID 19, in March 2020, UNG moved to online learning in conjunction with recommendations from the University System of Georgia. Faculty, staff and students in the College worked collaboratively to design learning activities and simulated environments that allowed students in health professions to continue their education despite COVID causing them to be removed form clinical education sites in hospitals and clinics. Luckily due to strong collaborations with community partners, opportunities in telehealth, and strong COVID19 emergency operation plans by UNG and the College, students began to re-enter the clinical settings in late summer semester with students across all programs back in clinical education settings in Fall 2020. Our strong collaborations with clinical partners and excellence in emergency planning operations has allowed our students to stay on track with their programs of study and prevent delay of their graduation. It has also allowed our students the unique opportunity to be actively engaged in emergency disaster practice and telehealth.

Despite the impact of COVID19 on our community, CHSP students, faculty and staff continue to excel as practitioners, educators and researchers. Our College celebrated numerous faculty publications and scholarly presentations and student awards. Enhanced technology provide through CARES funding permitted ongoing clinical telehealth and simulation education, and students successfully returned to hands-on learning in the fall with the College’s innovative and effective COVID19 safety planning that included personal protective equipment and social distancing. In addition, CHSP leadership team began work on the 2020-2025 CHSP strategic plan draft in accordance with the UNG 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.

The Department of Counseling
  • We have had a 100% pass rate on the National Counselor Examination since 2013.
  • The first students in our two newest tracks (Addictions Counseling and College Counseling & Student Affairs) will graduate Spring 2021
  • Funding was secured to get student interns trained in telemental health counseling so that they could continue their clinical education during the pandemic
  • Now the department has created a new elective in Online Counseling in order for current and future students to meet the educational requirements to conduct telemental health counseling
  • The department’s Community Counseling Clinic is partnering with Rape Response to provide supportive telehealth groups for survivors and loved ones/guardians of survivors
  • The department created a partnership with the Place of Forsyth County (the largest social services agency in the county) to provide students with service-learning and clinical opportunities
  • A second-year student, Bryce Barrett, received the Rural Mental Health scholarship from the National Board of Certified Counselors.
The Department of Interdisciplinary Healthcare
The Department of Interdisciplinary Healthcare had an exciting year of changes and growth. The year began with the IDHC celebrating its ONE year anniversary as a department here at UNG. In late 2019, Amy Brown, a graduate of the Interdisciplinary Healthcare Department, joined the department and the CHSP staff as an Administrative Assistant.

On August 1, 2020, the Department of Interdisciplinary Healthcare also welcomed a new Department Chair, Dr. Angela Morey, Ph.D., RHIA, CPHIMS. Dr. Morey brings to the IDHC 24 years in academic and clinical experience in Healthcare Information Management.

The IDHC’s most exciting news this past year was the fantastic achievement of a 50% enrollment increase for the department and its programs. Thank you for an excellent year students and staff of CHSP.
The Department of Physical Therapy

2019- 2020:

The year 2019 was a big year for the program. It brought a change in leadership. Dr. Sue Klappa PT, MPT, PhD, MA joined the program and was named Department Head. The program had a successful CAPTE accreditation site visit. Dr. Solnik received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. The program had four peer-reviewed articles published and 13 peer-reviewed national or international presentations accepted and presented. Dr. Park, Dr. Walton-Mouw, and Dr. Klappa represented the department at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Park worked to forge an agreement with Youngsan University in South Korea and we enjoyed our first exchange of faculty and students who visited UNG. This year our first students in the Post-Professional DPT program graduated. 

2020 – 2021:

The year 2020 brought many challenges for us all in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service. It also yielded some exciting new projects for the department. Dr. Klappa and Dr. Castle received tenure. Dr. Eunse Park took on Directorship of the Anatomy Lab. The program added Dr. Kristi Tschetter as a part time faculty member. Dr. Tschetter teaches many of our foundational science courses. The department had 12 peer-reviewed articles published and 21 peer-reviewed national and international presentations occur. Drs. Castle, Klappa, McCall, Walsh, and Walton-Mouw presented at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) NEXT Conference in June on a model of community engagement used by the department.  Dr. Klappa was awarded the Physical Therapy Learning Institute Innovator Award for her research at the APTA Educational Leadership Conference. The DPT Program also worked with our Dean, Dr. DeSandre, in the creation of a new Designated Education Unit with Northeast Georgia Health System, which strengthened our interprofessional experiences and brought us more acute care sites for clinical education. Several other faculty members (Dr. Walsh, Dr. Walton-Mouw, Dr. Hunt, Dr. McCall, Dr. Castel, and Dr. Klappa) worked with Northeast Georgia Health System to create an Early Mobility Program, which will allow students the ability to interact with real patients early on in our Integrated Clinical Experience course series. Finally, Dr. Castle and Dr. Klappa were awarded tenure.

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