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    Explore articles about topics relevant to the Center for Public Service and public service programs of study. Many of the articles are written by Kaplan University faculty. Read what they have to say about a variety of topics.

  • Mary K. Lannon

    What I Do As a Police Communications Supervisor

    By Mary K. Lannon, PhD, Criminal Justice/Homeland Security Faculty

    Do you have a calling to serve and protect but you also like the field of communications? Perhaps you don’t have to choose. In this article faculty member Mary Lannon, who works as a police communications supervisor, shares her insights about what the role. These highly trained professionals work with citizens as well as a team of responders, including police, fire, and medical personnel.

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    Dr. Kim MIller

    Investigating Fraud and Money Laundering Threats and Cases

    By Dr. Kim Miller, Kaplan University Department of Criminal Justice

    Dr. Kim Miller has worked as a certified fraud examiner, subject-matter expert, and licensed private detective in New Jersey. In this article she writes about her experience investigating fraud and money laundering threats and cases and the work that fraud examiners and investigators perform.

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    Public Policy Specialists, Just One Option for Those Interested in Legal Professions and Studies

    Faculty member Jen Gehring shares her perspective on the engaging field of public policy. While many may think that if you want to work in a legal profession, you are limited to opportunities in law offices, that’s not necessarily the case at all. Jen works in public policy and shares what public policy specialist do in this rewarding and dynamic career.

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    Advancing from Entry Level Law Enforcement Roles into the Special Victim’s Unit—Not Quite Your TV's "SVU"

    By Dr. Kelly Boone, Kaplan University Faculty

    Dr. Kelly Boone, Kaplan University faculty member and an experience detective in a SVU, speaks of his journey from law enforcement to the SVU and clarifies some potential misconceptions about working in this unit.

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    The Role of the Addiction Counselor

    By Tricia Chandler, PhD, LPC, MAC

    Tricia Chandler takes a look at misconceptions about the addiction counseling profession, and explores the many rewarding aspects of this career.

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    Human Resources Recruiter: Ensuring a Good Fit

    By Jen Gehring, Kaplan University Faculty

    Interested in Industrial/organizational psychology? Adjunct faculty member Christine Beck shares her experiences and some advice in human resources recruitment.

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    The Typical and Not-So-Typical Jobs in Applied Behavior Analysis

    By Kerri Milyko, PhD, BCBA-D


    While many ABA professionals provide services to individuals with autism, there are many other areas that fly under the radar. Faculty member Kerri Milyko takes a look.

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    Yvonne Bustamante

    Life Coaches—Helping Others Discover Their Path Towards Potential

    By Yvonne Bustamante, Kaplan University Human Services Faculty

    Life coaches help clients meet their goals and achieve dreams. Get an in-depth look at a this rewarding profession. Human services faculty member Yvonne Bustamante shares some advice about what it takes to become a life coach.

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    From Local Law Enforcement to a Civilian Role in the US Coast Guard

    By Robyn A. Kapperman, Kaplan University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Faculty member Robyn Kapperman discusses how she used her skills and experience as a law enforcement officer to transition into a civilian role with the Coast Guard.

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    “It Is Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been” A Perfect Quote for Human Service Professionals and Those They Help By Melanie Beath, Kaplan University Faculty

    Human services can be a personally satisfying career choice, and many may choose to pursue to work with nonprofits. Faculty member Melanie Beath offers her thoughts.

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    Aaron Bingamon

    Emergency Managers: A Bit Like Chicken Little But Ready to Protect Everyone From The Falling Sky

    By Aaron Bingamon, CFM

    Think you know what emergency managers do every day? Faculty member Aaron Bingamon clears up some common misperceptions and offers his thoughts on the field.

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    What is a Population Health Career?

    By Sriya Krishnamoorthy, School of Health Sciences


    Learn more about population health and how its associated careers seek to shape better health outcomes.

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    Five States Enact Autism Insurance Reform Laws in 2015

    Brian Craig, Legal Studies Faculty

    Brian Craig discusses autism insurance reform laws in five states. He provides examples of how the reform laws vary from state to state and touches on the rise in legal and policy questions that arise due to the increase rate of autism and the increase in autism awareness.

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    Autism and the Criminal Justice System: A Call to Legislative Awakening

    By Monique Chiacchia, JD, MSCJ

    Faculty member Monique Chiacchia, JD, MSCJ discusses how courts are dealing with instances of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as it relates to criminal intent but approaches vary, as there is no uniform or legislative pronouncement on how this disorder relates to mens rea. The article discusses ASD generally and reviews approaches to and concerns with processing ASD defendants.

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    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism

    By Nelly A. Dixon, EdD, BCBA

    ABA is highly recognized as an effective methodology for teaching individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Nelly Dixon takes a look at how professionals in the field of ABA promote changes in behavior and skill acquisition.

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    Succeeding and Broadening Your Career Potential in Homeland Security

    Success as an individual within the Homeland Security field will come from several factors, they are your requisite knowledge, skills and ability in your current or desired career path.

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    Strategies for the Aspiring Criminal Justice Professional

    Here are a few important strategies that can help you stand out from the crowd as you strive to work and advance within the criminal justice profession.

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    Getting Your Dream Job Within Industrial/Organizational Psychology

    There are many variables that determine how well an organization or company operates. Effective communication and conflict resolution, process evaluation, professional competence and effective management are examples of the components necessary for businesses to succeed.

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    Lateral Moves Withing Communications

    Can Moving Over Be Better Than Moving Up? Lateral Moves in Communication

    A lateral move was looked at as a career stall or a dead end. However, in the current employment environment, organizations are continually becoming more flat in structure and there are less and less top positions available.

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    On Getting Your Dream Job in Applied Behavior Analysis

    The field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is one that has had tremendous growth in recent years due to the demand for effective, empirically-verified therapeutic approaches that can be used to address a variety of maladaptive behaviors.

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    Pursuing a Career in Homeland Security

    While the field of Homeland Security can be rewarding getting in will take some research and patients on your part.

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    Educational Psychology Career

    Educational Psychology Career Paths

    Deciding to attend graduate school is a major life event. After the choice has been made, the question becomes, "Which degree should I pursue?"

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    Behavioral Momentum: Applying Behavior Analysis to Your Work as a Behavior Analyst

    As with getting hired, it’s important to do your homework to learn what the requirements are within your department and make sure your professional developments opportunities focus on being able to perform better in your current role.

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    Bloom Where You Are Planted: Finding the Nourishment to Grow in Your Career

    In order for a career to bloom, specific conditions must be in place. A great education can help you prepare for career growth, just as fertile soil is necessary for a plant to thrive. Kelly Riesenmy, PhD, assistant department chair for the graduate psychology programs shares some advice on how a bachelor's degree ins psychology could provide enough root to start a career and how a master's degree could help nurture their psychology career.

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    A Career in Instructional Technology

    Instructional technologists are the problem solvers in many of today's progressive classrooms and training environments. 

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    So, You Are Considering a Job in Environmental Policy? What a Great Choice!

    Do you like working in an office setting, punching numbers into complicated excel spreadsheets or are you the type of person who prefers to be outdoors and on your feet?

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    How to Succeed and Broaden Your Skills in Your Career in Addictions

    I am asked sometimes, "What does it take to get into the field?" I usually reply, “Do you have a minute, I need a little time to lay this out.” In this article I am going to talk about how to step up into the field of professional addictions counseling.

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    Tips for Landing Your Dream Job in Fire Service

    What child didn’t grow up wanting to be a firefighter at some point in time? Even as adults, how many wish they had actually pursued that option as a career but never did?

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    Want to Make a Difference? Be Inspired to Work in Public Service

    What jobs come to mind when you think of public service professions? Police officers, firefighters, and community service advocates are likely responses. These are all admirable public service careers, but there’s so much more than that. There are many facets within the public service field that help keep our communities and cities thriving.

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    Succeeding and Broadening Your Potential in Your Career in Human Services–Child and Family Welfare

    People often enter the field of human services because they want to help others. In child and family agency work, the tasks are endless, but so are the rewards!

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    Want to Be an Everyday Hero? Public Service May Be Your Calling

    Walter Reuther, the American labor union leader, once said, “There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.”

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    Career Opportunities in Human Service Administration

    Like many of you who are entering and/or working in the human service field, I chose this field because I wanted to make a difference. Most of us drawn to this career path typically have a strong passion and desire to engage in meaningful work and to help others.

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    Climbing the Steps to a Fulfilling Career in Behavioral Health Fields

    Those interested in working in any of the behavioral health fields should carefully plan their own career path, including research of license/certification options, education, training, volunteer/part-time work, and full-time work.

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    Environmental Careers

    Environmental Careers: Knowing When It’s Time to Make a Change

    As individuals embark upon their environmental career paths, they may overlook the fact that their interests are likely to change over time. Just starting out, people tend to be very excited simply to be working in their field. For the first year or two on a job, every activity is new as they learn new skills and gain greater and far more specific knowledge about their specialty.

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    Moving Up the Green Career Ladder

    Advancing in an environmental career can take many forms. If you are contemplating the next logical steps as you progress in the environmental field, you might first determine what you consider what “moving up" means for your particular situation.

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    Career in Higher Education

    5 Things to Consider When Preparing for a Career in Higher Education

    A career in higher education is more than a job; it is a life filled with passion and professional satisfaction. Here are 5 actions oriented strategies that can help prepare you for a successful entrance into a career in higher education.

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    Advancing in Fire Department

    5 Tips on How to Advance in a Fire Department

    As with getting hired, it’s important to do your homework to learn what the requirements are within your department and make sure your professional developments opportunities focus on being able to perform better in your current role.

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    Succeeding and Broadening Your Opportunities in Human Services

    With each course that you have completed, you have become more confident in your skills and excited about your graduation and entry into the workforce. As you begin to think about your career journey in the human services field, take a minute to learn what jobs you can get with a human services degree.

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    Jobs Working With Children

    Living the Dream Every Day: Working With Young Children

    Do you dream of becoming a teacher? Kaplan University faculty member, Dr. Darlene Estes, tells her inspiring story of how she fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming an early childhood development teacher.

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    Legal Studies Job

    Getting Into Your Dream Job With a Legal Studies Degree

    Are you have a degree or pursuing in legal studies? Kaplan University faculty member Joanna Bauer, gives sage advice on what you need to do to land your dream legal studies job.

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    Opportunities in Homeland Security

    Are you the type of person who craves adventure, challenge, and excitement? If so, you may be a perfect candidate for a rewarding career with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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    Public Health and Health Education: What’s the Difference?

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the job outlook for positions in public health and health education will continue to grow at a faster than average rate across the United States through 2020.

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    Like Being a Teacher

    How to Tell if You Like Being a Teacher

    Most teachers cite a desire to work with children as their reason for choosing teaching as a career. Would you enjoy being a teacher? If you think the answer may be “yes,” here are some questions to ask yourself.

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    Affordable Care

    The Affordable Care Act and the Vital Role of Nurse Practitioners

    March 23, 2015, marked the fifth anniversary of United States President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, providing Americans with better access to health insurance than ever before. Since that date, more than 16 million people have become insured under the ACA, according to an update published by the White House, and as a result, the health care profession has been greatly impacted.

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    Implementing “Obamacare”: An Update

    March 2015 marks 5 years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as “Obamacare,” was signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama. Since its inception, a number of changes have already taken place across the U.S. health system.

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    Cindy Poore-Pariseau

    The (Potential) Impact of the ADA Amendments Act on Postsecondary Education

    By Cindy Poore-Pariseau, PhD, School of Education


    Cindy Poore-Pariseau, PhD discusses the American Disabilities Act (ADA) amendment acts and how they were created to correct the injustices created by misunderstandings of the original ADA. The amendments allow institutions to view disability claims made by individuals in more broad terms by not requiring certain documentation proving disability. The amendments will help postsecondary students and others access education and help them get the resources and help they need..

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    Maggie Broderick

    English Language Learners (ELLs) in Today’s Public Schools

    By Maggie Broderick, PhD, School of Education


    The twenty-first century brings many new issues and challenges for teachers in public schools. We are faced with new paradigms for educating our youth for the roles they will have in our ever-evolving society.

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    Shifting Careers

    Shifting Gears: How to Become a Teacher After a Career in Business

    For some business people, a career in education may seem enticing, offering a completely different environment from the business world they know so well and providing many of the intangible perks described above.

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    Art Teacher

    So You'd Like to Be An Art Teacher

    Artists and art lovers often enjoy igniting that passion in others and may find that becoming an art teacher is an ideal career choice.

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    Elizabeth Donnellan

    Saluting Bravery: Women Who Changed the Face of Public Service

    By Elizabeth Donnellan, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty


    Faculty member Elizabeth Donnellan looks at female leaders who discovered their passion for helping others despite suffering personal tragedy.

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    Misty LaCour

    5 Tips for Women Entering the Education Field: Lessons Learned From the Front Lines of Education

    I am a full-time faculty member in the School of Education at Kaplan University and have been an educator for over 15 years. During this time, I have taught in variety of settings, from elementary classrooms to university Teacher Education programs.

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    Sue Zientara

    Supporting Online Students with Learning Disabilities

    By Sue Zientara, PhD, Faculty Member, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

    MS in Higher Education faculty member Dr. Zientara discusses ways to create a welcoming online learning atmosphere to fill the needs of all learning preferences and diverse abilities of students.

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    Aging America: An Overview of the Concerns Facing the Growing Elderly Population as They Transition into Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Facilities

    By Annemarie Kelly, Legal Studies Faculty Member

    The aging of millions of baby boomers—those born shortly after World War II— is contributing to increased demands on America’s health system.

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    Invisible Bruises: Understanding Domestic Violence Indicators In Students and How Faculty Can Offer Support

    By Monique Chiacchia, JD, Full-Time Faculty, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Domestic violence has been a reality in civilized society since a time prior to the Bible, but it has only been within the last thirty years that public recognition of its effects has infiltrated the media, such as through movies like “The Burning Bed,” and the law, such as through legislation making domestic violence a crime.

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    The Value of Government Service and Communicating to the American People

    By Cloud Miller, PhD, JD and David A. White, PhD, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

    It is suggested by the authors that Kaplan University's School of Social and Behavioral Sciences can become involved in public service to the community by participating in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). The Initiative currently has over 1,000 students engaged in developing solutions to major world problems.

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    Criminal Justice Outlook

    By Terry Campbell, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


    Read Academic chair Terry Campbell's faculty article on employment opportunities within the field of criminal justice. 

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    Six Tips for Women

    Six Tips for Women Who Want to Enter Public Service

    Professor and Georgia state representative Karla Drenner shares six tips for women who want to enter public service.

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    Denise Douglas-Faraci

    Reflections on Morphing One Cancelled Class into The Flipped Classroom

    By Denise Douglas-Faraci, EdD, Adjunct Faculty


    Snow days, emergency drills, assemblies, and celebrations are only a few distractors on the menu of on-the-ground class instructional time-grabbers.

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    Lorena Lashway

    Linking Human Services With Other Professional Fields

    Faculty member Lorena Lashway writes about the importance of linking human services with other professional fields, including those within the legal system, to help people more effectively in times of need.

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    Jane McElligott

    From Cliff Hurl to Sochi: Advances in Equality for Women in Sports

    By Jane McElligott, JD, MSCJ, Professor, Legal Studies Faculty Member 


    Professor Jane McElligott, JD, MSCJ discusses advances in equality for women in sports and some of the impacts of Title IX Education Amendments of 1972.

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    The Defining Moment: A Journey on the Jungle Gym

    By Christina Migliara, Department Chair, Psychology 


    When you ask someone what made them go into a career they are passionate about, they usually can pinpoint a defining moment at which they knew this was the career for them. I didn’t know my moment was my moment until recently.

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    My Moment in Public Service – “The Web”

    By Holli Vah Seliskar, Assistant Academic Chair, Criminal Justice 


    In working with at-risk youth through the United Way and the Mandel Foundation, I experienced several moments that affirmed and contributed to the person I am today.

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    Rosie's Law

    By Cyndi Palma, Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


    Rosie’s law was created to give judges the discretion to decide if a facility dog could accompany certain witnesses to the witness stand while they testify. Adjunct faculty member Cyndi Palma describes how the law came to be in New York and how Rosie, a service dog, helped a child testify during an abuse case.

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    How to Create an Early Literacy Environment

    By Masica Jordan, Adjunct Faculty College of Social and Behavioral Sciences 



    Life has a way of challenging you to grow. The roles, career paths, friends, family, and community services that we become involved in help to shape us and make us grow.

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    What is Early Literacy?

     Dr. Patti Pelletier, Educational Studies Academic Chair, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences 


    Many individuals associate the term “early literacy” with skills developed for reading before a child can actually read. Literacy, however, is not just about reading but also writing. 

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    By Marie Wallace, Kaplan University Adjunct Faculty, School of Education 



    I believe that something magical happens when a child picks up a book and begins to turn the pages and look at illustrations. I know that the digital format can be engaging and interactive, but there is a special relationship that develops between children and the books that they can touch.

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    Importance of a Balanced Approach to Early Childhood Literacy

    By Ludmila Battista, Faculty, Kaplan University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences 



    Three-year-old Nico searches anxiously for his well-worn copy of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, pulling it off the stuffed bookshelf and settling down on the carpet, snuggling with his “Beanie Boo” as he has hundreds of times before.

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    The Benefits of Man’s Best Friend

    By  Analeah Green, Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan UniversitySchool of Social and Behavioral Sciences 


    I’ve always considered myself to be a “dog person.” From calendars, mugs, t-shirts and other knick knacks, a canine was featured. From an early age, I remember having a dog and as an adult continue to own dogs as pets.

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    The Use of Accelerant Detection K-9s in Fire Investigation

    By David E. Bridges, Adjunct Faculty Member for  Kaplan UniversityPublic Safety Programs



    Working within the field of fire analysis and investigation requires reliance on scientific principles, sound methodology, logic, passion, training, and one’s available tools. As a Special Agent / K-9 Handler, I frequently deployed differing implements in my mission to seek the truth in fire and explosion incidents.

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    Service Comfort Dogs and the Benefits They Bring to Communities

     By Dr. Michelle Lynne March, Human Services Adjunct Instructor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


    The field of human services is generally defined with the goal of meeting the needs of individuals and helping improve the overall quality of life. Therefore, professionals, as well as service comfort dogs, are trained at various levels to implement specialized techniques with aspiration to minimize problems.

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    Service Dogs: Companions and Life Changers

    By Amanda Fox, Adjunct faculty, Kaplan University, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


    What is a service dog? Adjunct faculty Amanda Fox reviews the different types of service dogs and the benefits service dogs provide to our communities. 

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    Three Things I Learned From My Canine Partner That I've Applied to My Pursuit of Higher Education

    By Joshua Shanley, Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University's Public Safety Program  


    Scully loved to work and she loved to play. To her, they were one and the same. I adopted her when she was 8 months old after she "failed" to make it as a competitive show dog. Her gait gave her a bounce that was unacceptable in the ring but just demonstrated the joy she felt as she strutted about proudly and carefree while we worked hard toward our goals. 

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    International Training Standards

    By Jonathan Dorriety, Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University'sPublic Safety Program  


    It is common knowledge that dogs have a nose for crime, literally. Their keen olfactory senses far exceed that of humans to the degree that no two scientists can agree on how sensitive they really are. Nonetheless, police service dogs have proven to be a great asset to the law enforcement community in the United States since the mid-1950s.


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    Service Dogs

    By Terry Campbell, Faculty for Kaplan University's Public Safety Program


    Some correction departments utilize dog programs consisting of search dogs. Search dogs may be used to track escaped inmates; assist law enforcement to search for someone; assist agencies in searching for missing persons; perform a security role; perform drug searches; and assist the public.

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    Public Health and Disaster Preparedness

    By Misti Kill, PhD, Kaplan University, School of Health Sciences  


    School of Health Sciences adjunct faculty Misti Kill discusses disaster preparedness and how education plays a critical role in public health and emergency management of our communities.

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    Preparing for a Hurricane, Tornado, or Earthquake

    By Joseph T. Moore, PhD, Kaplan University, School of Health Sciences, Adjunct Faculty  


    Hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes are deadly and venomous weather-related incidents. Understanding how to adequately prepare for these types of incidents is critical.

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    Leather Shoes and Gigabytes: Improving Public Health

    By Tiffany Stallings, Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University School of Health Sciences 


    Tiffany Stallings discusses methods of collecting public health data and how to contribute to advancements in the field of public health.

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    Public Health Nursing in Las Vegas

    By Dr. Jean Benzel-Lindley, Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University School of Nursing  


    Dr. Jean Benzel-Lindley discusses the role of a public health nurse and their promotion of general public health though educational programs and disease prevention initiatives.

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    Public Health: School Nurses Are in Demand

    Lynnae Lockett, Kaplan University School of Nursing   


    Adjunct faculty Lynnae Lockett discusses the increased demand for school nurses and the qualifications needed to become a nurse caring for our countries children in local schools across the nation.

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    Faculty Article: Teen Dating Violence

    By Jennifer Jewell,  Human Services Adjunct Instructor, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


    Human Service Department instructor Jennifer Jewell reviews the epidemic of teen dating violence and how parents can help protect their children from being a victim.

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    Faculty Article: Editorial for World Elder Abuse Day

    By Lauren Young, LCSW Kaplan University Instructor, Human Services Department  


    Adjunct instructor Lauren Young discusses the rise in elder abuse and the role of the caregiver in protecting the elderly.

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    Faculty Article: Addressing the Causes of Elder Abuse Is a Critical Component to Aging Health Policy

    By David Thomason, PhD,  Public Administration Department, Social and Behavioral Sciences 


    David Thomason, Kaplan University Public Administration instructor discusses how addressing the causes of elder abuse is a critical component to aging health policy.

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    CPS - Patricia Chandler

    Faculty Article: Childhood Sexual Abuse—Long-term Effects and Hope for Effective Treatment

    By Patricia Chandler, Psychology Department, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


    Adjunct faculty Tricia Chandler discusses the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse and hope for effective treatment

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    Faculty Article: Posttaumatic Stress Disorder

    By Dr. Reba Glidewell, Instructor, Kaplan University School of Social and Behavioral Sciences 


    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences instructor Dr. Reba Glidewell discusses her experiences in treating veterans with PTSD and the growing number of veterans being incarcerated.

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    Faculty Article: Understanding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

    By Dr. Alyssa Gilston, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Instructor, Kaplan University 


    College of Social and Behavioral Sciences instructor Dr. Alyssa Gilston discusses how to gain a better understanding of clients with PTSD and how to develop an effective treatment plan.

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    Robb Watkins: The Only Constant is Change: The Transformation of the Fire Service

    I have been in the fire and emergency medical services (EMS) for over 20 years. In that time, I have seen an amazing amount of change in both the industry and in the nation.

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    Thomas Bashore: The Hiring Crisis Within Law Enforcement Agencies and How Education Can Be Part of the Solution

    Criminals are having a field day in many communities. One of the reasons is that both large and small police departments across the United States are having a difficult time filling their open positions for police officers.

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    Child Welfare Initiatives–How to Get Involved at the Community Level

    April was National Child Abuse Prevention Month. All over the country, people wore blue ribbons to raise awareness of the impact child maltreatment has on our society. In 1982, Congress enacted the first National Child Abuse Prevention week in June.

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    Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis, by Bobby Buckner, MS, BCBA

    The prevalence of autism is increasing, though it is still unclear whether the increase is due to greater numbers of children being affected by the disorder or better methods of detecting it.

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    Autism Education Over the Years

    By Sarah O'Leary, MS in Ed, Adjunct Faculty, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


    Sarah O’Leary, adjunct faculty for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, examines how much the perception of autism has changed and how educators can embrace this change.

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    Asperger Syndrome

    By Judith Carroll, EdD, Adjunct Faculty for Kaplan University's Public Safety Program


    Adjunct faculty member Judith Caroll, EdD discusses the benefits of online education to children or individuals with Asperger Syndrome and offers tips to teachers with students who have Asperger Syndrome.

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    Autism Spectrum Disorders

    By Lori Becker, Social and Behavioral Sciences


    College of Social and Behavioral Sciences faculty Lori Becker examines how to better understand and recognize the signs and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder in children. 

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    Connecting With Autism

    By Elizabeth G. Donnellan, MEd, ABD, Faculty Member, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


    Learn about finding the key into an autistic child’s world during therapy from Elizabeth G. Donnellan and her experience helping  a young boy with autism communicate with the world.

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    Faculty Member Dr. Lisa Wright Reaches Children With Autism

    By Dr. Lisa Wright, Kaplan University Faculty 


    Dr. Lisa Wright is a professor in Kaplan University’s Department of Educational Studies. She currently leads three classes in early childhood development, which cover the overall field as well as preparation for a career and early childhood development observation and assessment.

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    Using Cooking Activities to Address Language Skills in Young Children with Autism, By Keri McCorvey M.CCC-SLP, Adjunct Faculty

    As a speech-language pathologist (SLP) working with young children with autism, I use a variety of therapy tools, activities, and strategies to address my students’ language weaknesses.

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    Visual Supports for Children With Autism

    By Tara Romanowski, MS in ED, CCC-SLP, Adjunct Faculty


    Adjunct faculty Tara Romanowski explores the benefits for autistic children when utilizing visual supports in the classroom environment.

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    An Examination of the Contributions of African American Women in Education and Leadership, By Theresa Cruz, Adjunct Faculty

    An important part of African American History Month is celebrating the contributions of African American women in improving human conditions.

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    My Dad Taught Me to Drive Stick

    By Marie Wallace 

    I am an only child. Although I am an adult now, I am still an only child. All adults who are only children use the same words to describe themselves. The experience of being an only child is one that stays with you forever; it defines who I am much more than anything else in my life.

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    Diversity of Learners, Differentiated Instruction, and e-Learning, By Denise Douglas-Faraci, EdD, Adjunct Faculty

    When we consider meeting diverse learners and diverse learning needs, we should consider multi-media technology tools to deliver and receive differentiated instruction (Gardner, 1993; Kingsley, 2007; Moreno, 2010; Tomlinson, 2001).

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    CPS - Marie Wallace

    Counseling Sasha

    By Marie Wallace 

    The call came in the afternoon. I was asked to leave the high school where I worked as a counselor to go to the middle school. The caller from the district office was not very specific, but explained that there was a group of young girls who were causing problems. 

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    CPS - Stacie Haen Darden

    Reducing the Graduation Gap of African American Students

    By Stacie Haen-Darden


    Read about online learning tools and how they can help increase retention rates and reduce the graduation gap in African American students.

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    Serving Families: 2-1-1 Initiative

    By Elizabeth G. Donnellan, MEd, ABD 


    A human service hotline initiative, called the 2-1-1 National Initiative, established federal funds administered by the United Way and the Alliance for Information and Referral Specialists (AIRS) for the development of social service hotlines.

    Serving Families
    CPS - Trinette Fountain

    Redefining the New American Family in the Current Recession

    By Trinette Hylton, Adjunct Instructor of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

    The U.S. Census defines a family as "a group of two persons or more (one of whom is a householder) related by birth, marriage or adoption and residing together" (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1998c). Over the past 5 years, however, we have seen major shifts in this ideal as family has become a term stretched to include a myriad of diversities. 

    New American Family
    CPS - Family

    Five Tips to Improve Family Wellness, by Melissa Neeley, Adjunct Faculty

    Our society has become very concerned with the idea of wellness. A simple search on the Internet yields a plethora of websites dedicated to improving our wellness (including one for our pets!).

    Family Wellness
    CPS - Jeryl Matlock

    Working Parents

    by Jeryl Matlock, PhD, Kaplan University Adjunct Faculty 

    Child development theory has shown that it is quite natural for young children to get upset and cry when their parents leave them with others.

    Working Parents
    CPS - Lisa Belfield

    Cultural Diversity: Imagine all the People, By Lisa D. Belfield, EdD, Adjunct Faculty

    Culture is that which shapes us; it shapes our identity and influences our behavior. Culture is our “way of being,” more specifically, it refers to the shared language, beliefs, values, norms, behaviors, and material objects that are passed down from one generation to the next.

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    Encouraging Diversity

    Encouraging Diversity

    Ongoing efforts to create awareness about diversity have been made but many inequities continue to exist. Here are some strategies that can be used as a model to further increase diversity awareness.

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    How can we support the grandparents of the children we serve?

    By Verlinda Ruble, Faculty, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences 

    What thoughts come to your mind when you think about the grandparent’s role in the lives of the children that you serve? Learn more about the grandparents raising their grandchildren and how we can support them.

    Supporting Grandparents
    CPS - Family

    Five Tips to Improve Family Wellness, by Melissa Neeley, Adjunct Faculty

    Our society has become very concerned with the idea of wellness. A simple search on the Internet yields a plethora of websites dedicated to improving our wellness (including one for our pets!).

    Family Wellness
    CPS - Howard Headshot

    Coping with Financial Depression

    By Dr. Howard Chusid, Adjunct Faculty of Kaplan University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences  

    The global financial crisis is having a very local affect—it is driving many hardworking individuals into a deep financial depression as they are forced to deal with the consequences of suddenly not having enough money to live. 

    Coping with Financial Depression
    CPS - Watson

    An Instructor and Student of Anger Management

    By Karen Watson, MS

    Read more about anger management and Kaplan University faculty Karen Watson’s anger management career experience and tips.

    Learning the Value of Anger Management

    Helping Those in Need Around The Holidays

    By Darlene A. Levy, LISW CP, ACSW, MPA 

    In early November the awareness of the poor and needy moves from the back of most minds to a central focus during what is commonly referred to as the Season of Giving. 

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    If it 'Tis the Season to be Jolly, Why am I so Sad?

    By Nancy Bonnevier, Adjunct Faculty

    It's that time of year again; the stores are full of decorations and mountains of toys. Ringing bells adorn corners, lights are flashing in windows and everyone is happy…or are they? Do you have unrealistic expectations of the holiday season and do you become frustrated when they don’t come to fruition? 

    'Tis the Season

    Tools for Helping Children Manage Stress

    By Dr. Liz Clark, Faculty Member,  College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Within the domain of child and family wellness it is important to consider the influences of stress on young children. Recognizing the symptoms of stress and teaching appropriate coping strategies can be protective factors to decrease childhood stress which can contribute to anxiety and depression.

    Helping Children Manage Stress

    Our Nation's Young and Suicide

    By Lisa Wright, PT, PhD

    Recognizing issues that can trigger feelings of depression and suicidal thoughts is a big part of preventing suicide. It is important for people to understand the risk factors and signs of a possible suicide threat, and to seek professional help when needed.

    Our Nation’s Young and Suicide
    CPS - Peg Christopher

    Antibullying Efforts in the United States

    By Peg Christopher, PhD and Karen Watson, MS

    Each year, millions of dollars are spent to enhance the public health and safety of infants, children, and adolescents in the United States. These prevention efforts play a critically important role in improving the health and well-being of children, adolescents, and young adults, but don’t go far enough. 

    Antibullying Efforts in the United States
    CPS - Patricia Green

    Bullying Awareness

    by Patricia Grace

    Research has shown that approximately 15 percent of the population at school or in the workplace is openly involved with bullying. It is the youth of today who will be the source of success to put a stop to the behavior.

    Bullying Awareness
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    International Day for Tolerance, November 16, 2012

    In a world that continues to become more connected and where geographic barriers are being erased with the Internet, the importance of tolerance is an important issue. To generate public awareness and emphasize the dangers of intolerance and to promote tolerance and education, the International Day for Tolerance is observed on November 16.

    Day for Tolerance
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    Preventing Suicide

    By Nicole Hamilton, MS 

    Suicide prevention has become both a national and worldwide focus (International Association for Suicide Prevention [IASP], 2011; World Health Organization [WHO], 2011). Over 3,000 people end their lives each day worldwide, with an additional 300 individuals who make unsuccessful suicide attempts.

    Preventing Suicide
    CPS - Aleem

    Volunteering and Psychological Health

    By Yasmeen Aleem

    Volunteering involves a commitment of one’s time, energy, and/or resources to benefit others, with no expectation of reward or compensation. Millions of Americans volunteer in many different ways, dedicating anywhere from a few hours per month to several hours per week to assisting others.

    Volunteering and Psychological Health

    You Can Make A Difference

    By Nancy Moretti, MS

    Bullying is not a new behavior—as long as there have been schoolyards, streets, malls, and playgrounds both in and out of schools, there has been bullying. But now, in our cyber-age society, bullying has taken a much more pervasive role.

    You Can Make A Difference
    CPS - Bedsworth

    Families Healing from Trauma

    By Jennie Bedsworth, MSW, Kaplan University Adjunct Faculty

    Family trauma can come in a variety of forms. A natural disaster, loss of a loved one to war, and domestic violence are just a few examples—and the effects of each are different.

    Families Healing from Trauma
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    Faculty Hard at Work

    Dr. Edward Cumella, a full-time faculty member in the graduate psychology department, attended the annual Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) convention and Dr. Che Baysinger, a full-time faculty member in the communications department, chaired a panel at the International Communication Association’s (ICA’s) 62nd annual conference.

    Faculty Hard at Work
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    Making a Difference—Volunteerism at Kaplan University

    Recognition is not the reason volunteers choose to help—volunteers help because they care. At Kaplan University, we have a foundational belief in serving our communities and encouraging and facilitating others to do the same. 

    Making a Difference
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    9/11: The Lasting Impact on Fire and Emergency Services, By Derrick Clouston

    On September 10, 2001, my wife and I started moving into our new home. Two months late getting the house completed, we had grown impatient and were glad to finally be moving in.

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    Center for Public Service Barb Russo

    The Argument for Education in a Post-9/11 World

    In this article, Barbara Russo, department chair of fire science programs expresses the need for higher education in the field of fire science and emergency management.

    The Argument for Education
    CPS - Tim Kozyra

    State of Law Enforcement

    On September 11, 2001, I was the coordinator of a Florida police academy with 80 cadets who were all hired by various law enforcement agencies. They were preparing to begin new and exciting careers. Shortly before 9:00 am, I learned that one of the towers at the World Trade Center had been hit. That’s when we stopped academy instruction. We turned on the classroom TVs minutes before a plane crashed into the second tower.

    State of Law Enforcement

    Energy and Environmental Policies

    By Dina Krois and Tomicka Seabrooks, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty

    As evident in the environmental and energy policies of today and of the past decades, policymakers and public administrators have had to consider new factors - including political feasibility, needs and impact assessment and sustainability - in the creation of policy.

    Energy and Environmental Policies
    CPS - E-Learning

    Diversity of Learners, Differentiated Instruction, and e-Learning, By Denise Douglas-Faraci, EdD, Adjunct Faculty

    When we consider meeting diverse learners and diverse learning needs, we should consider multi-media technology tools to deliver and receive differentiated instruction (Gardner, 1993; Kingsley, 2007; Moreno, 2010; Tomlinson, 2001).

    Read More
    CPS - Stacie Haen Darden

    Reducing the Graduation Gap of African American Students

    By Stacie Haen-Darden


    Read about online learning tools and how they can help increase retention rates and reduce the graduation gap in African American students.

    Read More
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