Faculty Directory


Eileen J. Burker, PhD, CRC

Division Director and Professor
Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
and Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry

  • BA, Rider University
  • MA, Rehabilitation Counseling with an emphasis in Vocational Evaluation, master's level certificate in Gerontology: University of Georgia
  • MS, PhD, Clinical Psychology: Auburn University
  • Internship in Clinical Psychology, Duke University Medical Center
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

Research Interests: Quality of life before and after heart transplant, lung transplant, and VAD; vocational issues associated with chronic disease

W. Leigh

W. Leigh Atherton, PhD, LPCS, LCAS, CRC, CCS (adjunct)

Adjunct Instructor
Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling


  • BA, Psychology: Clark University
  • MA, Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine: Boston University School of Medicine
  • PhD, Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration: East Carolina University

Teaching and Clinical Interests: Clinical and addictions counseling, animal-assisted interventions, complementary and integrative approaches


Dara Chan, ScD, CRC

Assistant Professor
Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

  • BA, Tulane University
  • MHS, Rehabilitation Counseling: University of Florida
  • ScD, Rehabilitation Science: Boston University

    Research Interests: Community integration and resource use for people with physical and psychiatric disabilities; spatial analysis of accessibility and the environment using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).


    Amy Johnson (adjunct)

    • BA, Spelman College
    • MA, PhD, Clinical Psychology: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Internship in Clinical Psychology: Boston University Medical Center - Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology

    Clinical Interests: Multicultural Psychology, Anxiety- and Depressive Disorders, Women’s Issues, Couples Counseling, Clinical Supervision and Training

    Blaise Morrison

    Blaise Morrison

    Clinical Assistant Professor
    Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    (919) 843-7385
    • BA, Bowling Green State University
    • MRC, Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling: Bowling Green State University
    • Internship in Clinical Psychology: WVU Medicine - University Healthcare
    • PhD, Rehabilitation Psychology: University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Research Interests: Psychosocial adjustment to disability; caregiver and family QOL issues; employment, participation, and QOL outcomes in persons with spinal cord injury/TBI/Stroke; intervention development; psychiatric rehabilitation; health promotion and wellness (including mindfulness); Alzheimer's and related neurocognitive disorders



    Eniko Rak, PhD, CRC

    Assistant Professor
    Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

    • BA, Babes-Bolai University
    • PhD, Rehabilitation Counselor Education, Michigan State University

    Research Interests: Health literacy in relation to quality of life outcomes in mental health and employment in individuals with chronic illness & disability; international rehabilitation; professional identity development in graduate students


    Terra Rose

    Terra Rose (adjunct)


    Clinical Psychologist

    UNC Center for Transplant Care

    Department of Surgery



    • BA, University of Tennessee 
    • MA, PsyD Clinical Psychology: Marshall University 
    • Internship in Clinical Psychology, Central Regional Hospital 
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology, UNC-Chapel Hill/Central Regional Hospital
    • Clinical Interests:  Behavioral Medicine, Transplant Psychology, Assessment and Treatment of populations with SPMI
    • Research Interests: Quality of life before and after living organ donation, Clinical Supervision


    Judy A. Schmidt, EdD, CRC, LPCA

    Clinical Assistant Professor
    Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

    • BA, Meredith College
    • MS, Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • EdD, Curriculum and Instruction for Higher Education, Argosy University

    Research Interests: Supported employment and supported education for people with psychiatric disabilities; anti-stigma and anti-bullying interventions for children with mental illness