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McCullough appointed to new position in Appalachian’s College of Health Sciences

BOONE—Gary H. McCullough, former interim dean of the graduate school at the University of Central Arkansas, has been appointed professor and associate dean for research and graduate education in Appalachian State University’s College of Health Sciences. He will begin his work Aug. 1.

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In addition to his role as associate dean, McCullough will be a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

McCullough was a professor of communication sciences and disorders and a clinical speech-language pathologist at the University of Central Arkansas. He has a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, a Master of Arts degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University.

At Appalachian, he will provide leadership in graduate education and expansion of graduate degree programs and enrollment, research and clinical services in the College of Health Sciences.

In addition, he will have oversight of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services and the partnership with Wake Forest School of Medicine to train physician assistants at the medical school’s Boone campus.

McCullough also will provide leadership for all aspects of clinical services and clinical partnerships with health services providers.

His current research, “Treating laryngeal hyperfunction with flow phonation,” is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. His work explores techniques to treat voice disorders associated with muscle tension dysphonia, a neurological disorder affecting the voice muscles in the larynx, or voice box.

McCullough’s articles have been published in Dysphagia, Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Journal of
Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, among other professional publications.

The College of Health Sciences offers master’s degrees in exercise science, nutrition, social work and speech-language pathology, and 10 undergraduate degree programs. The college’s six academic departments are nursing, social work, communication sciences and disorders, nutrition and health care management, health and exercise science, and recreation management and physical education.