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Blace A. Nalavany is an associate professor with the East Carolina University School of Social Work. Blace A. Nalavany has extensive social work experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults with dyslexia and their families. His research interests include the social and emotional aspects associated with dyslexia and individuals and families who are marginalized. Dr. Nalavany specializes in research that gives voice to these populations by combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies
Lena Carawan is an associate professor with the East Carolina University School of Social Work. Lena Carawan has experience working with children, adolescents, and families in health and school settings. Her background includes work with vulnerable populations. Currently, she is engaged in research with commercial fishing families, adults with dyslexia, and First Nations tribes in Eastern North Carolina. Dr. Carawan’s research seeks to be creative. She is a qualitative researcher who specializes in the use of photography and art as a way to engage individuals who may otherwise be overlooked or left out of research projects.
Sepideh Bandegan is a first year Master of Social Work Student at East Carolina University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Family & Community Services, with concentration in Child Development at East Carolina University. During her undergraduate internship at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, Sepideh taught Nutritional Education at Kids Cafés, an after-school program that offers tutoring, nutrition education, mentoring, and healthy meals to children at risk of hunger. She is excited to be a part of the Pathways to Success Research Team and expand her knowledge regarding dyslexia and how this learning difference affects the lives of individuals with dyslexia. Sepideh plans to pursue her goal of becoming a child advocate after achieving her Ph.D.
We would like to thank all of our past Graduate Research Assistants!
     Hailey Harris                           Jessica Langbehn
     Ayrien Davis                            Misty West
     Katie Lee Burke                      Craig Tombs
     Tatum Townsend                     Jessica Bonnlander
     Stephanie Sauber                   Marci Toppin
     Shauwney Brown                    Nicole Deen
     Pam Vetter                              Jaleesa Spears
     Malory Overton

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