Hagele picked to be "Tar Heel of the Week"

Dana Hagele, MD, MPH, medical director and co-principal investigator of the N.C. Child Treatment Program and assistant professor of social medicine and maternal and infant health, was profiled by the Raleigh News & Observer on April 12, 2014.

From the News & Observer

Dana Hagele’s pediatric practice has always extended beyond the examining room. Specializing in child abuse, she was used to working with police, social workers and others on behalf of her patients.

But when she realized how many troubled North Carolina children weren’t getting much-needed counseling, Hagele took on a much broader challenge – bringing effective mental health treatment to children across the state who have suffered abuse, neglect or other types of trauma.

The stakes are high. Studies show untreated trauma actually disrupts the growth of a child’s brain and often leads to substance abuse, poor performance in school, early pregnancy and other problems.

For nine years, Hagele has pushed to get a program up and running to train practitioners in helping children get past traumatic experiences, touting a results-oriented counseling approach to the nonprofit groups, government agencies and legislators that have funded it.

Continue reading at the N&O website
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