Eugene Dunne, MA

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T32 Predoctoral Fellow

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Towson University, Towson, MD

Hometown: Middletown, NJ
Research Interests: Substance abuse and HIV risk behavior
Long-term career goals: Independently-funded researcher and professor
What philosophy guides your education? I would consider my philosophy a work in progress. In the meantime, I’ll borrow a quote from my fellow Irish-man, Oscar Wilde: “Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” This speaks to me as a student, researcher, and therapist. Much of my success can be attributed to the knowledge I have gained through experiences provided by my professors and mentors. In therapy, a patient makes real progress by coming to realizations of their own. As my mentors have been to me, a therapist is merely a guide on the journey.
What do you see as the most pressing public health problems facing the world today? The most pressing public health problem is adherence to treatment recommendations and medication.
Public health has developed many effective interventions, but benefits will not be realized without adherence. Improving patient motivation and utilizing advances in technology will be critical in future research.