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Released June 19, 2003


HATTIESBURG -- Joy Hamilton has joined The University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Applied Research and Evaluation (CARE) as manager, where she will be responsible for managing CARE projects and the Survey Research Laboratory.

Hamilton received an undergraduate degree in health administration from Southern Miss in 1998, and a dual master's in public health and business from Southern Miss in 2001. She comes to Southern Miss from the Houston office of Accenture, an international consulting firm specializing in information technology and business processing consulting.

Hamilton said that she welcomed the chance to come back to Southern Miss.

"I really enjoyed Southern Miss as a student, and look forward to the opportunity to work at Southern Miss," Hamilton said. "Also, I love the Hattiesburg area, and said if I ever had a chance I would come back."

Hamilton is replacing Becky West, who is leaving to attend medical school after two years with CARE.

CARE offers a wide range of services, including program evaluation, policy analysis, focus groups, statistical analysis, strategic planning, utilization studies, and workshop and training programs.

The center was founded in 2001 with the goals of assisting area agencies, health care providers and industry; creating a multidisciplinary infrastructure to foster faculty research and service to the community; and enhancing educational opportunities for students through research and application.

CARE's Survey Research Laboratory provides a variety of research services to public and private agencies through use of a telephone survey system. "It's going to be a great opportunity," Hamilton said. "The center is growing. We have a series of great projects lined up for the fall."

CARE is headquartered within the College of Health, under the direction of Dr. Joan Exline.


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