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WCU Professor to Hold Seminar Educating Public About Mental Retardation

Dr. Paul Cotten, professor of music and psychology at William Carey University, will conduct a seminar titled, “All you ever wanted to know about mental retardation, but were afraid to ask” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 8 in Lecture Hall 2 in the academic building of the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine complex. Dr. Cotten began his career working in the field of mental retardation specializing in music therapy. In 971, he was named director of Ellisville State School, and from 1974-1981, he concurrently served as director of the division of mental retardation for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. In 1984, he was named as director of Boswell Regional Center. Since his retirement from Boswell in 1992, Dr. Cotten has maintained a teaching career and a strong involvement with programs related to mental retardation, such as the Quality of Life Project (QLP) he established in 2009 that benefits senior adults with special needs. He is also the recipient of a number of awards and honors for his service to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Fellow Status in the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The public is invited to this event and admission is free.