Faculty and Staff

Mohammadali “Ali” Amirkhosravi, Ph.D.

Health Sciences
Location: HPA II Room: 209

Kim Anderson, Ph.D., MSSW, LCSW

Interim Center Co-Director, Public Affairs-Social Work Program Liaison
Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs, Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 220-A
Phone: 407-823-5201
Research Interests:
  • Assessment of trauma and recovery for survivors of violence
  • Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth in Trauma Populations
  • Intimate partner violence - including rural and Native American populations
  • Childhood exposure to domestic violence across the lifespan
  • Digital Storytellng as a trauma narrative intervention

Bethany Backes, Ph.D., MSW, MPH

Assistant Professor
Social Work
Research Interests:
  • Violence Against Women
  • Multidisciplinary responses to victims
  • Victim help-seeking trajectories

Alexandra Barraza-Oliphant

Office Support Assistant
Health Sciences
Location: HPA II Room: 210E

Gesa Barto, BFA

Autism Disorders Specialist
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
Location: Research Pavilion Room: 365
Phone: 407-823-6014

Morris Beato, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy
Location: HPA I Room: 255A
Phone: 407-823-1864
Research Interests:
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Neuromotor Interventions for Neurologic Conditions
  • Parkinson's Disease Rehabilitation

Susanny Beltran, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 244
Phone: 407-823-4662
Research Interests:
  • End-of-life care
  • Health literacy and health promotion
  • Health care disparities among racial/ethnic minority older adults
  • Qualitative research
  • Gerontology education

Melissa Bermudez, MSW, LCSW, LICSW

Instructor, Online MSW
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 224
Phone: 407-823-4655
Research Interests:
  • Intimate Partner and Power-Based Violence / Trauma
  • Military personnel and Veterans
  • Culturally inclusive care and services

Jeffrey Biddle, EdD

Associate Instructor
Location: HPA I Room: 266
Phone: 407-823-2446

Amanda Boggs

Academic Advisor III
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Phone: 407-823-4798