Faculty and Staff

Latifa S. Abdelli, MS, Ph.D.

Health Sciences
Location: HS II Room: 208
Areas of Specialty:
  • Stem cells in tissue repair and regeneration
  • Role of Gut-Brain axis in health and disease

Kim Anderson, Ph.D., MSSW, LCSW

Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 212
Phone: 407-823-5201
Areas of Specialty:
  • Life Trajectories of Children Exposed to Domestic Violence across the Lifespan
  • Economic and Health Inequity in Communities of Concentrated Disadvantage
  • Methodologies: Community-Based Participatory Research, Mixed Methods, Qualitative (Grounded Theory, Narrative, Thematic Analysis)

Bethany Backes, Ph.D., MSW, MPH

Assistant Professor
Social Work
Areas of Specialty:
  • Violence Against Women
  • Multidisciplinary responses to victims
  • Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence
  • Stalking
  • Sexual Violence
  • Victim Help-Seeking
  • Program evaluation

Alexandra Barraza-Oliphant

Administrative Assistant II
Health Sciences
Location: HS II Room: 210E

Gesa Barto, BFA

Autism Disorders Specialist
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
Location: Research Pavilion Room: 365
Phone: 407-823-6001

Morris Beato, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

Clinical Associate Professor
Physical Therapy
Location: HS I Room: 255A
Phone: 407-823-1864
Areas of Specialty:
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Neuromotor Interventions for Neurologic Conditions
  • Parkinson's Disease Rehabilitation

Susanny Beltran, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor, Center Co-Director
Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training, Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 247
Phone: 407-823-4662
Areas of Specialty:
  • 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: HS I Room: 224
Phone: 407-823-4655
Areas of Specialty:
  • Intimate Partner and Power-Based Violence / Trauma
  • Military personnel and Veterans
  • Culturally inclusive care and services

Lauren Bislick, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CBIS

Assistant Professor, Interim Director of Aphasia House
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Location: HS II Room: 0101G
Phone: 407-823-4768
Areas of Specialty:
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Acquired Apraxia of Speech
  • Acquired Aphasia
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Treatment Development
  • Motor Learning Theory & Principles of Motor Learning

Crisel Borges, MS

Academic Advisor II
Health Sciences

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