Faculty and Staff

Mohammadali “Ali” Amirkhosravi, Ph.D.

Health Sciences
Location: HS II Room: 209

Kim Anderson, Ph.D., MSSW, LCSW

Doctoral Program in Public Affairs, Social Work
Location: HS 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
  • Economic and Racial Inequity
  • Public Policy

Bethany Backes, Ph.D., MSW, MPH

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

Alexandra Barraza-Oliphant

Office Support Assistant
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: 407-823-6014

Morris Beato, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy
Location: HS 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, Center Co-Director
Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training, Social Work
Location: HS 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: HS 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: HS I Room: 266
Phone: 407-823-2446
Research Interests:
  • Coaching Education

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

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

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