Faculty and Staff

Latifa S. Abdelli, MS, Ph.D.

Health Sciences
Location: HS II Room: 210L
Areas of Specialty:
  • Stem cells in tissue repair and regeneration
  • Role of Gut-Brain axis in health and disease

Abigail Anderson, PT, DPT, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation Science, Physical Therapy
Location: HS I Room: 271
Areas of Specialty:
  • Quantitative Sensory Testing
  • Mechanisms of Rehabilitation Interventions for Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Treatment Stratification by Underlying Mechanism
  • Pain Phenotypes

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)

Shaheen Awan

Research Professor
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Bethany Backes, Ph.D., MSW, MPH

Associate 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

Academic Program Manager
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

Director of the Center for Professional and Community Education, Instructor
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
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