Faculty and Staff

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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

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

Kevin Brown, Ph.D.

Lecturer
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 226
Phone: 407-823-5621

Mary Ann Burg, Ph.D., LCSW

Professor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 212
E-mail: m.burg@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-6167
Research Interests:
  • Women's health
  • Cancer survivorship and access to care
  • Cancer health disparities
  • Integrated behavioral healthcare

Heather Burroughs, MSW, LCSW

Instructor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 229
Phone: 407-823-0179
Research Interests:
  • Social Work
  • Supervision
  • Field Education
  • Self Care for Social Workers

Catherine Cash, EdD, MA

Student Resource Specialist IV
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 237
Phone: 407-823-6079
Research Interests:
  • Career Advising
  • Student Retention
  • Transfer Students
  • First Generation College Students
  • Nontraditional Students and Adult Learners
  • Graduate Student Engagement

Reshawna Chapple, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW

Assistant Professor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 252
Research Interests:
  • Critical Deaf Studies
  • Critical Race Feminism and Intersectionality
  • Culturally Responsive Mental Health Treatment and Access to Services
  • Intimate Partner Violence and Trauma Recovery
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Telemental Health

Barbara Dahlstrom

Administrative Assistant III
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 204
Phone: 407-823-3130

Sophia Dziegielewski, Ph.D., LCSW

Professor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 216
Phone: 407-823-6342
Research Interests:
  • Human subject research and protection of the rights of human subjects
  • Child protection
  • Mental health assessment and treatment
  • Health and wellness
  • Standardized testing strategies and continuing education and training
  • Psychopharmacology

Christine Ferretti, MSW, LCSW

Instructor, Online MSW Field Education Coordinator
Social Work
Location: Partnership 1 Room: 102
Phone: 407-823-4987

Denise Gammonley, Ph.D., LCSW

Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, Professor
Dean's Office, Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 248
Phone: 407-823-2215
Research Interests:
  • Elder care workforce
  • Person-centered care
  • Disability, aging & technology
  • Global social work
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning

Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor, Interim Center Co-Director
Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training, Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 249
Phone: 407-823-2954
Research Interests:
  • Suicide prevention
  • Health and mental health
  • Family engagement & caregiving issues
  • Program implementation and evaluation

Shelley Hall, MSW

Instructor
Social Work
Location: Partnership 1 Room: 102
Phone: 407-823-3056

Tameca Harris-Jackson, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, CSE

Academic Support and Assessment, Coordinator, Lecturer, Online MSW
Social Work
Location: Partnership 1 Room: 102
Phone: 407-823-3054
Research Interests:
  • Women’s Sexual and Mental Health
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • LGBTQ+ populations
  • Sexuality and Internationalization of the Curriculum
  • Gatekeeping in Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Assessment

Ada Heller

Administrative Assistant II
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 204
Phone: 407-823-3025

Adriana Kelly

Academic Advisor II
Social Work
Location: Partnership 1 Room: 102
Phone: 407-823-4497

Mary Kelsey, LCSW

Instructor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 209
Phone: 407-823-3122

Sarah Kersey

Contracts and Grants Specialist II
Social Work
Location: Barbara Ying Center - CMMS Room: 125
Phone: 407-823-4302

Robin Kohn, MSW, LCSW

Associate Instructor, B.S.W. Program Director
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 204B
Phone: 407-823-2967

Shawn Lawrence, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Professor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 225
Phone: 407-823-3112
Research Interests:
  • Obesity and Stigma
  • Substance Abuse
  • Student learning environments and outcomes

Ana Leon, Ph.D., LCSW

Interim Director, Professor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 245
Phone: 407-823-6195
Research Interests:
  • Pediatric health and mental health
  • Infant mental health
  • Chronic illness in children and parental stress
  • Latino children and families

Linda A. Long, Ph.D., MSW

Visiting Lecturer
Social Work
Research Interests:
  • Family Factors & Youth Academic Achievement
  • Culture as Social Determinant of Mental Health
  • Help-Seeking Behaviors of African-Americans
  • Academically Talented Diverse Students
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health
  • Family Therapy with Families in Child Welfare
  • Bibliotherapy as youth Treatment Intervention

Tiffany T. Lumpkin, EdD, MSW

Instructor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 239A
Phone: 407-823-6344

Shellene Mazany, LCSW, MSW

Associate Instructor, Online MSW Director
Social Work
Location: Partnership 1 Room: 102
Phone: 407-823-1089
Research Interests:
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Children
  • Youth and Families
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Assessment and Treatment Planning
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Online Education and Technology

Maxine McGregor, MSW, MS

Instructor, MSW Program Director
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 233
Phone: 407-823-3037
Research Interests:
  • child welfare
  • domestic violence

Olga Molina, DSW, MSW, LCSW

Associate Professor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 251
E-mail: omolina@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-6793
Research Interests:
  • Divorce
  • Intimate partner violence
  • African American and Latino/a Families
  • Undocumented Families
  • Mental health
  • Groupwork

Eunji Nam, Ph.D., MA

Assistant Professor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 230
E-mail: enam@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-3642
Research Interests:
  • Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions
  • Co-occurrence of Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders
  • Mental Health Service Utilization
  • Health and Mental Health Care Access and Barriers
  • Social Support Networks
  • Program Development and Evaluation

Mikita Nayee

Communications Specialist I
Social Work

Julia O’Connor, Ph.D., MSW, MPH

Assistant Professor
Social Work
Location: Classroom Building I Room: 302P
Phone: 407-823-3137
Research Interests:
  • Violence Against Women
  • Primary Prevention
  • Campus Sexual Violence
  • Perpetration
  • Evaluation Research

Rosario Pizarro

Administrative Services, Assistant Director
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 204D
Phone: 407-823-2926

Estelli Ramos, MSW, MDiv

Instructor
Social Work
Location: Partnership 1 Room: 102
Phone: 407-823-3161

Iradly Roche, MSW

Field Education Instructor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 208
Phone: 407-823-1068

Shanice Rodriguez, BS

Office Support Assistant
Social Work
Location: Partnership 1 Room: 102
Phone: 407-823-4988

Brandon Ruff

MSW Admissions Specialist I
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 236
Phone: 407-823-3474

Julie Steen, Ph.D., MSW

Associate Director of Research, Associate Professor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 253
Phone: 407-823-6452
Research Interests:
  • Child welfare organizations
  • Child Welfare Policy
  • Human Rights Education

Chris Stewart, Ph.D., MSW, MS

Associate Professor
Criminal Justice, Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 255
Phone: 407-823-3617

Zaida Valentin

Admission Assistant
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 204
Phone: 407-823-6134

Shabu Varghese, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, CAP

Visiting Assistant Professor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 244
Phone: 407-823-4661
Research Interests:
  • Health-related quality of life
  • End-stage renal disease
  • Transportation for dialysis patients
  • Social Support
  • Kidney transplant
  • Treatment adherence
  • Poverty

Sharon (Xiaochuan) Wang, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 238
Phone: 407-823-3705
Research Interests:
  • Health and mental health service access and utilization
  • Correlates of help-seeking behaviors
  • Healthcare and eldercare workforce capacity assessment
  • Culturally sensitive care for racial and ethnic minority older adults

Crystal Weiss, MSW, LCSW

Visiting Instructor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 227
Phone: 407-823-4659

Tracy Wharton, Ph.D., MEd, MSc, MSW, LCSW

Assistant Professor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 247
Phone: 407-823-2819
Research Interests:
  • Healthcare access and quality of care for older adults with chronic conditions
  • Healthcare access and equity for vulnerable or marginalized populations
  • Workforce development for interprofessional healthcare settings
  • Program evaluation
  • Dementia caregiver wellbeing

James Whitworth, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Professor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 254
Phone: 407-823-6136
Research Interests:
  • Military members and veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Assessment and treatment of trauma responses
  • Military social work education programs
  • Alternative treatments for PTSD

Jacqueline Withers, MSW, LCSW

Associate Instructor, Director of Field Education
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 228
Phone: 407-823-5716
Research Interests:
  • Medical Social Work

Asli Cennet Yalim, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor
Social Work
Location: HPA I Room: 240
Phone: 407-823-4660
Research Interests:
  • Refugee mental health and psychosocial wellbeing
  • Syrian refugees
  • Forced migration in the Middle East
  • Use of mental health services among refugee and immigrant populations
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Culturally competent practice
  • Resilience and empowerment