Faculty and Staff

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Kim Anderson, Ph.D., MSSW, LCSW

Professor
Doctoral Program in Public Affairs, Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 220-A
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

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
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

Lisa Borntrager, MSW

Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training, Social Work
Location: Barbara Ying Center Room: 125

Kevin Brown, Ph.D.

Lecturer
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 226
Phone: 407-823-5621
Areas of Specialty:
  • child welfare
  • Family Preservation
  • Evidence-based Practice

Heather Burroughs, MSW, LCSW

Instructor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 229
Phone: 407-823-0179
Areas of Specialty:
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Field Education
  • Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care for Social Workers
  • Licensure
  • Hospice Care
  • Social Work with the Elderly and Individuals with Disabilities

Catherine Cash, EdD, MA

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

Reshawna Chapple, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW

Associate Professor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 252
Areas of Specialty:
  • 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
  • Informed Care

Barbara Dahlstrom

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

Sophia Dziegielewski, Ph.D., LCSW

Assessment Coordinator, Professor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 216
Phone: 407-823-6342
Areas of Specialty:
  • 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
  • Ethical Research

Christine Ferretti, MSW, LCSW

Instructor, Online MSW Field Education Coordinator
Social Work
Location: Partnership 1 Room: 102
Phone: 407-823-4987
Areas of Specialty:
  • Juvenile Sex offender population
  • At Risk Youth

Renée Finnemore, MSEd, NCC

Academic Advisor III
Social Work
Location: Partnership 2 Room: 215
Phone: 407-823-5450

Denise Gammonley, Ph.D., LCSW

Professor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 248
Phone: 407-823-2215
Areas of Specialty:
  • Elder care workforce
  • Person-centered care
  • Disability, aging & technology
  • Global social work
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning

Elimar Gonzalez

Office Assistant of Field Education
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 236
Phone: 407-823-5230

Tracy Griffith

Academic Advisor III
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 235
Phone: 407-823-3346

Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D., MSW

Associate Professor, Center Co-Director
Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training, Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 249
Phone: 407-823-2954
Areas of Specialty:
  • Suicide prevention
  • Health and mental health
  • Family engagement & caregiving issues
  • Program implementation and evaluation
  • Violence Prevention
  • Caregiver Health/Well-Being
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Community-based participatory research

Shelley Hall, MSW

Instructor
Social Work
Location: Partnership 1 Room: 102
Phone: 407-823-3056
Areas of Specialty:
  • Clinical practice in a hospital with neonatal families and maternal/child mental health issues
  • Adoption
  • Foster Care

Minoska Hernandez

Admissions Specialist I
Social Work
Location: Partnership 1 Room: 102
Phone: 407-823-4110

Shannon Holliker, Ph.D., LCSW

Lecturer
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 245
Phone: 407-823-3121

Gwen Hubbs

Administrative Assistant II
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 204-3
Phone: 407-823-3121

Adriana Kelly, MA

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

Robin Kohn, MSW, LCSW

B.S.W. Program Director, Senior Instructor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 204B
Phone: 407-823-2967
Areas of Specialty:
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • End-of-life care
  • Varying Abilities & Disabilities (primarily mobility & neurological disorders)
  • Practice Health

Shawn Lawrence, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Professor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 225
Phone: 407-823-3112
Areas of Specialty:
  • Obesity and Stigma
  • Substance Abuse
  • Student learning environments and outcomes

Ana Leon, Ph.D., LCSW

Interim Director, Professor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 204A
Phone: 407-823-6195
Areas of Specialty:
  • Child Mental Health
  • Impact of Early Trauma on Child Mental Health and Development
  • The Effects of Parenting on Very Young Children
  • Infant Mental Health

Linda A. Long, Ph.D., MSW

Lecturer
Social Work
Location: Partnership 1 Room: 102
Phone: 407-823-0807

Shellene Mazany, LCSW, MSW

Associate Instructor, Program Director for the Online MSW Track
Social Work
Location: Partnership 1 Room: 102
Phone: 407-823-1089
Areas of Specialty:
  • 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, Program Director of the MSW Face To Face Track
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 233
Phone: 407-823-3037
Areas of Specialty:
  • child welfare
  • domestic violence
  • Online Education

Olga Molina, DSW, MSW, LCSW

Associate Professor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 251
E-mail: omolina@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-6793
Areas of Specialty:
  • Divorce
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Groupwork

Mikita Nayee

Communications Specialist I
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 204C

Julia O’Connor, Ph.D., MSW, MPH

Assistant Professor
Social Work
Location: Classroom Building I Room: 302P
Phone: 407-823-3137
Areas of Specialty:
  • Violence Against Women
  • Primary Prevention
  • Campus Sexual Violence
  • Perpetration
  • Evaluation Research
  • International Social Work
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Reproductive Health

Robin Pisano, MSW

Program Director for Field Education
Social Work
Phone: 407-823-1838

Rosario Pizarro

Assistant Director of Academic Programs
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 204D
Phone: 407-823-2926

Estelli Ramos, MSW, MDiv

Instructor
Social Work
Location: Partnership 1 Room: 102
Phone: 407-823-3161
Areas of Specialty:
  • LGBTQ
  • Diversity
  • Macro-Practice
  • Spirituality
  • Latino Individuals and Groups

Iradly Roche, MSW

Associate Instructor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 208
Phone: 407-823-1068
Areas of Specialty:
  • Alternative School Social Work for Exceptional Student Education
  • Clinical Social Work for Residential and Academic program working with teen parents

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: HS I Room: 236
Phone: 407-823-3474

Julie Steen, Ph.D., MSW

Associate Professor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 253
Phone: 407-823-6452
Areas of Specialty:
  • Child welfare organizations
  • Child Welfare Policy
  • Human Rights Education

Chris Stewart, Ph.D., MSW, MS

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

Lauren Taylor

Administrative Support
Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training, Social Work

Zaida Valentin

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

Josette vonBirgelen, MSW

Instructor
Social Work
Phone: 407-823-3283
Areas of Specialty:
  • Field Education
  • Child trauma focusing on sexual abuse and family reunification
  • Supervisor role within Field education

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

Assistant Professor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 238
Phone: 407-823-3705
Areas of Specialty:
  • Health And Mental Health Care Access, Utilization, and Quality
  • Nursing Home Quality and Workforce Capacity
  • Culturally sensitive care for racial and ethnic minority older adults

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

Associate Professor, Public Affairs-Social Work Program Liaison
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 247
Phone: 407-823-2819
Areas of Specialty:
  • Healthcare access and equity for vulnerable or marginalized populations
  • Workforce development for interprofessional healthcare settings
  • Dementia caregiver wellbeing

James Whitworth, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Professor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 254
Phone: 407-823-6136
Areas of Specialty:
  • 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
  • Service Dogs for PTSD
  • Equine Therapy for PTSD

Jacqueline Withers, MSW, LCSW

Associate Instructor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 228
Phone: 407-823-5716
Areas of Specialty:
  • Medical Social Work
  • oncology
  • hospice

Asli Cennet Yalim, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 240
Phone: 407-823-4660
Areas of Specialty:
  • 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
  • Refugee Women

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