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
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

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

Kevin Brown, Ph.D.

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

Heather Burroughs, MSW, LCSW

Instructor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 229
Phone: 407-823-0179
Research Interests:
  • 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
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

Associate Professor
Social Work
Location: HS 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
  • 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
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
  • Ethical Research

Christine Ferretti, MSW, LCSW

Instructor, Online MSW Field Education Coordinator
Social Work
Location: Partnership 1 Room: 102
Phone: 407-823-4987
Research Interests:
  • 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
Research Interests:
  • 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
Research Interests:
  • 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
Research Interests:
  • Clinical practice in a hospital with neonatal families and maternal/child mental health issues
  • Adoption
  • Foster Care

Ada Heller

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

Minoska Hernandez

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

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
Research Interests:
  • 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
Research Interests:
  • 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
Research Interests:
  • 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

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

Lecturer
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 239A
Phone: 407-823-6344
Research Interests:
  • Social Justices Issues in Education
  • Inclusion and Equity
  • Community Science
  • Community Engaged Research
  • Community Schools
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • child welfare

Shellene Mazany, LCSW, MSW

Associate Instructor, Program Director for the Online MSW Track
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, Program Director of the MSW Face To Face Track
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 233
Phone: 407-823-3037
Research Interests:
  • child welfare
  • domestic violence

Olga Molina, DSW, MSW, LCSW

Associate Professor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 251
Phone: 407-823-6793
Research Interests:
  • Divorce
  • Intimate partner violence
  • African American and Latino/a Families
  • Undocumented Families
  • Mental health
  • 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
Research Interests:
  • 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

Administrative Services, Assistant Director
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
Research Interests:
  • LGBTQ
  • Diversity
  • Macro-Practice
  • Spirituality
  • Latino Individuals and Groups

Iradly Roche, MSW

Instructor
Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 208
Phone: 407-823-1068
Research Interests:
  • 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
Research Interests:
  • 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

Zaida Valentin

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

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

Visiting Assistant Professor
Social Work
Location: HS 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
  • Homelessness and health management
  • Religious salience among youth

Josette vonBirgelen, MSW

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

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

Assistant Professor
Social Work
Location: HS 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: HS I Room: 227
Phone: 407-823-4659
Research Interests:
  • Mental health
  • child welfare
  • Parental Mental Illness
  • Parenting Education
  • Family Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Trauma
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Attachment Theory
  • Social Learning Theory

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
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
  • Immigration and mental health
  • Military family issues

James Whitworth, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Professor
Social Work
Location: HS 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
  • 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
Research Interests:
  • Medical Social Work
  • oncology
  • hospice

Asli Cennet Yalim, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor
Social Work
Location: HS 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
  • Refugee Women

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