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New Leadership Appointments for the College of Health Professions and Sciences

Written By: The School of Social Work, Drexler James, and Camille Dolan | August 5, 2019

As one of his first official duties as founding Dean, Christopher I. Ingersoll announced key leadership appointments for the College of Health Professions and Sciences. “I want to thank all who have agreed to serve in a leadership role in the college,” Ingersoll said. “I am looking forward to working with this exceptional group of professionals as we continue to build our new college.”

Denise Gammonley, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Interim Associate Dean Of Undergraduate Affairs

Denise Gammonley is a professor in the School of Social Work and the Interim Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Health Professions and Sciences.

Bari Hoffman Ruddy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Interim Associate Dean Of Clinical Affairs

Bari Hoffman Ruddy enjoys spending most of her free time shepherding her two daughters to and from dance practices, competitions and rehearsals but also enjoys outdoor adventures including paddle boarding and kayaking.

Gail Kauwell, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Health Sciences

No pun intended, but Gail Kauwell brings a lot to UCF’s table. The newly appointed director of the Department of Health Sciences in the College of Health Professions and Sciences has an extensive background in nutrition and dietetics.

Jennifer Kent-Walsh, B.Ed., M.Sc., Ph.D., CCC-SLP, S-LP(C)

Interim Director Of The School Of Communication Sciences And Disorders And Associate Dean For Research

On August 8, 2019, the College of Health Professions and Sciences will welcome Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D., as the permanent associate dean for research and the interim director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Ana Leon, Ph.D., LCSW

Interim Director For The School Of Social Work

Some say it’s the thought that counts. And while that may be true in some cases, the School of Social Work’s newly appointed interim director, Ana Leon, Ph.D., LCSW holds on to the action behind her words as a way to harness her expertise and resources to help those who really need it.

Linda I. Rosa-Lugo, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

Associate Dean For Faculty Excellence And Graduate And Global Affairs

Rosa-Lugo Educates, instills passion in Speech-Language Pathology students. “Grant-mother” Rosa-Lugo talks about her passion to improve the quality of life for deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Jeffrey Stout, Ph.D.

Founding Director, School Of Kinesiology And Physical Therapy

Jeffrey Stout is a professor of kinesiology and the founding director for the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy. He returns to the latter role after serving as the interim dean for the College of Health Professions and Sciences for the past year.

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The College of Health Professions and Sciences prepares students to promote, preserve, and enrich the health and wellness of diverse populations, through innovative and collaborative education, research, service, and practice.