The College of Health Professions and Sciences is home to federal, state and local government grants and contracts. Current funding agencies include the National Institutes of Health and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Faculty members seek opportunities to collaborate with researchers across the campus and around the world, and they frequently engage students in their research activities.

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Faculty Research Interests

Kim Anderson

Interim Center Director, Interim Program Director of Public Affairs - Social Work Track Coordinator
Phone: 407-823-5201
  • 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

Morris Beato

Clinical Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-1864
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Neuromotor Interventions for Neurologic Conditions
  • Parkinson's Disease Rehabilitation

Lauren Bislick Wilson

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-4768
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Acquired Apraxia of Speech
  • Acquired Aphasia
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Treatment Development
  • Motor Learning Theory & Principles of Motor Learning

Mary Ann Burg

Associate Professor of Research, Professor
E-mail: m.burg@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-6167
  • Women's health
  • Cancer survivorship and access to care
  • Cancer health disparities
  • Integrated behavioral healthcare

Giselle Carnaby

ASHA Fellow, Professor
  • Swallowing Disorders

Cecyle Carson

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-4797
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Voice disorders
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Speech disorders
  • Cleft palate

Reshawna Chapple

Assistant Professor
  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • Disabilities
  • Black and African American Families
  • Mental Health and Crisis Intervention

Janel Cosby

Audiologist, Lecturer
Phone: 407-882-0481
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Auditory Training
  • Cognitive Processing
  • Aural (Re)habilitation
  • Auditory Processing
  • Early Intervention
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Hearing Disorders Across the Lifespan
  • Aging

Michael Crary

ASHA Fellow, Professor
  • Swallowing Disorders

Nicole Dawson

Assistant Professor, Co-Director - Innovative Mobility Initiative (IMOVE) Lab
Phone: 407-823-1863
  • Non-pharmacological interventions for older adults
  • Predictors of successful and optimal aging
  • Risk factors for falls in older adults with cognitive impairment
  • Understanding the illness experience for individuals with dementia

Joseph DiNapoli

Associate Instructor
Phone: 321-433-7856
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language disorders
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Speech disorders
  • Swallowing Disorders

Gillian Dreilinger

Associate Instructor
Phone: 407-882-0470
  • Accent Modification
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Central Auditory Processing
  • Cleft palate
  • Cultural and Linguistic Variables
  • Diagnostic/Clinical Processes
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language disorders
  • Linguistics/Psychololinguistics
  • Literacy
  • Speech Acquisition
  • Speech disorders
  • Supervision

Sophia Dziegielewski

Professor
Phone: 407-823-6342
  • 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

Barbara Ehren

ASHA Fellow, Doctoral Program Director, Professor
Phone: 407-823-4793
  • Language disorders
  • Literacy
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Language Acquisition
  • Linguistics/Psychololinguistics
  • School Practice

Tom Ehren

Board Certified Specialist in Child Language and Language Disorders, Instructor
Phone: 407-882-0468
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Counseling
  • Diagnostic/Clinical Processes
  • Language disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Literacy
  • Orofacial Myfunctional Disorders
  • Speech disorders
  • Supervision

Todd R. Fix

Instructor, Internship Coordinator
Phone: 407-882-0484
  • Supervision
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Adult neurogenic/acquired motor-speech
  • Language disorders

Denise Gammonley

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-2215
  • Elder care workforce development
  • Person-centered care practices
  • Global social work practice
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning

Jeanette Garcia

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-3207
  • Health behaviors in youth with social/emotional/behavioral disorders
  • Community-based health interventions
  • Link between health behaviors (physical activity, nutrition, sleep, screen time) & academic performance

Jason Groshong

Lab Manager, Post-Doctoral Associate
Phone: 407-266-7158
  • Mechanisms of Disease
  • Diabetes and Obesity
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Pain Syndromes
  • Neurodegeneration

Kimberley Gryglewicz

Assistant Professor, Interim Center Director
Phone: 407-823-2954
  • Suicide prevention
  • Health and mental health
  • Family engagement & caregiving issues
  • Systems of care
  • Program implementation and evaluation

William Hanney

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-0217
  • Predictive models for physical therapy treatment outcomes
  • Exercise based interventions in treatment of low back pain
  • Exercise based interventions in treatment of neck pain

Nancy Harrington

Assistive Technology Professional, FAAST Center/AAC Lab Research Grant Coordinator, Instructor
Phone: 407-882-0465
  • Language Acquisition
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Assistive Technology

Bari Hoffman Ruddy

ASHA Fellow, Professor
Phone: 407-823-4804
  • Voice disorders
  • Vocal health and Prevention
  • Upper Airway Disorders
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Respiratory Muscle Strength Training

Jane Hostetler

Associate Instructor
Phone: 407-882-0462
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Supervision

Jennifer Kent-Walsh

ASHA Fellow, FAAST Center Director, Professor
Phone: 407-823-4800
  • Language disorders
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Assistive Technology
  • Service-Learning / Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Debra Knox

Clinical Board of Educators Coordinator, Instructor
Phone: 407-882-0464
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Hearing Aids
  • Hearing Disorders
  • Language disorders
  • Supervision

Anthony Pak Hin Kong

Associate Professor
E-mail: antkong@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-4791
  • Adult neurogenic communication disorders
  • Aphasia
  • Bilingualism
  • Cognitive-communicative disorders
  • Discourse analysis

Shawn Lawrence

Associate Professor, M.S.W. Program Director
Phone: 407-823-3112
  • Obesity and Stigma
  • Substance Abuse
  • Student learning environments and outcomes

Ana Leon

Professor
Phone: 407-823-6195
  • Pediatric health and mental health
  • Infant mental health
  • Chronic illness in children and parental stress
  • Latino children and families

Julie Matura

Instructor, Internship Coordinator
Phone: 407-882-0449
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • Diagnostic/Clinical Processes
  • Genetics
  • Language disorders
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Swallowing Disorders

Olga Molina

Associate Professor
E-mail: omolina@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-6793
  • Divorce
  • Intimate partner violence
  • African American and Latino/a Families
  • Undocumented Families
  • Mental health
  • Groupwork

Matthew Munyon

Director of Planning and Knowledge Management
Phone: 407-823-0664
  • Advanced analytics and statistics (SPSS, SAS, SmartPLS, MiniTab, R, Python)
  • Data visualizations (Tableau, SAS Enterprise Miner, SPSS, Advanced Excel, R, Python)
  • Data narratives (scholarly written and oral communication via reports, manuscripts, proposals, presentations)
  • Organized project management (Gantt charts, task tracking, timely and transparent team communication and planning)
  • Research methodology (quantitative and qualitative)

Jennifer Plant

Associate Instructor, Clinical Education Coordinator
Phone: 407-823-5232
  • Role strain of graduate and post-graduate athletic training students
  • Scapular dyskinesis in overhead athletes
  • Changes in lower extremity biomechanics following chronic ankle sprains
  • Perceptions of barriers in the implementation of evidence based practice among athletic training clinical instructors
  • Best methods for transitioning young athletic training professionals into a clinical practice environment - both from the professional education side and the employer side

David Ratusnik

ASHA Fellow, Professor
Phone: 407-823-4803
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • Language disorders
  • Fluency
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Cultural and Linguistic Variables
  • Speech Acquisition
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

Pamela Resnick

Associate Lecturer
Phone: 407-882-0463
  • Augmentative/Alternative Communication
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Supervision

Kenyatta Rivers

ASHA Fellow, Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-4828
  • Cultural and Linguistic Variables
  • Language Acquisition
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Language/Literacy Disorders and Differences in Children and Adolescents

Linda Rosa-Lugo

ASHA Fellow, Associate Professor, Director, UCF Listening Center
Phone: 407-823-4805
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Aural Re(Habilitation)/Listening and Spoken Language
  • Language and Literacy Disorders
  • Professional Preparation Practices
  • Second Language Acquisition

Carey Rothschild

Associate Lecturer
Phone: 407-823-1439
  • Predictors of injury in athletic and artistic populations
  • Prevention and treatment of injuries in runners
  • Prevention and treatment of postpartum musculoskeletal conditions
  • Conditions of the female athlete

Michael J. Rovito

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-3888
  • Men's health
  • Health behavior sciences
  • Health communication
  • Public Health
  • Health education

John Ryalls

ASHA Fellow, Professor
E-mail: ryalls@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-4806
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • Speech disorders

Suha Saleh

Interim Department Chair, Program Director
Phone: 407-823-6761
  • Health education
  • College student health
  • Eye pathology and visual disorders
  • Diabetes

Kristen Couper Schellhase

Associate Lecturer, Dean's Faculty Fellow, Program Director
Phone: 407-823-3463
  • Organization & Administration in Athletic Training
  • AT Knowledge of Therapeutic Modalities
  • AT Education

Gerald Smith

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-882-0094
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Neural plasticity

James Sonne

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-4026
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Animal Models
  • Immunohistology
  • Early Detection and Prevention
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Growth factors and neuron survival

Adrian Specogna

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-4381
  • Research methods
  • Chronic disease epidemiology
  • Applied research methods

Julie Steen

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-6452
  • Child welfare organizations
  • Child Welfare Policy
  • Human Rights Education

Matt Stock

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-0364
  • Aging
  • Motor Unit Control
  • Neuromuscular Physiology
  • Strength Training
  • Fatigue

Jacqueline Towson

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-0346
  • Language disorders
  • Language Acquisition
  • Emergent Literacy
  • Preschool And School-Age Speech Language Pathology
  • Language And Literacy

Joshua Troche

Assistant Director, Language Concepts and Memory Lab Communication Sciences and Disorders
E-mail: jtroche@ucf.edu
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders

Jennifer Tucker

Lecturer
Phone: 407-823-3461
  • Physical activity in children
  • Physical activity in children with special needs/chronic disease
  • Effective parent education
  • Service delivery models for pediatric physical therapy

Martine Vanryckeghem

ASHA Fellow, Board Certified Fluency Specialist, Professor
Phone: 407-823-4808
  • Fluency disorders

Brittny A. Wells

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-3012
  • Women's health
  • Health disparities
  • Work-related health outcomes
  • Social determinants of health

Adam J. Wells

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-3906
  • Supplements for performance and recovery
  • Inflammatory and immune responses to resistance exercise
  • Soccer performance

Tracy Wharton

Assistant Professor, Assoc Dir of Research: McCormick Research Institute
Phone: 407-823-2819
  • Healthcare access and quality of care for older adults with chronic conditions
  • Workforce development for healthcare settings
  • Program evaluation
  • Dementia caregiver wellbeing
  • Risk management of aggressive behaviors
  • Healthcare access and equity for d/Deaf older adults and other marginalized groups
  • Animal assisted psychotherapy for trauma

James Whitworth

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-6136
  • Military families
  • Animal-assisted therapies
  • Clinical skills training

L. Timothy Worrell

Instructor
Phone: 407-823-5236
  • History of cardiology
  • Hemodynamic monitoring of the critically ill patient
  • Invasive cardiovascular diagnostic techniques
  • Non-invasive cardiovascular diagnostic techniques

Bonnie Yegidis

Professor, School of Social Work Director
Phone: 407-823-2208
  • Domestic violence
  • Child welfare organizations
  • Social work education
  • Women's mental health

Richard Zraick

ASHA Fellow, Professor, School Director
Phone: 407-823-4795
  • Clinical skills training
  • Voice disorders
  • Health literacy
  • Adult neurogenic speech-language disorders
  • Healthcare Simulation