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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Kim Anderson

Interim Center Co-Director, Public Affairs-Social Work Program Liaison
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

Bethany Backes

Assistant Professor
  • Violence Against Women
  • Multidisciplinary responses to victims
  • Victim help-seeking trajectories

Morris Beato

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

Keith Brazendale

Assistant Professor
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Physical Activity
  • Sedentary Behavior
  • sleep

Mary Ann Burg

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
  • Black and African American Communities
  • Critical Race Feminism and Standpoint Theory
  • Critical Deaf Studies and Deaf Cultural Identity
  • Culturally Responsive Social Work Practice
  • Intersection of Race, Gender and Disability
  • Intimate Partner Violence and Trauma Recovery
  • Mental Health Treatment and Barriers to Access

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, ASHA Honors of the Association, Professor
Phone: 470-823-4762
  • Swallowing Disorders

Nicole Dawson

Assistant Professor
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

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

Katia Ferdowsi

Phone: 407-823-1446
  • Disease prevention
  • Public Health
  • common and preventable diseases in youth
  • Global Health

Todd R. Fix

Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Instructor, Internship Coordinator
Phone: 407-882-0484
  • Supervision
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Adult neurogenic/acquired motor-speech
  • Language disorders
  • Acquired Brain Injury/Cognitive Communication.

David Fukuda

Associate Professor, Division Head
Phone: 407-823-0442
  • Performance-based testing methodologies
  • Exercise training and nutritional interventions in varying populations
  • Fatigue thresholds and metabolic responses to exercise
  • Martial arts and combat sports

Denise Gammonley

Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, 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

Kimberley Gryglewicz

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

William Hanney

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

Bari Hoffman Ruddy

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

Debra Knox

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

Anthony Pak Hin Kong

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-4791
  • Adult neurogenic communication disorders
  • Aphasia
  • Bilingualism
  • Cognitive-communicative disorders
  • Discourse analysis

Shawn Lawrence

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-3112
  • Obesity and Stigma
  • Substance Abuse
  • Student learning environments and outcomes

Ana Leon

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

Ching-Yi Liao

Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental/Intellectual Disability
  • Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Approach
  • Parent/Caregiver Coaching
  • Communication Intervention

Humberto Lopez Castillo

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-3012
  • Alcohol use and abuse
  • Risky sexual behaviors
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Sexual minority populations
  • Secondary data analyses
  • Sexual and reproductive health

L. Colby Mangum

Assistant Professor
  • Lumbopelvic-Hip Complex Muscle Function
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging
  • Core Stability and Athletic Function
  • Innovative Assessment and Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain, Patellofemoral Pain

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
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)

Eunji Nam

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-3642
  • 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

Laurie Neely

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education
  • Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
  • Physical Therapy Clinical Education
  • Evidence based practice and application in the clinical setting with medically complex patients

Patrick Pabian

Associate School Director - School of Kinesiology & Physical Therapy, Division Head & Program Director - Division of Physical therapy
Phone: 407-823-3457
  • Interprofessional education and interprofessional practice
  • Contemporary issues in professional education
  • Strength and function recovery in post-surgical orthopedic interventions
  • Interventions and collaborative care in sports medicine

Jennifer Plant

Associate Lecturer
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

Linda I. Rosa-Lugo

ASHA Fellow, Associate Dean of Faculty Excellence and Graduate and Global Affairs, Associate Professor, Director of UCF Listening Center
Phone: 407-823-0171
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Aural Re(Habilitation)/Listening and Spoken Language
  • Language and Literacy Disorders
  • Professional Preparation Practices
  • Second Language Acquisition

Carey Rothschild

Clinical Assistant Professor
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
Phone: 407-823-4806
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • Speech disorders

Suha Saleh

Clinical Associate Professor, Program Director
Phone: 407-823-6761
  • Health education
  • College student health
  • Eye disorders and 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

Julie Steen

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

Matt Stock

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

Jeffrey Stout

Professor, School Director
Phone: 407-823-0211
  • Validity and Reliability of Body Composition Assessment methodologies
  • Exercise training and nutritional interventions in varying populations
  • Fatigue thresholds and metabolic responses to exercise

Jacqueline Towson

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

Jennifer Tucker

Clinical Assistant Professor
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, Pegasus Professor
Phone: 407-823-4808
  • Fluency disorders

Sharon (Xiaochuan) Wang

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-3705
  • Health and Mental Health Disparities
  • Service Access and Utilization
  • Social Support
  • Culturally Sensitive Care for Older People of Color

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
Phone: 407-823-2819
  • 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

Coordinator of the Interprofessional Education, Coordinator of the Military Social Work Graduate Certificate
Phone: 407-823-6136
  • Military families
  • Animal-assisted therapies
  • Clinical skills training

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

L. Timothy Worrell

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

Richard Zraick

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