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, Ph.D., MSSW, LCSW

Professor
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, Ph.D., MSW, MPH

Assistant Professor
  • Violence Against Women
  • Multidisciplinary responses to victims
  • Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence
  • Stalking
  • Sexual Violence
  • Victim Help-Seeking
  • Program evaluation

Morris Beato, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

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

Susanny Beltran, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor, Center Co-Director
Phone: 407-823-4662
  • 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
Phone: 407-823-4655
  • Intimate Partner and Power-Based Violence / Trauma
  • Military personnel and Veterans
  • Culturally inclusive care and services

Jeffrey Biddle, EdD

Associate Instructor
Phone: 407-823-2446
  • Coaching Education

Lauren Bislick, Ph.D., MA, BA

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

Keith Brazendale, Ph.D.

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

Mary Ann Burg, Ph.D., LCSW

Professor
Phone: 407-823-6167
  • Women's health
  • Cancer survivorship and access to care
  • Cancer health disparities
  • Integrated behavioral healthcare

Heather Burroughs, MSW, LCSW

Instructor
Phone: 407-823-0179
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Field Education
  • Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care for Social Workers

Giselle Carnaby, Ph.D., MPH, CCC-SLP

ASHA Fellow, Professor
  • Swallowing Disorders

Catherine Cash, EdD, MA

Student Resource Specialist IV
Phone: 407-823-6079
  • 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
  • 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

Janel Cosby, AuD, Ph.D., CCC-A

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, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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

Nicole Dawson, PT, Ph.D., GCS

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, MS, CAGS, CCC-SLP

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

Gillian Dreilinger, MS, CCC-SLP

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

Jeff Duke, Ph.D.

Associate Lecturer
Phone: 407-823-5867
  • Coaching Education
  • Sport Participation
  • Detriments of Sport Specific Training
  • Social Implications of Coaches

Sophia Dziegielewski, Ph.D., LCSW

Assessment Coordinator, 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

Katia Ferdowsi, MD, MPH

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

Thomas Fisher, Ph.D., CSCS, LMHC

Senior Lecturer
Phone: 407-823-1895
  • Anti-Aging Medicine
  • Mental health
  • Sport Psychology
  • Biomarkers of Aging
  • Psychophysiology
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Health education
  • Men's health

Todd R. Fix, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS

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, Ph.D., CSCS*D, CISSN

Associate Professor, Division Chair
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, Ph.D., LCSW

Professor
Phone: 407-823-2215
  • Elder care workforce
  • Person-centered care
  • Disability, aging & technology
  • Global social work
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning

Jeanette Garcia, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D., MSW

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

William Hanney, PT, DPT, ATC, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-0217
  • Treatment Outcomes for patients with low back and neck pain
  • The influence of manual/manipulative therapy
  • Standardization of physical therapy interventions
  • Physical therapy practice patterns

Nancy Harrington, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP

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

Ethan Hill, Ph.D., CSCS, ACSM-EP

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-1161
  • Neuromuscular and endothelial function
  • Resistance training interventions
  • Muscle function and fatigue
  • Sex-specific responses to exercise
  • Eccentric contraction-based interventions

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

ASHA Fellow, 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, MA, CCC-SLP

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

Gail Kauwell, Ph.D., RDN, LDN, FAND

Department Chair, Professor
Phone: 407-823-0782
  • Folate and vitamin B12 requirements and metabolism
  • Nutrient-gene interactions/epigenetic alterations and disease risk

Jennifer Kent-Walsh, BEd, MS, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, S-LP(C)

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, MS, CCC-SLP

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

Lakshmi Kollara Sunil, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-4798
  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Resonance Disorders
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Craniofacial Syndromes
  • Imaging

Anthony Pak Hin Kong, Ph.D.

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

Shawn Lawrence, Ph.D., LCSW

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

Eunkyung “Muriel” Lee, Ph.D., RDN

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-3365
  • Evaluation of cancer treatment using the patient-reported outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research approaches
  • Interrelationship among adjuvant radiotherapy, comorbidity, survival, and health-related quality of life among older women with breast cancer
  • Evaluation of healthy behaviors among cancer survivors utilizing the National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES) data
  • Evaluation of interventions in improving quality of life among cancer survivors

Ana Leon, Ph.D., LCSW

Interim Director, Professor
Phone: 407-823-6195
  • Child Mental Health
  • Impact of Early Trauma on Child Mental Health and Development
  • The Effects of Parenting on Very Young Children
  • Infant Mental Health

Ching-Yi Liao, Ph.D., MEd, MEd

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

Linda A. Long, Ph.D., MSW

Visiting Lecturer
  • 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

Humberto Lopez Castillo, MD, Ph.D., CPH, CMI-Spanish

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, Ph.D., MEd, LAT, ATC

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, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS

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

Shellene Mazany, LCSW, MSW

Associate Instructor, Program Director of the MSW Online Track
Phone: 407-823-1089
  • 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
Phone: 407-823-3037
  • child welfare
  • domestic violence

Olga Molina, DSW, MSW, LCSW

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-6793
  • Divorce
  • Intimate partner violence
  • African American and Latino/a Families
  • Undocumented Families
  • Mental health
  • Groupwork

Matthew Munyon, Ph.D.

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)

Laurie Neely, PT, DPT, NCS

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education
  • Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Patient Care
  • Physical Therapy Clinical Education Outcomes
  • Management of Medically Complex Patients

Julia O’Connor, Ph.D., MSW, MPH

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-3137
  • Violence Against Women
  • Primary Prevention
  • Campus Sexual Violence
  • Perpetration
  • Evaluation Research

Cassie Odahowski, Ph.D., MPH

Assistant Professor
  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Rural and Minority Health Disparities
  • Geospatial Analyses of Healthcare Resources

Patrick Pabian, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS

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, EdD, LAT, ATC

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

Alison Redd

Instructor
  • Long term adolescent athlete development
  • Youth training programs and nutrition

Linda I. Rosa-Lugo, EdD, CCC-SLP

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, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-1439
  • Conditions of the female athlete
  • Management of running-related injury
  • Pain science and education

Michael J. Rovito, Ph.D., CHES

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

Suha Saleh, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Affairs, Clinical Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-6761
  • Health education
  • College student health
  • Eye disorders and diabetes

Kristen Couper Schellhase, EdD, LAT, ATC

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

James Sonne, Ph.D.

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

Julie Steen, Ph.D., MSW

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

Matt Stock, Ph.D.

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

Jeffrey Stout, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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, PT, DPT, PCS

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

Anna S. Valdes, EdD, CSCS

Lecturer
Phone: 407-823-1896
  • Exercise and Aging
  • Training the trainers in sport and exercise science
  • Exercise, physical activity and weight management throughout the lifespan

Martine Vanryckeghem, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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

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

Visiting Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-4661
  • Health-related quality of life
  • End-stage renal disease
  • Transportation for dialysis patients
  • Social Support
  • Kidney transplant
  • Treatment adherence
  • Poverty

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

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-3705
  • 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

Adam J. Wells, Ph.D., CSCS*D, SCYM(ASCP)CM

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

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

Associate Professor, Public Affairs-Social Work Program Liaison
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, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-6136
  • 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

Jacqueline Withers, MSW, LCSW

Associate Instructor, Director of Field Education
Phone: 407-823-5716
  • Medical Social Work

L. Timothy Worrell, BS, MPH, RRT

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

Asli Cennet Yalim, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-4660
  • 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

Richard Zraick, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CHSE

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

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