Faculty Research

Department of Health Sciences

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Keith Brazendale

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

Katia Ferdowsi

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

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

Humberto Lopez Castillo

Assistant Professor
E-mail: dr.hlc@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-3012
  • Alcohol use and abuse
  • Risky sexual behaviors
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Sexual minority populations
  • Secondary data analyses
  • Sexual and reproductive health

Michael J. Rovito

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

Suha Saleh

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

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

Current and Recent Grants

Development of a Bilingual Measurement Instrument for Sexual Positioning, Identity and Behavior and its Co-Factors Among Latino Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM)
PI: Humberto Lopez Castillo, Ph.D.
UCF VPR Advancement of Early Cancer Researchers (AECR) 2018-19

A Qualitative Assessment of QOL Among Testicular Cancer Survivors
PI: Michael Rovito, Ph.D., Co-PI, Eunkyung (Muriel) Lee, Ph.D., and Co-PI, Humberto Lopez Castillo, Ph.D.
Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training (CBHRT)

A Pilot Application of the Adolescent Males Social Indicators Scales (AMSIS)
PI: Michael Rovito, Ph.D.
$7,500, 5/1/2015-4/29/2016
UCF Office of Research and Commercialization (In-House Grant)

A Study of Physical Therapist-Provided Medicare Services
Co-PIs: Michael Rovito, Ph.D., and William Hanney, Ph.D. (with PI: Xinliang “Albert” Liu and Co-PI Reid Oetjen)
$7,983, 4/1/2015-3/31/2016
Center for Innovative Healthcare, Inc.