Faculty Research

Department of Health Sciences

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Keith Brazendale, Ph.D., MS

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

Steven Burroughs, MS, RDN, LDN, CDN

  • Critical Care Nutrition Support
  • Energy and Protein Metabolism and Regulation
  • Nutritional Management of Chronic Diseases

Katia Ferdowsi, MD, MPH

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

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

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

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

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

Cassie Odahowski, Ph.D., MPH

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

Michael J. Rovito, Ph.D., MA, CHES

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-3888
  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Quality of Life
  • Men's health
  • Public Health

Suha Saleh, Ph.D.

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

L. Timothy Worrell, BS, MPH, RRT

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

Current Grants

Health Sciences

School versus Summer Weight-Gain and Helath-related Behaviors in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • PI: Keith Brazendale
  • Amount: $40,000 | Timeframe: 12/01/2021 - 07/30/2022
    Funding Type: Internal
    Funding Agency: Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation
    Health Sciences

    The Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Collaborative at UCF: The Sex Cafe Podcast Season 1

  • PI: Humberto Lopez Castillo
  • Amount: $32,000 | Timeframe: 10/02/2021 - 07/30/2022
    Funding Type: Internal
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