Faculty Research

Department of Health Sciences

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Keith Brazendale, Ph.D.

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

Katia Ferdowsi, MD, MPH

Lecturer
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
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, 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.

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

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

Current and Recent Grants

Investigating the Underlying Mechanisms of Disparities in Sleep Deficiencies in Children
PI: Keith Brazendale, PhD; Co-PI: Dr. Ana Leon
$5,000
Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training (CBHRT) 2020

Understanding Barriers to Implementation of a Refugee Mental Health Assessment for Newly Arrived Refugees in Central Florida
PI: Asli Yalim; Co:PI: Katia Ferdowsi
$5,000
Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training (CBHRT) 2020

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes in Low-Income Minority Women with Prior Gestational Diabetes
PI: Jaqueline Lamanna; Co-PI: Susan Quelly, Co-Is: Jeanette Garcia, Angeline Bushy
$10,000
Swift Family Grant Foundation, 11/2019 – 9/2020

Development of a Family-Centered Cooking Class for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
PI: Jeanette Garcia, Ph.D., Co-PIs: Keith Brazendale, Eunkyung Lee, Shawn Lawrence
$25,000
Healthy Weight Research Network, 7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020

Development of a Family-Centered Cooking Class for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
PI: Jeanette Garcia; Co-PIs: Keith Brazendale, Eunkyung Lee, Shawn Lawrence
$25,000
Healthy Weight Research Network, 2019-2020

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes in Low-Income Minority Women with Prior Gestational Diabetes
PI: Jaqueline Lamanna; Co-PI: Susan Quelly, Co-Is: Jeanette Garcia, Angeline Bushy
$10,000
Swift Family Grant Foundation, 2019-2020.

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
$7,500
UCF VPR Advancement of Early Cancer Researchers (AECR) 2018-2020

A Qualitative Assessment of QOL Among Testicular Cancer Survivors
PI: Michael Rovito, Co-PI, Eunkyung (Muriel) Lee, and Co-PI, Humberto Lopez Castillo, L. Taliaferro
$5,000
Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training (CBHRT) 2019 -2020