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Kim Anderson, Ph.D., MSSW, LCSW

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
  • Economic and Racial Inequity
  • Public Policy

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

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

Kevin Brown, Ph.D.

Phone: 407-823-5621
  • child welfare
  • Family Preservation
  • Evidence-based Practice

Heather Burroughs, MSW, LCSW

Phone: 407-823-0179
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Field Education
  • Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care for Social Workers
  • Licensure
  • Hospice Care
  • Social Work with the Elderly and Individuals with Disabilities

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
  • Informed Care

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
  • Ethical Research

Christine Ferretti, MSW, LCSW

Instructor, Online MSW Field Education Coordinator
Phone: 407-823-4987
  • Juvenile Sex offender population
  • At Risk Youth

Denise Gammonley, Ph.D., LCSW

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

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
  • Violence Prevention
  • Caregiver Health/Well-Being
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Community-based participatory research

Shelley Hall, MSW

Phone: 407-823-3056
  • Clinical practice in a hospital with neonatal families and maternal/child mental health issues
  • Adoption
  • Foster Care

Robin Kohn, MSW, LCSW

B.S.W. Program Director, Senior Instructor
Phone: 407-823-2967
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • End-of-life care
  • Varying Abilities & Disabilities (primarily mobility & neurological disorders)
  • Practice Health

Shawn Lawrence, Ph.D., LCSW

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

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

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

Tiffany T. Lumpkin, EdD, MSW

Phone: 407-823-6344
  • Social Justices Issues in Education
  • Inclusion and Equity
  • Community Science
  • Community Engaged Research
  • Community Schools
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • child welfare

Shellene Mazany, LCSW, MSW

Associate Instructor, Program Director for the Online MSW 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

Julia O’Connor, Ph.D., MSW, MPH

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-3137
  • Violence Against Women
  • Primary Prevention
  • Campus Sexual Violence
  • Perpetration
  • Evaluation Research
  • International Social Work
  • Reproductive Health

Estelli Ramos, MSW, MDiv

Phone: 407-823-3161
  • Diversity
  • Macro-Practice
  • Spirituality
  • Latino Individuals and Groups

Iradly Roche, MSW

Phone: 407-823-1068
  • Alternative School Social Work for Exceptional Student Education
  • Clinical Social Work for Residential and Academic program working with teen parents

Julie Steen, Ph.D., MSW

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

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
  • Homelessness and health management
  • Religious salience among youth

Josette vonBirgelen, MSW

Phone: 407-823-3283
  • Field Education
  • Child trauma focusing on sexual abuse and family reunification
  • Supervisor role within Field education

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

Crystal Weiss, MSW, LCSW

Visiting Instructor
Phone: 407-823-4659
  • Mental health
  • child welfare
  • Parental Mental Illness
  • Parenting Education
  • Family Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Trauma
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Attachment Theory
  • Social Learning Theory

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
  • Immigration and mental health
  • Military family issues

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
  • Service Dogs for PTSD
  • Equine Therapy for PTSD

Jacqueline Withers, MSW, LCSW

Associate Instructor
Phone: 407-823-5716
  • Medical Social Work
  • oncology
  • hospice

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
  • Refugee Women

Current Grants

Social Work

The Florida REACH Translation Project: Translating an EBP for an Outpatient Clinical Setting

  • PI: Tracy Wharton
  • Co-PI: Daniel Paulson
  • Amount: $94,999 | Timeframe: 02/14/2019 - 09/29/2021
    Funding Type:
    Funding Agency: Florida Department of Health: Ed & Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program
    Social Work

    Strong Foundations

  • PI: Julie Steen
  • Co-PI: Bonnie Yegidis
  • Co-PI: Chris Stewart
  • Amount: $997,690 | Timeframe: 10/01/2018 - 09/29/2020
    Funding Type:
    Social Work

    Central Florida Pathways to Awareness, Support and Services II (C PASS II)

  • PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz
  • Co-PI: Kristina Childs Fisher
  • Amount: $375,000 | Timeframe: 09/30/2018 - 09/29/2021
    Funding Type:
    Funding Agency: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    Social Work

    Florida Implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (FINS)

  • PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz
  • Amount: $1,413,000 | Timeframe: 09/30/2017 - 09/29/2020
    Funding Type:
    Funding Agency: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

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