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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Julia O’Connor, Ph.D., MSW, MPH

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

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

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

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

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

Current and Recent Grants

Florida Linking Individuals Needing Care
PI: Kim Gryglewicz, Ph.D.
$603,773.00, 9/30/2014 – 9/29/2019
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (Part of a three-year, $3.68 million award)

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative: Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make Schools Safe
Co-PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D.
(with PI Kristina Childs and Co-PI Roberto Potter, UCF Criminal Justice)
$305,862.00, 1/1/2015 – 6/30/2019
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (to Brevard Public Schools then to UCF)[total NIJ award is $2,269,744]

Social Work HEALS: Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars
PI: Tracy Wharton, Ph.D.
$95,650.00, 7/27/2015 – 7/26/2020
Council on Social Work Education & National Association of Social Workers

Central Florida Pathways to Awareness, Support and Services I (C PASS I)
PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D.
Co-PI: Kristina Childs Fisher
$375,000.00, 9/30/2015 – 3/31/2019
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Expanding SBIRT Workforce Capacity in Central Florida: SBIRT Training for Graduate Social Work Students and Community Health Professionals
PI: Shawn Lawrence, Ph.D.
Co-PI: Mary Ann Burg
Co-PI: Reshawna Chapple
Co-PI: Tracy Wharton
Co-PI: Kim Gryglewicz
$807,538.00, 9/30/2015 – 9/29/2019
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Seminole County System of Care (SCSOC) Expansion Evaluation
Co-PI: Kimberly Gryglewicz, Ph.D.
(with PI Kristina Childs, UCF Criminal Justice)
$305,862.00, 1/1/2016 – 9/29/2019
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (to Community Initiatives, Inc. then to UCF)

Florida Implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (FINS)
PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D.
$1,413,000.00, 9/30/2017 – 9/29/2020
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Central Florida Pathways to Awareness, Support and Services II (C PASS II)
PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D.
Co-PI: Kristina Childs Fisher
$375,000.00, 9/30/2018 – 9/29/2021
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Evaluation of the Children’s Mental Health Initiative of Orange County, FL
PI: Chris Stewart
$105,708.00, 10/1/2018 – 1/31/2019
Orange County Board of County Commissioner

Strong Foundations
PI: Julie Steen
Co-PI: Bonnie Yegidis
Co-PI: Chris Stewart
$997,690.00, 10/1/2018 – 9/29/2020
EMBRACE FAMILIES (CBC)/CHILDREN’S BUREAU

A Research Study Evaluating the Impact of PJI Academy on K-12 Teachers
PI: Kim Anderson, Ph.D.
$10,000.00, 10/5/2018 – 7/31/2019
Valencia College

Program Evaluation of DELTA – A program for Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation
PI: Eunji Nam
$10,000.00, 11/1/2018 – 5/31/2019
Devereux Florida Treatment Network

The Florida REACH Translation Project: Translating an EBP for an Outpatient Clinical Setting
PI: Tracy Wharton, Ph.D.
(with Daniel Paulson, Co-PI from UCF Psychology)
$94,998.91, 2/14/2019 – 9/29/2021
Florida Department of Health: Ed & Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program

AECR: Deaf Women’s Experience Receiving Trauma Related Services After Intimate Partner Violence
PI: Reshawna Chapple
$7,500.00, 5/1/2019 – 4/30/2020
University of Central Florida, Office of Research

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