Clinical and  Health Psychology

Fedele Wins Early Career Award

CHP faculty member David Fedele has received the Routh Early Career Award in Pediatric Psychology. The award recognizes significant contributions of an early career member of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP; Division 54 of the American Psychological Association) to the field of pediatric psychology in research, clinical training, and service.  

CHP Doctoral Student Breton Asken Wins Award

Breton Asken has won the 2016 Journal of Athletic Training Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Practice Achievement. Asken (mentor: Russell Bauer) and his team’s manuscript will receive the award at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Convention on June 29, 2017, in Houston, TX, during the Distinguished Scholars Presentations. Asken will also be presenting a special topic at the conference on “Clinical and Pathological Outcomes Associated with Repetitive Brain Trauma: Biopsychosocial Considerations."

CHP Students Among Those Receiving Top Honors at PHHP Research Day

The College of Public Health and Health Professions hosted its 30th annual Research Day on April 12, featuring 130 poster presentations by undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows and associates. The event included oral presentations by the top five graduate student poster awardees. CHP graduate student speakers included (1) Leslie Gaynor (Mentor: Russell Bauer) on the topic of “Translational Object Discrimination Task Identifies Preclinical Cognitive Decline Better than Traditional Neuropsychological Tests;” (2 ) Vivian Bauman (Mentor: Michael Perri) on the topic of “Effect of Dose of Behavioral Obesity Treatment on HbA1c in Adults with Prediabetes;” and (3) Molly Basch (Mentor: David Janicke), on the topic of "Differences in the Sleep-Pain Relationship by Youth Age and Ethnicity.”

(left to right: Leslie Gaynor, Vivian Bauman, Molly Basch)

CHP Marches for Science

On Saturday, April 22, CHP faculty and students participated in the Gainesville Satellite March of the worldwide March for Science. Strongly endorsed by the American Psychological Association, the Gainesville March was conceptualized as a broad, non-partisan effort to support scientific research and the use of scientific evidence for the public good. UF Vice-President for Research David Norton spoke at the post-march rally, as did PHHP Associate Dean for Research and Planning Linda Cottler. A gallery of CHP marchers can be found here.


Environmental and Global Health

Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood Awarded Prestigious Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Fellowship

Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood was selected as one of only 54 candidates for the highly competitive Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM). ELAM is “the premier national program preparing women in medical, dental, and public health schools for the highest positions at academic health centers.” ELAM fellows who are female faculty at the associate or full professor level, receive leadership training, extensive coaching, and engage in mentoring opportunities over this year-long program. The program continues DUCOM’s legacy of advancing women in medicine which began in 1850 with the founding of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation’s first women’s medical school. ELAM was founded in 1995 to counter the significant underrepresentation of women in the top most administrative ranks of academic health centers, and has now grown to encompass a community of 1,000 women leaders across the US and around the world.

Alumnus Moise Ngwa, Appointed as Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins

2016 EGH at UF graduate Moise Ngwa, MSc, MPH, PhD accepted a research scientist position at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of International Health, Program in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control. In this position, Dr. Ngwa’s primary role is to conduct Operations Research in countries in Asia and Africa where cholera is a major public health risk. He will specifically focus on assisting these countries with oral cholera vaccine (OCV) use as part of their national policy for cholera control. Under the Delivery Oral Cholera Vaccine Effectively project (DOVE-Project, www.stopcholera.org), he is also responsible for the cost effective analysis, monitoring, and evaluation of implementation of OCV in coordination and collaboration with the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, governments, and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Ngwa was mentored by Dr. John Glenn Morris, Jr. at UF.



Congratulations on a Lifetime of Achievement Dr.

Professor in Epidemiology, Richard S. Hopkins, MD, MSPH, retired on May 1, 2017. Dr. Hopkins has been with the Department of Epidemiology since January 2013. Prior to his appointment at UF, Dr. Hopkins was State Epidemiologist in Colorado (1979–1985) and in Florida (1991–2001). He held regular academic positions at Ohio University and the Ohio State University, and courtesy appointments at the Universities of Florida, South Florida, and Miami. He published in areas as diverse as the epidemiology of infectious diseases, cancer, and injuries, and the evaluation of programs for the prevention of tobacco use. He prepared the Medicaid cost estimates that were used in Florida’s successful suit against the major tobacco companies. At UF, Dr. Hopkins taught the Public Health Surveillance course, and the students loved it. The department wishes him a relaxing and well-deserved retirement as he takes on his next life achievements: growing citrus and playing with his adorable grandchildren.

Epidemiology Students Win MPH Exemplary Student Awards

On April 28, 2017, PHHP held its annual convocation to celebrate outstanding students and graduates. Among the awards presented was the annual MPH Exemplary Student Award, recognizing excellent academic performance, strong student leadership, and commitment to public health values and ethics. The awardees of the Exemplary Student Award are chosen by the faculty who teach in the MPH Program. Kelly Chapman and Denise McIntyre, two summer 2016 MPH graduates with concentrations in Epidemiology, were this year’s recipients. Ms. Chapman is currently a PhD student in anthropology, and Ms. McIntyre is working as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the UF Department of Pediatrics while applying for medical school.

Other MPH Epidemiology students honored at PHHP Convocation were Kaitlyn Jacobs (Outstanding Epidemiology MPH Student), Aleksandra Gasparova (Best All Around MPH Epidemiology Student), and Matthew von Zimmerman (Epidemiology Ambassador). Congratulations to all on their awards and on the completion of their degrees!

Epidemiology Faculty March for Science in DC and Gainesville

On Earth Day 2017, a series of marches were held around the country to mend the gap between the scientific community and non-scientists. These Marches for Science aimed to emphasize how science has improved and enriched our lives, and the importance of science in informing critical societal and governmental decisions. Professor in Epidemiology, Thomas A. Pearson, MD, MPH, PhD, was present at the March for Science in Washington, DC, where over 40,000 people marched. Dr. Pearson’s favorite quote from the signage at the march was: “Freedom, the first-born daughter of science” – Thomas Jefferson.

The Gainesville March for Science drew over 1,000 people, and Dean’s Professor and Founding Chair in Epidemiology, Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE, was a featured speaker. In her speech, Dr. Cottler shared important achievements in public health, discussed PHHP’s community engagement initiatives, and encouraged marchers to participate in research.


Health Services Research, Management and Policy

MHA Student Receives Prestigious Award from the Children’s Miracle Network

Ms. Kelsey Torgerson, a 2017 MHA graduate, received the 2017 Miracle Network Dance Marathon Distinguished Leadership Award. Kelsey was one of twenty students selected from the thousands who have participated in the Miracle Network Dance Marathon at nearly 300 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. Kelsey will soon begin an administrative fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in New York City, New York. She intends to pursue a career working as an administrator in a pediatric hospital. Congratulations Kelsey!

Dr. Daniel Estrada Selected to Serve on the AUHPA/HAP Editorial Board

Daniel Estrada, PhD, MBA, MHS, MHA program director and clinical assistant professor, was selected by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) to serve on the Association of University Programs in Health Administration/ Health Administration Press Editorial Board for Graduate Studies for the 2017-2018 term. In this capacity, Dr. Estrada will be reviewing submission for publication in the Health Administration Press (HAP), a division of ACHE. HAP is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on all aspects of health services management. Their publications include the Journal of Healthcare Management and Frontiers of Health Services Management. This is a great opportunity for Dr. Estrada and will provide great exposure for the MHA program. Congratulations Dr. Estrada!


Occupational Therapy

Dr. Joanne Foss Retires and Obtains Professor Emerita Status

Dr. Joanne Foss who is retiring from her more than three-decade tenure in the Occupational Therapy Department at the end of May, has received Professor Emerita status, effective June 1, 2017. Dr. Foss will continue to be instrumental to the OT Department in her new capacity as an advisory board member. The department is delighted to be continuing to maintain personal and professional relationships with Dr. Foss. 

New Program Director for the Department of Occupational Therapy

The OT Department is excited to announce the appointment of Christine Myers, PhD, OTR/L as the department’s new MOT program director, effective June 1, 2017. Dr. Myers is currently acting as the interim director of the MOT program and will continue to do so until she assumes her new position. Her academic appointment in the department is that of clinical associate professor. The department wishes Dr. Myers a splendid tenure at UF in this position and is looking forward to supporting her as she assumes this important leadership role. 


Physical Therapy

DPT Commencement Activities and Awards

Commencement week kicked off with a career fair, luncheon, and a poster session featuring the work of the Class of 2017. The 70 new graduates were then feted at a Touchdown Terrace dinner led by the Barbara C. White Lecturer Award Commencement Speaker Professor R. Scott Ward, PhD, PT, FAPTA (pictured) from the University of Utah.

DPT commencement awardees were named, including:

• Jodi Gilles – Martha C. Wroe Outstanding Clinical Student Award

• Zachary Stearn – The Dr. Mark H. Trimble Memorial Scholarship

• Dylan Conner, Brooke Denninghoff, Danielle Frain, Krissa Gorman, Dallas Roberts – Scholastic Achievement Award, all graduated with a 4.0

Previous scholarship recipients were also recognized, including:

• Laura Brown – The Rolf and Anne Kuhns Endowment for Physical Therapy Scholarship, Mr. and Mrs. Kuhns were recognized and presented the award

• Jodi Gilles – The McWells Scholarship, established by Class of 2009 alumni Ben and Becky Wells

• Thomas Vollmar – The Elks Scholarship

• Danielle Borglum – The Frederick Family Scholarship in Physical Therapy

• Jennifer Squires – The Julia Conrad Trojanowski Scholarship

• Michael Broderick – The Claudette Finley Scholarship Award, Ms. Claudette Finley joined the department faculty, staff, students, and their families at commencement dinner and was recognized

PHHP Commencement Awards – DPT Program

Brittany Silke (right) and Chris Dela Cruz (left) have been named the recipients of the UF Health Shands Auxiliary Scholarship. The award was presented at the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions convocation and recognizes graduate/professional students who have completed at least one semester of coursework in the College of Public Health and Health Professions; have a strong commitment to the ideals and endeavors of his/her profession; and have also garnered strong faculty endorsement.

Voices for Science

Joining the international and national March for Science movement on April 22, 2017, UF Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science students, post-docs, and faculty joined a crowd of more than 40,000 people in Chicago to stand up and March for Science. A separate department contingency marched in Gainesville.

(the PT department “March for Science” Gainesville contingency at left and the Chicago marchers at right)


Rehabilitation Science

New Program Graduates

Two Rehabilitation Science PhD students, Dominique DuBose, who is mentored by Dr. MaryBeth Horodyski, and Laura Ann Zdziarski, who is mentored by Dr. Heather Vincent, graduated from the RSD program. Dr. DuBose’s dissertation was on "The Effect of Sports-Related Concussion on Neuromuscular Function." Dr. Zdziarski’s dissertation was entitled "Improving Functional Outcomes in Obese Orthopaedic Trauma Patients with an Integrated Care Approach and Early Mobilization."

(center: Dr. Dominique DuBose)

PHHP Commencement Awards – RSD Program

Rehabilitation Science PhD student and T32 trainee, Alison Barnard, was awarded the Frederick Family Scholarship. The award recognizes a student who has dedication and service to the profession, exceptional dependability, and self-reliance and dedication to the pursuit of the doctoral degree. Barnard is mentored by Dr. Krista Vandenborne.

Rehabilitation Science PhD student Trevor Lentz, mentored by Dr. Steven George, received two awards: the “Outstanding Student Publication” award for his publication: “Development of a Yellow Flag Assessment Tool for Orthoapedic Physical Therapists: Results from the Optimal Screening of Prediction of Referral and Outcome (OSPRO) Cohort,” as well as the prestigious Dean’s Scholar award, which recognizes exceptional accomplishments.

Rehabilitation Science PhD alumnus, Jayakrishnan Nair, was named recipient of the “Best Paper” award for his publication entitled “Histological identification of phrenic afferent projections to spinal cord.” This annual award recognizes a PhD student who publishes an outstanding paper in a quality, peer-reviewed journal. Nair was mentored by Dr. David Fuller and is currently completing a post-doc fellowship in the Dr. Barry J. Byrne Laboratory, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Florida.

(left to right: Alison Barnard, Trevor Lentz, Dr. Jay Nair, and RSD Program Director Dr. David Fuller)

Mitchell Provides ASIA Keynote Lecture

Gordon S. Mitchell, PhD provided the keynote lecture for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) recently held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 27-29. Supported by the National Neurotrauma Society, the talk was entitled, “Can We Harness Spinal Plasticity Triggered by Intermittent Hypoxia to Improve Breathing and Walking After SCI?” In addition, Dr. Mitchell moderated a round table discussion entitled, “Bench to Bedside and Back: Roadblocks to Meaningful Trials and Driving Research.” The ASIA consists of a diverse, multidisciplinary membership, including physical and occupational therapists, physicians, psychologists, nurses, basic scientists, and clinical researchers, as well as students, residents, and fellows.


Public Health

2017 Delta Omega-Beta Upsilon Induction of New Members

The Beta Upsilon Chapter of Delta Omega, the Public Health Honor Society, held its annual induction luncheon on April 26 at the Sweetwater Branch Inn. The Chapter inducted 19 new members including Honorary member Dr. Michael Lauzardo, who was recognized for having meritorious distinction in public health and who delivered the keynote address. The chapter also recognized Wendy Resnick, Senior Director, Finance and ICAP Advisor at UF Health Shands, with this year’s Public Health Champions Award. Three faculty members were inducted: Dr. Joseph Bisesi, Dr. Anthony Maurelli, and Dr. Susan McGorry. Four alumni were recognized with membership: Dr. Van Brass II, Johanna Pringle, Dr. Steven Smith, and Dr. Elizabeth Wood. And 11 new student members were inducted: Dr. Donna Carden, Dr. Makyba Charles-Ayinde, Aleksandra Gasparova, Hsiaochu Hsu, Kelsea LeBeau, Cara McDonnell, Haley Rademacher, Laura Ramirez, Karen Restrepo, Brittney Roth, and Akemi Wijayabahu. Congratulations to all of the honorees!

2017 Delta Omega Honorees:
(Front row L to R): Wendy Resnick, Beta Upsilon Chapter President Victoria Gibney, Akemi Wijayabahu, Hsiaochu Hsu, Laura Ramirez, Karen Restrepo, Kelsea LeBeau, Cara McDonnell, Aleksandra Gasparova
(Back Row L to R): Johanna Pringle, Dr. Steven Smith, Dr. Joseph Bisesi, PHHP Dean Dr. Michael Perri, Brittney Roth, Dr. Makyba Charles-Ayinde, Dr. Michael Lauzardo

Phillip Hahn Awarded CSTE/CDC Fellowship

Phillip Hahn, an MPH student in the Epidemiology concentration, has been awarded a CSTE/CDC Applied Epidemiology Fellowship. The fellowship is a highly competitive, two-year, on-the-job training program that places recent graduates in mentored positions in applied epidemiology at state or local health departments. Phillip will begin his fellowship in August in the Healthcare-Associated Infections/Antimicrobial Resistance program at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Currently he is completing his MPH internship and capstone project in the Infection Prevention and Control Department at UF Health Shands developing a patient profile for central line-associated bloodstream infections.

Phillip says he is honored and thrilled to have received the fellowship. “Public health, specifically epidemiology, is a rapidly evolving and expanding field. A ‘typical day’ does not exist when working in the field and this fellowship will give me hands on experience at the state and local level dealing with this fast paced, collaborative, and productive environment. I know these two years will provide me with invaluable experiences, skills, and relationships that I will carry with me throughout my career.”


Social and Behavioral Sciences

Johanzynn Gatewood Interns at CNN

Recent MPH Spring 2017 graduate of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program, Johanzynn Gatewood, had the opportunity to intern at the CNN Health and Medical News unit of CNN based in Atlanta, Georgia. This unit has the responsibility of covering health, wellness, and medical news for CNN Broadcasting. Over a three-month span, Johanzynn's tasks included contributing and writing digital stories and other content for CNN.com/health and conducting research for Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Senior Medical Correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen. Johanzynn enjoys health communication because it meshes together her passion for public health and her creativity. Johanzynn was intrigued by the idea of using her creativity and the knowledge she gained from the MPH program to disseminate health messages that can change the social climate to encourage healthy behaviors, create awareness, change attitudes, and motivate others to adopt recommended behaviors. This internship has given Johanzynn an invaluable experience in getting important information to the general population. 


Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

AuD Students Receive NIH T35 Traineeship Awards

Two second year AuD students received NIH (NIDCD) funded T35 traineeships for the summer of 2017.

Jonathan Hirst will be working with Dr. Jonathon Peelle at Washington University in St. Louis where he will be conducting an experiment using dichotic listening tasks and functional neuroanatomy to examine listening effort in normal and split-brain patients. The program’s research is aimed at understanding the anatomical and physiological correlates of effortful listening in difficult listening environments.

John Massey is completing his T35 training with Dr. Mark Brennan in the Hearing and Amplification Research Lab at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Nebraska. He will be conducting psychoacoustic experiments related to perception of amplified speech under compression in reverberant environments.

Karessa White, PhD Candidate, Publishes in Journal of Neuroscience

Karessa White, an SLHS PhD candidate, recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Her paper, entitled “G6PD Deficiency Does Not Affect the Cytosolic Glutathione or Thioredoxin Antioxidant Defense in Mouse Cochlea,” examines the roles of G6PD (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase) in the cytosolic antioxidant defense in the cochlea of G6PD hypomorphic mice. G6PD produces NADPH, a critical molecule for the glutathione and thioredoxin antioxidant defenses in the pentose phosphate pathway. G6PD is thought to be the principal source of NADPH. However, the study found that under normal physiological conditions, G6PD deficiency does not affect the cytosolic antioxidant defenses in the mouse cochlea, suggesting that G6PD is not essential for the maintenance of the cytosolic NADPH redox state or the cytosolic glutathione or thioredoxin antioxidant defense in the cochlea. Surprisingly, the study shows that isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 likely functions as the principal source of NADPH for cytosolic antioxidant defense in the cochlea. Read full article



Dr. Peihua Qiu, Plenary Speaker at the STU Hunter Research Conference 2017

The annual STU Hunter Research Conference is a high-profile research conference to honor one of the pioneers in applied statistics, Professor Stu Hunter. Each year, the conference invites six plenary speakers to present their research on topics that are fundamentally important to applied statistical research and applications. This year’s STU Hunter Research Conference was held in March in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Dr. Peihua Qiu of the Department of Biostatistics was invited to the conference as a plenary speaker. He made a 90-minute presentation, titled Jump Regression, Image Processing and Quality Control, followed by a 90-minute discussion. In his presentation, Dr. Qiu described broad applications of image comparison and monitoring, and introduced statistical tools for describing and handling image data. Dr. Qiu’s presentation was well received. Soon, the presentation will be published in the journal Quality Engineering as a discussion paper.

Biostatistics Spring Picnic

On April, 29, 2017, the Biostatistics Department hosted its annual spring picnic. All department faculty, staff, students, visitors, and their families were invited to attend. The turnout for the picnic was great with over 60% of the department present. 

This year the picnic took place at Drs. Somnath and Susmita Datta’s home. The same as in prior years, the potluck buffet proved to be a huge success with an endless number of international dishes. The weather was fantastic and the company even better. Not only was this a good time for all departmental associates to mingle, it was also a great opportunity for families to meet one another. 

The department looks forward to next year’s event.