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Dr. Michael G. Perri, Dean and Robert G. Frank Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology

Michael G. Perri, Ph.D., is dean at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. Dr. Perri joined the UF faculty in 1990 as a professor of clinical and health psychology. At UF, Dr. Perri has held a variety of administrative positions, including head of the Health Psychology Division (1990–2004) and director of the Psychology Internship Program (1992–2004). From 2004 to 2007, he served as the college’s associate dean for research.

Dr. Perri’s research focuses on health promotion and disease prevention through changes in diet and physical activity. His current studies involve the development of effective programs for the management of obesity in underserved rural communities. Dr. Perri has contributed to 161 publications, including 127 peer-reviewed journal articles, 4 books, and 30 book chapters/monographs. He has also co-authored papers published in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Archives of Internal Medicine, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Health Psychology.

Dr. Perri’s research has been supported through grants and contracts from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and private industry. Over the course of his career, he has been the principal investigator or co-investigator for more than $39 million in research grants and contracts. He is currently the principal investigator for $3.6 million in NIH grants and co-investigator for an additional $4.1 million in external awards.

The empirical findings from the 18 randomized controlled trials conducted by Dr. Perri’s research team have had a significant impact on theory, research, and clinical care related to behavioral treatment of obesity. In 2008, Dr. Perri received the American Psychological Association’s Samuel M. Turner Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Research in Clinical Psychology. In 2013, Dr. Perri received the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Distinguished Research Mentor Award.

Contact: (352) 273-6214

Address:
College of Public Health and Health Professions
Dean’s Office
PO Box 100185
Gainesville, FL 32610

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Dr. Stephanie Hanson, Executive Associate Dean and Clinical Professor

Stephanie Hanson, Ph.D., is the executive associate dean and a clinical professor at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions.

A member of the college since 1996, Dr. Hanson received her Ph.D.s in developmental psychology and clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University. From 1986 to 1991, she was a clinical assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, where she directed inpatient psychology services at Rusk Rehabilitation Center and helped establish the center’s first postdoctoral psychology training program. She also established psychological services at the University’s Women’s Health Center.

In 1991, she moved to North Carolina, where she led the development of the first comprehensive outpatient brain injury program at Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation. She subsequently worked as the development coordinator for the neurology program at Whitaker Rehabilitation Center in Winston-Salem. Dr. Hanson chaired the ethics committee for the APA Rehabilitation Psychology Division (Division 22) for seven years (1993–2000) and served as a Division 22 executive committee member (1998–2001). She was one of the first women to be board certified in rehabilitation psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and from 1999 to 2002 was on the board of directors of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology, which certifies psychologists in the specialty of rehabilitation. Dr. Hanson is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. She has chaired multiple APA-sponsored continuing education workshops and symposia, published, and taught on health care ethics.

Dr. Hanson’s interests include ethical practice in complex health care delivery systems, interdisciplinary team functioning, traumatic brain injury and stroke, and clinical and academic program development. Dr. Hanson oversees administrative aspects of the health science program and has previously taught Therapeutic Communication Skills and Ethical and Legal Issues. She is a faculty supervisor for Clinical Observation/Health Care Volunteer Work.

Contact: (352) 273-6377

Address:
College of Public Health and Health Professions
Dean’s Office
PO Box 100185
Gainesville, FL 32610

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Dr. Mary Peoples-Sheps, Senior Associate Dean for Public Health and Associate Professor

Mary Peoples-Sheps, Dr.P.H., is the senior associate dean for public health and an associate professor in the Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions.

Dr. Peoples-Sheps received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Saint John College in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1969; a Master of Science in nursing, with a major in maternal and child health, from Boston University in 1973; and the Doctor of Public Health in health administration from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill in 1981. She practiced public health nursing throughout the 1970s.

From 1981 to 1998, Dr. Peoples-Sheps was on the faculty of the UNC School of Public Health in maternal and child health, public health nursing, and public health practice and leadership. She also served the school as associate dean for academic affairs and associate dean for public health practice. In 2004, she joined the faculty of the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions to develop infrastructure and to integrate public health programs into the college.

For the past 25 years, Dr. Peoples-Sheps’s teaching, service, and research have focused on surveillance of health problems, program planning, evaluation, and performance measurement—particularly on behalf of mothers, children, and other vulnerable population groups.

Contact: (352) 273-6084 mpeoplessheps@phhp.ufl.edu

Address:
College of Public Health and Health Professions
Dean’s Office
PO Box 100185
Gainesville, FL 32610

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Dr. Linda Cottler, Associate Dean for Research and Planning and Chair, Epidemiology

Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions’ associate dean for research and planning. She is the dean’s professor and founding chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the UF College of Medicine.

Her work has focused on addiction and its comorbidity and consequences, and community engaged research primarily through HealthStreet. She has developed widely-used interviews for assessing substance abuse and dependence, other psychiatric disorders, and the effectiveness of peer-delivered interventions to reduce high risk behaviors. Recent work has focused on prescription drug misuse, impaired professionals, and community-based efforts, along with international collaborations and research in Taiwan, Australia, India and Afghanistan. Since 1988, Dr. Cottler has had a diverse research portfolio that has been funded by NIH, WHO, foundations and industry, including ESPN. She is principal investigator of two Fogarty International Center Training Programs focused on non-communicable diseases with a focus on India. She has directly mentored over 40 pre- and postdoctoral and K award fellows, and numerous high school and college students as part of a formal summer training program.

As a charter member since 1998 of the NIDA Career Development Review Committee, Dr. Cottler has reviewed more than 2,500 career development plans. She has been honored for her mentoring work by Washington University’s Academic Women’s Network and the Postdoc Society, and was primary author of NIDA’s monograph entitled “Valued Approaches to Mentoring.”

Contact: (352) 273-5468; lbcottler@ufl.edu

Address:
College of Public Health and Health Professions
Department of Epidemiology
P.O. Box 100231
Gainesville, FL 32610

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Dr. Amy Blue, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs and Clinical Professor

Dr. Amy Blue

Amy Blue, Ph.D., is the associate dean for educational affairs at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, and associate vice president for interprofessional education in the UF Health Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs. She is also a clinical professor in the PHHP Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health.

Dr. Blue joined the UF faculty in 2013 from the Medical University of South Carolina where she served as the director of the university’s interprofessional education program, Creating Collaborative Care, as well as the director of the university’s Presidential Scholars program for students.

Dr. Blue has co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications regarding medical and interprofessional education. Her educational research interests have included measures of professionalism in medical students funded by the National Board of Medical Examiners, and assessment and evaluation practices funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has served in national leadership roles, including chair of The Generalists in Medical Education, chair of the Southern Group on Educational Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and was a founding member of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative.  Dr. Blue was elected as a faculty member to the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha and honorary membership to the National Pharmacy Leadership Society, Phi Lambda Sigma. She has been an editorial board member of the journal, Teaching and Learning in Medicine and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Interprofessional Care. Dr. Blue served as a member of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel that wrote the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Report in 2011.

Contact: 352-294-4981, amy.blue@phhp.ufl.edu

Address:
College of Public Health and Health Professions
Dean’s Office
PO Box 100185
Gainesville, FL 32610

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