PHHP graduates named 2015 UF outstanding young alumni

College of Public Health and Health Professions graduates Melissa Hall, Au.D., and Dyanne Herrera, M.P.H., were recognized at the University of Florida’s Outstanding Young Alumni Awards ceremony April 11.

MelissaHallHeadshotMelissa Hall, Au.D., CCC-A/SLP, a 2010 graduate of the UF Doctor of Audiology program, is a clinical assistant professor in the college’s department of speech, language, and hearing sciences, where she conducts assessments and evaluations of hearing in infants, children and adults, and participates in the newborn hearing screening program. She is a member of the UF Health cochlear implant program, providing cochlear implant evaluations, programming and rehabilitation, while working closely with the UF department of otolaryngology. She is an instructor for the Doctor of Audiology degree program and supervises students in clinical rotations. She co-chaired the inaugural Conference on Pediatric Hearing Loss held in Gainesville in August 2014. Hall was appointed to the board of the Florida Chapter of AG Bell and is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology.

Dyanne Herrera

Dyanne Herrera, M.P.H., received her UF Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in epidemiology in 2009. She serves as the chief of the Office of Assessment and Evaluation in the Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health at the Arizona Department of Health Services. She oversees the data unit and epidemiologist and is involved in coordinating all policies, strategies and activities surrounding assessment, evaluation and research of maternal and child health programs. Before joining the Arizona Department of Health Services, she was a council of state and territorial epidemiologist (CSTE) assigned to the MCH-Epidemiology Team of the CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health and the Office of Border Health of the Texas Department of State Health Services covering the U.S-Mexico border region in El Paso. During her fellowship Herrera received the Hillary B. Foulkes Memorial Award in recognition of her outstanding achievement and commitment to excellence as a CDC/CSTE applied epidemiology fellow.