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Dr. Lu You - 2021 Outstanding Alumni

Congratulations to Lu You, PhD, a PHHP Biostatistics ’20 graduate who is being recognized as 1 of 14 graduates on September 24th in a virtual celebration for Outstanding Alumni award winners.

An Assistant Professor at the Health Informatics Institute at the University of South Florida, Dr. You works as a biostatistician in the TrialNet clinical research group, an international network dedicated to the study, prevention, and early treatment of Type 1 diabetes. His duties include planning studies, writing research protocols, and performing statistical analyses in collaboration with other TrialNet investigators on conventional and innovative methods towards preventive measures and new treatments.

(pictured: Dr. Lu You)

Submitted by Deana Nance

Dr. Steve Foti Appointed Director of Graduate Study

Please join the department in congratulating Steve Foti, PhD, MS, in his appointment as the Director of Graduate Study effective August 23, 2021. He joined the department in July 2017 and has since served successfully as the Director of Biostatistics' MS Online program. He has proven to be a valuable resource and leader in support of our growing graduate programs, and we are confident he will dedicate himself to this expanded service and leadership role within the department.

(pictured: Dr. Steve Foti)

Submitted by Deana Nance

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Dean's Citation Paper and Scholarship of Teaching Publication Awards

At the State of the College meeting on August 27, faculty members were recognized by Dean Michael Perri for their innovation and excellence in research and teaching with a Dean’s Citation Paper Award or Scholarship of Teaching Publication Award.  Congratulations to faculty who received these awards!

(pictured from top left: Dr. Joy Gabrielli (CHP), Dr. Young-Rock Hong (HSRMP), Dr. John Lednicky (EGH), Dr. Chiung-ju Liu (OT), Dr. Gordon Mitchell (PT), Dr. Thomas Pearson (EPI), Dr. Sterling Sheffield (SLHS), Dr. Samuel Wu (BIO), and Dr. Judi Schack-Dugré (PT, Scholarship of Teaching Publication))

Submitted by Lauren H. Guidi

Dr. Stephanie Hanson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 22) has awarded its 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award to Stephanie Hanson, PhD, ABPP (Rp), a clinical professor and the executive associate dean in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. The award recognizes rehabilitation psychologists who have made outstanding lifelong contributions in the areas of practice, science, public interest and/or education and training that advances rehabilitation psychology as a science or a profession.

Read more here.

(pictured: Dr. Stephanie Hanson)

Submitted by Jill Pease

Outstanding Alumni Award Winners

The College of Public Health and Health Professions is proud to recognize 14 graduates with 2021 Outstanding Alumni Awards. They were honored at a virtual ceremony held September 24. The awardees include Dr. Harvey Abrams, Dr. Dawn Bowers, Dr. Christine Davidson, Dr. Lauren Tabor Gray, Laura Gruber, Dr. Abenaa Jones, Dr. Ellington Jones, Dr. Trevor Lentz, Dr. Christine Myers, Chad Neilsen, Steven Peterson, Dr. Kathryn Ross, Dr. Nicole Tester and Dr. Lu You.

Meet the honorees.

Submitted by Jill Pease

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Dean's Ambassadors

The Dean’s Office welcomed 10 new ambassadors into the Dean’s Ambassador Program for the 2021-2022 academic year.  These 10 students join eight returning Senior Ambassadors. The Dean’s Ambassador Program was founded in 2016 and involves a group of elite student leaders who are dedicated to volunteering and supporting PHHP in a diverse range of college events and activities.  More information and ambassador spotlights can be found here.  

Submitted by Lauren H. Guidi

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Dr. John Lednicky Interviewed by USA Today
on the Nipah Virus

The Nipah virus, a zoonotic virus that may have also originated from bats, is a deadly virus that has already taken the life of a 12-year-old boy in India this month. John Lednicky, PhD, MS, was interviewed for a USA Today story, “What is the Nipah virus and why is it more deadly than COVID-19? A virus expert explains,” which discusses the Nipah virus, its symptoms, and whether or not we should be worried about its outbreak in the US. 

Read the article here.

(pictured: Dr. John Lednicky)

Submitted by Brynn Dalton

Steven Peterson Named as One of
PHHP's 2021 Outstanding Alumni

The College of Public Health and Health Professions has recognized one of our EGH alumni, Steven Peterson, MPH Environmental Health Concentration, with a 2021 Outstanding Alumni Award. Mr. Peterson, among thirteen other award winners, will be recognized at a virtual celebration on September 24th. Read more about Mr. Peterson and other graduates here.

(pictured: Steven Peterson)

Submitted by Brynn Dalton

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Drs. Varma and Parker Receive Funding

Deepthi Varma, PhD, MSW, MPhil, and Leslie Parker, PhD, APRN, received the Florida Blue Center for Health Care Quality Call for Demonstration Project funding for their project titled Improving Lactation Success in Black Mothers of Critically Ill Infants in the NICU using Discreet, Hands-free, Wearable Breast Pumps. The significant racial disparities surrounding lactation in Black mothers resulting in fewer black infants receiving breastmilk is well recognized. The funded project will target improvement in health outcomes of critically ill infants of Black mothers in the neonatal intensive care unit by assisting black women to increase their lactation frequency thereby increasing the amount of breast milk received by their babies.

(pictured: Dr. Deepthi Varma and Dr. Leslie Parker)

Submitted by Cierara Parker

PhD Student Published in Journal of Nutrition

Epidemiology doctoral student Kevin Bitsie had his manuscript, entitled “Dietary vitamin A and breast cancer risk in Black women: the African American Breast Cancer Epidemiology and Risk (AMBER) Consortium”, accepted for publication in the Journal of Nutrition. Mentored by assistant professor in Epidemiology Dr. Ting-Yuan David Cheng, Mr. Bitsie analyzed data from 3,564 breast cancer cases and 11,843 controls and showed inverse associations of dietary intake of vitamin A, β-carotene, and lutein with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer risk overall and among premenopausal Black women. The study contributes to bridging the knowledge gap regarding nutrition and breast cancer prevention between Black women and White women. 

(pictured: Kevin Bitsie)

Submitted by Cierara Parker

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HSRMP Welcomes New Associate Professor, Dr. Molly Jacobs

The Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy would like to introduce our new Associate Professor, Molly Jacobs, PhD, MS! Dr. Jacobs joins us from East Carolina University where she served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Information and Management and the Center for Health Disparities Research. Her research focuses on health equity among vulnerable and marginalized populations. She has engaged in research grants from the US Department of Agriculture, Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs and Commerce on a variety of topics including healthcare utilization, food stamps receipt, veterans’ disability rating, food security, cost of healthcare, and cost effectiveness. Dr. Jacobs has a wealth of experience in health economics and data science and looks to continue her research in the areas of health disparities and affordability, data science, and machine learning approaches to health interventions. 

Welcome to the team, Dr. Jacobs!

(pictured: Dr. Molly Jacobs)

Submitted by: Lance Jackson

Dr. Walker Joins Technologies Advancing Translation and Equity as UF Site PI

Dr. Ashby Walker joins Emory University’s NIH NIDDK-funded Regional Core: Technologies Advancing Translation and Equity. This newly funded regional core is led by Dr. Francisco Pasquel of the Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research (GCDTR, PI Dr. Narayan of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health). Dr. Walker will serve as the site PI for UF, joining with Emory and their collaborators focusing on reducing health disparities in diabetes through implementation science to optimize the reach, adoption, impact, and sustainability of diabetes technologies.  

(pictured: Dr. Ashby Walked)

 Submitted by: Lance Jackson

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Dr. Jessica Kramer and Colleagues
Receive PCORI Funding

Dr. Jessica Kramer, PhD, OTR/L, (co-PI) and her colleagues at the Center for Start Services at the Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire and Johns Hopkins University/Kennedy Kreider Institute received funding from the Patient –Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for their project “Evaluation of telehealth services on mental health outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).” This project seeks to address disparities in mental health care for people with IDD by comparing an in-person to a telemental health delivered crisis prevention program for youth and young adults with IDD.

(pictured: Dr. Jessica Kramer)

Submitted by Betsy Westra

Dr. Sherrilene Classen Completes 6 year-term as Editor-in-Chief of OJTR: Occupation, Participation and Health 

The journal experienced significant success over the past six years. Based on the performance metrics since 2014, OTJR continues its successful upward trajectory. OTJR has steadily raised its impact factor from 2016 - 0.795, 2017 - 1.000, 2018 - 1.234, 2019 - 1.220 and 2021 - the highest impact factor ever of 1.768. OTJR received a record number of submissions in 2020-2021.  This is a reflection of the efficiency and teamwork of the editorial team and reviewers that will continue under the leadership of the new Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Tim Wolf.

Read the full article here.

(pictured: Dr. Sherrilene Classen)

Submitted by Betsy Westra

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UF DPT Students Providing Care for All Patients Despite Language Barriers

 UF Doctor of Physical Therapy students strive to provide culturally competent care at the UF Physical Therapy Equal Access Clinic. Through a partnership with the UF Medical Equal Access Clinic, the clinic now offers certified language interpretation for virtual telehealth and in-person visits.

To help improve health care quality and outcomes, increase patient satisfaction, and enable the patients to better understand and manage their condition, second year DPT students Valentina Martinez, lead interpreter liaison, and Evelin Garcia, assistant interpreter liaison, work with Spanish-speaking patients to ensure they have the best possible experience at the PT EAC.

Read about their efforts here.

(pictured from left: Valentina Martinez and Evelin Garcia)

Submitted by Jaclyn Scott

Dr. Beneciuk to be Keynote Speaker at
2021 AAOMPT Conference
 

Jason Beneciuk, PT, DPT, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, clinical research scientist at Brooks Rehabilitation, and clinical investigator with a musculoskeletal concentration within the Brooks/UF-PHHP Collaboration, was invited to present as a keynote speaker for the 2021 AAOMPT Conference in Ohio on Friday, October 8.

His talk, “Just Keep Talking: Closing the Loop on Patient-Centered Communication,” will discuss the important link between patient-centered care and effective communication. During the session, Dr. Beneciuk will explain tools, measures, and processes to enhance treatment effectiveness and optimize clinical outcomes.

(pictured: Dr. Jason Beneciuk)

Submitted by Jaclyn Scott

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Bringing Hope to Children in Peru

Join us in celebrating Latinx culture, traditions and achievements as the program recognizes Fiorella Guerrero, MA, a Rehabilitation Science PhD student studying within the Disability, Occupation, and Participation Science track. She directly supports Peruvian children with intellectual and developmental disabilities through her efforts as a volunteer and member of the non-profit Warmakuna Hope. Based in Lima, the volunteers and Guerrero are providing free rehabilitation services and workshops to the children and their families.

Recently, volunteers collected donations to provide 20 tablets to the families, allowing their children to access both their school classes and therapy sessions safely during COVID-19.

Read more about Guerrero’s efforts here.

Submitted by Jaclyn Scott

Welcome, Incoming RSD Students! 

This semester the Rehabilitation Science Program welcomed six incoming doctoral students!

Get to know Oluwafemi Adegbemigun, PT, MSc; Pratiksha Awale, BPT, MS; Kayla Burrowes; Priya Kanjani, BPT, MS; Yun Chan Shin, MS; and Todd Williams, PT, DPT, NCS, in the RSD newsletter.

(pictured from top left: Oluwafemi Adegbemigun, Pratiksha Awale, Kayla Burrowes, Priya Kanjani, Yun Chan Shin, and Todd Williams)

Submitted by Jaclyn Scott

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Jennifer Maizel Co-Authors Publication in Diabetes Care and Diabetes

SBS PhD student Jennifer Maizel co-authored an article on gender gaps in diabetes research that was duly published in Diabetes Care and Diabetes. The study found that while there is nearly equal representation of men and women in the diabetes field, women are substantially underrepresented in leadership positions and journal editorial boards across various institutions. Additionally, women make up a low percentage of diabetes research grant and career achievement awardees. The study calls for the reduction of barriers faced by women scientists and creating environments that promote their retention and recognize their contributions. Jennifer is mentored by Dr. Ashby Walker.

(pictured: Jennifer Maizel)

Submitted by Dr. Lindsey King

Cary Carr Selected to Participate in Women Lead: UF Institute for Early Career Scholars

SBS PhD student Cary Carr was selected to participate in the inaugural Women Lead: UF Institute for Early Career Scholars. Women-Lead is a leadership development program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows that builds self and career sector awareness through networking, interactive workshops, team discussions, mentoring, and career path research. The program runs for one year and includes virtual workshops and discussion groups each month.

(pictured: Cary Carr)

Submitted by Dr. Lindsey King

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SLHS Students and Faculty Participate in 5k to Support the ASHFoundation

On Saturday, August 28th, graduate students and faculty in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences gathered at downtown Gainesville's Depot Park to participate in a 5k event down the Hawthorne Trail supporting the ASHFoundation (American Speech Language Hearing Association Foundation). The ASHFoundation supports innovators and sparks innovation in communication sciences. The organization gives early support to promising students, researchers, and clinicians exploring bold ideas to transform the field and improve people's lives.

Submitted by: Aaron McEnery 

UF SLHS Screen Team and BASS ABA Therapy

The UF SLHS Screen Team is now affiliated with BASS ABA Therapy and will be provide hearing screens to their clients. Since 2003, BASS Therapy has offered individualized ABA services that have grown to serve communities across Florida. They now offer speech language pathology, directed by UF Graduate Alumni, Brittany Schmidt. Ms. Schmidt contacted the SLHS Screen Team so that we could collaborate on providing the best services to their centers in Gainesville. This location will serve as a clinical rotation for our first year Au.D. students, supervised by Dr. Krista Fitzgerald.

Submitted by: Aaron McEnery 

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