Deans

Michael G Perri

Michael G Perri, Ph.D.

DEAN
Phone: (352) 273-6214

Michael G. Perri, PhD, ABPP, is the Dean of the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the Robert G. Frank Endowed Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology. Dr. Perri was appointed Dean in 2009, after serving as interim dean for two years. Under his leadership, the college has grown from 1,700 to 2,505 students and has expanded its academic portfolio to include a doctorate of occupational therapy, PhD programs and concentrations in biostatistics, environmental and global health, epidemiology, One Health, public health, social and behavioral sciences, an online Masters of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Public Health. Dr. Perri’s research focuses on health promotion and disease prevention through changes in diet and physical activity. He has contributed to more than 185 publications and has been the principal investigator or co-investigator for more than $60 million in research grants and contracts. Dr. Perri is an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Obesity Society. He is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Samuel M. Turner Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Research in Clinical Psychology and the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Distinguished Research Mentor Award.

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  • Stephanie L Hanson

    Stephanie L Hanson, PhD, ABPP (Rp)

    Executive Associate Dean
    Phone: (352) 273-6377

    Stephanie Hanson, Ph.D., ABPP (Rp) is the executive associate dean and a clinical professor in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions. In her current position, Dr. Hanson oversees significant components of PHHP academic program development. She chairs the PHHP Blended Learning Task Force, which is spearheading the implementation of the college’s vision for a pedagogical educational model in which the use of technology and a blending of on line and interactive live class sessions facilitate student learning. She is also integrally involved in implementation of the college’s strategic plan. A member of the college since 1996, Dr. Hanson received her Ph.D.’s in developmental psychology and clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University. She was one of the first women board certified in rehabilitation psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. She subsequently served on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology as well as on the Executive and Ethics and Social Responsibility Committees of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association based on her significant contributions to the field of rehabilitation psychology, particularly in the area of ethics.

    Amy Blue

    Amy Blue

    ASO VICE PRESIDENT & CLIN PROF
    Phone: (352) 273-8477

    Amy Blue, PhD, is the associate dean for educational affairs at the UF 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 Environmental and Global Health. Dr. Blue holds a doctorate in Medical Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University and completed a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Post-doctoral fellowship in Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky. Following completion of her fellowship, she joined the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Dean’s Office and Department of Surgery as an assistant professor and medical educator. In 1998, Dr. Blue moved to the Medical University of South Carolina where she served as the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Evaluation in the MUSC College of Medicine, and advanced to Professor, Family Medicine. In 2007, Dr. Blue was promoted to Assistant Provost for Education at MUSC. In that role, she established and directed the university’s interprofessional education program, Creating Collaborative Care. Dr. Blue has co-authored more than 100 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 has been elected as a faculty member to the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha, holds honorary membership to the National Pharmacy Leadership Society, Phi Lambda Sigma, and membership to the public health honorary society, Delta Omega. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Interprofessional Care and the Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice. 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. In 2013, she was elected Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice, Dentistry Academy. In 2018, she was awarded the Association of American Medical Colleges Southern Group on Educational Affairs Career Educator award for sustained excellence in educational leadership and scholarship. Most recently, she was selected to be a public member of the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy.

    Linda B Cottler

    Linda B Cottler

    Dean's Professor And Associate Dean
    Phone: (352) 294-5947
    Andrea M Burne

    Andrea M Burne, MBA

    Assistant Dean Finance And Human Resources
    Phone: (352) 273-6143
    George Hack

    George Hack, PhD, MEd

    Associate Dean
    Phone: (352) 273-6377

    George Hack, PhD, MEd, is the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions’ Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Instructional Development and a Clinical Associate Professor in the department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Hack received his PhD in Educational Technology from the University of Florida and has designed online and face-to-face instruction in a variety of environments, including secondary, undergraduate, graduate, professional, adult vocational training, and military schools.

    At the University of Florida, Dr. Hack has served in various roles, working in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences as a coordinator of extension nutrition education programs, teaching graduate and undergraduate technology courses in the College of Education, and as assistant director for instruction and information systems in the Health Science Center Libraries. He has also collaborated on the Compendium for Children’s Health with a team of international physicians, setting up an online environment for pediatricians to receive instruction in Community Pediatrics.

    Dr. Hack’s research interests include human-computer interactions in learning as well as pedagogy influenced by situated and grounded learning theories. In addition, he has served ten years in the military, with four years of active duty in the Marine Corps.

    Cindy A Prins

    Cindy A Prins

    Assistant Dean For Educational Affairs
    Phone: (352) 294-8576

    Cindy Prins, PHD, MPH, CIC, CPH, is the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions’ assistant dean for educational affairs, the MPH Program Director, and a clinical associate professor of Epidemiology. Dr. Prins received her PhD in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology from Penn State University in 2000, where she studied replication of JC virus. She completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Florida, focusing on regulation of vaccinia virus transcription elongation. Concurrently, she earned her MPH in the Epidemiology concentration from the College of Public Health and Health Professions at UF in the fall of 2006. After this she worked as an Infection Control Practitioner at UF Health Shands Hospital. Dr. Prins joined the Epidemiology faculty first as an adjunct lecturer in 2009 and then full time as a clinical assistant professor in the fall of 2010. Dr. Prins’ research interests include the prevention of healthcare-associated infections, including those caused by multi-drug resistant organisms, and compliance with vaccine recommendations. Dr. Prins is Board Certified in Infection Control (CIC) and Public Health (CPH).