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.

Grants:
  • Jul 2019 ACTIVE
    Evaluation of an Adaptive Intervention for Weight Loss Maintenance
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK · Project Manager
  • Mar 2018 ACTIVE
    BAYESIAN APPROACHES FOR MISSINGNESS AND CAUSALITY IN CANCER AND BEHAVIOR STUDIES
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCI ·
  • Apr 2016 – Mar 2017
    Claude D Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
  • Aug 2015 ACTIVE
    Escalating Proportion of Weight-Loss Maintainers Via Modules Prior to Weight Loss
    STANFORD UNIV · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2015 – May 2020
    Fixed Versus Variable Energy Reduction During Behavioral Obesity Treatment
    UNIV OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2015 – Mar 2016
    Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
  • Jan 2015 – Dec 2019
    Midwestern Collaborative for Treating Obesity in Rural P
    UNIV OF KANSAS MEDICAL CTR · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2014 – Feb 2017
    Bayesian approaches for missingness and causality in cancer and behavior studies
    UNIV OF TEXAS AUSTIN · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2013 – Apr 2020
    Rural Lifestyle Eating and Activity Program (Rural LEAP)
    NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2011 – May 2016
    Group Phone-Based Weight Control Among Rural Breast Canc
    UNIV OF KANSAS MEDICAL CTR · Principal Investigator
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.

Linda B Cottler

Linda B Cottler

Dean’s Professor And Associate Dean
Phone: (352) 294-5947
George Hack

George Hack PhD, MEd

Associate Dean For Educational Affairs
Phone: (352) 273-6377

George Hack, PhD, MEd, is the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions’ Associate Dean for Educational Affairs 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).

Education:
  • 2006
    MPH in Epidemiology
    University of Florida
  • 2000
    PhD in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology
    The Pennsylvania State University
  • 1993
    BS in Biology
    University of Central Florida