By Arline Phillips-Han
Dr. William Mann and Dr. Abdelsalam Helal
with some of the everyday objects that,
with the center 's development, could
make seniors'lives easier.
For older people with physical and cognitive impairments, little things like wireless
phones, motion-sensor lights, remote controls for household appliances and door locks
are big factors in promoting independence and quality of life.
To help these seniors expand their abilities to perform daily activities safely, a team of
University of Florida specialists in rehabilitation, computer science and engineering is
partnering with private industry to capitalize on new assistive products and technologies.
The researchers, now moving into action with the support of a $4.5 million federal
grant, are consulting with an advisory board of older consumers who will define the real-
life challenges they face and the kinds of help they need to live with greater independence.
The National Institute for Disability, Rehabilitation and Research, a branch of the U. S.
Department of Education, is funding creation of the UF Rehabilitation Engineering
Research Center on Technology for SuccessfulAging the first of its kind in Florida. The
center will be collaboratively run by the UF colleges of Health Professions and Engineer-
ing, and the campuswide UF Institute onAging.
"We're taking technologies that already exist or are nearing the production stage and
looking at their effectiveness and potential impact
The Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies moved into full operation at the start of
the new year under the leadership of its first director. Simultaneously, a new center for
rehabilitation outcomes research was inaugurated in collaboration with Gainesville's
Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Pamela Duncan, Ph.D., began her director duties on Jan. 1. She most recently held
positions at the University of Kansas Medical Center as a professor of health policy and
management and as the director of research for the Center onAging. She was also a senior
health researcher at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Duncan leads the Brooks Center's efforts to develop and test new rehabilitative
interventions, assess the effectiveness of existing treatments and examine the health policy
implications of rehabilitation care.
"The ultimate goal of the Brooks Center is to provide the most effective rehabilitation
services for people who are disabled," Duncan said.
Other goals of the center include training individuals for careers in rehabilitation and
taking an advocacy role to ensure that patients have access to rehabilitation care, Duncan
The Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies was founded in 1999 as a collaborative
effort between the College of Health Professions, UF's Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight
Brain Institute and the Brooks Health System in Jacksonville.
Brooks Center cont. on pg. 3
"The formation of the center shows
tremendous vision and builds on community
partnerships. Dr. Pamela Duncan
The University of Florida is a truly remarkable
institution. Now among the five largest universities in
the United States, UF has matched growth in size with
increases in quality.
UF's academic excellence is demonstrated by its
ranking as third among public universities in the number
of national merit scholars. More than 90 percent of all
entering freshmen score above the
national average on standardized college Robert G. Frank, Dean
Our university also is a growing
source of scientific discovery, yielding more than $379 million in research and
contract dollars within the last fiscal year, a 12 percent increase over the
previous year. The growth in the amount of research dollars is testimony to the
passion of UF faculty to improve the welfare of Florida citizens.
While UF has demonstrated notable growth and increases in quality, such
steps often are expected of great universities. As the state of Florida struggles to
address significant budget problems, it is reasonable to reflect upon the value
and contribution of state-funded organizations. What should citizens of Florida
expect of a university?
There are many ways to judge a university's contributions. We might ask:
Does the university enhance educational opportunities for the state's
As the largest university in the state, UF produces 22 percent of the college
degrees awarded in Florida each year. Most importantly, UF produces 40
percent of the degrees awarded to engineers, 55 percent of the degrees awarded to
physicians, 23 percent of the degrees awarded to health professionals, and 13.5 percent
of the degrees awarded to our teachers.
Does the university create value that exceeds the investment of the state?
Although UF is most often thought of as a state-supported institution, it is,
in fact, only partially supported by state funds. In the current fiscal year, only 39
percent of UF's budget is derived from state funds. The remaining 61 percent
comes from research funded by federal and private sources, contracts, and
services such as health care.
More than 55 percent of the College of Health Professions' budget comes
from sources other than the state. However, the state's investment in UF is
sound. For every dollar the state spends on UF, the university generates $5.20
that is spent within the state's economy, with direct benefits to Florida citizens
in science, technology, health care and education.
Does the university enhance the welfare of the state's citizens?
When we think of Florida's citizens, we may picture a state comprised of
elderly retirees fleeing cold climates. Yet surprisingly, Florida's population of
children more than 3 million is larger than its group of senior citizens.
Unfortunately, Florida's children disproportionately live in poverty. These
children require an educational system that provides opportunities to acquire
marketable skills and join the cutting edge of growing, new technologies. There
is no question these opportunities are created by great education systems,
capped by productive universities.
The University of Florida is such a place.
Murray J. C6t6, Ph.D., assistantprofessor, health services
administration, received a national award from the Healthcare Financial Management
Association for an article he co-authored on predicting consumer demand for health-care
services. The article, "Four Methodologies to Improve Healthcare Demand Forecasting,"
was published in the May 2001 issue of Healthcare F ., .. i ~/, ... it magazine.
Thnmas N. Dikel, Ph.D., hasbeenappointedchiefpsychologist
and research director for the Child Protection Team based at the University of Florida. The
team is one of 23 state-funded programs that deal with known and suspected cases of child
abuse and neglect. Dikel holds ajoint assistant clinical professorship in clinical and health
psychology and in the College of Medicine's department of pediatrics.
Ronald IH Rozensky, Ph. D. chairmanandprofessor,
iic.ii,.iii..,iii. i. ,.i..,- .,,.i1 Eileen Fennell, Ph.D., professor,
clinical and health psychology, have been elected to the American Psychological
Association's Council of Representatives. Their three-year terms on the legislative body of
the national organization began in January. Rozensky also has been elected chair of the
APA's Board of Educational Affairs for 2002. The board works to advance the science and
practice of psychology for the public's benefit and enhance the quality of education and
training programs in the profession.
The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students named the
daqrtmmt of clinical and health psyvdrlcgy
the 2001 Department of the Year. The honor is given eachyear to a student-nominated
graduate psychology department that exemplifies outstanding commitment to graduate
students and demonstrates excellent faculty-student relations.
Suzanne Bennett Johnson, Ph-.D. professor,
clinical and health psychology, is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy
Fellowship. Johnson has been spending the year in Washington, D.C., learning firsthand
about the health-care policy-making process. She is one of six fellows selected by the
Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences.
assistive technologies cont. from pg. 1
on health, independence and quality of life," said William C. Mann, Ph.D., who directs both
the center and its research core and also chairs the occupational therapy department.
"Reducing costs of care for this special population is one of our primary goals."
Mann says the connections with industries are expected to speed the transfer of new
assistive technologies to the consumers and caregivers who need them. Companies already
enlisted in the initiative are Honeywell, IBM, Lifeline, Philips Medical Systems and Motorola.
"We plan to address a host of problems faced by individuals whose aging-related
disabilities or frailties hinder their ability to take care of themselves and their household,"
Mann said. "Emphasis will be placed on the design, testing and implementation of home
monitoring and communications systems that are easy to use and contribute to a safer and
more supportive living environment.
"For example, we plan to develop and test the use of devices that unobtrusively
monitor key needs (taking medicine, eating, drinking) as well as critical events such as falls
or a stove left on," he added. "We also will explore the use of computers for active
communication to aid self-care in terms of banking, shopping, bathing and dressing."
UF computer science ProfessorAbdelsalam (Sumi) Helal, Ph.D., who is directing
technology development for the center, said "smart phones," containing miniaturized
computers, are among the products already under investigation at the College of Engineer-
ing, in cooperation with Motorola's iDEN group in Plantation, Fla.
"For elders whose physical, cognitive and sensory skills are fading, smart phones
could literally become magic wands that give them greater command and control over
everyday activities," said Helal, widely known for his studies of wireless and mobile
computing and networking. "In addition to the possibilities for designing computerized
phones to open or lock doors, or turn appliances on or off, they could also be programmed
to give audible instructions for taking medications or to alert others when help is needed,"
"Smart phones that interface with a 'smart home environment'could be valuable
intelligent agents that keep track of a person's medication use and determine when a refill is
needed," Helal said. "At that point, the programmable phone could dial a designated
pharmacy, order the new supply of medicine and arrange for home delivery."
Helal said these are only a few of the functions that could be performed in a computer-
assisted environment to help seniors with various physical and cognitive impairments.
"We hope the technologies we analyze and develop-from handheld electronic devices to
more extensive communication and health monitoring systems-will add life to years for
people who want to live as independently as possible," said Jeffrey W Dwyer, Ph.D., director
of UF's Institute onAging. Dwyer will lead the project's educational component, aimed at
informing elders, caregivers and service providers regarding the assistive technologies
"We envision developing product videos and booklets, setting up toll-free phone lines
for information on technology, providing free information at seniors' centers and through the
World Wide Web, and working with Area Agencies on Aging and other networks to
disseminate information," said Dwyer.
Collaborators in the effort include the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the
Administration onAging and four other universities and five major aging or aging-related
organizations, including AARP, American Society onAging, NationalAssociation of Area
Agencies onAging, American Medical Association andAssociation of TechAct Programs.
Brooks Center cont. from pg. 1
The center's research component is located primarily at the College of Health
Professions while the patient care element is carried out at Brooks Health System, Shands
Jacksonville and other UF affiliated facilities.
"The center gives us a tremendous opportunity to bring together an interdisciplinary group
of scientists, clinicians and therapists to provide better rehabilitation services," Duncan said.
"The formation of the center shows tremendous vision and builds on community partnerships."
Duncan also has been appointed to direct the new Rehabilitation Outcomes Research
Center for Veterans with Central Nervous System Damage at the VAMedical Center in
Gainesville. A $3 million award from the Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Develop-
ment funds the five-year program.
The center plans to address research on rehabilitation outcomes with a focus on
veterans who have suffered central nervous system damage as a result of stroke. The center
also will develop a national database of outcomes for individuals who have experienced
strokes and test newly emerging rehabilitation therapies for stroke patients.
College of Health Professions faculty and students will have the opportunity to work
closely with VAMedical Center investigators with the aim of integrating the skills of both
rehabilitation and health services researchers. Additionally, the Rehabilitation Outcomes
Research Center's career development program offers funding to faculty, pre-doctoral students
and postdoctoral fellows to help clinicians develop skills as health services research
An internationally known audiologist has been named
interim chair of the department of communicative disor-
ders. James Hall III, Ph.D., succeeds Michael Crary,
Ph.D., who will continue as a professor and researcher in
Before joining the faculty in July 2000, Hall held clinical
and academic audiology positions at the University of
Pennsylvania School of Medicine, University of
Texas Houston Medical School and Vanderbilt Dr. James Hall
University's School of Medicine. Hall lectures all
over the world on audiology topics and has authored more than 120 joumal articles, book
chapters and books.
As interim chair, Hall intends to continue the department's focus on offering continuing
education programs for audiologists. Since audiology is dependent upon technology,
practitioners need regular updates to stay abreast of the latest advancements.
"Here at UF we have state-of-the-art equipment and we know the latest techniques,"
Hall said. "We need to get the skills and techniques into the hands of audiologists and 3
speech pathologists so all can benefit."
Hall also plans to build on the department's strengths by encouraging faculty research.
His own research interests include auditory electrophysiology, the evaluation of auditory
function through recorded responses from the brain. This method is especially successful
when assessing the hearing of individuals who can't communicate their responses to
testers, such as newborns, Hall said. His book on the technique, Handbook ofAuditory
EvokedResponses, is considered a standard resource for audiologists.
Additionally, Hall's research focuses on treatments for tinnitus, the occurrence of sound
such as ringing or whistling in an individual's ears when there are no external sounds
present. While the causes of tinnitus aren't well known, the condition affects millions of
Americans each year.
Hall's work on how the brain processes sound involves the development of techniques
for evaluating and treating school-age children with auditory processing disorders. Since
these children may have difficulty following teachers' instructions and reading assignments,
they routinely perform poorly in school.
"The main theme of my research is the underserved patient population," Hall said.
Chri Loftis, a doctoral student in clinical andhealthpsychology, is the elected
chairman of the American Psychological Association for Graduate Students for 2001-2004.
The organization is theAPA's largest subcommittee and has a membership of 50,000
undergraduate and graduate psychology students.
Two health services administration students, Aj ani Dunn and
Carlton Inniss, wonfirst-place scholarshipsintheEverett V Fox Student
Case Analysis and Presentation Competition. The competition is sponsored by the National
Association of Health Services Executives. They each received $3,000 scholarships.
The student-run Health Professions College Council sponsored the first annual Charity
Volleyball Tournament last fall. More than 70 students, representing each of the college's
departments, competed in the three-on-three volleyball tournament. The "PT Players"
team, physicaltherapy students Peter David, Diana Potter,
and Brett Wiegrefe, won the championship game. Participants raised
almost $500 to benefit the American Red Cross Liberty Disaster Fund for victims of the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
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National Institutes of Health grant, seeks to define the barriers that keep parents and
children from adhering to complicated medical regimens, and to help parents manage the
care of children with chronic illness.
Investigators Suzanne Bennett Johnson, Ph.D., and Alexandra Quittner, Ph.D., both
professors of clinical and health psychology, will work with 200 families having children
under age 11 with cystic fibrosis or diabetes during a four-year study.
"Both of these chronic diseases of childhood are extremely difficult to manage and
require several types of daily medical treatment," Quittner explained.
Johnson and Quittner point out that compliance with these medical regimens is, on
average, below 50 percent for both diseases. The consequences for not properly
following health-provider recommendations can be serious, they said. A decline in a child's
health and development, absences from school, increased stress among family members
and higher health-care costs for the child's treatment are all results of noncompliance.
The researchers will document the reasons that keep parents from following the
regimens prescribed for their children. These may include insufficient skills to carry out the
treatment; failure to remember to administer treatment; lack of time management; inability
to gain cooperation from the child; and miscommunication between the parent and health-
Type 1 diabetes adversely affects the way the body uses glucose obtained from the
daily diet. Diabetes can cause an excess accumulation of glucose in the blood, which can
damage almost every major organ in the body. Children with type 1 diabetes must take
multiple injections of insulin each day, timed to coincide with meals. The disease requires
the testing of blood glucose, using a finger stick to draw blood levels two to four times a
day. The child also is asked to follow a particular diet and exercise plan.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition affecting the glands that produce mucus, sweat,
saliva and digestive juices. The most dangerous consequences of cystic fibrosis are lung
disease and respiratory failure. Children with cystic fibrosis must take oral or inhaled
antibiotics and mucus-thinning drugs two to three times a day. They also must clear their
airways using a manual procedure or mechanical device, a 20-to-30 minute task, twice
daily to break up mucus in the lungs. They additionally should receive enzyme medications
with each meal and snack and consume 50 percent to 100 percent more calories than a
To measure the effects of the researchers' efforts, electronic monitors will be used to
document when a child's treatments are given. Monitors on pill bottles, blood glucose
testers and inhalers will tell investigators the date, time and frequency of use. Each patient's
chart will be reviewed to help researchers compare the children's hospitalizations,
emergency room visits and extra clinic appointments before and after the study's intervention.
Johnson and Quittner said they hope that by conducting the intervention in families
with younger children, they may prevent or minimize the health problems often seen in
adolescents with diabetes or cystic fibrosis. Establishing these desirable behavioral
patterns should help children effectively manage their own diseases as they enter adult-
hood, the researchers said.
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"You are, without a doubt, one of the best
teachers I ever had. All you taught has stayed
with me to this day. You were steadfastly
funny, fair, calm and collected. Thankyou. You
are without equal."
Gigi Benson Kady, '85
"Best wishes for a wonderful, happy retire-
ment. There are hundreds of students out there
with fond memories of your classes at UF and
for that you should be very proud."
Mary Smith McCombs, '81
"The University of Florida (all of us!) and the
incoming students will miss your expertise,
clarity and vitality for teaching and learning.
Thank you for your commitment to us as a
profession and as people. You will be missed,
but never forgotten."
Elizabeth Frerking Keith,
PT, PCS '93
"You have enriched and touched the lives of
many, personally and professionally. We are
better people because of you!"
Denise Leach Rice, '77
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W hen the physical therapy Class of
1999 announced the establishment of a
scholarship in her name, Claudette Finley,
M.S., P.T., nearly missed the announcement.
Busy admiring the engraved watch the
students had presented to her, Finley almost
didn't hear the news when it was revealed at
the graduation banquet.
"I was so touched by their efforts to go
to such lengths for me," Finley recalled. "It
is one of the greatest honors a teacher can
By the time she retired as an associate
professor of physical therapy on Dec. 31,
2001, Finley had guided 35 years' worth of
physical therapy students through the
complexities of human anatomy and
medical surgical disorders. Throughout her
career, she received numerous teaching
"It has been rewarding for me to see
the students grow and learn as professionals," Finley said. "It's very fulfilling to
see graduating students show maturity and concern for their patients while the
patients demonstrate trust in their abilities."
Finley's enthusiasm and dedication to her interests are not limited to the
classroom. An avid scuba diver for more than 30 years, Finley travels yearly to
the Caribbean and makes monthly trips to Florida springs and rivers to dive and
kayak. She incorporates environmental clean-ups into her trips, stopping to throw
trash she encounters along Florida rivers into her kayak for later disposal.
She combined her abilities as a diver and a speech clinician to co-author the
booklet Hand Signals for Diving, one of the first published handbooks on the
topic. Finley researched hand communications used by Plains Indians of the
Southwest and those used in American Sign Language to write the guide.
Finley's retirement plans include further developing her kayaking skills and
investigating opportunities for volunteer work and continuing education.
"Retiring is like the feeling you have when you graduate from high school or
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Nancy Mandeville Tisdall, occupational therapy '71, resides in
Bellingham, Wash., and is the president/owner of Occupational Therapy
Consultants Inc. She writes, "I am in the process of relocating to south
Florida in hopes of working less and enjoying the sunshine state full time
after 30 years of living elsewhere."
Paula Lovett, rehabilitation counseling '73, is the president/co-
owner of Counseling & RehabilitationAssociates in Gainesville. She
completed a doctorate in counselor education in 1982 and became a
licensed mental health counselor in 1983, providing behavioral health
care in a private practice setting since graduation.
V Bruce Mills, rehabilitation counseling '76, has been promoted
to the position of branch manager with Genex Services, an international
provider of managed health care and cost-containment services, in
Tampa. Fla. Mills also was the recipient of the J.C. Penney Golden
RuleAward for outstanding community service.
Robert Hosford, rehabilitation counseling '79, is co-owner of
Counseling & RehabilitationAssociates with wife Paula Lovett (see
above). He provides medical and vocational case management to
injured workers and psychotherapy services to a diverse population.
He has served on the boards of theAmerican Mental Health Counseling
Association and the American CounselingAssociation.
Pamela Kay Black Matura, rehabilitation counseling'81, is the
executive director of the Area Agency onAging District 7 in Rio
Grande, Ohio. She recently formed and is the chair of the National
Association ofArea Agencies onAging's rural interest group. In
addition, she was selected for inclusion in The Nationwide Register's
Who 's Who in Executives and Businesses 2002 edition.
Ricardo Morales, physician assistant '84, is a board certified
physician assistant at Samson Showalter Vascular Specialists in
Lee Ganger Grant, physical therapy '86, is a staff physical
therapist at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Mich. She is
working part-time in the acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient
neurological and wound care units. She married Charles Grant in June
1999; their daughter Emma Leah was born inApril 2000.
Kimberly Kaufinan, rehabilitation counseling '91, is the executive
director ofthe Florida Independent PhysiciansAssociation, Region 3, Inc., an
organizationofmore than 600 physicians in 16 counties who come together
to negotiate with managed care companies. She is married to Douglas
Jackie Krill Selvaggio, rehabilitation counseling '95, is a cancer
control program manager for the American Cancer Society's Winn-
Dixie Hope Lodge in Gainesville. Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge provides
temporary housing for out-of-town patients who are receiving cancer
treatment at local facilities. She married Mike Selvaggio in the spring
Grant McDougall, rehabilitation counseling '97, is a licensed
mental health counselor employed with Counseling & Rehabilitation
Associates in Gainesville. He also is a doctoral student in the UF
rehabilitation science program. He and his wife Michelle have two
It's official! Last fall the Health Professions Advisory Board unanimously approved the
formation of the Alumni Council, a new affiliated membership program with the UF Alumni
The Health ProfessionsAlumni Council is an independent decision-making body, but
alumni will have all of the benefits of membership in the UF Alumni Association. These
benefits include an annual subscription to the Today alumni magazine, the weekly
GatorNews e-mail newsletter, free access to the online alumni directory and Gator$avor
By joining the UF AlumniAssociation for $30 (single membership) and paying an
additional $6, alumni can enj oy the benefits of both associations while also providing
support directly to the Health ProfessionsAlumni Council.
Ifyou have any questions regarding theAlumni Council or the affiliation, call Melisa
Baldwin at (352) 265-8097 or e-mail mbaldwi@ufL edu
Health Professions alumni will soon have a new home on the World Wide Web.
The site will feature development and alumni affairs information and announcements as
well as a spot for you to share your news and re-connect with fellow alumni. Be sure to
respond to the survey question, updated on a regular basis, with questions like "Which
Health Professions instructor influenced you the most and why?" and "What are your
favorite Homecoming memories?"
Look for more information on the Web site in the next issue of HP News.
Health Professions alumni
gather for reunion weekend
More than 150 alumni and their families attended last fall's College of Health Professions
Reunion Weekend. Activities included a Friday evening reception at the Ham Museum of Art
and a Saturday pre-game brunch followed by the Gators' 52-0 victory over Mississippi
State University. Watch for moreinformationin comingmonths onthenextreunionweekend,
Supporters of the physical therapy
program gather at the Friday evening
reception. Seated 1. to r are Clint
P i ',ii,,,,, Tracey 'Ti~ ,,, physical
therapy student; Claudette F~ .i.
recently retired associate professor of
physical therapy; Martha Wroe, former
physical therapy faculty member; and
Henrietta Goldstein, medical technology
'72. Standing 1. to r are Anne Kuhns;
Bob Goldstein, physical therapy '72,
and Rolf Kuhns, physical therapy '72.
Dean Emeritus Richard Gutekunst,
Joseph Kemker, Ph.D., professor;
communicative disorders, and Anna
Gutekunst share food and conversation
at the Saturday pre-game brunch.
Chuck Young I, i, health services
administration '77, and guests stop to
pose before heading off to the UF-
Mississippi State football game.
graduate a leader
in her field
Innovative research and professional leadership are
hallmarks of the career ofEileen Fennell, Ph.D., clinical
psychology '78. As a member of UF's clinical and health
psychology faculty since 1978, Fennell has been actively
involved in pediatric neuropsychology research while
holding several positions in national organizations.
ii- .i I i.. award-winning faculty member who
thrives on clinical work and classroom teaching," Ronald
Rozensky, Ph.D. chairman and professor of the department
of clinical and health psychology, said of Fennell. "In
addition, her international leadership role in pediatric
neuropsychology has helped to define the profession." Dr. Ejile_ Frnn-ll
Fennell's interest in clinical and health psychology arose
out of her work as a research assistant to Paul Satz, Ph.D.,
a clinical neuropsychologist, after obtaining her bachelor's degree in psychology from UF.
Satz, along with Louis Cohen, Ph.D., encouraged Fennell to attend graduate school. She
entered UF's doctoral program in clinical psychology in 1974.
"My UF education has allowed me the privilege of being an educator myself while being
able to work with our very talented graduate students," Fennell said.
Throughout her career Fennell has focused on pediatric neuropsychology the study of
brain function in children and adolescents and its effect on behavior, emotion and learning.
She has conducted several studies involving children with attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder, epilepsy or brain injuries. In one of her research studies she discovered that the
mental development of children with kidney failure can vary based on the type of medical
treatment they receive.
Fennell has authored or co-authored over 50 research papers and nine book chapters on
pediatric neuropsychology, and she has conducted national and international education
workshops on the topic. She co-authored the book Pediatric Neuropsychology in a
Fennell lists among her professional highlights her election as president of the Neuropsy-
chology Division of theAmerican Psychological Association. She is anAmerican Board of
Professional Psychology board certified clinical neuropsychologist, and she began a three-
year term on theAPA's Council of Representatives in January.
Fennell has twice been recognized as clinical a di ii..ii i '. J. i1. _.-'s Outstanding
Teacher of the Year.
"I hope to continue to encourage research among my students, to publish and to serve
the profession," Fennell said.
The college's 2001 Alumnus of
the Year, Rolf Kuhns,
physical therapy '72,
has dedicated his ca-
reer to giving back to
the profession that
has offered him so
"As a physical therapy student I experienced such
a strong commitment from the faculty," Kuhns explained. "In turn, I felt an obligation to
give back to the profession."
A leaderin developing Florida legislation and policy on physical therapy issues and a
supervisorforUF students gaining clinical experience, Kuhns has certainly fulfilled that pledge.
"Rolf Kuhns has played an instrumental role in the development of the physical therapy
profession in the state of Florida," Dean Robert Frank said. "At the same time, he has
provided support in all facets to UF's physical therapy program."
Although he originally planned to pursue a career in medicine, Kuhns decided to
explore other options in the human service field when he realized he was not interested in
the demanding life of a physician. His sister, Kaaren Kuhns, physical therapy '63, and
Barbara White, former chair of the physical therapy department, influenced his decision to
become a physical therapist.
It proved to be the right choice. Kuhns completed his degree by receiving the Out-
standing Scholastic Student Award, given to the graduating physical therapy student with
one of the highest grade point averages in the class.
Kuhns worked in private practice for several years in Lake City and Orlando and super-
vised UF students during their clinical internships, an experience that was particularly rewarding.
"It's nice to see the students' successes and know that I had a hand, along with many
others, in bringing them along in their careers," Kuhns said.
Kuhns has been an active leader in the Florida Physical Therapy Association, serving on
the board for 14 years. He received the association's President'sAward in 1991 for his
work on legislative issues such as physical therapists reimbursement and modification of
Florida's Physical Therapy Practice Act.
In 1994 the Florida Physical Therapy Association also awarded Kuhns the Fred Rutan
Service Award. Named after a former UF faculty member who is now deceased, the
award is the most prestigious honor given by the association.
"As a student, I had a high respect for all physical therapy faculty," Kuhns said. "Fred
Rutan was my role model, and receiving that award has been the highlight of my career."
Kuhns currently is a consultant with Lake Centre Rehabilitation in Leesburg, Fla. He
has developed programs to effectively manage and return injured employees to work,
including his Injured Employee Management System to track and report injuries and
minimize the number of workdays lost to injury.
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