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HP program gives online support


to Alzheimer' s caregivers


By Jill Pease


Caring for patients with Alzheimer' s
disease, often an overwhelming task, may
be easier for family members worldwide
thanks to an interactive program
developed by College of Health Professions
researchers and available by telephone and
the World Wide Web.
The first-of-its-kind program, Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Online, is staffed
by Health Professions psychology professionals who conduct live, interactive
classes on subjects such as stress management, understanding and dealing with
memory loss, and managing difficult caregiving tasks, said Robert Glueckauf,
Ph.D., a professor in the department of clinical and health psychology, and the
director of the program. A message board and regular telephone conferences
with experts in Alzheimer's care also are available so that participants can share
comments and ask questions.
Since its launch a year ago, the program has been promoted mainly to
caregivers in Florida, which has one of the highest proportions of older adults in
the nation.
Based on the success of the
service in Florida more than
2,400 people have called upon
the program's Web and phone
services for help each month -
UF recently launched a
Spanish-language version of
the Web site.
In the upcoming weeks they
also will offer online caregiving
classes facilitated by a Spanish-
speaking instructor. Alzheimer's
Caregiver Support Online will be
the only exclusively Spanish
site of its kind in the United
States featuring all Spanish links, written materials and classes. UF researchers
hope to raise further awareness among Florida Hispanic caregivers and promote
the program nationwide.
"Taking care of an older person with Alzheimer's typically includes managing
potentially injurious behavior to self or others, issuing frequent reminders, and
monitoring hygiene and self-care activities," said Glueckauf, who also is a core
faculty member at the UF Institute on Aging. "Unfortunately, such intensive
activities are performed at a high cost to caregivers in terms of physical, financial
and psychological resources. Caregivers typically experience reduced social
activities, disrupted household routine and relationships, and deterioration of
physical and mental health."
Approximately 4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease, a
progressive loss of brain cells, which results in memory loss, disorientation,


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difficulty performing tasks, and changes in behavior and personality. More than
seven out of 10 Americans with Alzheimer's disease live at home, and almost 75
percent of their home care is provided by family and friends, according to the
Alzheimer's Association.
Glueckauf said he established the program to address the substantial gap
between caregivers' needs and available resources, particularly in rural areas.
Funding was provided by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the Arthur Vining
Davis Foundation, Columbia Health Care and the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation. The program is managed by the UF Center for Research on Telehealth
and Healthcare Communications, which Glueckauf directs.
"Sometimes my husband will have episodes where he doesn't recognize me,"
said Clematis Clark of Jacksonville, whose husband suffers from a memory loss-
related illness. "I know exactly how to handle this situation because of the
information I've received from Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Online."
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Online's unique offerings include a series of
Internet or telephone courses on learning to add opportunities for personal time
and relaxation to caregivers' schedules and tips for handling episodes of
wandering, aggressive behavior, resistance to bathing and confusion. The
program's telephone-based expert forums let caregivers ask questions on issues
such as Alzheimer's disease medication, Medicare rights and what to expect at
physician visits.
Caregivers can receive
individual consultations
from experts by phone or e-
mail. One of the program's
guiding principles is that its
-f services are not a substitute
Sfor in-person counseling or
crisis care. When traditional
community resources are
unavailable, Alzheimer's
Caregiver Support Online
can be accessed any time,
eeven in the middle of the
night.
"This program is a bold,
innovative step in caregiver intervention," said Larry W. Thompson, Ph.D., a
professor emeritus at Stanford University Medical Center and the Goldman Family
professor at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. "I think the program will be
most useful for individuals who like to use the computer for information or for
individuals who have difficulty getting out of the house because of their caregiver
duties."
While caring for someone suffering from Alzheimer's disease can be challenging
and stressful, it also offers rewards, Glueckauf said.
"Caregiving can be a fulfilling activity with opportunities to observe moments
of joy, insight and laughter. These may not occur on a daily basis, but they do
happen," he said. "Caregivers have shared with us that caring for a loved one has
given them the opportunity to give back the same kind of love and sacrifice the
loved one has made for the family over the years."
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During the past year, the University of Florida has
developed a strategic plan for the future of the
university. The draft plan, now under consideration
by the university's Board of Trustees, offers eight
recommendations for the structure and goals of the
university.
One recommendation matches the growth and
objectives of the College of Health Professions: "the
university should support and continue to emphasize
the following interdisciplinary research and instruc-

Robert G. Frank, Dean tional programs: cancer and genetics; research on
the brain; biotechnology particularly at the
interface of medical science and nanoscience; aging; children and families; ecology
and the environment; and internationalization of the campus."
At first glance, the advantages of this list to the College of Health Professions
may not be apparent. However, a closer evaluation of the university priorities
demonstrates that the college is already active in many of these areas. For example,
Health Professions faculty have attracted more research money related to aging
) than faculty in any other college, almost $2 million more than faculty in the College
of Medicine.
SHealth Professions' aging research projects include:
The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for Success-
ful Aging, led by William Mann, Ph.D., chair of the department of occupational
therapy.
Pain assessment in nursing home residents, conducted by Michael Robinson,
Ph.D., professor of clinical and health psychology, and Dawn Bowers, Ph.D.,
associate professor of clinical and health psychology.
Defining the measurement of rehabilitation, conducted by Craig Velozo, Ph.D.,
associate professor of occupational therapy, Robert Glueckauf, Ph.D., professor of
clinical and health psychology, and Giselle Mann, Ph.D., visiting assistant profes-
sor of communicative disorders.
Improving motor function after stroke, led by Kathye Light, Ph.D., and
Andrea Behrman, Ph.D., associate professors in the department of physical therapy.
Our faculty also has strong research programs in the area of brain research:
The study of facial symmetries, led by Dawn Bowers, Ph.D.
Memory studies, conducted by Elizabeth Leritz, a graduate student in clinical
and health psychology working with Russell Bauer, Ph.D., professor of clinical and
health psychology.
The interaction between high-level cortex and deeper brain structures that
mediate normal and abnormal emotional experience, researched by William Perlstein,
Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical and health psychology.
The Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention, funded by the National
Institute of Mental Health and directed by Peter Lang, Ph.D.
The college's research programs focusing on children include:
Family interventions and adherence to medical regimens for children with
cystic fibrosis, led by Alexandra Quittner, Ph.D., professor of clinical and health
psychology.
Attention deficit disorder in children, conducted by Gregg Selke, a clinical
and health psychology graduate student working with Eileen Fennell, Ph.D.,
professor of clinical and health psychology, and Dawn Bowers, Ph.D.
Treatments for children with conduct disorders, led by Sheila Eyberg, Ph.D.,
professor of clinical and health psychology. Stephen Boggs, Ph.D., associate
professor of clinical and health psychology, has worked with Eyberg to develop
application of Parent Child Interaction Therapy for children with developmental
disabilities.
This list is only a sample of Health Professions' faculty research and does not
reflect the wide array of research conducted by our faculty in other areas. The
diversity of the college's disciplines, which may present a challenge at times, clearly
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Susan Bongiolatti, a clinical and health psychology
graduate student, received the Epilepsy Foundation Behavioral Sciences Student
Fellowship, which includes a $3,000 stipend to work on a three-month epilepsy
study project. Bongiolatti will examine impulsivity in children with epilepsy and
whether the location of seizure activity in a child's brain is related to increased
difficulty in inhibiting actions and behaviors.

Betsy Ler it z, a doctoral student in clinical and health
psychology, received a National Research Service Award from the National
Institute of Mental Health. The annual award of $26,015 for two years supports her
doctoral training and research on how different forms of memory are affected by
surgery to relieve seizures in patients with epilepsy in the temporal lobe of the
brain. Leritz also is the recipient of the Henry Hecaen Award, given yearly by the
American Psychological Foundation in cooperation with the American
Psychological Association Division 40 (clinical neuropsychology) to a student
who demonstrates a record of achievement that indicates a promising career in the
field.

Avani Modi, a doctoral student in clinical and health
psychology, received a National Research Service Award from the Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality. She receives an annual award of $25,750 for two
years to support her dissertation research on the patterns of adherence to medical
treatments for children with pulmonary disorders, including asthma and cystic
fibrosis.












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Double-digit increases from almost every major funding source pushed the
University of Florida to a record $437.2 million in research funding during fiscal
year 2001-2002, up more than 15 percent from the previous year.
Faculty in the Health Science Center's six colleges accounted for just over half
of the university's total. Funding from the National Institutes of Health
Florida's largest source of research funding rose 11.2 percent to $103.9 million.
"The faculty have been extraordinarily effective in competing for research
funds at the national level," said Douglas Barrett, M.D., vice president for health
affairs. "Their creativity, dedication and perseverance have paid off in a big way,
leading to significant expansion of research programs in the colleges of Medicine,
Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Veterinary Medicine."
Total research funding for the College of Health Professions has soared from
$1.5 million in 1995 to $6.7 million in 2001, elevating the college to third place
among comparable colleges nationwide in terms of NIH funding.
"The college has enjoyed remarkable increases in funding from the National
Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs," said Dean Robert Frank, Ph.D. "If we add these figures to the
NIH funding, we believe our college's research enterprise ranks first among health
professions colleges nationwide."


HP students receive


national awards for

rehabilitation 0

research

Three College of Health Professions students have been awarded Department
of Veterans Affairs Pre-Doctoral Associated Health Rehabilitation Research
Fellowships for the 2002-2003 academic year.
Doctoral students in the college's rehabilitation science degree program
Katherine Byers, Elizabeth (Lisa) Hannold and Matthew Malcolm -are among
ten students nationally to receive the awards.
The VA Health Rehabilitation Research Fellowships are awarded to graduate
students who plan to work on a dissertation relating to the health-care needs of
veterans with disabilities. The goal of the fellowship program is to build upon
current rehabilitation research while encouraging students to assume leadership
roles in rehabilitation research and clinical care. Students receive an $18,500
stipend to support their research and training.
Byers' outcomes measurement research will focus on examining the reliability
of using conversion tables to link two different rehabilitation measures of
functional ability.
Hannold plans to study the experiences and perceptions of veterans with a
spinal cord injury who participate in locomotor training -stepping on a
treadmill with the assistance of physical therapists who guide the legs and
feet -in an effort to improve their ability to walk.
Malcolm will investigate nervous system changes that occur during recovery
from stroke and how the brain reorganizes in response to an intensive movement
therapy program.


been named chair of the
department of communicative
disorders. He succeeds Michael
Crary, Ph.D., who will continue as
a professor and researcher in the
department. Hall's two-year
appointment began July 1.
"As a department, we're very
excited to explore opportunities
for collaboration with other
departments and entities on UF's
campus," Hall said. "It is also an
exciting time to be a part of the
College of Health Professions as
we look forward to expanding
into the new Health Professions/
Nursing/Pharmacy complex when
it opens in the spring of 2003."
Hall lectures worldwide on Dr. Hall srfoim an
audiology topics and is the elec ht of a
author of more than 120 journal
articles, book chapters and books.
He plans to build on the department's clinical strengths by encouraging
faculty research in applied hearing and speech science and by expanding external
funding for their research efforts.
"Within the past year, academic faculty members in the department of
communicative disorders have more than doubled their volume of sponsored
research," Hall said. "We anticipate that this positive trend will continue. "





Faculty Notes



Gerben DeJong, Ph.D., hasbeennamedassociate
program director for policy for the UF Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies,
effective Dec. 1. He also will serve as a research professor in the department of
health services administration. An internationally known health policy expert,
DeJong is a senior fellow and senior research scientist with the National
Rehabilitation Hospital Center for Health Disability Research in Washington, D.C.,
and a professor in the department of family medicine at Georgetown University's
School of Medicine.

Pamela Duncan, Ph.D., director ofthe Brooks Center
for Rehabilitation Studies and a professor of health services administration, has
been named the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) 2003 Mary
McMillan Lecturer, the association's highest honor. The annual Mary McMillan
Lecture Award is named for a pioneer of physical therapy in the United States who
was the founding president of the APTA. Duncan's lecture is scheduled for June
2003 at the association's annual conference in Washington, D.C.






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You may not see the difference by looking in the mirror, but the left side of
your face exhibits more expression than the right.
And although this phenomenon has been well documented by numerous
studies, researchers don't know what causes the asymmetry. A new three-
year, $834,393 National Institutes of
Mental Health grant, however, may go
Undertndin a long way toward discovering why the
left side of the face is more expressive.
A research team led by Dawn
Bowers, Ph.D., associate professor in
the College of Health Professions'
b ra n, department of clinical and health
Snd psychology, will complete a series of
p studies to test three hypotheses that
may explain facial expression
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n tion among the brain, nerves and
muscles that produce expressions
could provide new insight into human
relationships and illnesses in which
facial movements can be affected.
These include the flat facade of
Parkinson's disease or a facial droop sometimes caused by stroke.
The team's first hypothesis -the left side of the face receives more


information on emotion from the brain -will be tested through the use of
transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). During TMS, a magnetic device is
placed on a person's scalp over the area of the brain that controls facial
movements. The painless magnetic stimulation produces involuntary move-
ments, such as a wink or upturn of the mouth. Electrodes on the subject's
face will record how much input from the brain is sent to the muscles in the
left and right side of the face.
The researchers will test two other hypotheses: The left side of the face is
more expressive because the right side of the brain (which controls motor
function on the left side of the body) is more involved in emotion, and the
left side of the brain is inhibiting expression on the right side of the face.
Research subjects will review photographs, and their facial expressions will
be recorded by video. Subjects might be asked to make an expression that is
natural to them, such as smiling while looking at a picture of a baby, or they
may be asked to make an expression that is the opposite of what they are
inclined to do, like exhibiting the same smile while looking at a photo of a
vicious animal.
The taped images of the subjects' facial expressions will be analyzed by
UF-developed computer methodology for measuring human expression
changes that are undetectable by the human eye. Computerized Human
Expression Evaluation System (CHEES) was designed by Didem Gokcay,
Ph.D., a UF computer and information sciences graduate. Gokcay, a post-
doctoral researcher at the Institute of Neuro-Computation at the University
of California-San Diego's Salk Institute, will serve as a consultant to this
research project.


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Alexandra Quittner, Ph.D., a professor of clinical and health psychology, has
received a $1 million subcontract from a National Institutes of Health grant to
examine childhood development after implantation of devices that aid hearing-
impaired individuals.
The $10 million grant from the National Institute of Deafness and Other
Communication Disorders (NIDCD) will enable researchers to evaluate language
acquisition, speech recognition skills, selective attention and problem-solving
skills, behavioral and social development, parent-child
interactions and quality of life measures in 250 deaf
children under the age of 3. The study will involve
youngsters who receive cochlear implants at six
participating centers across the United States.
Cochlear implants electrically stimulate the inner ear
and enable individuals with severe hearing loss to
perceive sound. The implant is surgically placed under
the skin behind the ear. According to the NIDCD, about
10,000 children have received cochlear implants in
Dr. Alexandra Quittner
the United States at locations such as the
department of communicative disorders' UF Speech and Hearing Center.
Quittner will oversee the design of methods for measuring the cognitive and
behavioral development of children before and after implantation. She will code
and analyze the data gathered through videotapes of the children performing
tasks at implant centers, as well as reports from parents and teachers.
"This study is exciting because while there is good evidence that cochlear
implants facilitate communication, speech recognition and language, very little is
known about how implants affect the cognitive and psychological development
of the hearing impaired children who receive them," Quittner said.
The five-year study is led by John Niparko, M.D., director of otology,
audiology, neurotology and skull base surgery at Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md.


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Aubrey Daniels, Ph.D., a pioneer in the
application of behavioral psychology principles to
the workplace and the bestselling author of
management books, can trace the roots of his
successful career in behavior modification to his UF
education.
A tough job market after receiving his
Dr. Aub
undergraduate degree led Daniels to graduate
studies at UF, where he earned his master's and
doctoral degrees in clinical and health psychology in
1963 and 1965, respectively. As a UF student, Daniels
was influenced by the behavior modification
techniques he learned from faculty members Nathan
Perry, Ph.D., Hugh Davis, Ph.D., and Bill Wolking,
Ph.D.
Behavioral psychology demonstrates that an
individual's human behavior is governed by the
consequences of his or her actions.
He employed behavior modification and
positive reinforcement strategies as a
psychologist with Georgia state mental health
facilities following graduation. The great success
he had shaping the behaviors of patients with
phobias was a surprise to the facility's staff.
"These were patients that staff had given up
on and we 'cured' them," Daniels said. "That
created quite a stir." Out thi
As the head of psychology for Georgia
Regional Hospital in Atlanta in the late '60s,
Daniels designed a token system that rewarded
patients with prizes for exhibiting desired
behaviors. His program resulted in a significant
drop in the return rate of discharged patients -11
percent at his facility compared to more than 70
percent in Georgia's other mental health facilities.
In the 1970s, Daniels decided to apply these
strategies to a different setting, the workplace. He AdArw*ct
founded Aubrey Daniels International (ADI), a
management consulting firm, in 1978. Daniel
ADI, an Atlanta-based management consulting written
firm, helps companies solve problems in
productivity, quality, cost and morale by utilizing books
positive reinforcement when managing man a
individuals and groups. Its clients include high-
profile corporations like Duke Energy, BP Amoco, PC-t -
State Farm Insurance Companies, NASA and include
Ford Motor Co. seller'
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the best in people," Daniels said. "We want to the Besi
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George Jarrell, rehabilitation counseling '61, received his
doctorate in rehabilitation counseling from the University of
South Carolina in 1970 and began his position as associate
professor of rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth
University in Richmond in 1969. He retired as professor
emeritus in 1993. He writes, "I know the profession and the
graduate program at UF have come a long way since 1961. For
that I am grateful. I will always remember Dr. Bruce Thomason
and the impact of the rehabilitation program on my life."

Heyward X. Johnson, rehabilitation counseling '76, is the
owner and president of Heyward X. Johnson Inc., a
rehabilitation consulting corporation providing medical and
vocational case management to the Gulf Coast from Texas to
the Florida panhandle. He lives in the New Orleans, La., metro
area.
David Rodgers, physical therapy '78, has been providing
home health care in the Ocala and Marion County (Fla.) area
for the past 22 years. His four children are nearly all grown and
Rodgers and his wife Susan are planning to traveling around
the U.S. next year.

Kimberly Fahlgren, occupational therapy '92, works part-
time as an occupational therapist with the Orange County
(Fla.) public school system and as a part-time office manager
for her husband's new law practice in Orlando. She has two
sons, Caleb, 2 years, and Joshua, 8 months.
Amanda Fatovic, rehabilitation counseling '99, served as an
AmeriCorps volunteer in Atlanta, Ga., following graduation.
She completed her master's in human resource development
from Georgia State University in 2002. She currently is
employed as a quality assurance manager for Consumer Credit
Counseling Service in Atlanta.
Theresa Smith, occupational therapy '92, received her
master's degree in occupational therapy in 1999 from the
University of Indianapolis. She is a doctoral student in the
occupational therapy program at Nova Southeastern
University and on the occupational therapy faculty at the
University of South Alabama. Smith writes, "Luckily I am
married to a Gator fan, and we are both active members of the
Pensacola Gator club."
Morgan Urbach, occupational therapy '99, lives in Naples,
Fla., and is an occupational therapist for Lee County Schools.
Her wedding to Daniel Sherman is scheduled for December
2002.

Matthew Stacell, health services administration '00, started
work as a consultant with a management consulting firm, Cap
Gemini Ernst & Young, in June. His current client is Mount
Sinai Medical Center in Miami, the largest not-for-profit
teaching hospital in South Florida.


Health services

administration alumni

establish student

scholarship fund

A new fundraising campaign is devoted to supporting the education of
graduate students in health services administration.
Established by the Health Services Administration Alumni Association, the
campaign seeks to raise $25,000 for a student scholarship fund. The gift also will
name a graduate study room in the Health Professions/Nursing/Pharmacy
Complex.
"We have wonderful alumni who support the program in so many ways, and
once again we have been able to count on their assistance," said Niccie McKay,
Ph.D., chair of health services administration.
Student scholarships have always been a strong focus of the alumni
association's activities, said Mark Robitaille, '76, president of the alumni associa-
tion and senior vice president and chief operating officer at Martin Memorial
Health Systems in Stuart, Fla.
"In this increasingly competitive environment, we need to offer support so that
the program can continue to appeal to quality students," Robitaille said.
The need for graduates in health administration is greater than ever. Employ-
ment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow 21-35 percent
through 2010 as the health services industry continues to expand and diversify,
according to the U.S. Department of Labor. With the expansion of home health
care, long-term care, and nontraditional health organizations, such as managed
care operations and consulting firms, many opportunities for qualified administra-
tors exist.
For more information on the scholarship fund or to make a contribution,
contact Sylvia Hoover at (352) 392-7042 or shoover@hp.ufl.edu.


Alumni reunion

weekend 2002


The College of Health Professions held another successful Alumni Reunion
Weekend, Oct. 11-12. Alumni and faculty enjoyed a Friday evening reception at the
Ham Museum and a Saturday morning brunch, followed by the UF-LSU football
game.
Check out more photos of the event by logging onto the HP Alumni Web site at
www.hp.ufl.edu/alumni.


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As a
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volunteer pilot,
Darryl Tower,
occupational
therapy '74,
frequently
travels worlds
away from his
job as CEO of
General Systems
Design, a health-
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design company
in Cedar Rapids,
Iowa.


Darryl Tower


Wings of Hope is a nonprofit organization that assists other charitable groups by
flying to remote areas of the world that may not be easily reachable by other
methods of transportation. Wings of Hope planes transport health professionals,
medical supplies, food and agricultural materials to areas in Central and South
America, Africa and Asia.
His first Wings of Hope experience was in 1999 when he spent five months
making trips to sites in Belize, Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras. Tower, who flies
his own plane for business, continues to volunteer for Wings of Hope twice a year,
flying for two to three weeks at a time to relieve other Wings of Hope pilots in
Central America.
Tower said that the average annual income of the people he serves is about $200
and medical care is practically nonexistent in some areas. During his first trip to
Belize, he taught basic first aid skills to staff he met from the national ambulance
service after learning they had never been trained as emergency medical technicians.
One highlight of his Wings of Hope missions was a Christmas Eve spent with a
family of fifteen in Belize. They all crowded into a home no more than 300 square feet
large that had no running water, plumbing or electricity. The family shared a special
meal and at midnight sang songs and played the family harp.
"I highly encourage others with health-care backgrounds to volunteer to provide
services in needy countries," Tower said. "I have certainly received more from this
experience than I have given."
General Systems Design produces software for health-care practice management.
They also offer a software system specifically designed for dental schools, which is
utilized by one in three U.S. dental schools including UF's College of Dentistry.


Joseph Luckett, Au.D., communicative
disorders '00, has demonstrated that as a health
professional, learning is a lifelong experience.
As a member of UF's inaugural audiology
distance learning class in 1998, Luckett became
a student again 23 years after receiving his
master's degree in audiology from the
University of Tennessee.
"Continuing my education was a pure joy,"
Luckett said. "I've always thought of myself as
a student."
The first audiology distance learning "
program created specifically for working
professionals, the UF program is offered by
communicative disorders and the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences' communication Dr. Joseph Luckett
sciences and disorders department. Students
study on their own with videotapes and meet weekly in Internet chat rooms for
class discussions hosted by UF instructors. The nine-course program also
includes on-site days when faculty and students meet at one of 22 regional
locations throughout the country.
Although Luckett had been in private practice since 1982, he had no difficulty
making the decision to become a student again.
"I knew the UF program was a quality educational program, and it was the only
one that made it possible for the current practitioner to earn a doctorate," he said.
Nationally, the field of audiology is experiencing a move from a master's degree
to a doctoral degree as the requirement for clinical audiologists in order to keep up
with the expanding demands of the profession.
"Due to major technologic advances in the diagnosis and non-medical treatment
of hearing loss and an expanding scope of practice, the profession of audiology is
rapidly transitioning to the doctor of audiology as the terminal academic degree,"
said James Hall, Ph.D., chair of communicative disorders. "Audiologists around the
United States are now, for example, responsible for the hearing screening of all
newborns, computer-assisted fitting of digital and programmable hearing aids or
cochlear implants, and conducting complex electrophysiologic assessments of
hearing and inner ear function."
In his Daytona Beach, Fla.-based private practice, AcoustiCare Hearing Service,
Luckett specializes in hearing amplification and conservation and diagnostic
testing. He also operates a mobile lab to conduct on-site hearing evaluations in
industrial locations.
"Receiving the doctorate of audiology has helped me keep up with the
explosion of knowledge in audiology and has increased the public's confidence in
my practice," Luckett said.


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