Spring semester marks
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As spring semester began Jan. 6 at the University of Florida, students in the
colleges of Health Professions, Nursing and Pharmacy were the first to attend
classes in the colleges' sophisticated and technologically advanced new home.
The 173,133-square-foot complex, called the Health Professions/Nursing/
Pharmacy Complex, provides educational, administrative and research space for
the three colleges. Each college has its own entrance and facilities, and a 500-seat
auditorium is available to faculty and students from the entire UF Health Science
Center for special events. Construction on the five-story, $24.7 million structure
began in December 2000.
Shared classrooms, lecture halls and teaching laboratories are located on the
ground and first floors. Faculty and staff offices, which will be occupied in March,
are on the upper floors. A covered walkway links the complex to the Health Science
A student services center for all three colleges offers admissions materials,
program information, and academic and financial counseling. The merging of the
three colleges' support services space is in keeping with UF's strategic plan, which
emphasizes the sharing of resources.
Specially designed classrooms, wireless technology and videoconferencing
capabilities enhance the three colleges' nine distance learning degree programs.
The completion of the new complex signifies the end of decades of space
insufficiencies for the College of Health Professions and gives the college its first
permanent home. The college's six departments have never shared a common
space, having occupied locations in five separate buildings prior to moving into
the new facility.
"For the first time in our history, the College of Health Professions has a unified
space with the majority of our programs under one roof," said Dean Robert Frank,
Ph.D. "Our students and faculty members have more opportunities to interact, and
we are now able to create more interdisciplinary research and education programs."
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regain skills such as bathing, dressing, grooming and meal planning.
The new facility provides the College of Nursing with approximately three times
the space it previously occupied, with room for faculty offices, state-of-the-art
classrooms and research facilities.
The college's expanded and enhanced Nursing Resource Center comes
equipped with advanced technology, including wireless Web access, projection
screens for each laboratory, two human patient simulators and an intravenous
simulator. The human patient simulators guide students through difficult invasive
procedures so they can practice before treating real patients.
"We are very pleased about the opportunities this state-of-the-art facility will
offer nursing students and faculty members," said Kathleen Ann Long, Ph.D.,
R.N., dean of the College of Nursing. "The new building complex provides
visibility for all three colleges on the UF campus and facilitates our sharing of
resources and ideas."
The new building gives the College of Pharmacy a chance to expand access to
its educational programs while providing opportunities for hands-on learning.
"Our building is unique from the standpoint that it probably is the first college
of pharmacy in the country that is completely wireless in design," said William
Riffee, Ph.D., dean of the College of Pharmacy.
A skills laboratory and a new, fully equipped practice pharmacy, donated by
national pharmacy chain CVS, emulate a state-of-the-art community drugstore
where students can gain real-world experience in pharmacy practice. A modem
computer library with prescription software and hardware, donated by the Eckerd
Corp., also sets the building apart from all other pharmacy education facilities in
the country, Riffee said.
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The true story of the Health
Complex, or how we finally got our
Any graduate of the College of Health Professions
knows that although the education at UF is great,
classrooms and offices have left much to be desired.
Each HP graduate has stories to tell of attending
classes in cramped rooms and not seeing sunlight for
... Current students will have to find new sources for
Robet Fr stories because this is a great time to be a Gator,
especially in the College of Health Professions. Our
faculty and students now enjoy sparkling classrooms, streaming sunlight and
attractive offices in the new Health Professions/Nursing/Pharmacy Complex.
Every moment of this move is worth savoring because it has been a very long
2 time coming. As we celebrate the opening of the HPNP Complex, it is appropriate to
remember a few of the heroes who made this building possible.
S In 1980, Dean Emeritus Richard Gutekunst assumed the deanship. The college,
assigned the least space of all Health Science Center colleges, was crowded into
the basement of the health center building. Dean Gutekunst worked diligently to
obtain more space for the college. In 1992, he succeeded in funding the Broad
Physical Therapy Educational Building. Gutekunst then arranged for health
services administration to move to the new 1329 Building and the occupational
therapy department to occupy the remodeled Jennings Hall. Even with these
significant improvements, the college had only 27 percent of the space dictated by
university space formula.
In 1995, a new group of deans was appointed in the Health Science Center.
Kathleen Ann Long, Ph.D., was named dean of Nursing and I was appointed dean
of Health Professions. Long recognized the College of Nursing faced an even
greater space crisis than Health Professions, and she suggested our two colleges
join together and seek a common building. We invited President John Lombardi
and Jerry Schaffer, vice president for administrative affairs, to join Long, David
Challoner, M.D., then vice president for health affairs, and me in a Nursing confer-
ence room in the basement of the Health Science Center. The room, which was
routinely used by Nursing, had been salvaged from unused space. It was a small,
airless room with a six-foot ceiling. Everyone, regardless of height, ducked when
they entered the room. We carefully prepared our presentation to match the impact
of the room, and we ended by asking to be placed first on the UF building list.
After several more discussions, we secured a commitment that the Health
Professions-Nursing building would be added to the UF list as the second priority
for the university. Challoner asked we expand the project to include the College of
Pharmacy and being remarkably altruistic, we agreed.
As we completed the complex's design process, the new provost, Betty Capaldi,
Ph.D., informed us she was reducing the budget for the building by about 30
percent to support development of classrooms on campus. We scrambled to
redesign the building, examining ways to increase the size of the building to
accommodate the majority of our faculty and students. We were forced to use
bonds that obligated the college to $1.4 million in debt.
The complex faced another funding crisis when the first of two payments for the
$32 million facility was due in 2000. UF's building projects had fallen below the
statewide threshold for funding. Gerry Schiebler, M.D., associate vice president for
external relations and chief lobbyist for the Health Science Center and Shands
HealthCare, came to the rescue by working with key legislators, including the
Alachua County delegation, to restore the state's funding.
Seven and a half years after we began planning for the building, and 23 years
after Dean Gutekunst began discussing our needs, the College of Health Profes-
sions proudly occupies our new home. We hope you will visit soon.
Carrie McDonald, a doctoral student in the clinical and health
psychology department, has received the International Neuropsychological
Society's annual Laird Cermak Award, which includes a cash award and the
opportunity to present her research in February at the society's annual meeting in
Honolulu, Hawaii. In her research, McDonald examines problems with attention and
memory in patients with frontal lobe epilepsy who have received brain surgery to
Laura Frakev, a doctoral student in the clinical and health psychology
department, has received a Predoctoral Research Fellowship from the Epilepsy
Foundation. The $16,000 award will be used to support her doctoral training and
research in computer-based techniques to assess spatial learning and memory in
patients with epilepsy who have undergone surgery to relieve seizures.
Karen Bearss, a doctoral student in the clinical and health psychol-
ogy department, received a $1,000 award from the American Psychological
Association's Science Directorate Dissertation Research Award program. The
Science Directorate grants the awards to approximately 50 students nationwide
whose dissertation research reflects excellence in scientific psychology. In her
research, Bearss is studying whether custody disputes during a divorce affect the
way parents report their children's behavior to the courts.
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D iane Rowland, Sc.D., a
national authority on health
policy, Medicare, Medicaid and
health care for the poor, was
honored by the College of Health
Professions as the eighth
recipient of the Darrel J. Mase
Rowland is the executive vice
president of the Henry J. Kaiser
Asthe recipient ofthe Mase Leadership Family Foundation and the
Award, Dr. Diane Rowland presented a executive director of the
lecture on the issues and challenges in Kaiser Commission on
health coverageforthe low-income Medicaid and the Uninsured.
population. Photo by Madelaine Cajal Rowland's federal health
policy experience includes a
staff position on the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the U.S.
House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce. She also has held
senior health policy positions in the Department of Health and Human Services and
the Health Care Financing Administration.
An associate professor of health policy and management at Johns Hopkins
University, Rowland specializes in issues related to health insurance coverage,
access to care, and health-care financing for low-income, elderly and disabled
Established in 1985, the Mase Award honors the memory of Darrel J. Mase,
Ph.D., the College of Health Professions' founding dean.
Following an afternoon lecture by Rowland, the award was presented at a dinner
on February 13. Mase Award honorees receive a bronze medal in the likeness of
Mase and an honorarium.
Aleida Levine, an
administrative assistant in the
department of clinical and health
psychology, has been named the
College of Health Professions'
Employee of the Year.
Honored at the college's 21st annual
staff and faculty appreciation dinner,
Levine was praised for her willingness
to help others, professional demeanor
and overall contributions to the
operation of the department. She
received a $500 check and a plaque.
The National Rural Behavioral Health Center, a
collaborative effort between the College of Health
Professions and the UF Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences (WAS), is the recipient of a
federal grant to prevent violence and substance
abuse among children of Columbia County, Fla.
A joint program with the Columbia County school
district to integrate and evaluate violence and
substance abuse prevention strategies for children
in that county, Project CATCH (Columbia Acting
Dr. Garret Evans Together for Children's Health) is supported by a
three-year, $3 million grant through the Safe Schools/
Healthy Students Initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Center for Mental Health
By coordinating community agencies and existing violence and drug use
prevention programs, the project's researchers are developing a master plan to
promote safe schools and environments, lower juvenile violent crime rates, and
reduce alcohol and drug use among children in Columbia County.
"Project CATCH is a perfect example of how the National Rural Behavioral Health
Center can reach out to help rural communities solve local needs," said center
Director Garret Evans, Psy.D., an associate professor in the College of Health
Professions' department of clinical and health psychology and in IFAS' department
of family, youth and community science. "Columbia County has a great need for
preventive and behavioral
health services, particularly
when considering that its
juvenile violent crime arrest rate
consistently ranks among the
top three counties in Florida, a
high crime state."
With a $1.1 million portion of
the grant, the center will expand
prevention and mental health
services offered to Columbia
County school children by the
UF Psychology Center Family
Support Service, a program Project CATCH's researchers are develop
initiated by the department of master plan to promote safe schools.
clinical and health psychology,
and will evaluate the impact of Project CATCH's components and services.
The center also is working with the colleges of Health Professions and Medicine
and the Suwannee River Area Health Education Center to expand clinical services
and training in behavioral health at rural sites throughout North Central Florida.
The project, titled "Education and Training in Rural Behavioral Health," aims to
provide interdisciplinary training through coursework, seminars and supervised
clinical practice to doctoral students in clinical psychology to instruct them in the
delivery of behavioral health services in rural primary care settings. The project
allows students and faculty to expand behavioral health services to five rural
counties in North Florida.
Russell M. Bauer, Ph.D., a professor in the department of clinical and health
psychology, serves as lead investigator for the project, which is supported by a
$160,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Re-
sources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Professions.
National study shows
exercises help healthy
seniors stay mentally
by Arline Phillips-Han
4 Mind exercises can help healthy individuals
gover age 65 improve their memory,
concentration and problem-solving skills,
researchers report at the close of a federally
funded study involving more than 2,800
seniors at six sites around the nation,
"The findings from this large-scale rigorous clinical trial put to rest the assump-
tion that you can't achieve substantial new learning in late adulthood," said UF
psychologist Michael Marsiske, Ph.D., who
traveled to Detroit to lead field studies with 481
residents of that metropolitan region.
"The cognitive improvements we observed in
this group of people are significant," said
Marsiske, interim director of the UF Institute on
Aging and an associate professor in the depart-
ment of clinical and health psychology and the
College of Medicine's health policy and epidemiol-
ogy department. "We believe that through this
large study, researchers have added one useful
piece to the bank of resourceful strategies that
Dr. Michael Marsiske older individuals can apply when needed to help
them stay mentally sharp."
Results of the study, published in the Nov. 13, 2002 issue of the Journal of the
American Medical Association, also show the beneficial effects persisted for two
years after the initial mind-training sessions, which were conducted two hours a
day for five weeks. Study participants included 2,146 women and 686 men between
the ages of 65 and 94 (average age 74), all of whom were living independently.
Close to one-fourth of them were African-Americans.
"The trial was highly successful in improving certain thinking and reasoning
abilities in older people," said Richard Suzman, Ph.D., associate director for
behavioral and social research at the National Institute on Aging. "However, the
data did not show that participants' improvement in thinking and reasoning also
improved their ability to perform everyday tasks like preparing food or handling
medications. Achieving this transfer will be our next challenge."
Karlene Ball, Ph.D., the study's corresponding author, added, "The improve-
ments in memory, problem solving and concentration following training were
sizeable, roughly counteracting the degree of cognitive decline we would expect
to see over a 7- to 14-year period among older adults without dementia." Ball is
with the department of psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Seniors taking part in the study were divided into four groups, three of which
received either memory training, reasoning training or speed-of-processing
training. A fourth group received no training. All participants were assessed prior
to training, immediately after training and again at one and two years later.
Mind exercises that were employed included testing ability to look at patterns of
letters, words or symbols to figure out what should come next in repetitive
sequences. Participants were taught ways to identify a pattern and were given an
opportunity to practice the strategies in individual and group exercises. Memory
training included tests of ability to recall lists of items and to remember details from
stories that one had heard or read. Participants were instructed how to organize
word lists into meaningful categories and to form visual images and mental
associations to recall words and texts.
Speed-of-processing training focused on visual search skills and the ability to
identify and locate visual information quickly when it is presented simultaneously
in multiple places. Participants practiced increasingly complex tasks on a computer.
While the formal training sessions were conducted over a short time, Marsiske
said participants were encouraged to apply the strategies they learned to everyday
"All of us (researchers with this study) think that incorporating these strategies
in daily life over a long time
would make a positive differ-
ence," he said.
The National Institute on
Aging and the National a t
Institute on Nursing Research,
both branches of the National
Institutes of Health, funded the
study aptly named the ACTIVE
trials-an acronym for Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital
"This study, in my view, reflects the interest of NIH in conducting rigorous
training studies to obtain information that may inform health professionals who
care for the elderly," Marsiske said. "Follow-up studies may help us determine
whether the cognitive benefits that we now know can result from effective training
can help to reduce the rates of decline in mental function among people 65 and
Profiles in Leadership
Jeffrey Harman, Ph.D., an assistant professor of health services adminis-
tration, is the recipient of a $490,000 National Institute of Mental Health grant
to identify the impact of social and economic factors on the use of mental
health services by the elderly.
The Mentored Research Scientist Development Award supports an inten-
sive, supervised career development experience by a postdoctoral researcher.
The award will support Harman's continued development as a geriatric mental
health researcher while he examines the use of mental health services to treat
depression in the elderly.
Harman chose to study treatment rates for depression among seniors
because although they are at increased risk for depression due to declining
physical health, bereavement and cognitive impairment, they are less likely to
get care for their mental health conditions.
It is estimated that more than 20 percent of
older Americans suffer from minor depression
while 5 million Americans over age 65 have
clinically significant depressive symptoms.
Multiple medical conditions, worsening
l health status and the loss of loved ones, such
as spouses and friends, can trigger a depressive
episode in an elderly person, Harman said.
Elderly people may not seek care for depres-
sion because of stigma related to mental illness
and a lack of social support and financial
"Additionally, most older people do not seek
treatment from mental health specialists and rely
on their primary care providers to coordinate all
Dr. Jeffrey Harman of their care," Harman said. "Many of these
primary care providers do not have adequate training or the time to address
Harman will survey 300 Medicare HMO enrollees who suffer from depres-
sion to determine their attitudes toward treatment and mental illness and the
level of financial burden associated with treatment. He also will evaluate HMO
claims data of the survey participants to assess their usage of mental health
Harman hopes that by identifying the barriers to care, interventions can be
developed that will reduce these barriers and improve treatment rates of
depression in the elderly.
"If my research shows that social support is a strong predictor of utilization
of mental health services by depressed older people, while out-of-pocket costs
are not, then we would know that the addition of a prescription drug benefit to
Medicare would be unlikely to improve treatment rates for depression in this
population," Harman said. "Instead, changes in health policy or other interven-
tions that help individuals with little or no social support recognize their
depressive symptoms and provide support and encouragement will be more
likely to result in higher rates of depression treatment."
Pamela Duncan, Ph.D., director of the Brooks Center for Rehabilitation
Studies and a professor of health services administration, serves as Harman's
clinical and health
psychology to new level
of research excellence
The leadership of Ronald H.
Rozensky, Ph.D., chair of the
department of clinical and health
psychology, has been marked by
tremendous growth in research
funding since he accepted the
position only four years ago.
Under Rozensky's guidance,
departmental research support
has more than quadrupled from
$1.3 million in fiscal year 1996-97
to $5.5 million in fiscal year 2001-
02. Dr. Ronald Rozensky Photo by Ray
In fact, it was the chance to Carson, UF News and Public Affairs.
develop an infrastructure that
would encourage faculty to pursue research funding, along with the outstanding
faculty and students and the extent of the department's clinical services, that
attracted Rozensky to the post.
"The departmental faculty have always been known as national and international
leaders in their areas of research in neuropsychology, health psychology, emotion
and attention, and child/pediatric psychology," Rozensky said. "We simply orga-
nized a system that allowed them to support each other and write and submit more
grants. The funding naturally followed."
Rozensky has been honored individually as an outstanding educator, winning the
2001 Distinguished Educator award from the American Psychological Association's
(APA) Association of Medical School Psychologists. He also received the Class-
room Teacher of the Year honor and the Hugh C. Davis Psychotherapy Supervision
Award last year from the department's own graduate students.
"Dr. Rozensky not only provides the necessary senior leadership as it relates to
long-term strategic planning for our department, he also is a major contributor to the
daily training of students," said graduate student Jason Demery. "His classroom
teaching style coupled with his unique approach to supervising neophyte psycho-
therapists has allowed him to play an integral role in our professional development."
Rozensky's own research and professional writings have focused on health
psychology and quality of life. His career accomplishments include five books on
psychology and health care, over 60 journal articles and chapters, and the journal he
founded 10 years ago to highlight basic and applied clinical psychology research in
health-care settings, the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.
Rozensky also serves as the journal's editor-in-chief.
Rozensky chairs the APA's Board of Educational Affairs, which works to enhance
the quality of education and training programs in the profession and oversees
continuing education, undergraduate and postgraduate education, and the role that
psychology and psychologists play in secondary and elementary schools.
As his department continues to grow, Rozensky is keeping an eye on the chal-
lenges the department faces, including limits to state support and supporting faculty
members' multiple duties of research, education and clinical services.
"We continue to provide, and have expanded, our 24/7 psychology clinical
services to the entire Health Science Center, even while we have increased our
research funding," Rozensky said. "We have psychological services that receive
referrals from almost all specialties and subspecialties in Shands. The faculty
members are model scientist-practitioners."
In his free time, Rozensky enjoys relaxing on his sailboat with friends and family.
He and his wife, Patti, have two daughters: Sarah, a senior aide for U.S. Senator Evan
Bayh of Indiana, and Jordyn, a junior at Smith College in Massachusetts.
Rhona Gorsky Reiss, Ph.D., occupational therapy '75, is the
director of clinical services at The Spectrum Center in Bethesda, Md.
She treats autistic children using sensory integration and the
Tomatis Method of listening therapy. She resides in North Potomac,
Linda King Thomas, occupational therapy '77, is the director and
owner of Developmental Therapy Associates Inc., a private occupa-
tional and speech therapy clinic in Durham, N.C. Developmental
Therapy Associates recently celebrated its 20'h anniversary.
Charles Young, health services administration '77, is the adminis-
trator of Shriners Hospitals for Children -Spokane (Wash.). He also
serves as board president of the Spokane Ronald McDonald House
Charities and the Spokane Kiwanis Charities.
Tim Rearick, health services administration '83, recently left a
position at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida to join the State of
Florida's State Technology Office, where he leads the state's Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
compliance program. He lives in Tallahassee with wife Paula and
children Sarah, 7, and Olivia, 5.
Michael Belbeck Jr., health services administration '90, is the
vice president of Baptist Health South Florida, the region's largest
not-for-profit health-care organization. He and wife Janice reside in
Kimberly (Huckeba) Galloway, physical therapy '93, is a physical
therapist at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. She
and husband Mark have one child, Aidan, 4.
Alan Levine, health services administration '92, CEO of South
Bay Hospital in Sun City Center, Fla., has been named deputy chief
of staff to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Elizabeth Ann Coate Ellington, occupational therapy '00, resides
in Orange Park, Fla. As an occupational therapist with Heartland
Rehabilitation Services of North Florida, she is the first civilian
occupational therapist to provide resource sharing health-care
services at Jacksonville Naval Hospital Hand Clinic.
Christina Jenkins, rehabilitation counseling '01, is an adult
outpatient therapist for Suncoast Center for Community Mental
Health in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Gifts to the
The College of Health Professions would like to express gratitude to the following
supporters who made gifts to the college during 2002.
$1,000,000 and Above
BlueCross BlueShield of Flonda
Brooks Health Foundation
$25,000 to $99,999
American Diabetes Association
American Lung Association of Florida Inc
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County
Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
$5,000 to $24,999
Epilepsy Foundation of America
Everest Biomedical Instruments
Health First Inc
Lakeland Regional Health Systems Inc
Martin Memorial Health Systems Inc
Munroe Regional Healthcare Systems
National Alliance for Research on
Schizophrenia & Depression
$1,000 to $4,999
Mr Fred M Berliner
Eileen B Fennell, PhD
Fidehty Investments Charitable Gift Fund
Dr & Mrs Louis C Gapenski
Mr David B Hall
Mr Samuel N Holloway Sr
Dr Niccie L McKay
O T 4 Kids, Inc
Charles A Remer, PhD
Dr John H Schmertmann
Sponsored Research-Misc Donors
Student Physical Therapy Association
University of Florida Medical Guild
$500 to $999
Dr Mark A Adknms
Dr Sheila J Brooks
Dr Stephame L Hanson
Mr & Mrs Rolf M Kuhns
Mr Alan M Levine
Ms Mary Murray-Hardimg
Mrs Daryl B Nelms
Ronald H Rozensky, PhD
Mrs Roberta J Scott
Mr Roger L Shaul Jr
Mrs Ellen M Smith
Ms Alexandra A Walczak
Mrs Amy L Warner
$100 to $499
Ms Anita L Abdullah
Dr Sandra P Adams
Mrs Jill M Albaum
Mr & Mrs Adam A Anhalt
Mr & Mrs Stephen M Asmann
Mrs Tma W August
Mr Donald R Avery
Dr Mark H Barnett
Dr Russell M Bauer
Mr Allen B Baytop
Dr Andrea L Behrman
Mr Michael R Belbeck Jr
Dr Judith A Bible
Susan Boggia, Au D
Ms Luise D Bonner
Dr Arthur H Brand
Mrs Frances E Brown
Dr Mary E Buning
Ms Ruby Louise Z Butler
Mrs Kelly C Campbell
Ms Adele J Carr
Mrs Elizabeth M Chapman
Mr Arthur J Collier
Mr & Mrs Miller Couse
$100 to $499, cont.
Mr Kevin E Cozort
Ms Gwenda L Creel
Mr Gary B Crowell
Dr Teryl N Delagrange
Mrs Janice A Dickhaus
Mr William M Donohoo
Ms Margaret P Dowlng
Mr Bland Eng
Mr James F Ferrer Jr
Dr Joseph R Ferto
Mrs Ehzabeth A Findlan
Gamesville Junior Woman's Club Inc
Ms Courtney L Gleason
Mr & Mrs Edward J Gleeson
Dr Jim J Gulllory
Mr Rick J Miller & Mrs Gall Louise
Dr Susan J Hall
Dr Gloria B Harris
Dr Edmund C Haskns
Mrs Rebecca T Hayes
Dr & Mrs Edwin R Hendrickson
Mr & Mrs Robert C Hudson
Mrs Mary D Hunter
Dr Grover H Hutson
Dr Roberta A Islelb
Ms Judith H Johnson
Mr Terry L Jones
Dr Ana Kelton-Brand
Mrs Holly M Knight
Mrs Susan K Knowles
Ms Marcia J Kroger
Mr Rolf M Kuhns
Ms Patricia L LaPorte
Ms Lynn P Larkey
Ms Sarah C Leppert
Ms Terre L Lewis
Dr Lesly Loiseau
Mrs Norwood S Lupmaccl
Dr Paula W MacGillis
Mrs Joan W Mathews
Dr Terry H McCoy Jr
Dr Randall S McDaniel
Dr Marianne D McGulgan
Mr Dyer T Michell
Mr Robert A Monk
Mrs Trudle Mcmroy Morton
Capt & Mrs Stephen M Mounts
Mrs Theresa A Mynatt
Mr Thomas C Nasby
Mrs Margaret P Nattress
Mr & Mrs Lewis M Nichols
Dr William F Nowak
Mr Michael J Ojalvo
Mrs Beverly L Parrish
Ms Laura K Pascual
Ms Janet Perez
Mr Chetan P Phadke
Dr Linda S Remensnyder
Mr Mark E Robitaille
Mrs Kimberly E Rubel
Mr George W Schiffbauer
Mrs Theresa Ryan Schrider
Dr Gary W Schurman
Mrs Marsha D Shuford
Mrs Alice M Simmons
Mrs Shawn N Sipowski
Mrs Janice P Smith
Dr Ronald J Spitznagel
Mrs Lmda W Stallmgs
Mrs Veronica Stein
Deborah S Suzuki, Au D
Ms Cynthia M Toth
Dr Janet J Trychin
Mrs Valerie W Uhr
Mrs Lisa R Valentine
Mr & Mrs Charles R Young
Ms Vicky L Zickmund
Alumna focuses career
on serving children
Mary Ann Clark, Ph.D., a 1986 graduate of the clinical and health psychology
internship program, was drawn to the field of child and adolescent psychology
because of a desire to better understand human behavior and the factors that
successfully influence behavior change.
"A better understanding of the developmental
needs of young children provides us with the
opportunity to intervene and prevent or ameliorate
future problems as well as to provide insights into
adult psychopathology," Clark said.
In her Bradenton, Fla., independent practice, she
provides psychological evaluations and psycho-
therapy for adults, adolescents and children.
In addition, Clark has worked with the Manatee
County Child Protection Team for 11 years, offering
psychological evaluations, forensic consultations
Dr. MaryAnn Clark
and expert witness testimony. The Child Protection
Team is a statewide program that evaluates and determines the existence of child
abuse and assists in coordinating services for victims and families.
"Although the state has limited resources, these are the cases which require the
greatest amount of time and the utmost skill and compassion in providing appropri-
ate evaluations and treatment," she said.
Clark also serves as a parent coordinator for Florida's 12th Circuit Court, working
with separated or divorced parents in custody and visitation disputes to facilitate
solutions that are in the best interest of the children involved.
Clark, who received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of
South Florida, said she chose to participate in the UF internship program because it
offered specialized training in child and adolescent as well as health psychology.
UF also is one of the premier internship sites for neuropsychology and is actively
committed to implementing the scientist-practitioner model.
While collecting data for her dissertation on cognitive and neuropsychological
performance in children with diabetes, Clark gave birth to a son. Geoffrey suffered
from Trisomy 13, a rare chromosomal disorder that causes severe birth defects, and
lived for only two weeks.
"We wanted his name to live on and his life to have had a positive impact," Clark
said. "We chose to establish an endowment to support other UF clinical and health
psychology students doing pediatric research in the hope that it would help other
parents who had been through the heart-wrenching experience of watching their
child struggle with a serious illness."
In the past 15 years since the endowment was established, Clark has often had
the opportunity to attend a dinner with recipients of the Geoffrey Clark-Ryan
"I tell them that I like to think of Geoffrey as a somewhat impish guardian angel
of UF graduate students," she said. "For a little guy who lived only two weeks, he
has already impacted the lives of at least 15 students."
A s the owner of a rehabilitation counseling company, John Roberts evaluates
the impact of disability and develops a plan that will guide health-related decisions
for the rest of a person's life.
Roberts' Jacksonville-based company, Roberts Disability Consultants, provides
vocational evaluations, life-care plans, labor market surveys and job site analyses.
Roberts, a 1984 graduate of the UF rehabilitation counseling program, has given
testimony as an expert witness in over 1,000 worker's compensation, personal injury
and discrimination cases.
In addition, Roberts represents clients throughout the process of claiming Social
Security disability benefits, a new trend among rehabilitation counselors. Although
not required by federal law, individuals seeking Social Security disability benefits
are usually represented by attorneys.
"As rehabilitation counselors, our areas of specialty are impact of disability on a
person's life and the earning capacity of an individual with a disability," said Horace
Sawyer, Ph.D., a professor and chair of rehabilitation counseling. "These areas are
unique to our field, and because of this expertise, rehab counselors are very well
qualified to represent claimants."
As a UF student athlete on a track scholarship, Roberts developed an interest in /
rehabilitation counseling after meeting athletes whose careers were ended by injury.
"I came in contact with athletes who focused on sports as a career instead of M
academics," he said. "Their aspira-
tions would end at the time of the
injury. They needed help to find out
what other alternatives were out
Roberts was influenced by
Sawyer and UF alumnus Paul
Deutsch, authors of "Guide to
Rehabilitation," the first textbook
that included life-care planning, the
practice of preparing a comprehen-
sive plan to project the future
needs, services and equipment a
person with a disability may require
for the rest of his or her life. Roberts
describes the preparation of life-care
plans for clients as the most
rewarding aspect of his job.
Roberts faced his own life-
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who works in her parents' company after
school, daughter Gabrielle and wife Terri,
co-owner of Roberts Disability Consultants.
changing injury when he broke his neck in 1992 while training for a triatholon. A
vertebrate fusion, halo brace and years of therapy brought about his recovery.
"The injury gave me a better understanding of rehabilitation and what my clients
face, he said.
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