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Opportunities for Change
Over the last seven years, our college faculty has
radically altered our educational programs, ensuring
that the College of Health Professions stays at the
forefront of health education as we adapt to trends in
the health field and the educational needs of our
students.
These changes include the modification of our
physical therapy and occupational therapy curricula so
that professional training now occurs at the graduate
rather than undergraduate level. To prepare students
for these master's level programs we established a new
Robert G. Frank, health science track in our bachelor of health science
Dean program.
For practicing occupational therapists who have a bachelor's degree and are
interested in obtaining a professional master's degree, our occupational therapy
faculty developed a non-traditional program that allows students to obtain the
degree while continuing to work.
S Our audiology faculty has developed one of the most renowned non-traditional
education programs leading to the doctorate of audiology.
Our health services administration faculty created a non-traditional master's
program for working professionals and a doctorate in health services research.
Recognizing the need to train more faculty and researchers interested in
rehabilitation, we developed the doctorate in rehabilitation science, an interdiscipli-
nary program.
Our faculty has diversified our programs in response to changes in professional
educational standards and opportunities. In each case, the decision to modify our
curriculum or offer a new degree recognized the evolving nature of the disciplines
we train. Over time, the changes in our educational models have transformed the
college. We now offer more than 14 programs, up from eight programs in 1996.
During the same period the number of students enrolled in the college has in-
creased from 868 in 1996 to more than 1,400 in 2002.
The evolutionary nature of the changes within the college over the last seven
years has made each step less noticeable. During the next six to twelve months,
however, our faculty is undertaking the development of a curriculum in public
health that will significantly alter the size and scope of the college.
Last summer, a faculty workgroup began assessing the feasibility of expanding
the college to include core programs in public health in response to a need for a
public health program identified by UF's strategic plan. The five core areas in
public health include epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, social and
behavioral sciences, and health services administration. Two of the areas, health
services administration and social and behavioral sciences, already exist in the
college. The workgroup formed last summer concluded the college's existing
faculty could largely cover the requirements for these two areas and that the
college could develop an epidemiology program.
Biostatistics and environmental health exist on campus as well. Biostatistics is
part of the department of statistics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and
environmental health is part of the curriculum in the College of Veterinary Medi-
cine. Preliminary discussions with the leaders in these programs indicate both
colleges are interested in collaborating in the development of a public health
program housed in the College of Health Professions.
Through these types of partnerships, we envision creating an accredited public
health program. Eventually the program will add another 400 students to the
college and three new departments.
Although the scope of this change is larger than the evolutionary steps that
have characterized our recent growth, we believe the addition of these programs
will complement our longstanding and fundamental commitment to the health
professions.


Student

News



Gretchen Am es, a doctoral student in the department of clinical
and health psychology, received a National Research Service Award from the
National Institute of Mental Health. Ames will receive an annual award of $26,000
for two years to support her educational expenses. In her research, Ames will
conduct a randomized clinical trial to examine the effectiveness of a new behav-
ioral weight loss treatment for women that is designed to address primary goals
for weight loss, including improving mood, body image and self-esteem.

R Pb C(-(- C J Imp,. a doctoral student in the department of clinical
and health psychology, won awards for best overall graduate student poster and
best poster in the health behavior category at the Women's Health Research Day
poster competition held at the UF Health Science Center. Her research focuses on
causes of fatigue in women with lupus.

More than 35 students presented research in the areas of behavioral science
and rehabilitation at the College of Health Professions' 2003 Research Day. The six
students awarded top honors received $1,200 to use toward travel expenses to a
professional or scientific conference. Winners included clinical and health
psychology doctoral students Adam Lew in, Paul
Seianourel and Eva Serber and rehabilitation science
doctoral students Toni Chiara, Tiffany Frimel and
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Teaching award

winners recognized


lhe College of Health
Professions recently honored
two outstanding faculty
members for their teaching
contributions: Mark Bishop,
Ph.D., a lecturer in physical
therapy and Patricia Dasler, Dr. Mark Bishop Ms. Patricia Dasler
M.S., O.T.R./L., an adjunct
lecturer and project research associate in occupational therapy.
Recognized after just one year of full-time teaching, Bishop has been selected
for the college's Teaching Excellence Award. Bishop teaches courses in biome-
chanics and orthopedics to entry-level master's degree students. He is the first
physical therapy faculty member to use Web enhancement in the classroom and
has arranged for multiple visits by local health-care practitioners and patients with
disabilities to the classroom.
"My philosophy is to provide a variety of different lesson plans and teaching
styles so that students with different learning styles can participate fully as
learners," Bishop said. "The more involved the students become in the material,
the more likely they will be to use the content."
Dasler has been recognized as the college's Teacher of the Year for her enthusi-
astic approach to teaching, compassion for her students and sense of humor in
the classroom.
Dasler teaches a series of three courses related to psychosocial dysfunction,
evaluation and treatment in the department's entry-level master's program. This is
her second Teacher of the Year award.
An experienced practitioner, Dasler is known for providing insight into real-life
clinical situations for her students. She also incorporates her own love of acting
into her classroom approach.
"I believe in role play and getting my students involved in it as well," Dasler
said. "Also, there is nothing like a good clinical story to illustrate points or to
operationalize a concept. It makes material come alive. When students come back
after graduation, they often tell me how well prepared they felt for psychosocial
clinical placements. It tickles me when they say, 'Ms. Dasler, it's just the way you
said it would be.' What do they think? That I sit at home making this stuff up?"


Faculty members
Gloria Miller, M.A.,
M.H.S., a program
director and lecturer
I AndreaBehrman,
Ph.D., an associate
professor and Gwen
Creel, a lecturer, paint a
memorial in honor of
Mark Trimble.


Physical therapy department faculty members
recently gathered to honor Mark H. Trimble, Ph.D.,
by painting a memorial on the 34h Street Wall.
Trimble, an assistant professor of physical therapy,
died in February 2001.
Trimble joined the UF faculty in 1994 as an
assistant professor with a concentration in orthope-
dics. A 1999 recipient of the College of Health
Professions Teaching Excellence Award, Trimble
established an orthopedics program that incorpo-
rates a problem solving approach to case studies
and a student peer review system for class assign-
ments.
A scholarship fund has been established in
Trimble's honor. Contributions may be made
payable to the UF Foundation and mailed to:
Dr. Mark H. Trimble Memorial Scholarships Fund,
PO. Box 100185, Gainesville FL 32610.


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and the College of Health Professions have
joined forces to improve access to affordable health care for all Florida residents.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida recently presented a $1.2 million gift to the
college to create a professorship in health-care policy. The gift, eligible for state
matching funds, establishes the first full professorship for the college.
"No family should worry about health care for a loved one, and this gift allows us
to join with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida to look at pragmatic solutions to
this problem," said Dean Robert Frank, Ph.D.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported in September 2002 that the number of unin-
sured Americans in 2001 had risen to 41.2 million, an increase of 1.4 million over the
previous year. Nearly 18 percent of Florida's residents do not have health insurance.
"Our support is one way we fulfill our mission to advance the health and well-
being of Florida's citizens, especially the uninsured and underserved," said Michael
Cascone Jr., chairman and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. "We 3
believe programs aimed at health-care awareness and training, health education,
research and policy initiatives, and workforce preparation can make a positive
difference in our communities."
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Professorship in Health Services
Administration will support the appointment of a nationally known scholar of health
policy to establish a network of programs and activities dedicated to finding
solutions to the widespread lack of affordable health coverage.
"As studies by our faculty have demonstrated, health-care access is an increas-
ing problem in Florida that has economic and social justice implications," said
Niccie McKay, Ph.D., an associate professor and chair of the department of health
services administration.



Faculty and

Staff Notes

ShellR FIyherg Ph.) a professor in the department of clinical
and health psychology, has been named a UF Research Foundation professor for
her distinguished research record and strong research agenda. The three-year
award includes a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a $3,000 grant.

Alice Holmes Ph.D., an associate professor of communicative
disorders, is the recipient of the Professional Achievement Award, given by Idaho
State University. Holmes, who received her master's degree in speech pathology
and audiology from ISU in 1978, was honored last month at the university's
commencement ceremony.

Lynn Jerni an, coordinator of administrative services in the
physical therapy department, and Crai Veozo, Ph.D.,, an associ-
ate professor of occupational therapy, were among 35 UF Health Science Center
employees who received Superior Accomplishment Awards for outstanding
contributions to the university. They each received $200.

Christopher Johnson, Ph.D.. an assistant professor in
the department of health services administration, is a recipient of a Department of
Veterans Affairs' Health Services Research and Development Service Merit Review
Entry award. The career development award funds his salary for three years as a
health researcher within the Rehabilitation Outcomes Center of Excellence at
Gainesville's Malcom Randall VA Medical Center.




















space of our

own
Photos by Jeff Knee
The College of Health Professions celebrated the open-
ing of its new home, the Health Professions/Nursing/
Pharmacy Complex, with a dedication ceremony and
ribbon cutting in April. The day's events also included an
open house of the facility and an evening gala.








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"The six departments in the college are
finally together in one place and we are
so proud to call this building, with its
remarkable classrooms and resources,
our new home. "
-- student Natalie Blevins m


Engraved at the base of "Balance:"
"Scientific and humanist approaches are
not competitive but supportive, and both
are ultimately necessary. "
Robert C. Wood















Cope at the. evein gl.


"Today, we celebrate our new home where
faculty can work together to educate, to
do research, and to serve... in one acad-
emy. It is with sizable gratitude, a measure
of pride and a sense of excitement and
promise that I accept this building for the
90-plus faculty of the College of Health
Professions."
-- faculty member Kay Walker


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The following awards were given to outstanding academic achievers at the
College of Health Professions' 2003 spring convocation and commencement
ceremony on May 3.

Dean's Office Awards
Dean's Scholar
Undergraduate -William Eastburn, occupational therapy
Graduate -Erin Floyd, clincial and health psychology
JudsonA. Clements Jr. Memorial Scholarship Karla Wooten, rehabilitation counseling
UF DistinguishedAchievementAward J. Brooks Brown, M.D.
Health ProfessionsAlumna ofthe Year Eileen Fennell, Ph.D.
UF Outstanding LeaderAward Stephanie Ducheine, health science and rehabilitative
services
Teaching Excellence -Mark Bishop, Ph.D.
Bachelor of Health Science Program
Outstanding Leadership Bryan Harper and Shannon Stewart
Academic Excellence Rebecca Pooley
AppreciationAwardfrom Students Julie Porembescu
Shands Hospital Auxiliary Scholarships
Li Cai, health services administration
Melissa Crowley, occupational therapy
Marcelo Miranda, physical therapy
Young Son, physical therapy
Christina Wierenga, clinical and health psychology
Clinical and Health Psychology
Florence ShaferMemorialAward Christina Wierenga
Molly HarrowerAward Gregg Selke
Department Research Award Elizabeth Leritz
Scientist-PractitionerAward Lisa McTeague
Robert andPhylhs LevittResearchAward Elizabeth Leritz
Geoffrey Clark-RyanMemorialAward Amy Baughcum
Department Classroom Teaching Award Sam Sears, Ph.D.
DepartmentResearchMentorAward Sam Sears, Ph.D.
Hugh C. DavisAwardfor Excellence in Psychotherapy Supervision Lori Waxenburg,
Ph.D.
Communicative Disorders
KennethR. Bzoch Speech-Language-HearingAwardfor Excellence inResearch Neila
Donovan
Lowell C. Hammer Outstanding Clinical Speech-Language PathologyAward Alison
Ungaro
Kenneth C. PollockOutstandng ChnicalAudiologyAward Lori White
Health Services Administration
Master ofHealthAdmnistration FacultyAwardfor Excellence Sarah Molinari
Master ofHealthAdministrationAlumni Awardfor Service -Sarah Diehl and Cristy
McKillop
Master ofHealthAdministration Excellence in TeachingAward Christy Harris Lemak,
Ph.D.
Occupational Therapy
Alice C. JantzenAwardforAcademlc Excellence Sarah Dougherty, Angela Kalman,
Shannon Locher and Erin McGowan
Ann Sirmyer BallardMemorialAward Lisa Newton
Jane SlaymakerMemorialAward Nicole Chipy and Devon Kinard
LelaA. LlorensAwardforExcellence inResearch -Roxanna Bendixen and Catherine Llanes
Outstanding TeachingAssistance Award Alicia Oreste
Physical Therapy
Claudette Finley ScholarshipAward Victor Pereira
FrederickFamily Scholarship (entry-level student) Brent Van Gemert
FrederickFamily Scholarship (advanced-level student) Toni Chiara
Julia Conrad Trojanowski Scholarship Elizabeth Howard
Dr Mark H. Trmble Memorial Scholarship -Carrie Ullmann
Rehabilitation Counseling
Graduate Leadership Award Brooke Braman
Undergraduate Leadership Award Jenny Stein
Scholarship Award Wendy Marsh
Bruce Thomason MemorialAward Dan Pekich
ClinicalExcellenceAward Sandra Anglin
John MuthardResearchAward Elizabeth (Lisa) Hannold


Profiles in Leadership




Physical therapy leader


sets bar for excellence


in education, research


As the new chair of the department of
physical therapy, Krista Vandenbore,
Ph.D., PT., is working to create a nationally
recognized department that boasts innova-
tive teaching, top-notch research and
strong partnerships with community
clinicians.
"Dr. Vandenbore possesses incredible
leadership and vision," said Andrea
Behrman, Ph.D., PT, an associate professor
of physical therapy. "We needed someone
to set the bar of excellence for the depart-
ment. Faculty, staff and students are
inspired and excited by the new environ-
ment she has created."
Since she joined the department in July
2001 research funding has nearly doubled,
new educational programs have been Dr. KristaVandenborne
established and affiliations with UF
researchers and clinicians have been formed.
"With nationally known faculty in spinal cord injury, stroke and respiratory
training research, this department was primed for success," said Vandenbore.
"Since April 2002 when I became chair, my job has been to create an infrastructure
that will take the department to the next level of excellence in education and re-
search."
To that end, mentorship in research and grant procurement is being provided to
master's and doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and junior faculty. In
conjunction with Shands Rehabilitation Services, Vandenbore has implemented a
series of campus seminars by national experts who present new outcomes of
physical therapy research and clinical treatments.
With department research funding escalating, the result of these programs can
already be seen. In the current fiscal year, the department has received $1.6 million in
grants from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Christopher
Reeve Paralysis Foundation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Efforts are under way to offer additional clinical experience to the entry-level
students. Community clinicians frequently provide guest lectures and demonstra-
tions of treatment techniques. Students also benefit from classroom visits by
pediatric patients and patients with physical disabilities caused by polio, spinal cord
injury or stroke.
"Not only does this provide hands-on experience for our students and help to
put a human face on the disease, but the patients feel they've had an opportunity to
contribute to the training of future health-care providers," Vandenbore said.
Vandenbore has been actively contributing to research in skeletal muscle
plasticity and rehabilitation, with published expertise in magnetic resonance imaging
(MRI) and spectroscopy, skeletal muscle atrophy and muscle metabolism. In her
own research, she studies the adaptations in skeletal muscle during disuse, disease
and therapeutic interventions.
"Muscle wasting occurs within days of disuse," said Vandenbore, a principal
investigator on two NIH-RO1 grants and co-principal investigator on two other
ROls. "A muscle will lose 15 percent of its size and 30-40 percent of its strength after
only two weeks of disuse. Patients suffering from cancer, AIDS, or other illnesses
that may confine them to bed for extended periods of time are especially at risk of
experiencing muscle weakness."
In collaboration with her husband, Glenn Walter, Ph.D., an assistant professor of
physiology and functional genomics in the College of Medicine, Vandenbore also
studies the potential of gene therapy and stem cell incorporation to guard muscles
from the impacts of disuse and disease and to speed up muscle regeneration.



















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Alumni

updates


Dyer T. Michell, health services administration '67, is presi-
dent and CEO of Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala. Dyer
received the Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Award for
Northern Florida from the American College of Healthcare
Executives.

Jerry Hermanson, health services administration '73, recently
co-authored a book published by AMA Press entitled "Cutting
Costs in the Physician Practice." Jerry founded a consulting
company, Healthcare Integration Consultants Inc., five years ago
that specializes in physician practice management, group practice
development, and hospital/physician relationship issues. He and
his wife Cathy, also a '73 UF graduate, are proud to announce an
addition to the Gator alumni family with the graduation of their
daughter, Carly, this past May, with a bachelor's degree in
history and a minor in criminology.

Bob Swanson, rehabilitation counseling '74, has served as a
vocational rehabilitation counselor with the Division of Disabil-
ity, Aging and Rehabilitative Services in Richmond, Ind. for the
past 28 years. He also has worked as a licensed clinical social
worker at Richmond's Lutheran Counseling Center for the past
six years. He sends greetings to his former classmates and
professors.

Mark Norrell, health services administration '87, was
appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer for
Hutchinson Hospital in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Steve Kelley, health services administration '94, lives in St.
Louis, Missouri, and works for Mercy Health Plans as manager
of operations consulting, an internal consulting department.

Kristen Sands, Ph.D., clinical and health psychology intern-
ship program '97, was awarded board certification in clinical
neuropsychology. Kristen is a staff neuropsychologist at St.
John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo.

Bob Swoap, Ph.D., clinical and health psychology '92, and his
wife Christine are the proud parents of Sofia and Julien
LaRocque Swoap, born in March 2002. Bob and Christine are
both on the faculty at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C.

Sumner Sydeman, Ph.D., clinical and health psychology
internship program '98, is an assistant professor in the depart-
ment of psychology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
He has been appointed coordinator of the applied health
psychology graduate program.


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S J. Brooks Brown, M.D., Chairman of Brooks Health
System, was honored with the University of Florida
Distinguished Achievement Award at the College of
Health Professions' graduation ceremony May 3. The
award is given to individuals who have demonstrated
leadership and exceptional achievement that merit
special recognition from the university.
A retired cardiothoracic and general surgeon, Brown
founded the Jacksonville-based Brooks Health System
more than 30 years ago. The system consists of the
127-bed Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in Jacksonville
Dr J. Brooks Brown and 19 outpatient therapy clinics in Florida and
South Georgia. Brown also co-founded Memorial
Hospital of Jacksonville, which he led for more than 25 years.
"Dr. Brown is most noted in Jacksonville for his fearless advocacy for the
construction of a new hospital when there were long waiting periods for hospital
admissions," said UF Trustee and former president of Alliance Mortgage Company
W.A. "Mac" McGriff III. "Many changes have occurred in health-care delivery, and
Brooks Brown has been the quiet leader in our community of this change."
Under Brown's leadership, the Brooks Health Foundation gave a $4.5 million gift
to the College of Health Professions to establish the Brooks Center for Rehabilita-
tion Studies, an interdisciplinary rehabilitation research entity. Last year, the Brooks
system contributed another $1.2 million dollars to secure a clinical research lab for
the Brooks Center.
"It is not simply what Dr. Brown has done as an individual that qualifies him for a
Distinguished Achievement Award; it is what he has inspired from others," said
Dean Robert Frank, Ph.D. "He is an individual of remarkable spirit and character
who possesses an extraordinary capacity to influence, motivate and lead. Through-
out his life, Dr. Brown has nurtured kindness, understanding, knowledge, and unity
among people."



Cycling team to raise

money for student

scholarships

Dean Robert Frank, Ph.D. and the College of Health Fore
Professions are assembling a team of cyclists to ride .L
in the Horse Farm Hundred on Sunday, Sept. 28. The
Horse Farm Hundred is a 100-mile bike ride spon-
sored by the Gainesville Cycling Club, which winds
through the beautiful horse country surrounding
Ocala, Fla. 200S
The Health Professions Team is looking Clt|e| of **GlL Peeffalejl
for riders to complete a leg of the tour and Univtrultt u*t FlU4ido
sponsors who wish to make a donation to the
team. All contributions will be used to establish the first endowed scholarship fund
for Health Professions students. Those interested in participating are encouraged to
e-mail horsefarml00@hp.ufl.edu.



















Alumni

spotlights


Neuropsychology

researcher and educator

named college's alumna

of the year


First ~ ~ aFhat srie


The College of Health Professions' 2003
Alumna of the Year is known for her innova-
tive research and professional leadership in
the field of clinical neuropsychology. And as
a Health Professions faculty member, Eileen
Fennell, Ph.D., clinical and health psychol-
ogy '78, has been contributing to the
college's success for nearly 30 years.
Fennell entered UF's doctoral program in
clinical and health psychology in 1974 and
joined the faculty in 1978.
"Whatever professional success I have
had I owe in large measure to the University
of Florida," Fennell told the audience at the
college's convocation and commencement
ceremony.


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.
Fennell has authored or co-authored more than 50
research papers and 10 book chapters on pediatric
neuropsychology, and co-authored the book Pediatric
Neuropsychology in a Medical Setting.
Fennell lists among her professional highlights her
election to the post of president of the Neuropsychol-
ogy Division of the American Psychological Associa-
? tion. She is a member of the APA's Council of Represen-
Dr Fennell as a tatives and has served on the American Board of
UF graduate Clinical Neuropsychology and the governing board of
student, the International Neuropsychological Society.
"It's truly a privilege to have Eileen Fennell recog-
nized as our Alumna of the Year," said Dean Robert Frank, Ph.D. "All of our
alumni of the year have made significant contributions, and in Eileen's case her
contributions have been made to her alma mater. Eileen is loved by students,
respected by the faculty and appreciated by all."


For a man who describes himself as an "educa-
tional guinea pig," Ronald Aldrich, health services
administration '66, has enjoyed an enormously
successful career.
A former health system CEO, Aldrich claims the
guinea pig title because of his membership in the
University of South Florida's charter graduating
class in 1964 and the University of Florida's first
master's degree in health administration class in
1966. And by virtue of having a last name that
begins with the letter "A," Aldrich believes he was
actually the first graduate of UF's program.
Aldrich's 37 years of experience in health-care
leadership includes serving as president and CEO of Ron Aldrich
three Catholic multi-hospital systems: ServantCor in Urbana, Ill., Franciscan Health
System in Aston, Penn., and Catholic Health Services of Long Island in New York.
"Ron has a distinguished record of achievement as a health-care leader," said
Michael O. Bice, the senior vice president and international health-care practice
leader for insurance brokerage Marsh. "His contributions to the strength and
vitality of Catholic health-care services are especially noteworthy."
Aldrich believes his most significant health-care contribution was his role in the
largest not-for-profit health-care merger in the United States. During his tenure at
Franciscan Health System, Aldrich helped lead the effort to integrate three large
Catholic health systems to form Catholic Health Initiatives in 1996, which included
126 health-care facilities in 21 states.
"The experience was a very meaningful part of my ministry in Catholic health
care," Aldrich said. "I had the opportunity to take all my health administration
experience and education and make the best possible contribution to the merger."
He also has served on the boards of directors of six Catholic health systems and
was chair of the Catholic Health Association of the United States.
Aldrich and wife Mary Lynne live in Dubois, Wyo., and Sante Fe, N.M. He
currently is an executive in residence and a visiting professor in the graduate
programs in health administration at the University of Colorado-Denver. He also
provides health-care consulting through Limberpine Associates Inc., the company
he founded.
"I feel the goal of my remaining work in health care is to raise consciousness
about injustices in the health-care system and to stay involved in the education of
future health administrators," Aldrich said.


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