UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS
Smart House features high-tech tools for assisted living
inette Hendler, 77, toured the UF
Gator-Tech Smart House during
the grand opening celebration last
winter with special interest.
After all, Hendler will be one
of the first seniors to live in the
Smart House for a short period of time and provide
feedback on the house's assistive technology, designed
to make living easier and safer for older adults.
Among Hendler's favorite features in the home is
the "smart wave," a specially programmed microwave
that recognizes specific frozen packaged foods. A dis-
play above the smart wave provides a step-by-step
demonstration of how to prepare the particular meal,
and the smart wave automatically cooks it for the ap-
propriate amount of time. If the food finishes cooking
while the resident is in another room, the house will
make an announcement to the occupant that the food is
done and ready to enjoy.
Located on the campus of Oak Hammock at the
University of Florida, the 2,800 square-foot UF Gator-
Tech Smart House is a research project of the Rehabili-
tation Engineering Research Center on Technology for
Successful Aging, directed by William Mann, Ph.D.
"There are other smart houses that have been built
in the United States, but for the most part they are not
set up for people to actually come and live in them,"
said Mann, also the chair of occupational therapy in the
College of Public Health and Health Professions. "The
Gator-Tech Smart House will have older people living
in it for short periods of time, interacting with the tech-
nology and giving us feedback on the technology before
we move it into product form."
The center's work is supported by a $4.5 million
grant from the National Institute on Disability and
Working with Sumi Helal, Ph.D., a professor of
computer and information science at the College of
Engineering, Mann and the Smart House research team
are developing and testing several fascinating features,
A floor that identifies and tracks the location of all
house occupants. It can also detect falls and contact
emergency services, if necessary.
A home security monitor that continually tracks
all windows and doors and can relate the status to
the resident, such as an unlocked or open door or
A refrigerator that monitors food availability and
consumption, detects expired food items and creates
shopping lists automatically.
Abed that monitors sleepless nights and sleep
The smart phone, which acts as a remote control
for all appliances and media players in the home.
A front door that allows keyless entry by the oc-
cupant. When a visitor rings the doorbell, monitors
within the home display the image of the visitor and
the resident can ask the house to open the door.
A driving simulator in the home's garage used in
evaluating older drivers' abilities, a research project
of the UF National Older Driver Research and
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that 80 percent
of seniors who
used assistive Smart House Researcher
technology Youssef Kaddoura demon-
were able to states the sensors beneath the
reduce their home's floor, designed to track
dependence on residents' movements.
others. Half of
those surveyed reduced their dependence on paid
helpers, and half were able to avoid entering nursing
"We're applying these technologies specifically to
a population of people who may have more difficulty
with cognition or movement," Mann said. "It assists
them in maintaining their independence longer, which
improves their quality of life and has been shown to
reduce health-related costs." 0
In the United States there are more than 182,000
physical therapists, 77,000 occupational therapists,
93,000 speech and language pathologists, and
12,000 audiologists. Together, these disciplines total
more than 364,000. When
compared to 819,000
physicians and 2.4 million
nurses, however, the num-
ber of rehabilitation profes-
sionals is less impressive.
Consequently, each of
these disciplines lacks the
political muscle needed to
impact national agendas,
yet each of them plays a
critical role in the delivery
Dr. Robert G. Frank of health-care services.
For several years, rehabili-
tation therapists have outnumbered available jobs.
But in recent times, this trend has reversed and there
are now shortages in each of these areas, especially
when geographic distribution is considered.
To address many of the issues affecting the reha-
bilitation disciplines, Congressman Cliff Stearns of
Florida's 6th district has introduced the Allied Health
Reinvestment Act. The bill was developed with
extensive input from the "Southern Deans," a group
of deans from colleges of health professions in the
Southeastern United States, including UF. The bill
amends the Public Health Service Act and introduces
several provisions affecting the health professions.
The Allied Health Reinvestment Act calls for the
creation of public service announcements to educate
the public, including younger students, on the impor-
tance of the health professions.
In addition, the act would establish scholarships
of up to $10,000 per year for individuals willing to
serve in national health shortage areas after gradua-
tion. Also included is backing for the development of
distance education technologies, and a loan fund to
support the education of master's level faculty wish-
ing to pursue doctoral training.
The Allied Health Reinvestment Act would also
allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services
to award grants to colleges such as ours to study
The last provision of the bill may ultimately be the
most important to the future of the health professions:
the establishment of a council responsible for moni-
toring the status of the health professions workforce.
For the first time, there would be timely, validated
information on the size and needs of our workforce.
Each bill introduced in Congress must compete
with a myriad of other issues for support. To date,
only two members of the Florida delegation in the
House of Representatives, Jim Davis and Robert
Wexler, have signed on to the Allied Health Reinvest-
ment Act as co-sponsors. More co-sponsors will help
move the bill. Please contact your representative
and encourage him or her to become a co-sponsor.
Call the Capitol operator at (202) 224-3121 and ask
for the office of your representative. Tell the staff
member answering the phone you would like the
representative to become a co-sponsor of the Allied
Health Reinvestment Act (H.R. 215). 0
PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2005
Enhancing social skills
New program helps children with ADHD
develop social skills, improve peer relationships
Shands at UF
service will address
the social problems
with attention deficit/hyperactivity
Directed by Shelley Heaton,
Ph.D., and David Janicke, Ph.D.,
assistant professors in the depart-
ment of clinical and health
psychology at the College of Public
Health and Health Professions,
the group intervention program is
designed for children between the
ages of 8 and 11 who have ADHD.
"Because most ADHD re-
search has focused on specific
behaviors, such as hyperactivity,
we don't know the actual preva-
lence rates of social skills problems
in children with ADHD," Heaton
said. "However, it is a common
complaint among parents in our
clinic and has been documented in
many research articles and books."
In the UF program, children
are taught skills through discussion,
role-playing, homework assign-
ments and other fun activities.
Program content includes de-
veloping skills for cooperation,
perspective taking, conversation,
participating in group activities,
and controlling anger
Children with "i a
ADHD may have prob-
lems with social skills
because their hyperac-
tive or impulsive
behavior may disrupt
other children's ac-
tivities, making them
appear bossy or de-
manding, Janicke said.
Children who are inat-
tentive may also have
trouble focusing on
what others are saying
and may lose interest
quickly, making them
behaviors can make it
difficult for children
with ADHD to make or
keep friends," Janicke Drs. Shelley Heaton and David Janicke
said. playing a game or handling
Children who participate in the teasing," Janicke said. "Children
program will meet weekly for eight with ADHD are particularly re-
one-hour sessions held in the early sponsive to repeated practice and
evening. practical activities rather than just
"The unique thing about this 'talk therapy' where they are told
treatment is that we not only teach the social skills, but aren't given
social skills to the children, but the opportunity to practice."
also practice them in 'real-world' For more information on the
situations with other children in the social skills group, call (352) 273-
class, such as cooperating while 5282. 0
Colburn receives Gutekunst Award
or his contributions to
the College of Public
Health and Health
Professions, UF Provost
Emeritus David Col-
bum, Ph.D., received
the first-ever Gutekunst Award at
spring commencement on April 28.
Colbum served as provost at
a time when the College of Public
Health and Health Professions was
going through a period of great
growth, adding new educational
programs in rehabilitation science,
public health and health science,
said Robert Frank, Ph.D., dean of
the college. Colbum immediately
stepped forward to support the
college in the development of these
"His service was an enormous
credit to Florida and under his
leadership the college prospered,"
The award is named in honor
of Richard Gutekunst, Ph.D., dean
emeritus, who led the college from
1980 until his retirement in 1995.
He is described as a man of vision
and commitment who guided the
College of Public Health and Health
Professions through a difficult time
at UF that included budget cutbacks.
"Dr. Gutekunst was an extraor-
dinary leader at UF and I'm deeply
honored to receive this award,"
Colbum served as UF's pro-
vost and senior vice president for
academic affairs from 2000 to 2004,
stepping down last year to return to
teaching. As the university's chief
academic officer, he helped lead the
administration during significant
changes in governance, economic
downturns and shifts in admissions
policies. Under his leadership,
UF made significant strides in the
numbers of students competing and
earning academic recognition in
national and international scholar-
Dr. David Colburn
Colburn's interest in enhanc-
ing the educational experience for
UF students is evident through his
commitment to international study,
which he made a cornerstone of the
"Thank you for improving the
university," Colbum told graduates
at the commencement ceremony.
"And I thank you in advance for the
contributions you will make to your
S.`L O I BAC
Lela Llorens, Ph.D., (center) former chair of the department of occupational therapy,
is seen in a 1981 photo demonstrating the use of an adapted fork for people with limited upper
extremity strength and coordination to occupational therapy graduates Jack Lundquist, class of '83,
and Karen Ridout, class of '82. Other adapted equipment on the table include a reacher, extended-
handle brush and sponge, and a cup with an open handle. Now a professor emeritus at San Jose
State University, Llorens has received several awards recognizing her contributions to the field of
occupational therapy, including the American Occupational Therapy Association's highest honor,
the Award of Merit.
student NE W
Adam Lewin, a doctoral student in the department
of clinical and health psychology, received a $3,000
award from the Children's Miracle Network to sup-
port his research.
Jesse Schold, a doctoral student in the department
of health services research, management and policy,
received a Young Investigator award from the Ameri-
can Transplant Congress.
Clinical and health psychology graduate students
Karen Chung, Adam Hirsh and Erin O'Brien each
received a Young Investigator Travel Award from the
American Pain Society.
Winners of the college's 18th Annual Research Fair
for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
include: Kezia Awadzi, Chitralakshmi
Balasubramanian, Adam Hirsh, Lindsey Kirsch,
Mohan Krishnan, Michael Larson, Vanessa
Milsom, Mary Murawski, Neeti Pathare, Amy
Rodriguez, Praveen Saxena, Eva Serber, Prithvi
Shah, Utaka Springer, David Stigge-Kaufman and
Michelle Woodbury. *
facultyN 0 TES
Elena Andresen, Ph.D., a professor and chief of the
division of epidemiology in the department of health
services research, management and policy, has
been named to the Institute of Medicine's Committee
on Disability in America.
Todd Fraser, an office manager in the department
of occupational therapy, received a $500 bonus from
the UF Incentive Efficiency Program, which honors
ideas that improve university effectiveness and
David Fuller, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the
department of physical therapy, is one of four
winners of the 2005 Young Investigator Awards
sponsored by the American Physiological Society.
Amal Khoury, Ph.D., an associate professor in
the department of health services research, man-
agement and policy, received an award for best
poster on cancer research at UF's Women's Health
A. Daniel Martin, Ph.D., an associate professor in
the department of physical therapy, has been named
a 2005 UF Research Foundation Professor for his
distinguished record of research.
Wendy Stay, Ph.D., a research assistant professor
in the department of occupational therapy, has been
selected to serve on the American Society on Ag-
ing's DriveWell National Experts Speakers' Bureau
for promoting older driver safety and mobility. 0
PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2005
Public health researcher focuses on environmental health risks to children
By Sarah Carey
eterinary medicine has always
played a key role in public health,
and never more than now at the
University of Florida. But the use of
stuffed birds to conduct research may
be a first.
"We use stuffed toys to evaluate pesticide accu-
mulation in household products," said environmental
health specialist Natalie Freeman, Ph.D.
"Since children tend to sleep with stuffed toys,
and at young ages chew on them, understanding the
pesticide load in these toys is important for under-
standing all the routes of exposure that are important
for children," Freeman added. "For little kids, it's
not just food, house dust and soil exposures that are
important when we evaluate pesticides. From an
instructional point of view, we use the toys as
graphic examples of the range of things kids come in
contact with that may be contaminated."
Freeman, a recent faculty addition to the public
health program, holds a joint appointment in the
colleges of Public Health and Health Professions and
"Dr. Freeman's work, and her presence at UF,
are exciting steps in our efforts to build environmen-
tal health and link the colleges," said Robert Frank,
Ph.D., dean of the College of Public Health and
The growing field of environmental health is
part of what attracted Freeman to her present posi-
tion, where she focuses on risks to children while
navigating the worlds of animal and human health
on a daily basis.
"Natalie's work is important in identifying
sources of contaminants and determining how much
is consumed by children from their home environ-
ment," said John Harvey, D.VM., Ph.D., chair of the
veterinary medicine college's department of
physiological sciences. "The heaviest pesticide
contamination is typically found in the washroom,
which is where people put their dirty clothes."
Conditions that affect humans also affect other
species, and the means of improving health in one
species can also help in others, Freeman said.
"I think the linkage between vet med and public
health is a natural one," she added.
As a graduate student, Freeman studied rats,
cats and wolves.
"Part of this research came about because of
an intrinsic interest I have in animals, and part was
because it is sometimes easier to gain insights into
the human condition by studying animal models,"
Freeman said, adding that veterinarians have long
known that animal studies frequently guide studies
of human health issues.
A self-described "Jersey girl," Freeman became
a Floridian and a Gator in October after serving 12
years as an adjunct faculty member at Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School and
the School of Public Health,
both branches of the Univer-
sity of Medicine and
Dentistry of New Jersey
(UMDNJ), and the graduate
program in environmental
science at Rutgers University.
"UMDNJ and Rutgers
collaborate in a research pro-
gram called the Environmen- "
tal and Occupational Health
Sciences Institute, where I
was primarily involved in a
number of projects dealing
with children's health issues,
as well as a number of resi-
dential and community based Dr. Natalie Freeman uses
studies," Freeman said. stuffed toys to measure
She was intrigued by the children's pesticide exposure.
challenge of developing an
environmental health program within a new college
of public health.
"A good environmental health program requires
good toxicologists, risk assessors, environmental
engineers, analytical chemists and statisticians, as
well as exposure assessors," she said. "UF has the
foundation for that program with superb individuals
in all these disciplines." 0
SPHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2005
College moves closer to
public health accreditation
he College of Public Health and Health
Professions has been named an associate
member of the Association of Schools of
Public Health, signifying the completion
of the college's first major step toward
receiving accreditation as a school of
The criteria for associate membership are accep-
tance by the public health education accrediting body
- the Council on Education for Public Health into
the accreditation process, and an affirmative vote by
the membership of ASPH.
UF established a new college of public health in
December 2003 that was integrated into the existing
College of Health Professions. The college was re-
named the College of Public Health and Health
"The associate membership status puts us in a
strategic position to move into full membership status
once we are accredited," said Mary Peoples-Sheps,
Dr.P.H., director of public health.
Full membership allows the UF program to
compete for federal and ASPH funding that is limited
to association members; participate in association
activities which significantly influence public health
policies; and to place students in ASPH fellowships
with a variety of national agencies, she said.
"We have come a long way in the past 18
months," Peoples-Sheps said. "It is gratifying to have
achieved associate membership in ASPH, not only
because it represents an important milestone, but also
because this accomplishment gives us momentum to
move toward full accreditation as a school of public
The Council on Education for Public Health will
review the UF program in two to three years, Peoples-
Sheps said. In the meantime, the public health program
will continue to enhance the curricula in its five con-
centration areas: biostatistics, environmental health,
epidemiology, health management and policy, and so-
cial and behavioral sciences. In addition, the program
will increase the number of faculty in those areas and
promote the faculty's public health research agendas.
"A strong College of Public Health and Health
Professions has always been our goal," said Robert
Frank, Ph.D., dean of the college. "This represents
another step in the path toward that end. A vibrant and
progressive public health presence on the campus of
the University of Florida places us in the company of
the very top health science centers in the nation." 0
Dr. Mary Peoples-Sheps, (left) director of public health, chats with public health students Paula
Crawford, Wei Yuan and Annie Morton.
Horse Farm 100 cyclists ride for student scholarships
Faculty, staff and student cyclists will gather on Sunday, Oct. 2 to raise money for student scholarships by
participating in the Horse Farm 100 bike ride through Marion County's scenic horse farm country. Sponsors
of the 25-, 50- and 100-mile riders support not only the project, but encourage, energize and motivate our
team. For more information, please contact Carlee Thomas at (352) 265-8097 or email@example.com. *
graduation o os
The following awards were presented at the College
of Public Health and Health Professions' 2005 com-
mencement ceremony on April 28.
Shands UF Auxiliary
Ciara Garrott, Ida Kellison, Lucy Mizen, Andrew Emery
and LaToya Daniels
Grace Winslow Scholar Stephanie Swain
Judson A. Clements, Jr. Memorial Scholarship -
Horse Farm Hundred Scholarship Michelle Harwood
Dean's Scholar, undergraduate Jennifer Manson
Dean's Scholar, master's Megan Hurburt
Dean's Scholar, doctoral Eva Serber
Faculty Leadership Award Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D.
Kenneth R. Bzoch Speech-Language-Hearing Award for
Excellence in Research Lori M. Bartock
Lowell C. Hammer Outstanding Clinical Speech-Language
Pathology Award Veena Srinivansan
Kenneth C. Pollock Outstanding Clinical Audiology
Award Cheryl Nicole Thomas
Clinical and Health Psychology
Florence Shafer Memorial Award Mary Brinkmeyer
Molly Harrower Award Adam Lewin
Department Research Award Paul Seignourel
Scientist-Practitioner Award Adam Hirsh
Geoffrey Clark-Ryan Memorial Award Adam Lewin
Robert and Phyllis Levitt Research Award -
Department Teaching Award Samuel Sears, Ph.D.
Department Research Mentor Award -
Anna Moore, Ph.D.
Hugh C. Davis Award Patricia Durning, Ph.D.
Health Services Research,
Management and Policy
Master of Health Administration Faculty Award for
Excellence Todd J. Spero
Master of Health Administration Alumni Award for
Service Mariel L. Bernstein
Master of Health Administration Excellence in Teaching
Award Michael Bice
(Awarded in Dec. 2004)
Alice C. Jantzen Award for Academic Excellence -
Ann Sirmyer Ballard Memorial Award for Outstanding
Graduate Tracy Wilson
Jane Slaymaker Memorial Award Nicole Maiorano
Kay F. Walker Distance Learning Student Award
(awarded in fall 2004) Julie Buxton
Claudette Finley Scholarship Emily Friedman
Frederick Family Entry Level Student Scholarship -
Frederick Family RSD Level Student Scholarship -
Dr. Mark Trimble Memorial Scholarship Joe Rivett
Julia Conrad Trojanowski Scholarship Sheri Walters
Graduate Leadership Award Lindsey Saltzman
Undergraduate Leadership Award Claudia Mena
Scholarship Award Lara Smith-Zwilling
Bruce Thomason Memorial Award Keith Meneskie
Horace Sawyer Clinical Excellence Award -
MPH Exemplary Student Award Helena Chapman
Award for Faculty Excellence Ellen Lopez, Ph.D.
Leadership Award Kelly Haskin
Academic Excellence Award Nicole Belkin
Outstanding Faculty of the Year -
Robert Garrigues, Ph.D.
Outstanding Staff of the Year Julie Porumbescu
PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2005
Targeting tobacco use
Occupational therapy graduate works to save lives through prevention, cessation
ayne Stephens, Ph.D., OTR/L,
C/PAM, occupational therapy
'78, is part of an organization
charged with a critical task:
reduce the rates of tobacco use
in the United States, where
smoking was responsible for 440,000 deaths in 2004.
Stephens is the deputy chief of
the Office on Smoking and Health's
Epidemiology Branch at the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) in Atlanta. The office's goals
include preventing tobacco use
among young people; promoting
tobacco use cessation; eliminating
exposure to secondhand smoke;
and identifying and eliminating Dr. Wayne
"Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable
death in the United States," Stephens said. "A total
of 8.6 million Americans currently suffer from one or
more serious illnesses attributable to cigarette
smoking and the direct health-care costs for
smoking-related disease have reached $75 billion a
With support from the CDC, several states
have reported recent successes in tobacco control.
In Florida, smoking has declined 40 percent among
middle school students and 18 percent among high
school students. Cigarette sales fell 30 percent in
Massachusetts and in Oregon, smoking rates have
dropped 23 percent since 1996.
Stephens' office will soon be partnering with
the College of Public Health and Health Professions
to sponsor fellowships for
second-year Master of Public
Health students in the Office
on Smoking and Health.
"These fellowships will
offer our students practical
experience, and potentially,
job opportunities, in one of
n it ii the world's premier public
tephens health organizations," said
Mary Peoples-Sheps, Dr.PH.,
UF director of public health.
Stephens' own career path began when he served
in the military during the Vietnam era.
"During my time in the military I was exposed
to the profession of occupational therapy at a military
clinic and knew that was the career for me," he said.
The Jacksonville native completed his UF
occupational therapy education in 1978 and went
on to earn a master's degree in allied health services
(health and hospital administration specialty) and a
doctoral degree in public health management,
completing most of his graduate work at the
University of North Florida. After a 20-year career
in public health and hospital administration with the
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical System,
Stephens joined the CDC in 1999.
He has remained closely involved in direct
patient care, however, as an occupational therapy
consultant and a certified provider of physical therapy
modalities such as ultrasound, heat treatment and
Stephens sees clear connections between his first
love occupational therapy and public health.
"As an occupational therapist and provider of
physical therapy modalities in the home, I come into
direct contact every day with people who smoke
in their homes and have small children," he said.
"Breathing secondhand smoke may cause asthma,
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), bronchitis,
pneumonia, and ear infections."
Children's exposure to secondhand smoke is
responsible for as many as 1 million asthma attacks a
year, and as many as 300,000 respiratory tract infec-
tions in children younger than 18 months, resulting in
7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations each year, Stephens
Alumnus of the year
Daniels recognized for bringing behavioral psychology to the workplace
ubrey Daniels, Ph.D., a pioneer in
applying the principles of behavioral
psychology to the workplace and a
best selling author of management
books, has been named the College of
Public Health and Health Professions'
alumnus of the year.
After receiving his undergraduate degree, a
tough job market led Daniels to graduate studies at
UF, where he earned his master's and doctoral de-
grees 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, Hugh
Davis and Bill Wolking. Behavioral psychology dem-
onstrates that an individual's behavior is governed by
the consequences of his or her actions.
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 a
more than 70 percent return rate in Georgia's other
mental health facilities.
Daniels then decided to apply these strategies
to a different setting the workplace. He founded
Aubrey Daniels International (ADI), a management
consulting firm, in 1978.
Based in Atlanta, ADI helps prepare leaders to
solve problems in productivity, quality, cost and mo-
rale by utilizing behavioral principles and techniques.
Specifically, ADI helps companies build leaders who
cultivate profitable habits by consistently pinpointing,
measuring and reinforcing the work behaviors vital to
achieving sustainable business success. ADI's clients
include high-profile corporations like Duke Energy,
Dollar General, State Farm, M&T Bank, Chevron-
Texaco and NASA.
"We've found that the most common reason
employees leave their positions is because they don't
feel valued for the contributions they make," Daniels
told graduates at
the college's spring
ceremony. "As you
go into your first job
make sure you find
to value others."
written three books
the classic best seller
on performance man- Dr. Aubrey Daniels
Out the Best in People," originally published in 1994
and updated in 1999.
"I have been fortunate to make my living doing
things I really love to do," Daniels said. "Certainly I
hope that's what you do because if so, you'll never
work another day in your life." *
U PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2005
Please join us!
PHHP Reunion Weekend
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5
All Public Health and Health Professions alumni and friends are invited to attend our
Reunion Weekend Extravaganza. Events include lunch and tours, a reception with
special guests, the Au.D. class of 2000, and a pre-game barbecue followed by the UF
vs. Vanderbilt football game.
A brochure with all the details will be sent this July, so watch your mailbox for more
information. We hope you can join us and remember, it's great to be a Florida Gator!
Share your news with classmates!
Submission wil be published In the Alumni Updates section of a future issue of PHHP Ners
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Leadership Conference. She was recognized
for her ongoing advocacy of psychology and
health care and her work lobbying Congress.
Kenneth M. Cox, Au.D., CCC-A, communica-
tive disorders '03, was appointed chair of the
department of communication sciences and dis-
orders at Radford University (Va.) last January.
He is one of the first Au.D. trained audiologists
to become chair of an ASHA-accredited pro-
gram in communication sciences and disorders.
Brandi (Kahn) Davis, occupational therapy '99,
welcomed her first child, Abigail Louise, on Feb.
17, 2005. Brandi and her family live in Long-
Derrick Kopeck, health science '04, began his
second year of medical school in May. He lives
in Leesburg, Fla.
Robert Meade, master's of health administra-
tion '01, has been named chief executive officer
of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. He previously
served as CEO of Englewood Community
Hospital for seven years.
Bruce Mills, rehabilitation counseling '76, is
the branch manager of GENEX Services, Inc.,
a national Tampa-based company that pro-
vides disability case management services. He
recently received a prestigious award from the
International Association of Rehabilitation
Professionals, the Outstanding Individual
Professional Member for 2004-2005.
Alicia Oreste, occupational therapy '02, worked
at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando follow-
ing graduation and shared some patients with
Katie Kinder, occupational therapy '01. Alicia
now lives in New York and has a baby, Gavin
McGoogan Oreste, born on Oct. 4, 2004. She
writes, "Currently I am staying home to take
care of the baby, but look forward to going
back to pediatrics when he gets bigger. Staying
home with him gives me a great course on child
Elleanor Sapin, occupational therapy '03, was
accepted into UF's physician assistant program
and will graduate in 2007. She writes, "I get to
be a Gator twice!" 0
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