UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS
Researchers study weight management
program for children and families
his fall, researchers in the
college's department of
clinical and health psychol-
ogy, in conjunction with
UF Cooperative Extension
offices in participating
counties, will conduct a no-cost weight
management program targeting children
Led by David Janicke, Ph.D., an
assistant professor in the department of
clinical and health psychology, the UF
Healthy Lifestyles Program for Families
team will work with children and their
parents in Florida's Levy and Gilchrist
The researchers also plan to con-
duct groups over the next 16 months in
three other rural counties in north central
The work is supported by a
$435,000 grant awarded to Janicke from
the National Institute for Diabetes and
Digestive and Kidney Disorders, with
supplemental funding from the Institute
for Child and Adolescent Research and
More than 30 percent of American
children and adolescents meet the
criteria for obesity or are considered
at-risk for obesity. Children and adults
who are overweight are at increased risk
for diabetes, high blood pressure and
cardiovascular problems. Moreover, chil-
dren who struggle with weight issues are
often the victims of teasing from peers.
"Given the scope and seriousness of
obesity in America and the limited access
to services for children in rural settings,
there is a pressing need for the develop-
ment and assessment of intervention
programs that target children at greatest
risk for the long-term negative health
consequences of obesity," Janicke said.
"Many families want to develop patterns
of eating and exercise that may positively
impact weight and health, but making
these types of changes is often hard."
The UF Healthy Lifestyles Program
is designed to help children and parents
modify their dietary and physical activity
in order to promote a healthy lifestyle,
positive self-image, and effective weight
management. The program helps families
work together to learn how to manage
real-life situations and make gradual,
modest changes in their lifestyle.
"An important emphasis in our
program is helping parents and children
to support each other to make positive
changes," Janicke said. "The group for-
mat is also a very positive way to build a
strong support network."
The four-month, group-based
program includes weekly sessions at the
Cooperative Extension office in
Bronson, with groups comprised of about
six to 10 families. Some groups will work
only with parents to help them encourage
their children to adopt healthier lifestyle
habits, while other groups will work with
both children and parents. Families will
receive step counters to track physical ac-
tivity and $5 for each session they attend
to compensate for travel expenses. *
The department of physical
therapy received approval from
the Florida Board of Governors
to offer the entry-level clinical
doctoral degree, the Doctor
of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.),
beginning this fall.
The UF physical therapy
department is one of only two
Florida public universities to
offer the D.P.T. degree. The de-
partment admitted 49 students
into the inaugural class.
The Doctor of Physical
Therapy degree will eventually
replace the master's degree as
the entry-level degree for clinical
practice in physical therapy, said
Jane Day, Ph.D., P.T., clinical
associate professor and assis-
tant chair of the physical therapy
department. The American
Physical Therapy Association
recommends that the D.P.T. be
the standard physical therapy
degree granted by educational
programs by 2020.
"The goal of the D.P.T.
program is to prepare graduates
to be autonomous practitioners
and the authoritative practitioner
in the diagnosis and treatment of
movement disorders," Day said.
"These are graduates capable
of evaluation and patient treat-
ment ideally prepared to work in
collaboration with other health
As with the master's degree, a
baccalaureate degree is the pre-
requisite for admission into the
three-year D.P.T. program. The
curriculum augments the content
of the current master's program
by including coursework in such
areas as diagnosis, pharmacol-
ogy, radiology and imaging,
health-care management, and
prevention and wellness, as well
as additional clinical internship
time. The department plans to
develop a transitional D.P.T.
program for practicing physical
therapists who would like to earn
this doctoral degree. *
Throughout the course of our college's 47-year
history, we have graduated more than 8,500 students.
Some of our alumni are remarkably successful within
their chosen fields and others have used the skills they
acquired at UF to break ground in new areas, distinct
from the education they
Traditionally, we have
chosen one person as the
"Alumnus of the Year," which
has gotten harder every
year. Often graduates have
followed different roads
to success, which makes
choosing one person difficult.
At the suggestion of our
college advisory board, we
Dr. Robert G. Frank developed a new system
and this fall we recognized an alumnus of the year from
each of our departments, with the exception of our pub-
lic health and bachelor's of health science programs,
which are still new. On September 17, we honored six
Fred Berliner, a rehabilitation counseling graduate
and senior vice president of the United Trust Fund, a
national real estate investment firm
Aimee DeVillier LaCalle, a graduate of the depart-
ment of communicative disorders and a member of the
inaugural class of the doctor in audiology program, who
is the founder of Audiology Online
Dyer Michell, a graduate of the health services ad-
ministration program and past-president and CEO of
Munroe Regional Healthcare System in Ocala
Donna Rodriguez, a graduate of the physical therapy
program and president and CEO of Rehab Rx
Kay Walker, a graduate of occupational therapy and a
professor emeritus of the college's department of
Travis White, a graduate of clinical and health psychol-
ogy and vice president for research and development
at Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.
This issue of PHHP News features profiles on two of
the graduates and stories on the rest of the honorees
will appear in future issues.
Each award recipient has a record of achievement
that is remarkable. They have used the skills they
acquired at UF to make a mark upon their discipline, or
to expand into new areas they could only dream about
during their time at UF. The honorees, while already
successful, have continuing personal aspirations for
their careers. Even Dyer Michell, who has recently
retired, is busy planning his next career.
Every time we recognize our alumni, the majesty
of the moment arises from the joining together of the
graduates and their families in the salutation of their
success and accomplishments. The joy and satisfaction
that permeated the event was infectious and renewing.
Intuitively, we all know there is something important
about marking the milestones of our lives, reviewing our
accomplishments and goals, and being surrounded by
family and friends. This process is one of the intangible
gifts UF provides our graduates, who come to UF
expecting an education and leave with a life road.
One more reason the Gator Nation is so powerful. 0
PHHPNEWS I FALL 2005
Coping with disaster
Behavioral health center helps communities
manage psychological effects of hurricanes
osttraumatic Stress Disorder, depression
and anxiety are among the mental health
disorders that Gulf Coast residents may
be experiencing in the wake of hurri-
canes Katrina and Rita.
The National Rural Behavioral
Health Center at the College of Public Health and
Health Professions is working with local leaders to
help affected communities manage the psychological
effects of the hurricanes' destruction.
"Usually, people's stress reactions are most
significant within the first couple weeks of a disaster,"
said Center Psychologist Brenda Wiens, Ph.D., a
research assistant professor in the department of
clinical and health psychology. "But what is unique
about these hurricanes is that the devastation is so bad,
people in the affected areas may experience stress for
"After most natural disasters, people are able to
get back to their communities to begin repairing dam-
age to their homes or to put up trailers for temporary
housing," Wiens added. "But in this case, conditions
are so bad in some areas that it will be a long time
before people can start to get back to normal."
Following the Gulf Coast hurricanes, Wiens
conducted workshops on the psychological impact of
disasters at Mississippi State University in Starkville
and in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Sponsored by the Southern Rural Development
Center, workshop attendees included Cooperative
Extension Office faculty and agents from Mississippi,
Louisiana and Alabama. The training was also broad-
cast live to Extension staff members who were unable
to attend the training in person.
The workshop training focused on recognizing
symptoms of post-disaster stress and determining when
someone may need to see a mental health provider.
The training used materials developed by the
National Rural Behavioral Health Center, including the
manual "Triumph Over Tragedy, Second Edition:
A Community Response to Managing Trauma in Times
of Disaster and Terrorism," and the newly developed
Common disaster stress symptoms include
moodiness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, trouble
sleeping and physical symptoms like headaches or
If a person's symptoms are not getting better over
time and their ability to function in daily life is af-
fected, they may need professional help.
"Typically after a few months, people start to
feel better," Wiens said. "But there may be people
who have longer-term problems such as Posttraumatic
Stress Disorder, depression and substance abuse. Thirty
months after Hurricane Andrew, one third of adults
living in the area still reported symptoms consistent
with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. We will probably
see something similar to that with Katrina."
Two active hurricane seasons in a row may be
taking a toll on residents of Southeastern coastal states.
"I've heard the term 'hurricane fatigue' and I think
that's the best way to describe how people in this area
are feeling," Wiens said. "In general, people are a little
more anxious, but not terribly. It does get tiring after
a while to wonder what storm may be coming next.
However, if this storm trend is on a 10-year cycle as
experts predict, this may become the new normal."
The National Rural Behavioral Health Center
was established by a one-year $1 million grant from
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration. The grant was awarded to Ronald
Rozensky, Ph.D., principal investigator and chair of the
department of clinical and health psychology. 0
Researcher studies facial inexpressivity
he inability to produce
facial expressions, a
common side effect of
is the focus of a new
four-year study by a
Dawn Bowers, Ph.D., a profes-
sor in the department of clinical
and health psychology, received a
$1.7 million grant from the National
Institute of Neurological Disor-
ders and Stroke to lead a study on
this little-understood symptom of
Facial expressions are complex
signals that are brief, but vital for
communicating intention, motiva-
tion and emotional states, said
Bowers, the director of the Cogni-
tive Neuroscience Laboratory at
UF's McKnight Brain Institute.
"Patients with Parkinson's
disease are often misdiagnosed as
being depressed when they are not,
or they are viewed as disagreeable
and negative individuals," she said.
"An interesting study done about
15 years ago found that health-care
providers consistently rated patients
with Parkinson's as more anxious,
depressed and suspicious than
cardiac patients, even though the
groups did not differ on objective
measures of mood. Thus, facial
inexpressivity has real world con-
sequences in terms of appropriate
diagnosis, treatment and health care,
and this makes it a public health
Using specially designed
computer technology to digitize and
analyze expressions, the research
team will examine whether or not
spontaneous and posed expres-
sions are disrupted by Parkinson's
disease, and how dopamine medica-
tions influence facial expressions.
A major focus of the research is to
learn whether facial expressivity
can be improved by muscle strength
training, using an approach
Dr. Dawn Bowers
developed by one of Bower's
collaborators, Christine Sapienza,
Ph.D., a professor and associate
chair of the department of commu-
nication sciences and disorders in
the UF College of Liberal Arts and
"It would be wonderful if we
find that the 'masked' face of
Parkinson's disease can be im-
proved through a simple routine of
daily exercises," Bowers said. 0
The UF Health Science Center celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. Construction began in
1954 following an exhaustive statewide survey to evaluate needs, location and the cost of
establishing such a facility, as well as a yearlong deliberation by the Florida legislature. The Health
Science Center opened its doors to students in 1956. Photo courtesy of HSC Archives.
student NE W
Sarah Cook (department of clinical and health
psychology) received a $10,000 scholarship from the
AARP Scholars Program to support her older driver
Michelle Harwood (department of clinical and health
psychology) received the 2005 Dissertation Award
from the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and
Billy Jeffries (public health and sociology) was
awarded the American Public Health Association's
2005 Excellence in Abstract Submission award for
student members. He also received the association's
HIV/AIDS Section Student Scholarship.
Aneesha Jennings (department of physical therapy)
was selected as a UF Community Health Scholar.
William Mkanta (health services research, man-
agement and policy) received the 2005 dissertation
completion grant from the Sherri Aversa Memorial
The work of public health students who participated in
UF international trips was highlighted in "The Nation's
Health," a publication of the American Public Health
Association. The team included Helena Chapman,
Marvin Cohen, Erin DeFries, Janiece Davis,
Barbara Forges, Kate Roland, Zoe Finch, Rachel
Chase, Juan Rodriquez and James Stevens. *
Andrea Burne and Shankar Manamalkav, staff
members in the department of clinical and health psy-
chology, were awarded UF Superior Accomplishment
Awards in the Health Science Center division.
Alice Holmes, Ph.D., a professor in the department
of communicative disorders, has received specialty
certification for cochlear implant audiologists from the
American Board of Audiology.
The UF Health Science Center honored several col-
lege employees for reaching milestones in years of
service. They include: Chiara Carmolli-Anderson,
Kevin Hanson, Vera Hemphill, Julie Porumbescu,
Holiday Rogers, Robin Shenk and Wendy
Thornton, 5 years; Sarah Hayden and Tonia
Lambert, 10 years; Diane Johns, 15 years; Jessie
Runge, 20 years; and Vikki Carter, 30 years.
Several college faculty members recently received
promotions. They are listed here with their new titles:
Dawn Bowers, Ph.D., professor; Sheila Eyberg,
Ph.D., distinguished professor; Thomas Kerkhoff,
Ph.D., clinical professor; Christy Harris Lemak,
Ph.D., associate professor; A. Daniel Martin, Ph.D.,
professor; and Lori Waxenberg, Ph.D., clinical
associate professor. 0
PHHPNEWS I FALL 2005
Faculty and students from the Doctor of
Audiology (Au.D.) program made their third
annual trip to Yucatan, Mexico as members
of Project Yucatan. The students performed
screening tests that assessed the function of
the middle ear system, measured levels of
hearing sensitivity and assisted UF medical
students in the cleaning and health care of the
outer ear. The Au.D. program also donated
hearing aids, hearing aid batteries, cleaning
supplies and portable equipment that can be
used by local, trained health-care profession-
als to continue long-term audiologic care in
rural clinics. More than 500 children and 100
adults received care from members of the
UF audiology group who collaborated with
Asociacion Yucateca Pro-Deficiente Auditivo,
a local organization established by parents
of children who are deaf to provide hearing
services and rehabilitation.
Above: Audiology students Kristin Letlow (left), Meghan
Miller and Michelle Cramer are joined by local children at a
hearing screening in Yucatan, Mexico.
I Members of the physical therapy
department provided instruction
4 to the faculty of the only physi-
cal therapy education program in
Nicaragua. The group presented
information on shoulder impinge-
ment evaluation and treatment to
faculty and local clinicians at the
Universidad Nacional Autonoma
de Nicaragua in Managua, the
nation's capital. This is the UF
group's third visit to Nicaragua in
i.; an effort to provide information
on current physical therapy tech-
niques and treatments. Limited
Nicaraguan physical therapists
receive hands-on instruction on
shoulder impingement during a and Spanish language textbooks
laboratory session taught by physi- has put the Nicaraguan physical
cal therapy faculty members Terri therapy curriculum 10 to 15 years
Chmielewski and Claudia Senesac. out of date.
Master of Public Health students joined the annual UF interdisciplinary
outreach groups that traveled to the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti and
Mexico. The public health students designed and implemented educational
programs for small groups of clinic patients. Topics included the preven-
tion of tuberculosis, diarrheal and mosquito-transmitted diseases, and health
issues surrounding improved sanitation and infection control. The students
also evaluated patient understanding and awareness of the transmission and
disease process of tuberculosis.
Right: Public health student and DR HELP team member Helena
Chapman provides community education to residents of Jarabacoa,
Campo Paso Bajito in the Dominican Republic on the prevention and
symptoms of dengue, a mosquito-transmitted virus.
PHHPNEWS I FALL 2005
Keeping the weight off
congratulations! You've lost weight and
you look terrific. But your hard work is
just beginning. Many people struggle with
sustaining weight loss over the long term.
In most weight loss studies, participants
gain back 50 percent of the lost weight
within 18 months after the completion of treatment.
Weight-loss researcher Michael Perri, Ph.D., associate
dean for research at the College of Public Health and
Health Professions and a professor in the department of
clinical and health psychology, responds to questions
about the challenges of weight loss maintenance.
Why is it so hard to keep the weight off?
It's probably a combination of biology, environment and
psychology. After somebody has been in a period of los-
ing weight, their body adjusts to taking in less food and
their metabolic rate slows a little bit, making it easier
to regain weight if they eat more than their body needs.
From an environmental point of view, food is around us
all the time. So when somebody's finished the process
of losing weight they're just surrounded by lots and lots
of temptations. If they experience a lapse in their weight
management program, combined with the fact that their
bodies are essentially primed to gain weight, they will
experience a weight gain that's larger than they antici-
pated. Then the psychological part comes in. Many folks
see the weight gain as evidence that they don't have the
ability to sustain weight loss. They kind of give up and
abandon any changes that they've made in their habits.
What weight-loss maintenance
strategies are effective?
One interesting series of
studies has looked at people
who have lost weight and
kept it off over the long
run. It seems that there are
three key elements to their
success. One is that they're
very vigilant about keep-
ing track of what they eat
and most of them weigh
themselves regularly. They
also stay very active, com-
Dr. Michael Perri only getting close to the
equivalent of an hour a day of
walking. The third strategy is how much they eat. Sur-
prisingly, a typical woman reports that she needs to stick
with about 1,400 calories a day to sustain her weight
loss, less than most people would expect.
We should also look at what we have learned from
clinical trials. Generally we find that programs that offer
opportunities to get advice and guidance after the initial
year of weight loss are more successful than programs
that don't offer such services. We've learned that using
meal substitutes products like Slim Fast for one or
two meals a day can be helpful because people have fewer
choices they need to make. Also, it appears that certain
medications can be successful for sustaining weight loss.
And the final component is social support getting to-
gether with peers who are working on the same problem.
What advice would you give someone who has
entered a weight-loss management phase?
During the weight loss phase, people have a good idea
of what they should eat to reduce their weight and typi-
cally have lots of reinforcement from others. People
come up to you and say, "Oh I notice you've lost weight,
you look great." But when people get into weight main-
tenance phase, it's unclear how much they should eat
and there are probably fewer supports for maintenance
only, not weight loss. People rarely come up to you and
say, "Hey, you look great, have you stayed at the same
weight?" Also, relapses are inevitable given our soci-
ety's emphasis on eating, so almost everyone is going to
experience some times when they falter in their eating
or physical activity routines. Being able to bounce back
from these slips and recognizing that it doesn't have to
be the beginning of the end is crucial.
How should the health-care field approach
weight control for patients?
I think we've gotten to the point where we recognize
that excess weight is more than just an issue of people
being unhappy with their appearance. It's a problem
that contributes to many different illnesses and dis-
eases, including five of the 10 leading causes of death
in the United States. We also need to acknowledge that
obesity is a multifaceted problem that no one sector of
professionals can solve by itself. From a public health
perspective, it's going to take the efforts of health-care
providers, educators, business leaders, people in the food
industry, restaurateurs, and others.
When treating people who are already obese or
overweight, we often run into health insurance barriers.
It's not uncommon for health insurers to pay for people
who are severely obese to get help, but not people who
are mildly or moderately obese. So we have the uncom-
fortable situation of people not being heavy enough
to be treated until they get heavier and sicker. Another
obstacle is that oftentimes health providers are not aware
of the health benefits that can come about with modest
weight losses. The typical person who is overweight
doesn't need to lose 40 or 50 pounds to benefit. Weight
losses as small as 10 to 15 pounds can be very meaning-
ful in terms of reducing the risks of diabetes, high blood
pressure and certain metabolic conditions. 0
These PHHP doctoral students successfully defended their
dissertations between September 2004 and August 2005.
Clinical and Health Psychology
Conduct Disorder in Young Children: A Comparison of Clinical Presenta-
tion and Treatment Outcome in Preschoolers with Conduct Disorder vs.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Chair: Sheila Eyberg, Ph.D.
Patient-Centered Outcomes for Chronic Spine Pain: Multidimensional
Success Criteria and Treatment Matching
Chair: Michael Robinson, Ph.D.
Philip S. Eisenberg
Callosal Functioning in Children with Cleft Palate
Chair: Stephen Boggs, Ph.D.
Katherine S. Fabrizio
Automatic and Controlled Cognitive Processes in Post-Stroke Depression
Chair: Bruce Crosson, Ph.D.
Treatment of Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Preschoolers with or
without Comorbid Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Chair: Sheila Eyberg, Ph.D.
Visuospatial Abilities in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
Chair: Russell Bauer, Ph.D.
Psychological Profiles in Autoimmune Disease: Relationship to
Demographic, Diagnostic, Disease Activity and Social Support Measures
Chair: Michael Robinson, Ph.D.
The Role of Neuropsychological Testing in Assessing the Impact of
Standard Treatments on Cognition in Breast Cancer Patients
Chair: Eileen Fennell, Ph.D.
Karin J. McCoy
Understanding the Transition from Normal Cognitive Aging to Mild
Cognitive Impairment: Comparing the Intraindividual Variability in
Chair: Michael Marsiske, Ph.D.
Robert Bruce Parkinson
Noun and Verb Naming in Aphasic Stroke Patients: Lesion Characteristics
Related to Treatment Improvement
Chair: Bruce Crosson, Ph.D.
Greg J. Selke
Emotional Reactivity to Picture Stimuli in Children with and without
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Chair: Eileen Fennell, Ph.D.
Psychological Distress, Well-Being, and Cardiac-Specific Quality of Life
among Patients with Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy
Undergoing Nonsurgical Septal Reduction Therapy
Chair: Samuel Sears, Ph.D.
Health Services Research
Effect of Prosthodontic Services on Self-Rated Oral Health Outcomes
Chair: R. Paul Duncan, Ph.D.
Extending Dysarthria Research with a Measure of Communicative
Chair: John Rosenbek, Ph.D.
The Contribution of the Basal Ganglia to Expressive Language
Chair: John Rosenbek, Ph.D.
Adaptations in Skeletal Muscle During Cast Immobilization and
Chair: Krista Vandenborne, Ph.D.
Metabolic Adaptations with Limb Disuse and Their Impact on Skeletal
Chair: Krista Vandenborne, Ph.D.
Reproducibility of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Mapping
Swallowing Musculature in the Human Motor Cortex
Chair: John Rosenbek, Ph.D.
Identifying Critical Constructs and Items Necessary to Examine the Need
for Personal Attendant Care for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury
Chair: Linda Shaw, Ph.D.
Impact of Post-Stroke Mobility on Activity and Participation
Chair: Pamela Duncan, Ph.D.
PHHPNEWS I FALL 2005
Building a community
Alumna uses Internet to bring together audiology professionals, consumers
move to a new city and a feeling of
disconnectedness from other
audiology professionals led Aimee
DeVillier LaCalle, Au.D., audiology
'00, to establish Audiology Online,
the world's largest resource Web site
dedicated to providing news and education to the
hearing health-care profession.
LaCalle's first years of clinical practice were
spent working in her native southwest Louisiana,
where she benefited from a network of colleagues
who shared ideas and provided second or third
opinions when faced with challenging cases.
When LaCalle joined the San Antonio Medical
Center in 1996 she felt the loss of that network and
searched for a way to bring audiologists together.
"The Intemet was becoming the buzz word
at this time and after learning to 'surf' a little it
became increasingly clear that an online
community may be the answer," LaCalle said.
"Since audiologists are a relatively small group in
the first place, I felt that there must be others like
me who would appreciate the opportunity to share
ideas. And Audiology Online was bom from these
LaCalle admits that at the time of Audiology
Online's creation, she never dreamed it would
become the extensive resource it is today. Working
with a team of audiologists, including Doug Beck,
Au.D., a colleague she met through the UF Doc-
tor of Audiology program, the site grew to include
an industry-wide calendar of events, classified, a
Web site builder program for
practices, and an extensive
continuing education arm
including text-based and live
and recorded courses.
"We receive e-mails and
telephone calls on a daily
basis from professionals and
consumers thanking us for
this resource," LaCalle said.
"This correspondence comes
not only from the United
States, but from all comers of
the globe. Many people tell us
that information is not avail- Dr. Aimee Di
able in their country or that LaCalle
they live in an area that is too
remote to allow them to enroll in traditional forms
of continuing education."
An overwhelming response from health-care
consumers spurred the creation of another Web site
designed for their needs, Healthy Hearing.com. The
site features news, ask-the-expert, a find-a-profes-
sional service, and interviews with patients who
have undergone certain procedures or wear particu-
lar hearing products.
A benefit of having an Internet busi-
ness is the ability to work from anywhere
as long as you have a connection, said
LaCalle, who is also the audiology direc-
tor at a private practice in San Antonio.
She and her husband William and sons
Will, 9, and Jack, 6, have used that
opportunity to travel extensively over
the past three years, living in Colorado,
Wyoming, North Carolina, Arizona, Texas
and Mexico. The boys are home schooled
and LaCalle and her husband have been
able to maintain their careers while on the
3 r "I suspect that we will eventually
plant roots again somewhere, but I know
that we will always cherish this time of
our lives and will always be very appreciative of
the opportunities that Audiology Online has given
our family," LaCalle said. 0
Alumnus oversees development of new tools for psychologists
psychologist Travis White, Ph.D.,
clinical and health psychology '92,
doesn't treat patients, but he impacts
the treatment of thousands of them.
White is the vice president of
research and development at Tampa-
based Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.,
a leading publisher of psychological assessment
instruments, books and software used by clini-
cians. He is responsible for the entire development
process of the company's psychological tests and
"My job is rewarding because if I were to be in
clinical practice, I would maybe help 1,000 people
in the course of my career," White said. "But by
developing valid psychological tests, I could help
1,000 people a month who are seen by the psychol-
ogists who use the products we develop. My work
White joined Psychological Assessment
Resources in 1994. He was attracted to the job be-
cause of its focus on research, statistics and writing.
In this position, White has directly developed or
supervised the development of more than 120
psychological assessment products published by
Psychological Assessment Resources.
"Typically the products I have supervised have
been written by external authors," White said. "For
example, Psychological Assessment Resources
has published two products developed by Pediatric
Psychologist Sheila Eyberg, Ph.D., [a distinguished
professor in the college's department of clinical and
health psychology]. But eight years ago, I had the
opportunity to be an author myself."
With the support of two grants totaling $1.5
million from the National Institute of Mental
Health, White and co-author Robert Stem, Ph.D.,
developed the Neuropsychological Assessment
Battery (NAB), an innovative battery of 33 new
neuropsychological tests, which took more than
seven years to complete and involved a national
survey of 8,000 neuropsychologists and hundreds
The NAB is gaining acceptance in the field
as independent validation research appears in the
scientific literature, White said. Several academic
journals plan to publish reviews of the NAB in their
White is currently overseeing the development
of several new psychology products in civil and
criminal forensic psychology, an area in which he
has seen explosive growth. The assessment tools
include measures of competency to proceed to trial,
risk for committing violence against self and others,
and the treatment
needs of indi-
viduals who are
But there is
one trend White
does not expect to
see anytime soon.
assumed that an
emerging trend in
ogy would be the Dr. Travis White
use of the Internet
to conduct psychological testing," White said. "But
we haven't seen this borne out, probably due to is-
sues of security and patient privacy laws. Standard
pencil and paper tests are still the main method for
In his free time White and his wife, Pam,
whom he met while they were both working in
the UF Psychology Clinic, enjoy gourmet cooking
and they hope to organize a chili cook-off team. A
Houston native, White likes his chili hot and spicy,
but to accommodate his wife's less-adventurous
taste buds, he often makes two batches. 0
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alumni u PDATES
Ron Aldrich, health administration '66, has been
named to the Board of Directors of the University of
Florida Foundation. He is the first PHHP graduate to
serve on the board.
Ralph Belsterling, Au.D., audiology '01, has been
employed since graduation at California University of
Pennsylvania as an assistant professor in the depart-
ment of communication disorders. He also maintains
an audiological consulting practice in southwestern
Stacey Bispham, health science '04, began UF's
physician assistant program in summer 2005.
Jennifer (Baxter) Florio, physical therapy '92,
launched FunQuip, a company offering Gator-
themed gait belts and goniometers for therapists.
For more information, visit www.funquip.com. She
also provides physical therapy in school and acute
care settings. Jennifer and husband Rob have two
children, Jason, 6, and Alyssa, 4. They live in
Kristen Gabso, occupational therapy '00, was
married in October 2004 and she and her husband
moved to London, England for his job. She is a
volunteer with the Bobath Centre for Children with
Cerebral Palsy. "It would be great to have some of
my UF OT classmates over to London to stay with
us," Kristen writes.
Melissa Harper, health administration '04, was
promoted to program manager of aging services
at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Fla. She is
responsible for the development of Main Street PMC.
Comprised of historic buildings and new construc-
tion, the health village will offer services for seniors.
Katie Caffey Horovitz, occupational therapy '75,
marked 30 years of OT practice this year. She has
worked with patients from 1 month old to 101 years
old in many different care settings. "I'm looking for-
ward to what the next decades will bring," Katie said.
She lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Lynn J. Horowitz, occupational therapy '77, lives in
the Netherlands and is the co-author of a book on a
sensory integration therapy approach for profession-
als and parents of children with hyperactivity, which
is selling well. It was published in Dutch, but will be
translated into English by the end of 2006.
Doree Justiss, health administration '04, has relocat-
ed to St. Louis, Mo. with her husband John and son
Jaxon. In August she began studies at the St. Louis
University School of Law, specializing in health law.
Katrina (Neilson) Kemp, occupational therapy '99,
received a master's degree in physician assistant
studies from UF in 2005. She welcomed her first
baby, Aiden Matthew Kemp, into the family on Sept.
8, 2005. They live in Valrico, Fla.
Cathy (Llanes) Lotow, occupational therapy B.H.S.
'01 and M.H.S. '02, is a fulltime occupational thera-
pist at Woodlands Care Center of Alachua County in
Gainesville. She is happily married and expecting a
boy in November 2005.
Wendy (Smith) Lopez-Mata, rehabilitation counsel-
ing '99, was promoted to area director of Seven Hills
Community Services and director of Vineyard Employ-
ment Options, a private agency that helps adults with
mental retardation live independently. Wendy lives
on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Mass. with her
husband Mario and their three children.
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The college recognized six graduates at the first
annual Outstanding Alumni Awards held Sept. 17. The
honorees included Travis White, Ph.D., clinical and
health psychology '92; Aimee DeVillier LaCalle, Au.D.,
communicative disorders '00; Fred Berliner, rehabilita-
tion counseling '75; Kay Walker, Ph.D., occupational
therapy '64; Dyer Michell, health services research,
management and policy '67; and Donna Rodriguez,
physical therapy '72. Watch upcoming issues of PHHP
News for profiles on each of the honorees.
Linda Caryl Patterson, occupational therapy '91,
began a new job in May as rehab program coordina-
tor for Aegis Therapies at North Florida Rehab and
Specialty Care Center in Gainesville.
Joseph Pino, health administration '04, has been
named an Eastern Group associate with Hospital
Corporation of America, located in Nashville, Tenn.
His responsibilities include working with the Group's
capital and budgets.
Carolyn (Donnelly) Remson, physical therapy '97,
is the proud mother of baby girl, Bailey, who was
born in October 2004. They live in Memphis, Tenn.
Judith Orrill Shea, audiology '01, is celebrating the
second anniversary of opening a private practice in
audiology, the Comprehensive Hearing Care
Center in Cheshire, Conn.
Belinda Felhandler Wurn, physical therapy '75,
co-owner of Clear Passage Therapies, based in
Gainesville, has written a 500-page therapist train-
ing manual on the therapy she developed to treat
abdominal and pelvic dysfunction and pain, including
female infertility. Wurn has published three studies
on the therapy, which appeared on Medscape. For
more information, visit www.clearpassage.com. 0
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