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Brain gains ia '
Seniors in mental exercises study
experience long-lasting improvements
ust as physical exercise is good for the body, mental
training can keep older minds functioning better, with
results lasting for years.
Older adults who received just 10 sessions of mental
training showed long-lasting improvements in memory,
reasoning and speed of processing five years after the in-
tervention, say researchers who conducted the Advanced Cognitive
Training for Independent and Vital Elderly study, or ACTIVE. The
findings appeared in the Dec. 20 issue of the Journal of the
American Medical Association.
"Our findings clearly suggest that people who engage in an
active program of mental training in late life can experience long-
lasting gains from that training," said study researcher Michael
Marsiske, Ph.D., an associate professor of clinical and health
psychology at the College of Public Health and Health Professions.
"The positive results of ACTIVE thus far strongly suggest that many
adults can learn and improve well into their later years."
The mental exercises were designed to improve older adults'
thinking and reasoning skills and determine whether the improve-
ments could also affect seniors' capacity to follow medication
instructions correctly or react to traffic signals quickly.
The researchers also discovered some evidence of the training's
"transfer" to everyday functions. Compared with those who did not
receive mental training, participants in the three training groups
- memory, speed of processing and reasoning reported less
difficulty performing tasks such as cooking, using medication and
managing finances, although the effect of training on performance
of such daily tasks only reached statistical significance for the
"We had about 25 years of knowledge prior to the ACTIVE
study suggesting that older adults' thinking and memory skills could
be trained, but we didn't know whether these mental gains affected
real-life skills," said Marsiske, also a member of UF's Institute on
Aging. "In this study we see some evidence that training in basic
mental function can also improve seniors' ability to perform
The ACTIVE study is the first large-scale, randomized
controlled study of cognitive training in healthy older adults.
Funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute
of Nursing Research, the study involved 2,802 seniors aged 65 to 96
who were divided into groups to receive training in memory, reason-
ing or speed of processing in 10 90-minute sessions over a five- to
six-week period. A fourth group received no training.
Those in the memory training group were taught strategies for
remembering word lists and sequences of items, text material and
the main ideas and details of stories. Participants in the reasoning
group received instruction on how to solve problems that follow
patterns, an ability that is useful in such tasks as reading a bus
schedule or completing an order form. Speed of processing training
was a computer-based program that focused on the ability to
identify and locate visual information quickly, skills that are used
when looking up phone numbers or reacting to traffic signs.
When tested immediately after the training period, 87 percent
of participants in speed training, 74 percent of participants in
reasoning training and 26 percent of participants in memory training
showed reliable improvement in their respective mental abilities. In
earlier reports, researchers found the improvements had been main-
tained two years after training, particularly for seniors who were
randomized to receive "booster" training one and three years after
the original training.
The improvements in memory, problem solving and concen-
tration after training roughly counteracted the degree of cognitive
decline that older people without dementia may experience over a
seven- to 14 -year period, said the paper's lead author, Sherry L.
Willis, Ph.D., of Pennsylvania State University.
But researchers have now discovered that participants' cogni-
tive improvements were still detectable five years after training.
"The durability of training effects that we saw in ACTIVE
exceeds what has been reported in most of the published literature,"
Marsiske said. "Five years after training, seniors are still
outperforming untrained participants in the mental abilities on
which they received instruction." 0
An internationally known
%1 neuropsychologist has been
named chair of the department
of clinical and health psychol-
ogy. Russell Bauer, Ph.D.,
succeeds Ronald Rozensky,
Ph.D., who will serve as the
associate dean for the college's
international programs after a
A member of the department's
faculty since 1980, Bauer is past
president of the American Psy-
chological Association's Division
of Clinical Neuropsychology,
and is board-certified in clinical
neuropsychology through the
American Board of Professional
In his research, Bauer focuses
on acquired and age-related
memory and perceptual
Bauer has also served as
director of the department's
doctoral program in clinical
psychology and as associate
chair for academic affairs, earn-
ing the UF Doctoral Dissertation
Mentoring Award in 2003.
"My goals for the department
include developing and imple-
menting a new clinical science
program designed to produce
academic researchers in clinical
mentoring programs for junior
faculty, and strengthening
between clinical and health psy-
chology and other academic and
clinical units in the College of
Public Health and Health
Professions, the Health Science
Center and the UF campus,"
Bauer said. *
UF UNIVERSITY of
Over the last decade, the People's Republic of
China, or PRC, has undergone stunning change. While
maintaining political allegiance to communism, the
government has allowed a thriving market to emerge in
many sectors of the econo-
my. These changes,
combined with easier entry
into the country, have re-
sulted in western investment
and growth of the economy.
Thomas Friedman, the
noted columnist for the
New York Times, draws
an informative comparison
of Chinese to Americans.
Dr. Robert G. Frank Friedman asks readers to
imagine the population of the
United States is 100 people, 80 Americans would be in
"knowledge businesses" and 20 would be manual la-
bors. China, in comparison, would have 1,000 people,
920 manual labors and 80 knowledge workers. The
dynamic changes occurring in the PRC are transform-
ing the Chinese workforce at a rapid rate; in the not too
distant future, more Chinese workers will be knowledge
employees and many fewer will be laborers.
Chinese families are willing to sacrifice to provide
their children with educational opportunities and Ameri-
can education is widely viewed as the "best" available,
but growth in the PRC and entry restrictions to the
United States following 9-11 shifted educational oppor-
tunities away from the United States. While the number
of international students in the United States has now
begun to increase, it is clear that countries such as
Australia and Great Britain significantly increased the
numbers of Chinese students over the last six years.
Rather than waiting for Chinese students to come to
the United States, American universities must go to
China and partner with Chinese universities. Those
universities that partner with the best Chinese colleges
will have the greatest opportunities in the PRC.
UF established the Beijing Center to help our faculty
and leaders meet key Chinese educators and govern-
ment officials. Through the center, the College of Public
Health and Health Professions has initiated conversa-
tions with Tsinghua University, one of the oldest and
most prestigious universities in China. After more than
a year of conversations, PHHP has reached agreement
in principle to establish a joint master's in public health
degree program with Tsinghua. Students will begin
the program in Beijing and after they have completed
the basic courses, they will come to UF for a year of
advanced course work. They will then return to Beijing
to complete their practicum projects.
Why should a state university worry about develop-
ing international programs? For many reasons. Most
compelling is the need to broaden the experiences and
opportunities for our students. In addition, programs
such as this have the potential to contribute financially
to the college. The state of Florida provides about 35
percent of the cost of running our college the other
65 percent comes from the efforts of our faculty mem-
bers. If we successfully implement our partnership with
Tsinghua, PHHP will create great opportunities for our
students while increasing the success of the college. 0
PHHPNEWS I SPRING 2007
Opening doors for tuberculosis
treatment in Latin America
s an infectious disease specialist with the
U.S. Agency for International Develop-
ment, Alba Amaya-Burns, M.D., directed
a highly successful tuberculosis program
in her home country of El Salvador that is
recognized as an international model for
prevention and treatment.
Now Amaya-Burns is bringing her expertise to the
University of Florida, helping the colleges of Public
Health and Health Professions and Medicine forge rela-
tionships with other Latin American countries to expand
TB public health programs as an associate professor and
director of Latin American Training Programs for the
Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center, located in
the College of Medicine. Directed by Michael Lauzardo,
M.D., the center is one of four Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention tuberculosis training centers in the
During her five-year appointment with USAID,
Amaya-Bums managed the agency's multimillion-dollar
programs in HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis prevention.
"Through her wise counsel and effective teamwork,
she ensured that USAID resources had an impact on all
of El Salvador's health districts, working closely with the
Pan American Health Association," said Connie Johnson,
chief of USAID's human investment office. "As a result
of Dr. Amaya-Bum's efforts, El Salvador's TB program
became exemplary in Latin America."
Amaya-Bums' leadership also led to El Salvador
receiving a $27 million grant from the Global Fund to
Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
"In two years we were able to expand the tuberculo-
sis program to 100 percent participation with the
country's ministers of health and we achieved an 85
percent curative rate, a critical criterion for the World
Health Organization to say that a country is cutting its in-
fection rate," Amaya-Bums said, adding that El Salvador
currently has a 92 percent curative rate.
But tuberculosis remains a significant problem
worldwide. One third of the world's population is infected
with tuberculosis, and there are 2 million tuberculosis-
related deaths every year, according to the CDC.
Tuberculosis is also the leading killer of people who
are HIV positive. With Amaya-Burns' experience and
contacts, the Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center
hopes to expand its efforts beyond U.S. borders to the
countries that are among the hardest hit for TB.
"We have proposed developing a Latin American Re-
gional Center of Excellence for TB research and training
in El Salvador to help other countries reach that level of
success in prevention and treatment," Amaya-Bums said.
Plans call for collaboration between UF, the Pan
American Health Organization, the University of El
Salvador and El Salvador's Minister of Health to offer a
TB regional diploma for health workers, advanced train-
ing for laboratory technicians and exchange programs
for students and faculty, as well as implemention of new
WHO tuberculosis strategies. The center of excellence
will roll out programs in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicara-
gua, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Haiti, with
more Latin American countries to come.
El Salvador recently recognized Amaya-Burns'
achievements by selecting her to attend the International
Convention of Salvadorans in the World. As one of only
a handful of conference attendees representing Salvador-
ans living in the United States, Amaya-Bums took part in
discussions on the role of Salvadoran women in academia.
She also received the key to her hometown, San Miguel.
Years of civil war in the 1980s and natural disasters led to
significant migration among Salvadorans an estimated
30 percent of the population now lives abroad.
Amaya-Bums left El Salvador two years ago for
an entirely different reason, namely her husband Allan
Burns, Ph.D., associate dean for faculty affairs at UF's
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The couple met in
Merida in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, where Bums
was conducting a summer program.
"My friends say, 'Oh, you met a gringo at the
embassy in El Salvador,'" Amaya-Burns said, laughing.
"I say, 'No, I met him in a third country.'" 0
College honors former
U.S. Senator Max Cleland
ax Cleland, former U.S. Senator
from Georgia, has been awarded the
College of Public Health and Health
Professions' 2007 Darrel J. Mase
Leadership Award, the highest award
presented by the college.
Cleland was recognized for his leadership of the
U.S. Veterans Administration, the nation's largest health
care system; strong support of mental health services for
veterans; advocacy for improved health care and
education; and courageous political decisions.
"Senator Cleland's dedication to preserving and
promoting health care and higher education embody the
spirit of the work of our founding dean, Darrel J. Mase,
a visionary and pioneer in health education," said PHHP
Dean Robert Frank.
Cleland is currently a member of the board of
directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States
and has a long and distinguished career in public service
at the state and national levels in both the executive and
legislative branches of government.
He successfully ran for the U.S. Senate seat being
vacated by retiring Senator Sam Nunn in 1995. Previous-
ly, Cleland had the distinction of serving as the youngest
Secretary of State in Georgia's history, and the youngest
member of the Georgia State Senate.
Under President Jimmy Carter, Cleland became the
youngest head of the U.S. Veterans Administration. In
that capacity, he instituted the revolutionary Vets Center
program that, for
the first time, of-
counseling to combat
veterans to heal the
emotional wounds of
teered for duty in
Vietnam and was
promoted to the rank
of Captain in 1968.
He was seriously
wounded in a grenade Max Cleland
explosion that year,
costing him both legs and his right arm. He was awarded
the Bronze Star and a Silver Star for gallantry in action.
"Cleland's enormous professional success and public
service demonstrates to our students, faculty, patients
and community that people can overcome situations that
could be devastating," Frank said.
The Mase Leadership Award was established in 1985
to honor the college's founding dean, Darrel J. Mase,
Previous Mase Leadership Award recipients include
former U.S. Representative Paul Rogers, Gail Wilensky,
former director of the Health Care Financing Administra-
tion, and Diane Rowland, executive vice president of the
Kaiser Family Foundation. 0
Linda Stallings is pictured in this circa 1980 photo with three of her former bosses, the past deans of
the College of Public Health and Health Professions: Richard Gutekunst, dean, 1980 to 1995;
Howard Suzuki, dean, 1970 to 1980; and Darrel Mase, dean, 1958 to 1970. Stallings has worked
with all of the college's deans during her tenure, currently serving as the associate director for
medical/health administration. "She has been the right-hand woman for every PHHP dean," said
current dean Robert Frank. "Linda is the heart and soul of the dean's office. She knows everything
and does everything."
student NE W
Diane Jett (doctor of physical therapy) received the
James W. Kynes Memorial Scholarship for her
excellent UF undergraduate academic and athletic
Harrison Jones (rehabilitation science) received a
$10,000 New Century Scholars Program Doctoral
Scholarship from the American Speech-Language-
Lisa McTeague (clinical and health psychology) won
the Smadar Levin Award for best poster presentation
at the Society for Research in Psychopathology's
The Doctor of Audiology program received the
Audiology Foundation of America's Award for
A team of Master of Health Administration students
were one of six university teams to advance to the
final round in the Health Administration Case Compe-
tition, sponsored by the UAB Health System. Team
members included Jared Amerson, Sharon
Goldberg, Mandy Gerlach and Bill Walders. *
Cathy Di Lena, a human resources specialist, was
named the college's 2006 Employee of the Year. She
was recognized for her accuracy, attention to detail,
patience and helpfulness.
Sheila Eyberg, Ph.D., a distinguished professor in
the department of clinical and health psychology, has
been named co-recipient of the 2007 American
Psychological Association's Distinguished Contribu-
tions to Education and Training Award.
Mary Hennessey, Ph.D., an assistant professor in
the department of behavioral science and community
health's division of rehabilitation counseling, received
the National Council on Rehabilitation Education's
2007 Outstanding New Career in Rehabilitation
Genn6 McDonald, P.T., an affiliate faculty member in
the physical therapy department, addressed delegates
of the Lance Armstrong Foundation LIVESTRONG
Summit in October. McDonald also received the
American Cancer Society's Terese Lasser Award.
Associate professor Linda R. Shaw, Ph.D., associate
chair of the department of behavioral science and
community health and director of the division of reha-
bilitation counseling, was appointed to the Veterans'
Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation. 0
PHHPNEWS I SPRING 2007
Student Kristin Johnston
brings personal experience
to audiology practice, research
By Lisa Emmerich
ucked behind a
curtain of dark hair,
two tiny tubes
sloping from Kristin
connect her to the
world. Diagnosed with severe
hearing impairment and fitted
with hearing aids at age 3,
Johnston has learned to flourish
despite her disability.
After graduating from UF with a doctor of
audiology degree, she has spent the past year exam-
ining children with chronic ear infections alongside
an ear, nose and throat specialist at a North Florida
Regional Medical Center otolaryngology office. She
also tests children for auditory processing disorders
at the UF Speech and Hearing Center, a clinical
service of the PHHP department of communicative
Unlike children with traditional hearing impair-
ments, children with auditory processing disorders
say they have hearing trouble despite scoring well
on hearing tests. Johnston's research examined how
FM transmitters devices that connect an earpiece
in a child's ear to a small microphone near his or her
teacher's mouth can benefit such children.
Preliminary results demonstrated that the transmit-
ters improve children's grades and reduce their
anxiety and frustration in school.
"One kid started using the system and he has
started raising his hand," said Johnston, 26, sipping
a Starbucks vanilla creme on a Saturday morning.
"Another began laughing at his teacher's jokes,
saying he didn't know she was so funny."
Johnston's patients benefit from her personal
experience with hearing loss. While it takes many
audiologists years to develop a "bag of tricks" to
suggest to patients who have hearing impairment,
Johnston has one built-in. She can quickly give tips
on cell phone use to teenagers or reassure parents
craving concrete solutions for their children.
"There are times when a patient feels like it is
the end of the world," she said. "I encourage
people to see that it hasn't stopped me, it hasn't
slowed me down. There are things that I have to do
to get around it, I admit. But I can show people
they can do it."
Under the mentorship of James Hall III, Ph.D.,
chief of audiology, Johnston is currently focused on
earning a Ph.D. in audiology from UF. It is a degree
she hopes will allow her to help people with hearing
impairment on a wider scale. Johnston's work was
recently recognized by the Audiology Foundation of
America, which presented her with a $5,000 scholar-
ship in memory of Leo Doerfler, Ph.D., a pioneer in
Johnston's face brightens as she describes her
plans to write a dissertation about the quality of
musical sound in hearing aids. A lifelong piano
player and avid music-listener, Johnston wants to
make music listening easier and richer for people
with hearing impairment.
Although many hearing aids have music
settings, she said, the quality of sound varies by type
of music and kind of hearing disability.
"A person who plays a string instrument is
going to have different needs than someone who just
wants to listen to the radio or someone who wants
to go to a concert and hear a full-blown orchestra,"
she said. "I want to be able to hear music and enjoy
it, and I realize that hearing aids are not always set
optimally for that kind of listening."
As in treating patients, Johnston brings her
personal experience to her research. She knows, for
example, that her hearing aid will likely squash a
swelling sound in a blues tune and whistle or
reverberate when she plays various notes on the
Johnston, who is expecting her first child this
summer, credits her husband and family for encour-
aging her and treating her like any other person.
Born before infant hearing tests became routine,
Johnston said she has most likely had hearing
impairment from the beginning of her life, when she
was born not breathing, without a heartbeat.
In all of her childhood, she remembers only one
time that her brothers referred to her hearing loss.
The family had recently moved to a new neighbor-
hood and one of her brothers introduced her to the
neighborhood kids, saying, "This is our little sister
Kristin and she can't hear very well, so don't let her
run out in the street."
"They just made me feel safe," Johnston said. "I
felt I could do anything anyone else could do and
I could. I wanted not only to do my best, but to do
the best." *
E PHHPNEWS I SPRING 2007
The road to recovery
Andrea Behrman works to change the
face of neurological physical therapy
By April Frawley-Birdwell
Blue Cross and Blue
Shield of Florida
establishes UF center
here was no way to know if it was going to
The boy was only 4, and he couldn't
move. Not an inch.
Kyle Bartolini hadn't been able to
wiggle his toes or move his legs since the
accident in 2003, when he'd found an unlocked gun at
a Labor Day party and accidentally shot himself in the
chest. Forget walking Kyle's spinal cord was so
damaged he almost didn't live.
In the 10 years Andrea Behrman had been research-
ing locomotor training at the UF College of Public Health
and Health Professions' department of physical therapy,
she and her staff had never treated a patient so young, so
severely injured. The therapy, which relies on an instinct
in the spinal cord to learn patterns and, over time, to help
people with incomplete spinal cord injuries relearn how
to walk, requires hours of walking on a treadmill and
over ground. A 4-year-old might not be able to handle it.
But the risk was worth it. Now 6, Kyle can walk
with the aid of a walker, a vast improvement for a boy
who was never supposed to walk again.
"I can't even tell you how much she has given my
son," said Jamie Bartolini, Kyle's mother. "She's much
more to us than a therapist. She's really a friend."
It wasn't just the locomotor training that helped her
son, it was everything else Behrman did too, Bartolini
said. For starters, Behrman was the only one who agreed
to help Kyle. Other institutions Jamie called had turned
her away because her son was so young and his injuries
were so severe.
"He couldn't move at all," Bartolini remembers. "He
was like a noodle."
Behrman gathered a
special team of respiratory
W ( therapists and pediatric
physical therapists to work
with Kyle, and she devised
creative ways to make his
"She took a chance
on Kyle because of his
age, and she gave him the
chance of a lifetime," said
Dr. Andrea Behrman Bartolini. "She just opened
up her heart to him. It was
so much more than just therapy. We feel so unbelievably
"We hope soon that locomotor training will just be a
part of rehab."
Behrman does, too. Other institutions are using simi-
lar body-weight support systems for locomotor training,
but the practice is not widespread.
Typical physical therapy for movement difficulties
involves walking over ground with the help of therapists,
or learning to use walkers or crutches. Locomotor therapy
is a bit more intense.
Patients are connected to an overhead body support
system, and with the aid of two trainers, they walk on a
treadmill for hours at a time. The body support allows the
patient to walk like a healthy person, retraining the spinal
cord to repeat the motion. In addition to the treadmill,
patients spend part of their day walking over ground.
Behrman's overall mission is to change the way
physical therapists practice and to make her field better
and more current using the latest scientific principles.
The technology will change throughout the years, but it
is those key scientific principles, like understanding how
the spinal cord learns patterns, that will help the most
people, she said.
Currently, Behrman is working on two clinical
trials. One, funded by the National Institutes of Health,
is measuring the difference between a locomotor training
program and an at-home exercise program to help people
who have had a stroke regain the ability to walk. She is
also leading a VA Rehabilitation and Research Develop-
ment-funded trial comparing the effect of locomotor
training provided manually by therapists to training
provided by a robotic device for people with incomplete
spinal cord injuries. Both trials have the capacity to
change practice, she said.
But the best moments of her career have been with
the patients she has helped.
"That's probably going to carry me to my death,"
she said with a smile. "The thing I like about rehab is it's
the total person. It's affected their entire life. It's
happened, and we go forward." 0
Above: Andrea Gregg, College of Nursing
Jacksonville Campus director; Cyrus Jollivette,
BCBSF senior vice president of public affairs; Win
Phillips, UF's vice president for research;
Catherine Kelly, BCBSF vice president of public
affairs; and R. Paul Duncan, chair of PHHP's
department of health services research, manage-
ment and policy, following the announcement of
BCBSF's endowment to UF.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida established a
$3.5 million endowment at the University of Florida to
open the BCBSF Center for Health Care Access,
Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes. The new center
will be housed in the colleges of Public Health and
Health Professions and Nursing and will work to signifi-
cantly improve the health of Florida's citizens.
The endowment totals $6.7 million with state
"The University of Florida is grateful for the gener-
osity of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and its
dedication to improving Florida's health care," said UF
President Bernie Machen. "With this new center, the
state is positioned to become a national leader."
Through the center, UF leaders and BCBSF hope to
address the unique health care issues that affect Flori-
da's quality of life and economic viability. Critical issues
include access, the nursing shortage, patient safety and
medical errors. Florida also faces unique challenges
due to rapid growth, the large elderly population and the
diverse and international composition of its residents.
Limited access to health care for many Floridians
costs the state's hospitals $1.7 billion in uncompensated
care, according to the Florida Hospital Association.
"Florida is facing many challenges in the effort to
provide safe, high-quality health care for all of our
citizens," said Robert Lufrano, M.D., chairman and CEO
of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. "The BCBSF-
UF Center will bring together experts from a variety of
disciplines to design and evaluate improved approaches
to health care access and delivery."
In addition to establishing the BCBSF Center, the
endowment brings the BCBSF Professorship in Health
Services Administration in the College of Public Health
and Health Professions to full chair status, allowing for
the recruitment of a premier faculty member to conduct
research focusing on health care delivery and access. 0
PHHPNEWS I SPRING 2007
Gator ties run deep for
physical therapy graduate
t has been a long time since Arthur Collier,
physical therapy '76, has missed a UF home
In fact, Collier has been to every game
since 1974, a streak that would have been
even longer if not for threat of a hurricane
in Fall 1973. Several years ago Collier's former
roommate also presented a conflict, but the decision
was easy to make.
"My roommate, an FSU graduate, was getting
married on a Gator game day," Collier said. "I told
him six months before the wedding not to plan it for
that day so I skipped his wedding," he said, laughing.
"But I'm still friends with him."
Collier, one of the college's 2006 outstanding
alumni of the year, can trace his Gator roots to his
older brother Ed, a 1973 UF physical therapy gradu-
ate, who influenced Collier's decision to pursue a
physical therapy degree at UF. Today, the two are
co-owners of a successful physical therapy practice,
Progressive Step Rehabilitation of Orange Park,
which provides outpatient rehabilitation services
for the Clay County (Fla.) area from two outpatient
As a UF physical therapy student, Collier quick-
ly bonded with the five other males in his class who
were easily outnumbered by 27 female classmates.
Collier is still in touch with classmate Frank Daugh-
erty and he stays on Daugherty's south Alabama farm
every year when he travels to the UF away football
games in Alabama and Mississippi.
Following graduation, Collier worked at the
county hospital in Jacksonville, now Shands Jack-
sonville, and in private practice, nursing home and
home health settings before starting his own private
practice in 1988.
Also a certified athletic trainer, Collier provided
rehabilitation services for Jacksonville University
athletics in the 1980s and spent a year working with
the Jacksonville Bulls of the United States Football
League, or USFL. He now provides services to three
local high school teams in Clay County.
Collier's dedication to fitness has led him to
achieve another impressive streak: He has partici-
pated in the Gate tI C
River Run, a
15-kilometer an- fi
nual road race in
years. He has also
As a season
ticket holder for
UF baseball and
in addition to Arthur Collier
never strays far from the Gator Nation. And the tradi-
tion continues with Collier's wife, Theresa, and their
son, Nicholas, 8, who has attended every UF football
game since he was an infant.
"I guess you could say we're Gators through and
through," Collier said. 0
Sparrow recognized for
contributions to child psychology
professor Sara Sparrow, Ph.D., clinical
and health psychology '68, served as
chief psychologist at the Child Study
Center at Yale University for 30 years
and is senior author of one of the most
widely used psychological assess-
ment tools. But among faculty and graduates of the
department of clinical and health psychology, Spar-
row is also known for giving the department's "most
famous" dissertation defense.
Sparrow, who lived in France before beginning
her doctoral studies, was inspired to serve champagne
and caviar to her committee, led by former faculty
member Paul Satz, Ph.D. The tradition of clinical and
health psychology students serving food at a disserta-
tion defense, albeit on a less lavish scale, continued
for another 20 years, according to department chair
Russell Bauer, Ph.D.
"Besides being Paul's first doctoral student
and the forerunner of several generations of clinical
neuropsychologists, she holds the distinction of hav-
ing set a standard for the most elegant and gourmet
dissertation defense menu served to a committee
that those of us who followed her as Paul's students
could never match," said '..
Eileen Fennell, Ph.D., a
professor in the
department and a 1978
graduate of the program.
Now a professor
emerita and senior
research scientist at
Yale, Sparrow, one
of the college's 2006
outstanding alumni of
the year, is the author of
more than 100 articles
and chapters on psycho- Dr. Sara Sparrow
logical assessment and
developmental disabilities. Her most significant
contribution to the field of child psychology has been
the development of the VinelandAdaptive Behavior
Scales, designed to measure personal and social
skills used by an individual or child in daily situa-
tions. Originally published more than 20 years ago,
the VinelandAdaptive Behavior Scales are the most
widely used tools of their kind.
The scales are frequently used to diagnose
autism, a condition whose definition has changed
significantly during her years of practice,
"When I started at the Child Study Center,
95 percent of children who were diagnosed with
autism also had mental retardation," she said.
I\I- many children who receive a diagnosis of
autism have normal or very good intelligence.
The spectrum has become much wider. We are
also able to identify autism at a much younger
age so we can begin treatment sooner. With early
intervention we can make significant changes in
Currently, Sparrow and her husband
Domenic Cicchetti, Ph.D., of Yale's School of Medi-
cine and co-author of the VinelandAdaptive
Behavior Scales, are working on a revision of the
scales and have completed three of the scales' four
components. The husband and wife team have collab-
orated on numerous projects in 38 years of marriage.
"I met my husband, a biostatistician, when I
asked him for help with my dissertation," Sparrow
said. "He turned out to be very helpful. We have
worked together since the day we met." *
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David Clark, occupational therapy '65, has received the
Award of Merit from the American Occupational Therapy
Association, the association's highest honor for an occu-
pational therapist. David retired in 2000, but is still active
in AOTA and serves as the Florida representative to the
AOTA representative assembly. He reports that he is a
proud Florida Gator and flies his Gator flag frequently.
Ani Cortinas, master's in health administration '01, and
a graduate of the UF law school, has been promoted
to senior corporate attorney for Baptist Health South
Florida, the largest not-for-profit health care organization
in the region.
Judith "Judie" Pink-Goldin, occupational therapy '76,
has worked as a therapist with the Veterans Administra-
tion for 29 years. A resident of Lutz, Fla., Judie treats
active-duty military personnel and was featured on ABC
Nightline while working with myoelectric prosthesis. She
has three children and the youngest is a UF freshman.
Judie would like to hear from classmates from the OT
Class of 1976.
Breanne Hart, bachelor's in health science rehabilita-
tive services track '01, recently relocated to Panama
City and took a position as a full-time occupational
therapist at Bay Medical Center, a 413-bed regional
Roberta Isleib, Ph.D., clinical and health psychology
'85, has published "Deadly Advice," the first novel in her
new murder mystery series, which features a psycholo-
gist who writes an online advice column. Roberta writes:
"Of course my training gleaned at the UF department of
clinical and health psychology is the background for this
series!" For more information on her books, visit www.
Don Neumann, Ph.D., physical therapy '76, was
named the 2006 Wisconsin Professor of the Year
by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching, the first from Marquette University to win the
honor. He is also the first physical therapy professor
in the country to be recognized by the Professor of the
Janet Norwood, physical therapy '95, has returned to
the work force as a staff physical therapist after staying
home with her two sons, Jackson, 4, and Jacob, 2. She
works weekends at Grace Hospital and Valdese Hospi-
tal in western North Carolina, which, she writes "makes
the full-time PTs happy and gives me a little 'break' from
my full-time parenting job!"
Rhona Reiss, Ph.D., occupational therapy '75, has
joined Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
in Provo, Utah, as the new graduate program direc-
tor of the transitional Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Cara (George) Sarmiento, occupational therapy '93,
has worked as a therapist in several area nursing
homes. She is currently a stay at home mom in
Alachua, Fla., with children Carli, who was born in April
2006, Danny, 6, and Peter, 9.
Sonya Kathke Sherrell, occupational therapy '99,
has been working in hand therapy and has decided to
branch out. She started her own company and authored
and self-published her first children's book, a soft cloth
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The college recognized six graduates at the
Outstanding Alumni Awards on Nov. 18. The
honorees included Paul Deutsch, Ph.D., rehabilita-
tion counseling '72; Sara Sparrow, Ph.D., clinical
and health psychology '68; Ronald Aldrich, health
services research, management and policy '66;
Darryl Tower, occupational therapy '75; Arthur
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interactive book titled "Go Gators." For more informa-
tion, visit www.babyteamplayers.com.
Linda Donnell Smith, bachelor's in health
science '80, received her 25-year service pin from
Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. She is a
certified inpatient/outpatient coder.
Tracey Thomas, rehabilitation counseling '93, has
worked with geriatric patients for more than 16 years,
with job duties including director of social services,
admissions and marketing. Tracey and her husband,
Rocky, and son, Lane, 10, live in Sanford, Fla.
Chuck Young, master's in health administration '77,
assumed the position of director of advancement for the
College of Business and Public Administration at
Eastern Washington University in September 2006.
Chuck writes: "Go Eagles, but go Gators too!" *
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