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Hispanics' health care
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2 RESEARCH
Grant supports new
rehabilitation researchers
4 50th ANNIVERSARY
Help us celebrate the
college's milestone
6 ALUMNI
Sparrow named alumna
of the year


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Regional, language differences affect Hispanics'

experiences with Medicare


ispanics face multiple barriers to health care, but
their experiences in the health care system can vary
widely by language and geographical area, accord-
ing to a new University of Florida study.
In the study of Hispanics/Latinos enrolled in
Medicare-managed care programs, patients who
speak Spanish reported more negative experiences with care than did
Hispanic patients who speak English. However, Spanish speakers in
Florida were more satisfied with their health care experiences than
their peers in California and the New York/New Jersey region a
finding that could be attributed to the "Miami effect." The results ap-
peared in the October issue of the journal Health Services Research.
"Eighty-six percent of the Spanish-speaking survey respondents
from Florida live in the Miami area, the U.S. city with the high-
est proportion of Hispanic residents," said lead investigator Robert
Weech-Maldonado, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department
of health services research, management and policy at the College of
Public Health and Health Professions. "Spanish is one of the primary
languages in Miami and there is an excellent network of Spanish-
speaking health providers."
The study is the first to examine health care experiences of
Hispanics a population vulnerable to health disparities by
regional and language differences. Results of the study were widely
reported in news media outlets, such as U.S. News and World Report
and CBS News Radio.
The Medicare-managed care program, known as Medicare Ad-
vantage, was designed to give beneficiaries the option of enrolling
in a variety of private plans, including health maintenance organi-
zations, or HMOs, and preferred provider organizations, or PPOs.
Patients' out-of-pocket costs associated with the Medicare Advan-
tage plans are relatively lower than those associated with traditional
Medicare. Although most Medicare recipients use the traditional
fee-for-service program, about 5 million Medicare beneficiaries
were enrolled in the managed care program in 2004, according to the


Kaiser Family Foundation. More than 50 percent of enrollees were
Hispanic.
UF researchers analyzed data from the Consumer Assessments
of Healthcare Providers and Systems Medicare managed care
survey, conducted in 2002. The survey focused on five aspects of
care: timeliness of care, provider communication, office staff
helpfulness, getting needed care and health plan customer service.
Of the more than 125,000 Medicare-managed care recipients who
completed the survey, 7 percent, or 8,463, identified themselves as
Hispanic. The survey was available in English and Spanish.
Hispanic English speakers reported more negative experiences
than whites for all aspects of care except provider communication.
Hispanic Spanish speakers had more negative experiences than
whites with timeliness of care, office staff helpfulness and provider
communication, suggesting language barriers in the clinical setting.
However, the researchers were surprised to find that Hispanic
Spanish speakers reported more positive experiences with getting
needed care than their English-speaking counterparts.
"This was an unexpected result; we haven't found this in other
studies," Weech-Maldonado said. "We speculate that Spanish-
speaking Hispanics, who may be less acculturated, could be more
tolerant of the managed care practices because they are less familiar
with the U.S. health care system."
Overall, the UF study demonstrates that differences in Hispan-
ics' health care experiences exist and there is room for improvement,
especially given the regional differences, Weech-Maldonado said.
"Our study suggests that managed care companies should
implement quality improvement programs to reduce disparities in
patient experiences with care, and one area they can target is
interpreter services," he said, adding that the Hispanic Spanish
speakers in the survey were more likely than English speakers to
rate their health as fair or poor. "Managed care health plans cover
a well-diversified population, so it is important for them to look at
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New doctoral

programs approved

The Florida Board of
Governors approved new
College of Public Health and
Health Professions doctoral
programs in epidemiology and
biostatistics at its meeting on
Dec. 6, 2007.
"This is an important
achievement for the college
and was especially significant
given the fact that some mem-
bers of the Board of Governors
were concerned about going
forward with new doctoral
programs because of state
budget issues," said Elena
Andresen, Ph.D., chair of the
college's department of epide-
miology and biostatistics.
The two new programs,
along with the college's Ph.D.
in health services research,
meet the Council on Education
for Public Health's requirement
that schools of public health
offer three doctoral programs in
public health disciplines,
Andresen said. The college is
in the process of seeking ac-
creditation, which will culminate
in a site visit by council accredi-
tors in September.
The Ph.D. in epidemiology
is a joint effort with the College
of Medicine's department of
epidemiology and health policy
research.
"The approval of our Ph.D.
programs in epidemiology and
biostatistics represents an
important milestone in the
development of our college,"
said Michael G. Perri, Ph.D.,
interim dean of the college.
"We now stand fully prepared
to carry out the exciting op-
portunity of educating doctoral
students in these important
public health disciplines."
The new programs will begin
admitting students for the fall
2008 academic year. For more
information, contact the
department of epidemiology
and biostatistics at 352-273-
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2008 marks two
important milestones
in the evolution of the
College of Public Health
and Health Professions:
the 50th anniversary of
our college and our pur-
suit of accreditation as a
college of public health,
which culminates in a
site visit by accreditors
in September.
This year we
Dr. Michael G. Perri, recognize the adminis-
Interim Dean trators, faculty, students,
staff and alumni who
have helped to shape the college over the past
decades into a highly ranked health education
institution. At the same time, we celebrate the
transformation of our college into an organization
that brings together the public health and health
professions disciplines to collaborate in research,
teaching and service.
In some ways the integration of public health
into our college mirrors the innovative thinking by
our college's founders 50 years ago. Traditionally,
universities had scattered health professions pro-
grams across campuses in various colleges, such
as education and liberal arts and sciences. The
University of Florida was the first to unite these
disciplines as one college and locate them within
a health center.
Then-UF President J. Hillis Miller and our
college's first dean, Darrel J. Mase, visualized
a college that would bring together the health
professions disciplines and create an environment
where health professions students and students in
the other Health Science Center colleges Medi-
cine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and later Dentistry
and Veterinary Medicine could learn from one
another. The philosophy was that professionals
who train alongside each other will work together
better in the care of patients.
That same collaborative spirit drives our new
educational model that brings together health
professions and public health disciplines to
improve the health of individuals and communi-
ties. We believe that what we learn in the care of
individual patients by those in the health profes-
sions can better inform community programs in
disease prevention and health promotion devel-
oped by public health practitioners. And public
health's population perspective helps health care
providers determine what health issues need to
be addressed at the individual patient level.
2008 is truly an exciting year for the College of
Public Health and Health Professions. We hope
you will join us in commemorating these landmark
events in the college's history (see page 4 for a
schedule of activities), and we thank you for your
continued support of the college. 0


PHHPNEWS I SPRING 2008


New grant helps UF train scholars


for career in rehabilitation research


he University of Florida and the
University of Texas Medical Branch
have received a $5 million National
Institutes of Health grant to train future
rehabilitation scientists.
The Rehabilitation Research Career
Development Program will recruit and train 12
occupational and physical therapy scholars from
across the nation to become independent investigators
and scientific leaders in rehabilitation.
"If you look at the field of rehabilitation, we
don't have a strong history of research and there are
not enough faculty with this kind of research
experience," said the program's deputy director Krista
Vandenbome, Ph.D., PT., chair of the department of
physical therapy at the UF College of Public Health
and Health Professions. "This program will allow us
to train the next generation of rehabilitation
researchers."
The grant, the first of its kind devoted to scholar
training in rehabilitation research, is funded by the
National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research
in the National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development and by the National Institute for
Neurological Disorders and Stroke. William Mann,
Ph.D., O.T.R., chair of the department of occupational
therapy, will serve as the program's associate director.
UF and UTMB's grant is one of two awarded nation-
ally, the other going to a consortium of Washington
University in St. Louis, the University of Delaware
and the University of Pittsburgh.
The career development program will provide
five years of support for six scholars who will train
at UF and six who will train at UTMB. Trainees will
choose which mentor they want to work with in one
of several areas: neurological and cognitive rehabili-
tation; neuromuscular disease; assistive technology;


respiratory physiology and rehabilitation; aging and
geriatric rehabilitation; muscle biology and rehabilita-
tion; and functional outcomes.
"The senior faculty members involved in this
program come from all over campus," Vandenbome
said. "We've invested a lot in transdisciplinary work
at UF and we have a depth of resources and a great
critical mass of faculty focused on rehabilitation, more
than any other campus in the nation."
The rehabilitation scholars will also benefit from
the training program's partnerships with national
rehabilitation centers and the country's preeminent
rehabilitation researchers who serve on the program's
advisory board. The quality of training and network-
ing opportunities created as part of this training
program could place the scholars in an excellent posi-
tion to move on to faculty positions at top universities,
Vandenborne said.
"We want people who are well-positioned to
succeed and will really benefit from the training and
mentoring," she said. "We have the opportunity to
bring in the best of the best and help them reach their
potential." 0

Above: The Rehabilitation Research Career
Development Program supports rehabilita-
tion scholars who will train in labs like the
one led by Dr. Krista Vandenborne, far right,
and her husband Dr. Glenn Walter, second
from right. Researchers in the Muscle
Physiology Laboratory conduct basic
science and clinical studies on muscle
degeneration and regeneration. Research
team members also include, from left,
Nathan Bryant, Dr. Claudia Senesac,
Ravneet Vohra, Wendy Han, Dr. Sunita
Mathur, Sean Germain and Dr. Donovan
Lott.


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College adopts new mission,


goals and objectives


he College of Public Health and Health
Professions has adopted a new mission
statement, along with goals and objectives
to guide the college's activities.
The mission of the College of Public
Health and Health Professions is to
preserve, promote and improve the health and well-
being of populations, communities and individuals.
To fulfill this mission, we foster collaborations among
public health and the health professions in education,
research and service.
The college has also established goal statements
and a set of measurable objectives for achieving its
goals in education, research and service. The three goals
of the college and corresponding objectives are stated
below. The college has also developed a set of outcome
measures that will be used to track progress toward
achievement of our objectives.
Goal I Provide excellent educational programs
that prepare graduates to address the multifaceted health
needs of populations, communities and individuals.
Objectives:
1. Enroll a strong and diverse student body
2. Recruit and retain outstanding faculty
3. Maintain and enhance excellent academic programs
that emphasize current knowledge, discovery and


practice
4. Prepare students who, upon graduation, are
competitive in the public health and health professions
employment markets
Goal II Conduct quality research and
disseminate findings that are responsive to priority
health needs.
Objectives:
1. Compete successfully for research funding
2. Promote collaborative research within the college and
across the university
3. Produce and disseminate new knowledge that
contributes to the health of communities and individuals
Goal III Serve as active participants and leaders
in university, public health, health practice and health
services communities through collaborative approaches
to intervention, professional practice and policy.

Objectives:
1. Develop and maintain partnerships with community
organizations to promote health
2. Provide professional service to the community
3. Provide professional service to the college and the
university
4. Provide educational programs that meet workforce
development needs 0


Medical technology faculty member Jan Hornsby Parrish, left, provides instruction on
blood cell morphology to a student in this circa 1980 photo. The medical technology
program was one of the college's first academic programs, along with occupational
therapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation counseling.


student NE W


Nami S. Yu, a rehabilitation science doctoral
student, received the Annual Student Paper Award
from the Foundation for Life Care Planning Re-
search. Yu was awarded $500 and free registration
and travel expenses to present her paper at the 2007
International Symposium on Life Care Planning. Her
article will be also published in the Journal of Life
Care Planning.

Master of Public Health students won the Florida
Department of Health, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Condom
Art Competition in honor of World AIDS Day. The
contest was open to all Florida colleges and universi-
ties. The creators of UF's winning art project, Cuc
Tran and Carmen Glotfelty, traveled to Tallahassee
to display their piece in conjunction with the health
department's World AIDS Day activities on Dec. 1.

Students and faculty from the department of
occupational therapy hosted CarFit, a free program
that gives older adults the opportunity to check how
their personal vehicles "fit" them. The occupational
therapy group led senior drivers through a 12-point
checklist with their vehicles, recommended personal
vehicle adjustments and adaptations to enhance
their safety, and offered community resources and
activities. CarFit's national sponsors include the
American Society on Aging, AAA, AARP and the
American Occupational Therapy Association. 0




faculty N TES

& staff


Todd Fraser, coordinator of administrative services
in the department of occupational therapy, was
named the college's 2007 Employee of the Year at
the annual faculty/staff appreciation dinner Oct. 26.
Fraser was recognized for his problem-solving
ability, dedication and willingness to assist
employees and students, even in difficult situations.

The department of clinical and health psychology
is one of two national recipients of the American
Psychological Association's Departmental Award
for Culture of Service in the Psychological
Sciences. The award will be used to support student
travel to conferences or meetings in which they
perform service to scientific organizations.

The master's in health administration program in
the department of health services research,
management and policy is one of two recipients
of the American College of Healthcare Executives
Higher Education Network Awards, along with Army-
Baylor University. ACHE established the awards
to recognize those Higher Education Network
participants whose programs have demonstrated a
commitment to promoting advancement in ACHE.
The UF program was honored for having the great-
est percentage of graduates who have advanced to
member or fellow status in ACHE. 0


PHHPNEWS I SPRING 2008










































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You are cordially invited to attend

the College of Public Health and

Health Professions'


50th Anniversary Gala

Help us commemorate the achievements of the UF
College of Public Health and Health Professions at a
special 50th anniversary gala on Friday, Nov. 21. The
gala will also feature the outstanding alumni awards
and faculty and staff recognition. Gala weekend events
include:

FRIDAY, NOV. 21
In the afternoon:
Darrel J. Mase Leadership Award Lecture with reception to follow
PHHP Advisory Board meeting
Gator Healthcare Forum

In the evening:
50th Anniversary Gala at 6 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, J. Wayne
Reitz Union

SATURDAY, NOV. 22
Alumni Reunion BBQ and UF football game against the Citadel

Visit the college's 50th anniversary Web site regularly for
updated information, www.phhp.ufl.edu/50th-Anniversary.


THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
The College of Public Health and Health Professions 50th Anniversary Lecture Series
Friday, March 28
Donald M. Steinwachs, Ph.D., professor, department of health policy and management;
director, Health Services Research and Development Center, Johns Hopkins University
Friday, April 11
Gail R. Wilensky, Ph.D., senior fellow, Project HOPE
Friday, Sept. 19
Michael A. Morrisey, Ph.D., professor, department of health care organization and policy,
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Friday, Sept. 26
Thomas Rice, Ph.D., professor, department of health services; vice chancellor for
academic personnel, UCLA
Friday, Oct. 3
Karen Davis, Ph.D., president, The Commonwealth Fund
Monday, Oct. 20
Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, Ph.D., O.T.R., Russell Sheam Moody Distinguished Chair; professor
and director, division of rehabilitation sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch
Friday, Nov. 7
Lisa A. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., professor, departments of epidemiology and health policy
and management, Johns Hopkins University
Sponsored by the UF Area Health Education Centers program
Friday, Nov. 14
Deborah A. Freund, Ph.D., distinguished professor; senior research associate, Center for
Policy Research, Syracuse University
Friday, Nov. 21
Alan M. Jette, Ph.D., director of the Health and Disability Research Institute and a
professor in the departments of rehabilitation sciences and social and behavioral sciences,
Boston University
Support for the lecture series is provided in part by Blue Cross and Blue Shield
ofFlorida and is gratefully acknowledged.


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A daughter's tribute

Rebecca Hayes establishes scholarship in honor of her father Bruce
Thomason, founding chair of rehabilitation counseling


hen Rebecca Hayes visited PHHP a
few years ago and met the recipient
of the award named for her father,
Bruce Thomason, the student asked
her "What did your father look like?"
"I looked around and realized
there weren't any pictures or reminders of him," said Hayes,
who also learned that award funds had run dry and awardees
no longer received scholarship support.
"I wanted to do something in my father's honor that
would benefit someone else in the program," she said.
Hayes and her husband, Larry, recently made a $20,000
gift to the college to establish the Thomason Family
Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit master's in rehabilita-
tion counseling students.
"Making this gift is one of the things I've done that
feels totally right," Hayes said.
Thomason served as chair of the UF department of
rehabilitation counseling from its inception in 1954 until his
retirement in 1974. He is credited with developing relation-
ships with key federal, regional and state agencies that led
to UF's program receiving substantial support. He held
leadership positions in several organizations, including the
American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and the
Board of Directors of the National Rehabilitation
Association, which awarded him their Presidential Citation
for Distinguished Rehabilitation Services in 1974.
Thomason died from a stroke in 1979.
Hayes, who spent her adolescence in Gainesville and
graduated from UF in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in
early childhood education, has vivid memories of her father
as rehabilitation counseling chair.
"My mother was quite an entertainer and there were
always lots of students at our home, including the annual
department party at our lake house," Hayes said, adding
that she remembers one luau-themed party when a student
organizer's neglect of the roast pig left it burnt to a crisp.
In the early years of his UF tenure, Thomason taught
"Marriage and the Family," which, said Hayes with a laugh,
was !.Liii, .among the students for its sex education."
Hayes believes her father's interest in psychology and
counseling developed while he pursued degrees in sociology.
"He grew up in a really small town near Salisbury,


Rebecca Hayes and Patsy Nininger in front of
a UF display on their father Bruce Thomason,
Ph.D. Above: Bruce and Kathryn Thomason
with their daugthers Patsy, left, and Rebecca.

N.C., and probably didn't even know about counseling as
a profession, but he had that kind of personality," she said.
"He was very loving and sweet. His high school classmates
called him 'Shug,' for sugar lump. He had a good sense of
humor and enjoyed life to the fullest. I don't think I could
have had a better father."
Thomason also had a major influence on his daughter's
career, but that came a little bit later. Following her UF
graduation, Hayes worked in Florida as an elementary
school teacher for several years before moving to San
Antonio, Texas, when her husband received a work transfer.
A friend and graduate of the UF rehabilitation counsel-
ing program encouraged Hayes to go back to school for a
master's degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling from
the University of Texas at San Antonio.
"She talked about how helpful my father had been
and how much the program had meant to her," Hayes said.
"I hadn't considered becoming a rehabilitation counselor
before and my father never asked me to, but it was one of
his students who inspired me to enter the field."
After completing her degree, Hayes worked for the
Texas Rehabilitation Commission for 12 years before open-
ing her own career and vocational counseling business,
Career Action Associates, in 1985. Two years ago, Hayes
and her husband retired to Ormond Beach, Fla.
"I worked in rehabilitation counseling a long time and I
grew up around rehabilitation counselors who worked with
my father," Hayes said. "My mother always said that
rehabilitation counselors were the best people in the world
and I really believe that." 0


Former department

chair Nathan Perry

dies

Nathan W. Perry, Ph.D., who served as chair of
the department of clinical and health psychology at
the UF College of
Public Health and
Health Professions
for more than 20
years, died Dec. 1,
2007 in Tallahassee.
He was 75.
"Nate Perry was
a major force for
the advancement of
psychology at the
University of Florida
and throughout the
nation," said Michael G. Perri, Ph.D., the college's
interim dean. "His leadership blazed a trail that
enabled others to make important clinical and
research contributions in health psychology. The
success of our department of clinical and health
psychology stands as a lasting legacy of Nate
Perry's pioneering efforts."
Perry received his doctorate in psychology from
Florida State University in 1963 and joined the UF
faculty that same year. He was chair of the
department of clinical and health psychology from
1977 until his retirement in 1998. Perry was a lead-
ing advocate at the national level for the "scientist-
practitioner" model, which called for psychologists
to be trained in both the underlying science of the
profession as well as in clinical practice.
In his own research, Perry focused on vision
and cognition and he was considered an expert on
measurement of brain function and cognition using
visual evoked potentials to measure electrical
activity in the brain in response to visual stimuli.
"Nate was truly a giant in the field of clinical psy-
chology; he was not only a crackerjack administrator
and department chair, but he was also a first-rate
scientist, performing some key early work on brain
electrophysiological responses to complex visual
stimuli," said Russell M. Bauer, Ph.D., chair of the
department of clinical and health psychology.
Perry served as president of the Florida Psycho-
logical Association, the Southeastern Psychological
Association and the Society of Clinical Psychology,
and was a member of the American Psychologi-
cal Association's board of directors. He received
the Florida Psychological Association's Lifetime
Achievement Award in 1998.
"He was a visionary, and our department and
college continue to benefit from that vision," Bauer
said.
Perry is survived by his wife, Suzanne Bennett
Johnson, of Tallahassee, Fla., his brother, Kenneth
Eugene Perry, of Maryville, Tenn., six children and
six grandchildren.
A scholarship fund has been established in
Perry's honor. Please make checks payable to the
UF Foundation, attention: Nate Perry Memorial
Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL
32604 or call Marie Emmerson at 352-273-6540 for
more information. 0


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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT







Focus on veterinary public health


Alumna combines public health and veterinary medicine for career in

infectious disease research


hen Tara Anderson, D.V.M.,
graduated from the UF College
of Veterinary Medicine in 2003,
she decided to work at a small
animal hospital first to hone her
medical skills.
She liked working with patients, too, save the
occasional biter and scratcher. But Anderson realized
she wanted to focus her attention on helping animals
and people in another way through infectious disease
research and public health.
She found an opportunity to do just that in the
College of Public Health and Health Professions'
master's in public health program and the College of
Veterinary Medicine's doctoral program. As a doctoral
student, Anderson is investigating the canine influenza
virus, and as a public health student, she expanded her
knowledge of epidemiological research methods.
Anderson, who received her master's degree in
public health last year, believes that veterinary medicine
and public health are natural partners.
"Public health is a traditional component of the
veterinary profession and is an important focus of its
future," Anderson said. "Although companion animal
clinical practice and appreciation of the human-animal


bond are very important, we need to highlight the vital
roles veterinarians also play in public practice."
Emerging infectious diseases such as SARS and
H5N1 avian influenza are just two examples of zoonotic
diseases diseases that can spread from animals to
humans that have caused major public health crises.
Veterinarians are instrumental in the research, preven-
tion and control of these and many other public health
threats, Anderson said.
Anderson is currently studying the canine influenza
virus under the direction of veterinary researchers Paul
Gibbs, B.V.Sc., Ph.D., and Cynda Crawford, D.V.M.,
Ph.D. The UF team, along with collaborators at
Comell University and the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, announced the discovery of canine
influenza three years ago when they confirmed that a
form of equine influenza had jumped species to dogs.
Cases have now been reported in dogs in 25 states, with
preliminary data showing a 16 percent infection rate. At
this point there is no evidence that canine influenza is a
zoonotic disease.
"We are in the process of studying the epidemiol-
ogy of canine influenza trying to determine if there
are any particular age groups or breeds of dogs that
are more susceptible to the disease, and if there are hot


spots for outbreaks,
such as boarding
kennels, shelters
and dog day care
centers," Anderson
said. "Hopefully as
we learn more about
canine influenza, we
can contribute to the 1
study of influenza
viruses in other I /
species as well."
Anderson has
also been involved Dr. Tara Anderson
in the development of UF's new joint D.VM./M.PH.
degree program, which launched last summer.
"Tara is an excellent role model for students
pursuing veterinary and public health training," said
Nabih Asal, Ph.D., a professor in the department of
epidemiology and biostatistics. "She has all the quali-
ties needed for a successful career combining veterinary
medicine and public health: high intellect, knowledge,
curiosity, organizational and communication skills,
training in veterinary medicine and epidemiology, and
motivation." 0


Sparrow named PHHP alumna of the year


prominent child neuropsychologist Sara
Sparrow, Ph.D., clinical and health
psychology '68, has been named the
UF College of Public Health and Health
Professions' alumna of the year. She
will be honored at the college's spring
commencement ceremony in May.
Sparrow 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 psycho-
logical assessment tools, the Vineland Adaptive
Behavior Scales.
"Dr. Sparrow is a pioneer who has been a prolific
contributor to the science and practice of develop-
mental disabilities and child neuropsychology," said
Russell M. Bauer, Ph.D., chair of the college's
department of clinical and health psychology.
Now a professor emerita and senior research
scientist at Yale, Sparrow is the author of more than
100 articles and chapters on psychological 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 mea- -
sure personal and social
skills used by an individual
or child in daily situations.
Originally published more
than 20 years ago, the
Vineland Adaptive
Behavior Scales is the most
widely used tool of its kind.
The impetus for the
VinelandAdaptive Behav-
ior Scales came from the
passage of the federal Edu-
cation for All Handicapped
Children Act in 1975. In Dr. Sara Sparrow
order to receive federal funding, institutions serving
children with physical and developmental disabilities
had to evaluate students and design plans for their
education needs. But no standardized psychological
tools existed, Sparrow said.
"We decided to develop the tools because every-
one needed one," she said.
Sparrow and her husband and co-author Domenic


Cicchetti, Ph.D., of Yale's School of Medicine,
recently completed a revision of the Vineland
Adaptive Behavior Scales, called the Vineland
IIH.
"We are able to identify developmental
disabilities, such as autism, at a much younger
age so we can begin treatment sooner,"
Sparrow said. "With early intervention we can
make significant changes in children's lives."
Sparrow has served on the Committee on
Disability Determination for Mental Retarda-
tion, a committee of the National Academy of
Sciences. She is the co-founder and co-editor
of the Journal of Child Neuropsychology and
she received the prestigious Career Scientist
Award from the American Academy of Mental
Retardation.
"Dr. Sparrow's contributions and clinical work
have enduringly portrayed her love and concern for
the children she worked with and have clearly shown
her dedication to improving diagnosis and treatment of
the problems they face in their everyday lives," Bauer
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Rebecca Bennett, master's in health administra-
tion '02, is the program director of Healthy Families
Pasco-Hernando, a child abuse and neglect prevention
program.

Gladys Bernett, master's in health administration/
master's in business administration '02, received the
Hispanic Business Leadership award from Tampa
Hispanic Heritage Inc. last October. She serves as the
president of the Tampa Bay chapter of the National
Society of Hispanic MBAs.

L. Caryl Patterson Fletcher, occupational therapy '91,
and husband, Andrew, had a baby girl, Grace, on Nov.
25, 2007. They will be moving to Johnson City, Tenn.,
in June.

Michael Herman, master's in health administration
'05, has been named vice president of operations for
Summerville Medical Center in Summerville, S.C., a
facility of Trident Medical Center and an HCA affiliated
hospital. He will be responsible for operations in various
ancillary and clinical departments within the hospital.

Katherine (Algeo) Holeman, master's in physical
therapy '99, and her husband Jason welcomed their
son, Gage Matthew, into the world on Feb. 27, 2007.

Roberta Isleib, doctorate in clinical and health psychol-
ogy '85, has published Preaching to the Corpse, the
second novel in her murder mystery series featuring
Rebecca Butterman, a psychologist who writes an
online advice column. For more information on her
books, visit www.robertaisleib.com.


Doree Justiss, master's in health
administration '04, and her hus-
band John had their second child,
Morgan Rebekah, on Nov. 6, 2007.
She joins big brother Jaxon, 6. The
family lives in Creve Coeur, Mo.

Major Robert Montz, master's
of health science in occupational
therapy (distance learning) '06,
serves in the United States Army
as an occupational therapist with
the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort
Benning, Ga. To read more about
Robert, visit our alumni spotlights
at www.phhp.ufl.edu/alumni/
meetthealumni.htm.

Sara Penfold, master's in health
administration '03, and her
husband recently welcomed "a
wonderful Christmas present,"
their baby girl Ella. They live in
Chula Vista, Calif.

Rhona Gorsky Reiss, master's in
occupational therapy '75, retired
last June after a 40-year career in
occupational therapy. Last fall she
traveled to Machu Picchu, Peru,
and the Galapagos Islands. She
volunteers at a nursing home, is on
the board of Cinema Art Bethesda
(Md.) and enjoys hiking.


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Matt Rosseli, master's in health administration '06,
recently transferred to HCA Shared Services-Orange
Park (Fla.) as a project coordinator.

Jeanne Street, doctorate in clinical and health
psychology '78, is in private practice and is a
clinical instructor at Louisiana State University Health
Sciences Center. She writes: "I've loved being a
psychologist, but have also enjoyed cutting back my
work hours. I would love to hear from grad student
classmates." To get in touch with Jeanne, e-mail
jpease@phhp.ufl.edu.

Jamie Woodruff, bachelor's in health science '05,
is engaged to be married to New, a young man from
Thailand. She recently became affiliated with an
agency called New Mission Systems International
and is preparing to move to Thailand as a full-time
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