Front Cover
 Message from the Dean
 Health professions fact sheet
 A space of our own
 Under one roof
 New center begins building top...
 Educating the next generation of...
 Health services administration
 Rehabilitation counseling
 Advancing the frontiers of...
 Clinical and health psychology
 Occupational therapy
 Physical therapy
 Reaching out to the community
 Communicative disorders
 College of Health Professions...
 Brooks Health gift establishes...
 Back Cover

Group Title: Biennial report, University of Florida College of Health Professions
Title: Biennial report
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00089848/00001
 Material Information
Title: Biennial report
Series Title: Biennial report
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida
Publisher: College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2003
Statement of Responsibility: College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00089848
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.


This item has the following downloads:

phhpbiennialreport2002 ( PDF )

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page i
    Message from the Dean
        Page ii
    Health professions fact sheet
        Page 1
    A space of our own
        Page 2
    Under one roof
        Page 3
    New center begins building top rehabilitation research programs
        Page 4
        Page 5
    Educating the next generation of health professionals
        Page 6
        Page 7
    Health services administration
        Page 8
    Rehabilitation counseling
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
    Advancing the frontiers of science
        Page 12
        Page 13
    Clinical and health psychology
        Page 14
    Occupational therapy
        Page 15
    Physical therapy
        Page 16
        Page 17
    Reaching out to the community
        Page 18
        Page 19
    Communicative disorders
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
    College of Health Professions faculty
        Page 23
    Brooks Health gift establishes movement laboratory
        Page 24
        Page 25
    Back Cover
        Page 26
Full Text

t3Lt HI


AW r
^ ^messtageftom the


a- -*6I ** e -* s a
. a -o *. 6 * I
S. . .. *. J I S . S ..
f If succs i m s. th n e o ..su e t se s e e

I S* e.* e .IS. 5 *S .66 *
S * I ~ S I S S .

m e-.- - S S S S S S S. S
an* r k S I. S uciv. In cur ren *r h l f
El 0 ^ ^ l^ * amongthrcl ge.. o.. .e. .t . g...so Ntoa Insiteso.Ha lthfu n S T i

college .h inre* *e* funin. f rese b e 3 * o ,

I. *. *,..**. 0 **.. *.. ,.* .1.
S . ..IS*." .* S I - 5 -" S S .*0I
R e G. FI -a S. Ph D. to a i. 02 8

Sine ou 2o benna l reor wa ulse d we hav stre a ne w negaut rgatebceo fhat

s S *5 S nonSIt. r pS* i e

6 S.ISo .o *6 Sa. *
l-- i S S 1 de ge e p 1.sents. e h

.0 I* S I. S S* S *. S *.S **SSS S.

* * * * o *. e* .*6 ~
S k-21 b g ISo. Sxceeds $ 0 m i io*npe y r it h n ai rdoh et d
Indeedforeverydollarthestateofloridgivesthe collegethefacultygenerate i er v sf o
Fouryearsagothecollege'sfacultymettoconsie rhowtheUniversityofFloridacouldleadthedevelopmentS o5fou
6s 6e *e c e is 5
recogniS.. the opportunity to l ea d the dev e Scientifi rSearch i ouS dscp ines. The faculty also
acknowledged the nedforacrediblescientific basisforeachf thecole lines.^^^^^^^^^^^6 9 66 6 6

bea ad itn stdet .6 *. . . .. Ofern track in moemn dyfncin 66muiato 6 ersine 656 6 s*c6a9
and beIh- ^.avioral integra tion the 6rogram nw *has 62student
= I 66indivdah Bco l eted the program. The four international students who
-hv com S o theI Univer-st of F-.l6rida to participate IS th. 6rogram ae 6
measure o66 Is SvalSue6.5 6 69 6 9 6*5 66
The doctoral progra- 'm66 in 6h6eal v s t h,
Kenrolls 1w rcti
G-31"o r.. Both progr ms complement our l ng-standing and hig ly regarded doctora

program ^^^^ ^ iB n clinical and hea~iBSlthpyhlog.Toeheth rgrmasreta
each discipineBBB ^ intecleehsth-aaiyt-rduesinit n
* > edctr deiae to lead^^^^BIBKBlBB H ing hrough teach~ing and research.
W. The collegia~eiiis podui ngtesints-rciioesnee t tfh

administration; Roal Rozensky, Ph.D.
chair, clncladhatIpyhlgRbr

research prgasiIh onr.Tepwru onn feuainadFak .. en ila an ..

Research money

Student enrollment

Clinical contracts revenue

Programs offered

Foundation funds



Total 1997-98



I 1995-96 9967 1997.98
Total 1995-96


inn -nS

Total 1997-98

81 (62 State; 19 Clinical)
84 (60 State; 24 Clinical)
94 (63 State; 31 Clinical)
ioi (64 State; 37 Clinical)
1 1 3 1 ' I 1 1 1

IO 1997-98
1995.96 -9

Total 1995-96

College or Healtn vrotessions




















2-000- 2001-02




Graduate Student Growh

Frrat xeni turesiimlB^^^^^^

Growth i FacultyPosition



r Inco*^me Growth^^^


of our own

Health Professions moves into new home

The new Health Professions/Nursing/Pharmacy Complex welcomed students for the first
time Jan. 6, 2003, the start of the spring term.
The move into the new building began in December 2002 and will be completed by March
2003 when all faculty and staff offices are occupied.
"For the first time in our history, the
College of Health Professions has a
unified space with the majority of our
programs under one roof," said Dean
Robert Frank, Ph.D. "Our students and
faculty members have more opportunities
to interact and we are now able to create
more interdisciplinary research and
Tiei I,., Id I, r r

I.1i ,Ir ,::,i 1 -.i.,- 1 , ir i b I bathroom allows
io:: ir.l ii, 1'ri|,1r! i,: r .. .i i rril ripu'ii. !! i .:.iu l. ,l uch as bathing,
sildi- ; ,; .d.^ i. .1 Ii ii i !! M .: Ii -i...! p!!-.I i !!rr *iir .j r ..lport m ultim edia
E -.,: .1 :!!I- ;.l- ir I :s i ii.: I.II:. 4 .r i s. classroom s and
. t- li -Ill :ii. rI [ .: .., I .. .. j -. r *- ,- i.-. t.:,i -.!i rlnr colleges offers
.idil -;ii.- i i ,- i pri-.:. -[ i ii.-.ii -.-i iiri.: i. d -.lri-ii. d I. i. counseling. The
L.id I.. ..r.. r ......1 ... .. -. i. Science Center
i. il', .,il ii:.iil trh.-s t
Tile mi r,'- I ,:p | i-i, : d li.; ii i i ,: ih I-,:.ii. .irrr.,:.:[- F:I.i.i, I .!.I- i r, the rest of the
H '.dlrl i ..... .. ... ...i i' i,: il-. ii i I,,. i I. ,j : qp..j 'J ; r. il!!i -i. ll . i l i ,,;, ,i ,- l-vay.

Under one


New building ends

college's legacy of

space shortage

t's been a long time coming.
Since the College of Health Professions was
established in 1958, it has endured growing
pains and frequent department moves. The
college's six departments have never shared a
common space, occupying locations in five
separate buildings prior to moving into the new
When the College of Health Professions moved into the
new Health Professions/Nursing/Pharmacy Complex in
December 200oo2, it ended decades of space insufficiencies
and gave the college its first permanent home.
Longtime UF pediatrician Gerold Schiebler, M.D., Ph.D.,
an adjunct distinguished service professor, recalls a story
from the early days of the college involving Health
Professions' first dean, Darrel Mase, Ph.D., that
demonstrates the kind of struggle for space that the college
has experienced since its inception.
As space was allocated in the new Health Science Center
facility, Mase was told that the College of Health Professions
would be located in a sub-basement, which, upon
inspection, offered less than 5 feet of headroom beneath a
network of pipes. Schiebler said in order to point out the
inadequacy of the area to administrators, Mase revised a
Health Professions admissions brochure to state,
"applicants must be no taller than 4 feet ii inches." After
showing the brochure to then-dean of the College of
Medicine, George Harrell, M.D., Health Professions was
spared an existence in the sub-basement.
As the college's number of departments, faculty, staff and
students grew over the years, space continued to be an
issue. Claudette Finley, M.S., P.T., an associate professor
emeritus of physical therapy, remembers that when the
physical therapy department was located in Shands
Hospital, finding rooms for clinical courses and lectures
was extremely difficult.

John P. Saxon, Ph.D., a professor of rehabilitation
counseling, has taken part in eight department moves since
he arrived in 1971. The rehabilitation counseling
department has been housed in the dental wing, the kitchen
area of Shands at UF, the college's dean's office and the
College of Nursing, among other locations.

Sa A

The late Darrel Mase, Ph.D., the College of Health Professions'
first dean
"The new building is a great improvement," Saxon said.
"The college finally has a physical identity and the ability
to bring faculty and students together in a way we never
have before."

College of Health Professions


New center


building top




S Nearing the end of its first year of
I full operation, the Brooks Center for
Rehabilitation Studies has gone a
long way toward fulfilling its
missions to create science for
rehabilitation research, change the
way rehabilitation services are
-. provided, enhance recovery and
improve the quality of life of people
? with disabilities.
.. The Brooks Center was founded in
1999 as a collaborative effort
Gerben Dejong, Ph.D. between the College of Health
Professions, the Evelyn F. and
William L. McKnight Brain Institute of UF and the Brooks
Health System in Jacksonville. Pamela Duncan, Ph.D.,
serves as the center's director.
Under Duncan's leadership, the Brooks Center has been
forming clinical partnerships with the Brooks Health
System, which provides inpatient and outpatient physical
rehabilitation at sites in Northeast Florida and Southeast
"In order to conduct major clinical research, we need to
have access to many patients," said Duncan, also a professor

Brooks Center researcher, Andrea Behrman, Ph.D., an
associate professor of physical therapy (seated), utilizes
treadmill training, also known as locomotor training, to
retrain the legs of people with spinal cord injuries.

of health services administration. "Brooks Health facilities
provide the environment and platform for many of our
More than 80 researchers from UF, Gainesville's Malcom
Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center and universities
across the country have been recruited to form the center's
research teams. These teams are studying rehabilitation
outcomes, assistive technology, psychosocial issues related
to recovery, treatments for stroke and spinal cord injury,
falls in the elderly, Parkinson's disease and traumatic brain
"One of the Brooks Center's strengths is our ability to build
research teams across the university," Duncan said. "The
center's researchers include faculty from the colleges of
Health Professions, Nursing, Health and Human
Performance, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Medicine.
Nationally, our researchers include faculty from Yale
University, University of Pittsburgh, UCLA and University
of Southern California."
In addition, two rehabilitation research experts have been
appointed to associate program director positions at the
Brooks Center. An internationally known health policy
expert, Gerben Dejong, Ph.D., has been named associate
program director for policy. He also is a research professor


Pamela Duncan, Ph.D.

in health services administration. DeJong most recently
served as a senior fellow and senior research scientist with
the National Rehabilitation Hospital Center for Health
Disability Research in Washington, D.C.
Leslie Gonzalez Rothi, Ph.D., serves as the associate
program director for clinical research. A leader in the field
of brain injury and communications disorders with a focus
on cognitive deficits and communication disorders,
Gonzalez Rothi is the president of the International
Neuropsychological Society. She is a professor of neurology
at UF's College of Medicine, a VA career research scientist
and the program director of the VA Medical Center's Brain
Rehabilitation Research Center.

The center also places an emphasis on providing
educational opportunities for future rehabilitation
researchers through training support for junior faculty, and
predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers.
The Brooks Center has benefited from close ties with the
VA Medical Center's Brain Rehabilitation Research Center
and the Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center for
Veterans with Central Nervous System Damage, of which
Duncan also is the director. Investigators from the two
centers collaborate on research projects, and a second
Human Performance Laboratory (for more information on
the Jacksonville-based lab, see page 24) set to open in
Gainesville in spring 2003 has received significant support
from the VA Medical Center.
According to Duncan, the Brooks Center's goals for the
coming year include continued researcher recruitment,
development of the center's movement labs and further
development of comprehensive research programs in
stroke, spinal cord injury, and falls and instability.
"The need for rehabilitation will continue to expand as the
population ages," Duncan said. "The Brooks Center is
positioning itself to be a leader in the research that will
shape the future of rehabilitation."

Leslie Gonzalez Rothi, Ph.D.

College of Health Professions






Army major first to

complete new doctoral

program in health

services research

after tours in the Egyptian desert, rural
Louisiana and Germany, U.S. Army Maj.
Thomas Bundt was looking for a change
of scenery when he decided to pursue his
doctorate in health services research. He
found it, and a lot more, in the department
of health services administration.
"I chose the University of Florida, to be quite honest, for
location at first," said Maj. Bundt, who was serving as a
company commander of the II5th Field Hospital Battalion.
"Who could resist that temptation after four months in the
Egyptian desert?"
But the more he learned about the reputation of the faculty
and the quality of instruction in the department, the more
Maj. Bundt realized it was "the best choice I've made in
my career so far."
"The strengths were, first and foremost, the quality of the
present faculty," he said, citing faculty members R. Paul
Duncan, Ph.D., Niccie McKay, Ph.D., Louis Gapenski,
Ph.D., Chris Johnson, Ph.D., Barbara Noah, J.D. and
Christy Lemak, Ph.D. "These were cornerstone members
of the program and deserving of a great deal of credit for
their efforts to continually strengthen the program.
"Another major strength was the facility in which the
program is now housed," Maj. Bundt added. "The
availability of research and library materials is second to
none and challenges anything I've come across since at
other notable institutions."
Last May, Maj. Bundt became the first graduate of the
department of health services administration's Ph.D.
program in health services research. He currently is a

HatSevcsAnni0 in-


Niccie McKay, Ph.D.

Degree programs
master's in health administration
executive master's in health administration
doctorate in health services research

In May
2002, U.S.
Army Maj.
Bundt (left)
was the first
graduate to
receive the
doctorate in

student at the Army's Command and General Staff College
at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Health services research examines the structure, processes
and effects of health services for individuals and
The launching of the doctorate in health services research
is just one reflection of unprecedented growth in the
department of health services administration, where
enrollment has tripled in the last five years.
"There is a growing need for well-trained health services
researchers to investigate and interpret the complexities of
health-care systems in the United States and elsewhere,"
said Duncan, the Louis C. and Jane Gapenski professor of
health services administration and a national leader in
health services research. "Recent and ongoing changes in
the U.S. health-care system, such as growth and then retreat
in managed care programs and serious issues in the area
of health insurance coverage, accentuate the need for timely
information about the organization, financing and delivery
of health-care systems."
The Ph.D. program in health services research prepares
students to improve our fundamental knowledge regarding
health services and to better influence health services
practice and policy. Students in the program learn to apply
research methods and scientific knowledge to the study of
health services organizations and systems.
In Maj. Bundt's case, he said his doctoral training has better
prepared him as a military health services researcher.
"As one of only a handful of individuals working in this
area, the quality of instruction, availability of research
material and genuine concern of everyone involved only
enhances the products I create on the 'outside,'" he said.
"The U.S. Army Medical Department is definitely a major
benefactor ofwhat the UF Ph.D. program in health services
research has done."
While Maj. Bundt said the program requires "no percent
dedication," he added that the benefits are worth it.
"It's not for the faint of heart," he said, "but those who
finish will have the benefit of knowing that they have not
only completed one of the most difficult challenges they
may ever be faced with, but that also they will then be in a
position to give back to the community."

Rehabilitation counseling program

helps people with disabilities plan for
the future

Susan Jones' career driving a truck with her husband came
to a quick and tragic end four years ago when a load of
pipes rolled off a trailer onto her, breaking her back and
causing severe damage to her spinal cord.
Already nearly overwhelmed by months of difficult
rehabilitation and the realization she would never walk
again, Jones was ill-prepared to anticipate her long-term
needs or to negotiate with her insurance carrier about the
cost of care.
Horace W. Sawyer, Ph.D., a professor and chair
of rehabilitation counseling, was contacted to
develop a comprehensive life-care plan for Jones.
A life-care plan is prepared to project the future
needs, services, and equipment a person with a
catastrophic injury or illness will have for the rest
of his or her life. This can include medical care,
rehabilitation, home care, medication,
transportation and structural renovations to the
home. V
"A life-care plan is an organized and consistent ,
approach that outlines short-term and long-term
care needs to maximize quality of life," Sawyer
Sawyer and UF rehabilitation counseling Horace
alumnus Paul Deutsch, national leaders in life- instruct
care planning, published the first textbook,
"Guide to Rehabilitation," that included life-care planning
in 1985. In 1995, the College of Health Professions and
the department of rehabilitation counseling partnered with
Intelicus, a national training company, to provide education
in this area to practicing health-care professionals. This
led to a national certification of life-care planners that was
initiated at UF and later transferred to a national accrediting
agency, the Commission on Health Care Certification. A
Certified Life-Care Planner has proven through training
and testing that he or she is knowledgeable about all aspects
of developing life-care plans, from understanding medical
terminology found in a patient's record to communicating

Reaiitto ousln


Horace Sawyer, Ph.D.

Degree programs
bachelor's of health science in rehabilitative services
master's of health science in rehabilitation counseling
doctorate in rehabilitation science

effectively in medical/rehabilitation staff conferences,
depositions and trial testimonies.
As chair of rehabilitation counseling, Sawyer has continued
to emphasize life-care planning as part of the department's
curriculum. He teaches the nation's only graduate-level
course in life-care planning, using real-world examples to
expose his students to all of the details they need to consider
when developing a plan.
In Susan Jones' case, Sawyer began the process the moment
he entered her mobile home in rural Georgia.
"We thought we had made good progress, putting in a ramp
from the kitchen to the rest of the house," Jones said. "Then

W. Sawyer, Ph.D., (second from left) provides life-care planning
on to students (from left) Renee Cato, Leanna Levin and Jim Faubel.

Dr. Sawyer arrived and he took my trailer apart, pointing
out all the things that needed to be done to make it
Ultimately, Sawyer developed a 14-page life-care plan for
Jones that included everything from the annual cost of
medications and the expected life span of her wheelchair
to the number of hours of home health assistance she
would need and the structural renovations required on her
Jones describes her life-care plan as "my little crystal ball. I
hadn't even thought of most of the things Dr. Sawyer came
up with."
Sawyer calls life-care plans "a rapidly growing specialty area
among rehabilitation professionals around the country,"
and said UF is uniquely positioned to train people in the
practice. And, he said, those who learn to develop life-care
plans are in high demand by insurance companies, law
firms and rehabilitation facilities.
As for Jones, she has a life long plan of care and is presently
enjoying the structural changes made and planned in her
new home that are designed to make her life easier, like
wider doors, lower sinks and a roll-in shower.
"I would urge anyone who suffers an injury like I did to
get in touch with someone like Dr. Sawyer and let him be a
part of the decision-making process," she said.

f I ii ]lI i l', l i _', f

Occupational therapy launches online learning program

For Kristen Wilson, a resident of Salisbury, N.C., obtaining a master's degree in occupational therapy seemed like an
impossible dream. No master's programs in her chosen field were offered in her state. With the introduction of the
department of occupational therapy's distance learning master's program, however, she can now reach her educational
goal despite the fact that she lives 500 miles from the University of Florida.
Introduced in January 2002, the two-year program is designed for the practicing occupational therapist, and content is
focused on emerging practice areas, leadership roles and independent practice.
All course materials, including tests and assignments, are Internet-based, and presentations are conducted using
streaming video. Except for scheduled online discussions, students can complete course work anywhere, anytime, as
long as they have computer access. Students only are required to travel to the UF campus at the end of their last
semester of enrollment to meet face-to-face with classmates and faculty during a three-day seminar that emphasizes
student presentations, small-group work and discussions.
"This program is definitely the only way I could pursue a master's degree while balancing a private practice and busy
family schedule," said student Janice Owens of Jacksonville, Fla.
The UF distance master's program is at the forefront of the trend toward continued education for occupational therapists
that will become important to the profession in the near future.
"In the increasingly complex U.S. health-care system, the emerging role of the occupational therapist places new demands
for independence in business operations, practice outcomes and broad perspectives," said Kay Walker, Ph.D., a professor
and director of the distance learning master's program. "Recognizing these changes, many therapists with baccalaureate
degrees want to move to the master's level, especially now that the American Occupational Therapy Association has
mandated post-baccalaureate education for entry to the field by 2007."

Faculty and student training and
exchange programs with foreign
universities bring increased
international enrollment

international enrollment in the department of
clinical and health psychology has increased
thanks to special recruiting efforts and exchange
programs with foreign universities.
The department and the universities of Oxford and Jordan
have forged formal exchange and training programs.
Faculty and students from the University of Oxford Course
in Clinical Psychology and the College of Health

International students in the department of clinical and health
psychology include (front row from left) Steven Reader of the
United Kingdom and Japan, Yu-Ling Chang of Taiwan, (back
row from left) Paul Seignourel of France, and AshrafAl-Qudah
of Jordan.

Professions have traveled to each other's universities.
Faculty members from each program have provided
lectures, visited clinical programs, and interacted with
faculty and students while visiting.
Ronald Rozensky, chair of clinical and health psychology,
traveled to Oxford in the summer of 2oo0 and Michael
Perri, Ph.D., also a professor in the department, visited
Oxford the previous year.
Department faculty members also are training clinical
psychologists from the University of Jordan in Amman.
The unique program will result in all clinical psychology
faculty from the University of Jordan being UF trained.
The student exchange programs and heightened
recruitment efforts have resulted in an increased number
of international students in the department. In addition to
those in the exchange programs, students from France,
Japan, Taiwan and Cuba currently are enrolled.
"American students benefit from international student
enrollment because they are exposed to a broader range of
cultural and social influences," said Russell Bauer, Ph.D.,
a professor and director of the doctoral program in clinical
After receiving their degrees, most of the students will
return to their home countries as researchers, educators
or psychology practitioners.
"The program in clinical and health psychology is a model
for our college," said Dean Robert Frank, Ph.D. "The
disciplines in the college have often developed with limited
exposure to international trends. As the disciplines in the
college increasingly join with their international
counterparts, exchanges like these will form the foundation
for important advances."

Pediatrics course provides hands-on

A physical therapy course focusing on medical conditions
specific to pediatric populations provides students the
opportunity to participate in hands-on learning experiences.
The course, open to students in the entry-level master's
program in physical therapy, combines lectures, laboratory
experiences, field trips and community presentations that
expose students to real-life situations. Topics investigated
include normal and abnormal development, motor control
theories and public laws that affect pediatric practice. Those
enrolled in the course also study assessment and
therapeutic intervention strategies.
Students enrolled in the course are assigned a special
presentation topic, which often involves working with a
child with a particular condition. The students attend one
of the child's therapy sessions; travel to clinics specializing
in the condition; and interview the child, his or her family,
and other health professionals, such as nurses and
The students present their projects to community pediatric
therapists at an evening meeting.
"The meeting provides a great opportunity for students and
community therapists to interact in a relaxed atmosphere
and begin the process of critical thinking and problem
solving a hallmark of our profession," said Claudia
Senesac, M.H.S., P.T., P.C.S., the course's instructor. "It

Working with 9-month-old Courtney Crown, Gainesville physical
therapist Robin Andersen presents a guest lecture on techniques
for treating children with Down syndrome to students in the
pediatrics physical therapy course.

begins the process of transformation from student to
For their participation, the community therapists receive
continuing education credits.
Laboratory experiences are designed to teach students
methods of facilitating movement for the treatment of
children. Class members practice on each other and
Senesac. Children who are patients at local private practices
are brought in for treatment demonstrations.
At the end of the course, the students are given the
opportunity to treat several children under the supervision
of Senesac and community therapists.
"The course provides students with opportunities to interact
with community therapists and have several hands-on
experiences with children requiring treatment," Senesac

Communicative disorders department committed to new graduate programs

The department of communicative disorders' educational focus centers on two successful graduate programs.
The largest of its kind in the country, the distance learning doctor in audiology (Au.D.) program graduated its 5ooth
student in December 2002. When it was established in 1998, this joint program between communicative disorders and
the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' communication sciences and disorders department was the first program
created specifically for working professionals.
The nine-course program combines distance learning technology and on-site days when faculty and students meet at
one of 22 regional locations throughout the country.
"The program has far exceeded our original expectations," said Alice Holmes, Ph.D., an associate professor of
communicative disorders and graduate coordinator of the distance learning program. "Through this program we have
enhanced the education of hearing health-care providers who treat thousands of people in the United States."
In a survey of distance learning audiology graduates, 90 percent of respondents described the program as valuable or
very valuable. Graduates noted an improvement in their abilities, renewed interest in the field and better quality of
patient care as a result of completing the program.
The department also has been involved in the education of students in the college's rehabilitation science degree (RSD)
program, which offers students the opportunity to select communication neuroscience as a study track. All members of
the communicative disorders department's academic faculty coordinate classes, teach courses or provide individual
lectures for the program. Additionally, the department is mentoring five RSD students who have backgrounds in speech
and language pathology, said John Rosenbek, Ph.D., a professor of communicative disorders.

College of Health Professions




College o Heath Pofesion

p.... 11 ** 11 S . 1 .
8 ,- hireul $74 -I,0ic'


Clinical and health

psychology experiences

research growth

Research funding to the department of clinical and health
psychology has increased more than four-fold in the last
five years.
In 1996-97, department faculty received $1.3 million in
research funding from the National Institutes of Health
and other sources. In 2001-02, faculty brought in $5.53
million in grant awards.
"Our faculty have always had a high publication rate in the
professional journals, it just didn't always result from
funded research," Chair Ronald H. Rozensky, Ph.D., said.
"So we developed a plan that allows our faculty to
concentrate more on pursuing funding. We believe that
funded research is just another kind of peer review."
Another positive outcome of the increased success
obtaining research grants is that the department has been

Andreas Loew, Ph.D., a researcher in the Center for Emotion and
Attention,fits a research participant with an "electrode net." The
net's 128 electrodes measure neural activity in various parts of the
brain when the participant views photos selected to produce
emotional responses.



Ronald Rozensky, Ph.D.

Degree program
doctorate in psychology

able to fund many more graduate students. And apparently
those students are quite satisfied with the education they
have been receiving because the department was named
the Department of the Year in 2oo0 by the American
Psychological Association, based on nominations by its
graduate students.
Among the areas of research garnering attention in the
department are exercise and cardiovascular health,
management of child behavioral problems, gender and pain
perception, and emotion.
Over the last four years, Michael Perri, Ph.D., professor,
has evaluated the exercise habits of 500 volunteers through
a $2 million study funded by the National Heart, Lung and
Blood Institute. The study seeks to answer questions about
how often and how hard people should exercise to receive
the greatest cardiovascular benefits.
Among the findings so far from the study are that many
physically unfit adults think they exercise more vigorously
than they do, a misperception that may hamper their efforts
to prevent heart disease. Perri hopes the findings will lead
to a re-evaluation and clarification of traditional exercise
protocols that recommend intensity levels.
Sheila Eyberg, Ph.D., professor, is working to resolve
behavioral problems in young children.
"Conduct-disordered behavior in preschool-age children
represents the single most important behavioral risk factor
for later antisocial behavior and can be reliably identified
in children as young as 3," Eyberg said.
A well-accepted treatment developed in the Child Study
Lab that Eyberg directs is Parent-Child Interaction Therapy,
or PCIT, in which parents are taught skills to establish a
nurturing and secure relationship with their child while
increasing the child's pro-social behavior and decreasing
negative behavior.
Now, Eyberg's lab is leading a five-year project that
examines the long-term effectiveness of the PCIT model.
At the Center for Pain Research and Behavioral Health
directed by Michael E. Robinson, Ph.D., professor,
researchers have been focusing on the role gender plays in
how men and women perceive and actually feel pain. Of
particular importance is the role that gender-related pain
stereotypes play in how men and women react to pain.
"We are expanding this line of research to investigate how
gender stereotypes about pain influence the decision-
making of health professionals when treating men and
women with pain conditions," Robinson said.
Researchers at UF's Center for Emotion and Attention are
searching to learn which structures are central to the body's
response to fear and anxiety. The five-year NIH grant
continues the agency's io-year commitment to the center's
research efforts.
"We want to learn whether different parts of the brain are
activated depending on the type of anxiety," said Peter Lang,
Ph.D., professor and director of the center. "If someone is
socially fearful, is the brain's response the same as for
someone who is afraid of snakes?"
The answers to such questions will help shape treatments for
people whose anxieties interfere with day-to-day life.


Exploring technologies to aid seniors
with disabilities

little things like wireless phones, motion-sensor
lights, remote controls for household appliances
and door locks are big factors in promoting
independence and quality of life for older people
with physical and cognitive impairments.
To help these seniors perform daily activities safely, UF
specialists in rehabilitation, computer science and
engineering are partnering with private industry to expand
assistive products and technologies.
The National Institute for Disability, Rehabilitation and
Research (NIDRR), a branch of the U.S. Department of
Education, awarded UF $4.5 million to create the
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology
for Successful Aging the first of its kind in Florida. The
center is collaboratively run by the colleges of Health
Professions and Engineering.
"We're taking technologies that already exist or are nearing
the production stage and looking at their effectiveness and
potential impact on health, independence and quality of
life," said William C. Mann, Ph.D., director of the center
and chair of the department of occupational therapy.
"Reducing costs of care for this special population is one
of our primary goals."
Since its inception in October 200oo, the center has made
impressive progress on the development of senior-friendly
applications for so-called "smart phones."
"In addition to the possibilities for designing computerized
phones to open or lock doors, or turn appliances on or off,
they could also be programmed to give audible instructions
for taking medications or to alert others when help is
needed," said Sumi Helal, Ph.D., a professor of computer
science and director of technology development for the
An $85,000 grant from Motorola Inc. supports the center's
research to design a smart phone with features appropriate
for people with limitations in vision, hearing, cognition
and fine motor control.
Mann and Helal have built on the success of the
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center with related



William Mann, Ph.D.

Degree Programs
entry-level master's in occupational therapy
advanced master's of health science in occupational
distance master's in occupational therapy
doctorate in rehabilitation science

William Mann, Ph.D., uses a remote control to operate
"Matilda," a simulated resident of the Rehabilitation
Engineering Research Center's model home. Researchers are
gathering data on Matilda's movements in a typical home
environment to help design home monitoring and
communication devices for the elderly.

projects that include a $750,000 NIDRR grant to support
postdoctoral students working in the center's research and
development program. The center also will be
implementing a home monitoring and communication
devices program for elderly individuals in North Florida
and individuals with cancer through grants totaling
$9oo,ooo from the Department of Veterans Affairs and
the National Cancer Institute. An $80,000 grant from the
Florida Department of Transportation funds the center's
development of a Web site to assess the driving ability of
older drivers.
Craig Velozo, Ph.D., a professor of occupational therapy, is
working on a project that will help professionals better
assess disability in their clients and provide their clients
with suggestions for better management of their disability.
Although the World Health Organization has had a
classification system for disabilities since 198o, Velozo said
because disability affects so many parts of one's life, the
classification system is unwieldy.
So Velozo set out to develop a system that was more
manageable and allowed not only classification but also
Through a three-year, $447,491 grant from the U.S.
Department of Education, Velozo is developing software
that assigns a level of difficulty for each question, then
determines the next question based on the answer. For
example, it might ask a middle-level question like, "Can
you walk within your house?" If the respondent answers
"yes," then it might ask "Can you walk one block?" If the
respondent answers "no," the system identifies his or her
ability to walk is between walking within one's house and
walking one block and asks other questions accordingly.
Based on the results of the survey instrument, referrals for
rehabilitation services and recommendations for assistive
devices will be used to direct health-care practitioners and
their clients to ways of handling the challenges faced by
people with disabilities.

College of Health Professions


l ,E l' I 1 0 '11 1 11411 /I ,I I L I ,'I't I r L t) f- O' I. 'I, I. i,

Physical therapy researchers
working to establish new pathways
for recovery

U ntil recently, the prevailing wisdom about
paralysis caused by stroke or spinal cord
injury was that once a connection between a
part of the body and the brain was destroyed,
communication between the two areas was
lost forever.
But researchers now believe the human nervous system
can adapt in response to injury or disease to find new routes
of communication between the brain and the muscles, a
concept known as neuromuscular plasticity. College of
Health Professions' physical therapy researchers are
studying neuromuscular plasticity on multiple fronts.
"Neuromuscular plasticity is a force driving rehabilitation
research," said physical therapy researcher Andrea
Behrman, Ph.D., an associate professor. "It's a whole new
concept, training the system toward recovery."
With funding from the National Institutes of Health,
Behrman has been working to retrain the legs of spinal
cord injury patients who still have some function below
the location of their injury. By exposing patients to extensive
training on a treadmill a technique known as locomotor
training Behrman hopes to both activate neural pathways
that generate stepping patterns and rebuild communication
among their legs, spinal cord and brain.

Chair Krista Vandenborne, Ph.D.
Faculty Io
Students io6

Degree programs
entry-level master's in physical therapy
advanced master's in physical therapy
doctorate in rehabilitation science

While Behrman has focused on the legs, Kathye Light,
Ph.D., an associate professor, is leading a project that seeks
to help patients who have had a stroke regain motor
coordination in their arms.
Typically, patients suffer paralysis in the arm opposite the
side of their brain on which the stroke occurs. Constraint-
induced (CI) movement therapy involves constraining the
unaffected arm for up to two weeks at a time, forcing the
patient to use the weakened arm for many hours a day.
"This treatment produces long-lasting improvements in
real-world situations," said Light. But she added that more
research needs to be done to replicate the results and verify
the benefits.
"This intervention has never been studied across facilities
systematically, nor has it been applied to patients who are
only three to six months post-stroke," Light said, although
pilot studies indicate it may be as effective for these patients
as it is for chronic stroke patients.
Working as a trial site for a multicenter study, Light will try
to fill in these holes in knowledge about CI movement
therapy during a five-year study.
While researchers like Behrman and Light work at the
whole-body level, Krista Vandenborne, Ph.D., an associate
professor and department chair, is working at the cellular
level to better understand why muscles weaken during
disuse and how their recovery can be accelerated.
"Muscle weakness is a common clinical phenomena
observed following bed rest, surgery, cast immobilization,
injury and disease," Vandenborne said. "The consequences
of loss of muscle strength include decrease of motor control
and overall fitness, development of functional limitations
and impairment, and long-term disability."
As principal investigator on two NIH projects totaling nearly
$1.6 million, Vandenborne is using magnetic resonance
imaging devices to better understand what happens to
muscle tissue during disuse.
Vandenborne also studies the potential of gene therapy to
guard muscles from the impacts of disuse and to speed up
muscle regeneration.
"The main strength of our lab, and our college and the
Health Science Center as a whole, for that matter," said
Vandenborne, "is that we can effectively conduct cross-
disciplinary work. We can look at disease from the cellular
to the whole-body level."

Study aims to help patients with head and neck cancer
retain swallowing function

Preserving the swallowing ability of patients with head and neck cancer is the primary
goal of a new communicative disorders department research project.
A $386,635 grant from the Florida Department of Health will allow researchers to
study whether a program of swallowing exercises performed during radiation therapy
will help patients maintain swallowing function. The two-year study is supported by
the health department's Biomedical Research Program, which is funded by proceeds
from the 1997 settlement of Florida's lawsuit against tobacco companies.
Michael Crary, Ph.D., a professor of communicative disorders and Giselle Mann, Ph.D.,
a visiting assistant professor of communicative disorders, lead the study.
Swallowing difficulties in patients with head and neck cancer are a side effect of the
radiation therapy. Mann said the therapy results in deep tissue fibrosis for most patients,
a condition in which the tissue surrounding the treatment area changes consistency
and becomes hard and inflexible.
"A lot of patients with head and neck cancer who have undergone radiation therapy
have lost so much swallowing function that they must use a feeding tube," Mann said.
"These patients can't even swallow their own saliva."

Rehabilitation counseling research
project to assist workers with

A new rehabilitation ..1.... i,,, research project will help
Gainesville-area employment services provide better, more
coordinated assistance for individuals with disabilities.
Elizabeth Swett, Ph.D., an assistant professor of rehabilitation
counseling, has received a $60,000 subcontract from a U.S.
Department of Labor grant to evaluate and design tools to ensure
that people with disabilities have access to local employment

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Census Bureau reported
that 1 in 5 Americans 53 million -said they had some level
of disability in a 1997 survey.
The two-year $i million grant was awarded to the Florida
Institute for Workforce Innovation (FIWI), who contracts with
the Alachua/Bradford .... Workforce Board to provide labor
market analyses, job counseling, resume assistance, interviewing
skills and job referrals at its One-Stop Career Centers.
"This is an innovative project that is being designed to assist
individuals with disabilities in securing employment and
,ll.. ,.1, them access to services that already exist for others
who are unemployed," Swett said. "It is at the forefront of the
national movement to streamline services for individuals with
disabilities into the larger workforce development arena."

Professor's research aimed at better understanding uninsured populations

A health services researcher is studying the characteristics of the uninsured in an effort to help state governments
implement more targeted insurance and intervention programs.
R. Paul Duncan, Ph.D., the Louis C. and Jane Gapenski professor of health services administration, leads a team focused
on estimating the number of people without health insurance in particular states and comparing certain characteristics
- including age, race, income, employment circumstances and education of the uninsured to those with insurance.
In recent years, the team has studied uninsured populations in Florida, Indiana and Kansas.
"It has been dearly demonstrated that having health insurance is an important part of receiving health care," Duncan
said. "Uninsured people receive less health care and it has also been confirmed that uninsured people are less healthy
than insured people are, so theoretically they should actually be getting more health care.
"So, if we want to do a better job of getting health care to the people who need it, we simply must have a much clearer
understanding of who has health insurance, who doesn't and why," he said.
The primary method used to gather information was telephone surveys with large samples. Each state study was funded
by a grant from the state involved.
"We hope our research will help state governments target more precisely the kinds of programs or other interventions
that might help more people become insured," Duncan said.

College of Health Professions

Giselle Mann, Ph.D., evaluates a patient's swallowing
ability. Photo by Jeff Knee.

g.*^g^g *6^ 0 0 ".0* .0.6 060 ^^ .S

commtmen .t sevn tecm ui .eClgeoHalt Po s *sin offers

*^ ^ j^ ^. S^lSS*IS^B6 ^j*.
and0 .. 0 .6 og r. o i th an T s e s

006. .. S .S..

the0^^ M* Sr of the college's

^ o^ i *6^irnmnt

divers health-care. IS i ISte.,

The tudet-rn Coleg Coucilperfrms nu ber f srvic prject an

inrdue suenstoa itrdsipiar ppocht hathsrvc b rign

toetersudnt ro alth cllg'sdicplne.Th sudns reae ine

forgust ofSt Fancs oue or omles idiidal an rsient o Wnn



f I ii l 1 1 I I I 1' l _I '._'


Clinicians help children

overcome communication

The department of communicative disorders has a long
history of clinical service to people of all ages from
throughout Florida and surrounding states. But when
administrators looked at who the department was serving
most in its Speech and Hearing Clinic at Shands at UF,
one group jumped out: children.
"When we looked at the statistics from our clinic, we
realized that we consistently see a large number of
children," said James Hall, Ph.D., department chair. "We
have one of the busiest hearing, speech and language clinics
in the Southeast."
Hall said that beyond the sheer numbers, the complexity
of the pediatric cases being referred to the clinic required

Audiologist Michelle Colburn, Au. D., (center) programs the
speech processor of recent cochlear implant recipient Brycen
Curles, 2, while his mother, Heather Curles, looks on. Colburn
sends a series of beeps through Brycen's implant at varying
intensity levels to assess the softest intensity that Brycen can hear.
To signal to Colburn that he hears a beep, Brycen will lower the
beanbag he's holding next to his ear.


Clinical Faculty
Academic Faculty

James Hall, III, Ph.D.

Degree programs
doctorate in audiology
distance learning doctorate in audiology
doctorate in rehabilitation science

the interdisciplinary expertise for which the department is
"We often get the children with hearing or speech and
language problems nobody else can diagnose," Hall said.
"These problems can range from hearing loss to autism."
Hye-Kyeung Seung, Ph.D., an assistant professor, is an
example of a communicative disorders researcher whose
work is regularly applied in the clinic. Seung's research
focuses on processes of language comprehension and
production in people with Down syndrome and autism.
Seung said the language profiles of children with autism
have some unique elements that can aid in diagnosis and
treatment. For example, children with autism tend to repeat
what they hear, either immediately or after some delay, so
they may appear to be speaking well when they are actually
only mimicking back something they heard on television
or in conversation.
Seung added that the children's communication barriers,
especially with their parents, might also be the root cause
for the behavioral problems so often attributed to them.
"We are developing interventions that address autistic
children's severe language problems and that help parents
communicate more effectively with their children," Seung
Seung and her colleague, Jennifer Elder, Ph.D., an associate
professor in the College of Nursing, are studying parent-
child interactions. They transcribe verbal communications
between parent and child from videotapes and use
computer software to examine verbal exchanges.
"American culture is intolerant of silence," Seung said, "so
parents often don't give these kids a chance to talk."
Another thrust of the communicative disorders department
is the emerging technology of cochlear implants. These
electronic devices convert sound to electrical impulses and
send them to the brain, much the way nature does in people
with normal hearing.
UF was part of the original clinical trials for the devices in
the mid-198os and has since implanted them in more than
300 patients, about half ofthem children, who researchers
say benefit most.
Research shows that a child who has the implant before
the age of 5 will fare the best, said Michelle Colbum, a
doctor of audiology in the department. Children as young
as a year can now undergo the procedure following the
approval of the implant team.
About a month after the implant surgery, audiologists turn
the device on for the first time, beginning about six weeks
of fine tuning. At the same time, parents and other family
members are urged to abandon the visual cues they have
become used to and communicate verbally with their
children at every opportunity.
"The parents must have a strong commitment to helping
their child develop oral language," Colburn said.



Behavioral health center works to improve the lives of
rural Americans

A collaborative effort between the College of Health
Professions and the UF Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is aimed at
improving the quality of life of rural Americans.
The National Rural Behavioral Health Center, under the
direction of Garret Evans, Psy.D., focuses on rural disaster
and trauma, violence prevention, occupational health and
health service delivery four components of rural
behavioral health.
Evans, an associate professor of clinical psychology in the
departments of clinical and health psychology, and family,
youth and community sciences at IFAS, leads a team of
behavioral health scientists, educators, scholars and
practitioners dedicated to improving the behavioral health
status of rural Americans. Through research, service
delivery, anof r A health-care professionals and 1 Garret Evans, Psy.D., director of the National Rural Behavioral
delivery, and training of health-care professionals and Health Center, with the curriculum materials used to train health
community educators, the center is designed to increase professionals after a disaster.
access to and utilization of behavioral health services.
The center was established by the Center for Mental Health Services, a component of the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by a $i million grant awarded to
clinical and health psychology Chair Ronald H. Rozensky, Ph.D, as principal investigator. The center also receives ongoing
funding from the Suwannee River Area Health Education Center.
A lack of services is just one reason for the poor status of rural behavioral health.
"There are very few specially trained professionals who can conduct behavioral health programs for specific situations,
such as disasters," Evans said.
Geographic isolation and stigma associated with seeking behavioral health services also contribute to the problem.
Evans said many rural Americans are unaware of how these services may help them.
Evans' expertise took him to New York after the terrorist attacks of Sept. II, 2001. He helped train health professionals
in post-disaster stress management through workshops in Manhattan and across the state.
"There are a lot of professionals and community leaders who want to help during a tragedy, but they don't have a
framework for dealing with a disaster and identifying those in trouble," Evans said. "There needs to be a communitywide
approach. We need to give them a playbook for dealing with mental health stressors."

Student and faculty volunteers provide
health-care services to uninsured and
low-income patients

Physical therapy students and faculty have provided health-
care services to uninsured and low-income patients in
North Central Florida by volunteering at the Alachua
County Organization for Rural Needs Inc. (ACORN), a not-
for-profit health clinic.
One faculty member from the physical therapy department
visits the clinic twice a month to provide consultation for
patients with physical dysfunction. Gwenda Creel, M.H.S.,
P.T., N.C.S., a lecturer and co-academic coordinator of
clinical education in the department, works with student
volunteers to determine a patient's movement dysfunction
and then to prescribe exercise for the condition. The patient
performs the exercise at home and is reevaluated in two to
four weeks.
The majority of patient problems are orthopedic in nature,
including tendinitis, bursitis and muscle strain.

"When the students participate, they interact with real
clients and practice newly learned skills in a closely
supervised setting. This allows them to see the reality of a
population of individuals who cannot afford the cost of
physical therapy services in a typical setting," Creel said.
"We hope that this experience influences them to become
participative members of their community by providing
pro-bono services in some fashion when they become
practicing therapists."
ACORN Clinic provides low-cost medical and dental
services to uninsured and low-income patients through the
use of volunteer health-care professionals.
"Volunteers are the backbone of our clinic," said Abby
Palmer, PA-C, a medical clinic coordinator with ACORN.
"Most of our services are provided by faculty and student
volunteers from the University of Florida and the
community. Without these services, there would be a great
number of people not receiving primary health care in
North Central Florida."

College of Health Professions

Health services administration
students lay groundwork for
careers in service

Providing service to individuals in need is a principal focus
of a UF group of future health-care administrators.
The Health Administration Student Association (HASA),
comprised of master's degree students in health services
administration, has made a commitment to perform
community service projects in order to gain a greater
appreciation for the health needs of people of all economic
"It is part of our mission as administrators to provide health
care to our communities, regardless of ability to pay," said
HASA president Sarah Molinari, a student in the master's
of health administration program. "We believe that an

important part of our training is to learn to give of ourselves
to the community."
HASA has cooked and served food for guests of
Gainesville's St. Francis House, which offers food and
shelter to homeless individuals. The group also has
provided kitchen assistance at the Ronald McDonald House
of Gainesville, a home-away-from-home for families of
children with a serious illness who are receiving medical
treatments at area hospitals.
Additionally, the group has worked with the Alachua County
Organization for Rural Needs Inc. (ACORN) Clinic, which
provides low-cost health care to patients who don't have
insurance or have limited financial resources. HASA
assisted with the clinic's Asthma Education Project, a
patient information program on how to better manage the
disease. To evaluate the effectiveness of the project, HASA
members developed a survey and conducted phone
interviews with approximately 0oo patients who had
participated in the project.

Occupational therapists prepare grade-school studentsfor the classroom

and improve motor, sensory and attentional skills to enhance their school performance.
College of Health Professions occupational therapists have worked with 500 students in preschool through 12th
grade since they began providing service five years ago. The occupational therapists help students improve
functional mobility, manage their personal care needs, process the sensory information needed for learning and perform
fine motor tasks necessary for classroom activities.
"Our relationship with UF occupational therapists has been extremely positive," said Chris Bond, director of Columbia
County schools exceptional student education program. "The therapists are outstanding."
The occupational therapy service is provided through a contract with the school system as required by the federal
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
"We work closely with the classroom teachers and others in the educational setting to ensure optimal carry-over into
school work," said Kay Walker, Ph.D., a professor of occupational therapy. "And most often, our work with the student is
done right in the classroom to address the student's needs in the natural educational environment."
The occupational therapists assist children who may have cognitive and learning disabilities, physical challenges,
behavioral problems, or visual and hearing impairments. This may involve teaching a child to learn to transfer from a
wheelchair to other seating surfaces, such as a toilet; introducing pureed food to a child who has been tube fed; helping
a child adjust to typical classroom sensory experiences; or working with a child to improve handwriting or hand skills
necessary for using classroom computers.
"One of the advantages of the UF link to this program is that we can infuse the latest technology for evaluation and
therapeutic procedures into the educational setting," said Walker. "In addition, this provides an excellent opportunity
for UF clinical training and internships."


College of Health


Dean's Office
Robert Frank, Ph.D.
Professor S. Dean
Robert Garrigues, Ph.D.
Associate Dean Administrative.
Stephanie Hanson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean Academic.
Linda iI .ll
Associate Director
MedicallHealth Administration
Department of Clinical and
Health Psychology
Ronald Rozensky, Ph.D.
Professor Sc Chair
Glenn Ashkanazi, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Russell Bauer, Ph.D.
Professor Sc Program Director
Cynthia Belar, Ph.D.
Stephen .. Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dawn Bowers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Margaret: ..II. Ph.D.
Research Professor
Lisa Brown, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Bruce Crosson, Ph.D.
Duane Dede, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Thomas Dikel, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Garret Evans, Psy.D.
Acting Program Director Kc Associate Professor
Sheila Eyberg, Ph.D.
Eileen Fennell, Ph.D.
Robert Glueckauf, Ph.D.
Robert Guenther, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Julius Gylys II, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Shelley Heaton, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Stacey Hoffman, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
James Johnson, Ph.D.
Thomas Kerkhoff, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Timothy Ketterson, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Terri Kinstle, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Peter Lang, Ph.D.
Graduate Research Professor
Heidi Liss, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
Michael Marsiske, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Anna Moore, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
William Perlstein, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Michael Perri, Ph.D.
Professor Kc Program Director
Alexandra Quittner, Ph.D.
Michael Robinson, Ph.D.
James : ...... Ph.D.
Samuel Sears, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Cyd Strauss, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Jennie Tsao, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Lori Waxenberg, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Michelle Widows, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Communicative
James Hall III, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor Sc Chair
Michael Crary, Ph.D.
Michael Groher, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor Sc Associate Chair
Alice Holmes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
F. Kemker, Ph.D.
Giselle Mann, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
John Rosenbek, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor
Hye-i. .... ung, Ph.D.
Assist I .
Mei Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Clinical Faculty
Cynthia Bartlett, M.A.
Clinical Assistant In Speech Pathology
Michelle Colburn, Au.D.
Clinical Assistant In Audiology
Cynthia Dubose, M.A.
Clinical Assistant In Speech Pathology
Sheridan Martin, Au.D., M.A.
Clinical Assistant In Audiology
Stephanie Matthews, Au.D., M.A.
Clinical Assistant In Audiology
Emily McClain, Au.D., M.A.
Clinical Assistant In Audiology
Milena Palenzuela, B.A., M.A.
Clinical Assistant In Speech Pathology
Summer Perkins, B.S., M.S.
Clinical Assistant In Speech Pathology
Katherine Phelan, Au.D.
Clinical Assistant In Audiology
Sara 1, _. M.Ed.
Clinical Assistant In Speech Pathology
Debra Shimon, Au.D.
Clinical Associate In Audiology
Department of Health Services
Niccie McKay, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Sc Chair
Neale Chumbler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Murray Cote, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Gerben '-. I Ph.D.
Research i c Assistant
Director Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies
Aram Dobalian, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Pamela Duncan, Ph.D.
Professor Sc Director Brooks Center for Rehabilitation
Paul Duncan, Ph.D.
Professor cS Associate Chair
Louis Gapenski, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Harman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Christopher Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Tiffany Radcliff, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Peter Veazie, M.S.
Provisional Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational
William Mann, Ph.D.
Professor Sc Chair
Sherrilene Classen, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Patricia Dasler, M.A.
Assistant In
Joanne Foss, Ph.D.
Clare Giuffrida, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
L. Caryl Patterson, M.P.H.
Assistant In
Orit Shechtman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Kay Walker, Ph.D.
Craig Velozo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Sc Associate Chair
Clinical Faculty
Andrea Alfonzo, B.S.
Assistant In
Marc Frazer, B.S., O.T.R.
Assistant In
Gail Mansur, B.S., O.T.
Assistant In
Gloria Nieves-Cruz, B.S., O.T.R.
Program Director Sc Lecturer
Diana Ortiz-Velez, B.S., O.T.R.
Assistant In
Monica Sage, B.S.
Assistant In
Edna Talmor, M.F.A., O.T.R.
Associate In
Department of Physical Therapy
Krista Vandenborne, Ph.D., P.T
Associate Professor Sc Chair
Andrea Behrman, Ph.D, P.T.
Associate Professor Sc Program Coodinator
Mark Bishop, Ph.D., P.T.
Terese Chmielewski, Ph.D., P.T.
Research Assistant Professor
Gwenda Creel, M.H.S., P.T., N.C.S.
Steven George, Ph.D., P.T.
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Steven Kautz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Kathye Light, Ph.D., P.T.
Associate Professor
A. Daniel Martin III, Ph.D., P.T.
Associate Professor
Gloria Miller, M.A., M.H.S, P.T, N.C.S.
Program Director Sc Lecturer
Jennifer Stevens, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant In
Clinical Faculty
Antoinine Arneaus, M.P.T., P.T
Associate In
Nancy Kukulka, B.S., P.T.
Assistant Program Director cS Associate In
Timothy Leslie, B.H.S., P.T
Program Director Kc Lecturer
Joanne Oren, B.S., M.A., P.T.
Associate In
Dianne Swanson-Gaines, M.S., P.T
Associate In
Shelley Trimble, B.S., P.T.
Assistant In
Karen Victorian, B.H.S., P.T.
Assistant In
Department of Rehabilitation
Horace Sawyer, Ed.D.
Professor Sc Chair
John Saxon, Ph.D.
Linda Shaw, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ronald Spitznagel, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Elizabeth Swett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Mary Ellen ..... Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

College of Health Professions

b :,*.. ,..ii \ 1 '

Brooks Health gift

establishes movement


A $1.2 million gift from Brooks Health System has created
the Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies' Human
Performance Laboratory, providing UF researchers and
Brooks Health practitioners with the most comprehensive
human movement technology and equipment to date.
The Brooks Health gift supports staff salaries and
equipment for the Human Performance Lab, located at the
Brooks Health System's rehabilitation facility in
The lab enables investigators conducting basic science or
clinical research to capture measurements of human
movements. The data collected will enhance the Brooks
Center's research on recovery techniques for patients who
have experienced strokes, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's
disease, falls and chronic pain.
"We recognized that our organizationwide support of
applied research in the area of rehabilitation treatment
could one day be of profound service to mankind," said J.
Brooks Brown, M.D., founder and chairman of Brooks
Health. "Taking medical treatment to this level of
innovation can only result in improved outcomes for
patients, better access to rehabilitation treatment and lower
treatment costs."
In 1999, Brooks Health, a provider of inpatient and
outpatient physical rehabilitation at sites in Northeast
Florida and Southeast Georgia, donated $2.5 million to
establish the Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies in
conjunction with the College of Health Professions. The
gift was eligible for matching funds, raising the total to $5
"With the application of the Brooks Health System gift, we
are taking a hugely important step in the testing of
rehabilitation therapies," said Robert Frank, Ph.D., dean
of the college. "The Human Performance Lab will greatly
enhance the translation of science into daily clinical
Access to a large population of rehabilitation patients from
the Brooks Health System will allow researchers to recruit
large numbers of subjects for clinical trials, a resource that
is not available to most movement research centers and is

a necessity for establishing evidence-based rehabilitation
principles, said Steve Kautz, Ph.D., acting director of the
Human Performance Lab and an investigator with the
Brain Rehabilitation Research Center at Gainesville's
Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
"In the past, rehabilitation studies have had difficulty
coming up with precise measurements of recovery," said
Kautz, also an associate professor ofphysical therapy. "With
the lab's equipment and staff we can provide more exact
measurements so that we won't just know that a therapy
worked, we'll know why it worked."
The lab's technology includes 3-D video analysis to track a
patient's limb movement; force plates to measure the force
of a patient's contact with the ground when walking;
electromyography to determine the electrical activity of the
muscles; and metabolic equipment to calculate how much
energy is used by the muscles. A modified stationary bike,
known as an ergometer, manipulates leg movements so
that patients with impaired leg function can experience the
sensations consistent with normal pedaling as they work
to retrain damaged limbs.
Additionally, the lab includes instruments that allow
measurement of swallowing, respiration, voice and speech.
Fiber optic endoscopy examination permits viewing of the
muscles of the throat and larynx during swallowing. Other
instruments allow analysis of breathing muscles during
"The Human Performance Lab provides a unique
opportunity to study the relationship among walking,
speaking and breathing in health and disease," said John
Rosenbek, Ph.D., a professor of communicative disorders
and a Brooks Center researcher.

BROealth S

Health System


Major Gifts to the College of Health Professions

$I million or more
Brooks Health System
$100,000 or more
Josephine B. Sirmyer
$50,000 or more
Shands at the University of Florida

Editor/Writer: Jill Pease
C ,iiiiI.iin.. Writer: Lisa Sperry
Designer: Joe Osburn
1, I _, ,i. i, Eric Zamora
Printer: StorterChilds Printing Co. Inc.

$20,000 or more
Everest Biomedical Instruments
Health Services Administration
Alumni Association
$io,ooo or more
Samuel N. 1..II..1 .. Sr.
Ella E. Muthard

$5,000 or more
Christopher Reeve Paralysis
Carolyn J. Slaymaker
Fidelity Investments
Charitable Gift Fund

HonoIIngth p.,', psrpiUg the hr

UNIVER I ,. ,r l ,I I,-
COLLEG 11 r I 1 111 ,f I II,
PO Box i: I ,. :
Gainesvill. rI I ,:
www.hp.il i .J,,

University of Florida Home Page
© 2004 - 2010 University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
All rights reserved.

Acceptable Use, Copyright, and Disclaimer Statement
Last updated October 10, 2010 - - mvs