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By Jill Pease




of recipients
of lung transplants

Rodrigue served as a principal investigator in a recent study, published in the February
issue of Chest, the joumal of the American College of Chest Physicians, that demonstrated
the importance that behavioral health interventions can have on the survival of recipients of
organ transplants.
Researchers found that people who are obese are three times more likely to die after a
lung transplant than individuals at healthier weights, providing first-time evidence that people
who are extremely heavy should lose weight before having lung transplant surgery.
"Our findings highlight the need for obese patients to participate actively in a weight-
reduction program before transplantation," he said.
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Center for Behavioral Health
Research in Organ
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providing patients on organ-transplant waiting lists with information on how to deal with
daily fear and anxiety is one goal of the College of Health Professions' new Center for
Behavioral Health Research in Organ Transplantation and Donation.
The center promotes positive health outcomes for individuals who have received
transplants and their families while facilitating collaborative research among health profes-
sionals in UF's organ transplant and donor programs.
"The center is a pioneer at the national level with its comprehensive program that
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Visit the University of Florida and, aside from a
few new buildings, it appears much like the campus
you walked during your college years. Although
seemingly familiar the university you attended is
rapidly changing as universities become critical
contributors to local and state economies 'success.
The economic impact of universities can easily be
demonstrated by their research activities. In 1997,
$23.8 billion was spent on research and development
at American universities and more than half the
Robert G. Frank, Dean basic research in this country is performed at
universities. Academic patenting is increasing faster than any other source of
patents i ,1 'i li. 2001). In addition, state governments recognize universities are
critical to sustaining economic growth through the facilitation of global connections
and business partnerships.
2 The role of university faculty has changed as well. While teaching is a critical
aspect of faculty member responsibilities, it is just one of the job expectations
along with serving as scientists andpublic servants.
The changes needed to support these trends require that American universities
become more accountable accountable to state government for the citizen s money
invested in the universities; accountable to students and their parents for quality
education; accountable for the science produced; and accountable for providing the
training needed for state economies to keep pace. Recently, many universities have
addressed the need for accountability by instituting strategic reviews.
UF began its own strategic review in January 2002. A task force was created to
address the 'future of the University of Florida. The task force reviewed deans'
reports on the colleges and held a number offorums. Provost David Colburn also
conducted a review of how other universities had strategically restructured
their programs.
The College of Health Professions'report to the taskforce demonstrated the
growth of the disciplines in the college and the continued demand for our skills.
In addition, the college created a proposal to expand the scope of programs to
include a public health program, a comprehensive school ofpsychology and programs
now included in the College of Health and Human Performance.
The Health Professions 'proposal calledfor the creation of a larger college based
on the principles we have followed to achieve success in each of our disciplines. This
larger college would benefit our existing programs by providing enhanced opportuni-
ties for collaboration and scientific research. moreover, it is clear larger colleges are
more lleCt ri e at procuring new resources, thereby strengthening existing programs.
The outcome of UF' restructuring effort will not be determined until next fall.
Although the Health Professions proposal is bolder and suggested many more
possibilities for change than proposals by other colleges, our faculty continue to show
we are capable of achieving greatness with minimal investments. For every dollar the
state invests in the College of Health Professions, we return an additional $1.67.
Clearly, investment in Health Professions 'programs, whether by the state s citizens or
the university, will produce a great return.
Ifyou would like to learn more about our proposal or the college s programs,
please visit our home page at www. hp. ufl. edu.


Student News

W illiam Eastburn, a student in occupational
therapy, has received a National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Re-
search Scholar (NIDRR) award. The prize includes a $5,000 stipend to provide
internship opportunities in disability and rehabilitation research for undergraduate
students with disabilities. As a NIDRR scholar, Eastbum is assisting with research
conducted by the UF Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centeron Technology for
SuccessfulAging, directed by William Mann, Ph.D., chair of occupational therapy.

Sheryl Flynn, a recent graduate of the physical therapy
department and the College of Health and Human Performances' department of
exercise and sport sciences, received the Post-Professional Student Research
Award from the neurology section of the American Physical Therapy Association at the
association's annual meeting in Boston. Flynn is pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship in
neuroscience at the UF Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute.

Kimberly Kirkpatrick Justice, Carrie
McDonald and Brendan Rich, students in clinical and health
psychology, each received theAmerican PsychologicalAssociation's Dissertation Research
Award. The annual awards of $1,000 are granted to approximately 50 psychology doctoral
students in the United States or Canada whose dissertation research reflects excellence in
scientific psychology.

Erin Neary, a doctoral student in clinical and health
psychology, received the Southeastern Psychological Association's Special
Topics Research Award. She received a cash award and the opportunity to present her
research in a special session at the association's annual meeting. Winning research projects
were judged on overall quality, potential importance and innovation.

Otto Pedraza, a student in clinical and health psychol-
ogy, received funding from the American Psychological Association's Division 41
(American Psychology-Law Society) Grants-In-Aid program. The annual awards
are granted to 13 psychology doctoral students in the United States or Canada to
support graduate research in psycho-legal issues.

organ transplant cont. from pg. 1

addresses both the medical and psychological components involved in the often-lengthy
transplant process," said James Rodrigue, Ph.D., the center's director and an associate
professor, clinical and health psychology.
Recipients of organ transplants and their families may experience a variety of emotions
before and after transplant.
Before surgery, patients deal with the uncertainty, fear and anxiety of living with a
debilitating illness. Once they are placed on an organ waiting list, patients must cope with the
fact that they won't know when a potentially lifesaving organ will be available. They may
wait months or even years for a transplant.
After transplantation, recipients face issues of quality of life, compliance with strict
medical regimens, medication side effects, changes in roles within the family and financial
worries associated with the high cost of a transplant, all of which can contribute to stress,
depression and anxiety.
Rodrigue and his team meet with most UF patients as part of their transplant evaluation.
The purpose of the psychological assessment is to identify behavioral health issues that can
potentially impact health outcomes. Rodrigue's team provides psychological care or a
referral, if necessary, to help patients and their families adjust to the transplant process.
The center's Web site,, provides
patients, families and health-care providers with advice on how to manage these difficult aspects
of transplantation. Additionally, Rodrigue hopes to publish a series of books for patients that will
guide them through the psychological challenges of the entire transplantation experience.
Rodrigue knows the challenges transplant patients and their families face firsthand. "My
mother-in-law is waiting for a heart transplant now," he said. "And my brother died of
kidney disease before I was born -before kidney transplants were done regularly in
children. This career is really exciting for me. It's an area where you can truly make a huge
difference in people's lives."

orKristen 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 launch 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, the two-year program is designed for the practicing occupational
therapist, and content is focused on emerging practice areas, leadership roles and indepen-
dent practice.
All course materials, including tests and assignments, are Intemet-based and presenta-
tions 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 are only 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 atthe forefront ofthe trendtoward 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 occupa-
tional therapist places new demands for independence in business operations, practice
outcomes and broad perspectives. 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 2006," said Kay Walker, Ph.D., professor and director of the distance learning
master's program.
For more information on the program visit the Web site or call 1-866-878-3297.

Krista Vandenbore, Ph.D., P T., an internationally recognized leader
in human muscle physiology and rehabilitation, has been appointed chair
of the physical therapy department.
Vandenbore succeeds Robert Garrigues, Ph.D., associate dean,
who has served as interim department chair since July 2000. Before A^. AW
joining the UF physical therapy faculty in July 2001, Vandenbome held
joint appointments in the departments of physiology,
radiology andrehabilitation medicine at the Univer- Dr. Krista Vandenborne
sity of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
"My goal is to continue the department's mission to educate quality health-care

professionals capable of providing excellent physical therapy services while rapidly
expanding our research activities, Vandenbome said.
She also said she plans to advance the physical therapy department's national
ranking and become an equal partner in rehabilitation research initiatives across the
"Many fields are starting to recognize the importance of rehabilitation research
and the role physical therapy can play. As a department we are uniquely positioned
to help transfer laboratory research to clinical practice by teaching the next genera-
tion of physical therapists and working closely with the physical therapy clinical
community," Vandenbore said.
In her research, Vandenbore examines muscular dysfunction and rehabilitation with a
focus on musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. She utilizes magnetic resonance
imaging and spectroscopy techniques to study the effectiveness of specific rehabilitation
interventions, including gene transfer. She is the principal investigator on several National
Institutes of Health (NIH) grants and has served on NASA andNIH study sections.


Faculty Notes

Pamela Duncan, Ph.D., the director of the
Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies and a professor in the department of
health services administration, has received the Department of Veterans Affairs'
Senior Rehabilitation Research Career Scientist award. The award recognizes
scientists who are international leaders in their field and have a record of success-
ful VA research support. Duncan will receive salary support for five years for her
position as the director of the Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center at the
Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

M ichael Robinson, Ph.D.,, professor, clinical
and health psychology, has received a University of Florida Research Foundation
Professorship. The three-year professorships recognize faculty who are consid-
ered leaders in their field and have a distinguished record of research. The award
includes a salary supplement and a one-time allocation to support research.

Samuel Sears, Ph.D., associate professor,
clinical and health psychology, has been named to the board of directors for the
international Cardiac Arrest Survivor Network. The Boston-based network offers
psychosocial and emotional support to sudden cardiac arrest survivors and their
families through Web-based resources.


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faculty member in UF's Flonda Dysphagia Institute, provides a simple, non-mvasive
method for evaluating a patient's swallowing function.
The one-page MASA test instructs health-care professionals to rate patients' performance
when completing a series of swallowing tasks. Once an overall score has been assigned to the
patient's performance, it can be used to categorize them as having a mild, moderate or severe
swallowing disorder, following the parameters definedby Mann. The manual accompanying
the MASAtest also includes a user's guide on how to measure results in patients and use
the instrument for outcomes data collection and monitoring patient status.
"The MASA score guides treatment decisions and allows health-care practitioners to
evaluate a patient's treatment progress over time as they are re-tested," Mann said. "Their
MASA score can easily be transferred to other facilities if treatment is
continued elsewhere."
Between 16 and 22 percent of people over the age of 50 have problems swallowing.
Among people who have suffered from a head injury, stroke or Parkinson's disease, 20 to
50 percent have a swallowing disorder.
Common causes include gastroesophageal reflux disease, a digestive disorder that
affects the muscle connecting the esophagus with the stomach; head or neck cancer;
muscle weakness due to stroke; or other physiological problems in the muscles and tissues
that aid in the swallowing process.
As patients with swallowing disorders attempt to avoid certain foods or modify their
eating habits to compensate for pain or discomfort, they may suffer from dehydration,
nutritional deficiencies, pneumonia or chest infections. Swallowing disorders can have
psychological consequences as well.
"Swallowing difficulties haveanegative societal impact,"Mann said "Patients may feel
embarrassedto dine with family or friends ifthey knowthey may not be able to swallowtheir food."
In the past, methods of diagnosing and evaluating swallowing difficulties have varied
among health-care institutions and health-care providers. Mann developed MASA
because she recognized the need for a standardized measurement procedure that could be
used by health-care practitioners who treat individuals with swallowing disorders,
providing a common frame of reference when discussing a patient's swallowing ability.
Along the way, she conducted research on hundreds of patients with swallowing disorders
and assessed existing evaluation methods.
"Using talents derived from her unique background in statistical design research and
rich clinical experience, Dr. Mann has provided us with a tool to assist us in the formation
of a hypothesis regarding the nature of a patient's swallowing impairment and the level of
severity," said Robert Miller, Ph.D., a clinical associate professor of rehabilitation medicine
and otolaryngology/head and neck surgery and a lecturer in speech and hearing services at
the University of Washington.
"Dr. Mann gives us what we need an assessment tool that allows experienced
clinicians to document and share credible data," he added.
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The following awards were given to these outstanding academic achievers
at the College ofHealth Professions'31st annual convocation on May 2.

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Chad Betters, rehabilitation counseling
Laura Frakey, clinical and health psychology
Kristen Jahnke, physical therapy
Rebecca Jump, clinical and health psychology
Marissa Catlin, physical therapy

Lowell C. Hammer Outstanding Clinhmcal Speech-Language PathologyAward Kimberly Eisenzimmer
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Alice C. Jantzen Awardfor Academic Excellence Dawn Ohlson
Ann . Ballard Memorial Award Catherine Llanes
Jane Memorial Award Christina Mendoza
Holls Sammons ResearchAward Kelly Hannah
Lela A. Llorens Awardfor Excellence in Research -Christy Cannon
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woberta Isleib, Ph.D., clinical and health

psychology '85, may have joined the ranks of
whodunit authors, but she hasn't forgotten her
psychology roots.
Isleib's mystery novel Six Strokes Under,
published by Penguin Putnam Berkley Prime D. R
Dr. Roberta Isleib
Crime, debuts in bookstores in June. It follows
Cassandra Burdette, an aspiring professional golfer
and former UF golf team star, as she competes at
the sectional qualifying school for a spot on the
Ladies Professional GolfAssociation tour, the
setting for a series of mysterious deaths.
"The golfer protagonist in the three-book series
has a psychologist sidekick, which allows me to
combine the things I love golf and psychology.
And I can do a little public education about
psychological issues along the way," Isleib said.
After being introduced to the sport by her
husband John, Isleib began writing articles on the
psychology of golf. Friend suggested that Isleib
take her writing a step further and work on a novel.
Isleib continued to work as a staff psychologist at
the Yale University Health Plan and in private
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"I decided on a female golfer as the main
character and made her so much better at golf than
I am. I added a psychologist to solve mysteries," ....
Isleib said.
Isleib believes a psychologist filling the role of a
detective is a natural fit.
"There is something not so dissimilar between a
detective and a psychologist.
A detective starts with a crime and a psychologist Isleib's mystery novel
starts with a patient problem. Then they both piece
together clues to unravel the mystery," she ex- is the first in a three-
plained. part series featuring
Over the next several months, Isleib will travel rising ooli star
from her Connecticut home to attend several
mystery conventions and will appear at the Cassandra RBl rdette.
American Psychological Association's annual
convention in August as the chair of a panel that
examines the role psychology plays in the mystery
novel. She will be joined by authors Denise Swanson, Abigail Padgett and Don Davidoff.
Killer Lies, the next book in the Cassandra Burdette golf mystery series, will be
published in spring 2003, followed by Board to Death later next year. For more informa-
tion, visit Isleib's Web site,


Dear alumni, faculty, and friends,


Mark Robitaille, health services administration '76, serves as
the president of the health services administration alumni
association for 2001-2002. He is the senior vice president/chief
operating officer for Martin Memorial Health Systems in Stuart,
Fla. His daughter, Kari Robitaille, graduated from UF in May
with a master's degree in physical therapy.

George Bowen, rehabilitation counseling '87, is the vice
president and co-owner of Sunshine Support Coordination Inc.
The Daytona Beach-based company was established in 2000 and
provides support coordination to clients of the state of Florida's
Department of Children and Families division of developmental
Laurel Jeter, physical therapy '84, is a therapist with the Duval
County School Board after working in private practice and outpatient
rehabilitation for the past 17 years. She recently became engaged to
Elliott Bailey. Jeter resides in Neptune Beach, Fla.

David Jackson, rehabilitation counseling '99, has established
his own business providing medical and vocational case-
management and mental health counseling. He is working toward
a doctorate in mental health counseling from the UF College of
Education and is also teaching part time in the college. Jackson
has been elected to the board of the Florida Mental Health
Counselor's Association, and he received the American Mental
Health Counselor's Association Graduate Student Service Award
in 2000 for his work chairing the graduate student committee.
DeeDee Scharf Locascio, rehabilitation counseling '90, has
joined the practice of Alachua Family Psychiatry in Gainesville.
Her practice focuses on treating post-partum depression as well
as counseling children and families. She received a doctorate in
mental health counseling from UF in 2001. Locascio and husband
Paul Locascio welcomed daughter Shannon in May 2001.
Deborah Collins Strickland, rehabilitation counseling '97,
has started her own business, Lake Area Senior Care
Management, serving the elderly of north central Florida.
Strickland coordinates her clients' health care and assists them in
making long-term care arrangements. Strickland and husband
Tim Strickland live in Keystone Heights, Fla.

Heather Ayers Dibra, occupational therapy '00, is employed
by Miami-Dade County Public Schools and South Dade Rehab
Inc.'s The Children's Clinic. She works with children diagnosed
with autism, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy and general
developmental delays. Dibra also works in general and acute
geriatric rehabilitation with Baptist Health Systems of South
Florida. Dibra and husband Blerim Dibra live in Homestead, Fla.
Capt. Steve Mounts, health services administration '00, is the
secretary and treasurer of the health services administration
alumni association for 2001-2002. He is employed as the deputy
chief of the Medical Corps Division, Medical Force Management
Directorate, Office of the Surgeon General, in Washington, D.C.
His wedding to Stephanie Gaveau is scheduled for August 2002.

My name is Melisa Baldwin, andI am the new director of
developmentfor the College ofHealth Professions. I am very
happy to have the opportunity to work with such a dynamic group
ofindividuals. Thanks to all ofyou who support the college with
your time, talents, and gifts. You are an important part of the
success of the College ofHealth Professions. For
those ofyou who would like to be more involved, Melisa Baldwin,
there are numerous ways to achieve that goal, and director of development
I would like to have the chance to share those opportunities with you.
The college continues to grow by leaps and bounds. The new building that will
house the colleges ofHealth Professions, Nursing, andPharmacy is scheduled to open
in the Spring of2003, andfund raisingfor its construction is one ofmany projects in
progress. G, i, .- levels for the new building range from $500 to $200,000, with
various levels in between.
Ifyou would like more information about the building, .l .... i, 1- .,. projects,
or ways to donate your time and talents, please feelfree to contact me at (352) 265-
8097 or Ilookforwardto- .., i. ..- ,,I .i as we support the
mission of the College ofHealth Professions.


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Rehabilitation Counseling

Grad Plays Pivotal

Role in Lives of

Elderly Patients

Rebecca Catalanotto, rehabilitation counseling '99, spends her days making sure elderly
patients of a rural Florida health care center receive the best quality health care available.
As a case manager and site supervisor for the Senior Healthcare Center in Starke, Fla.,
Catalanotto seeks to remove barriers that prevent patients from receiving the health services
they need.
The Senior Healthcare
Center, one of three senior
centers affiliated with North
FloridaRegional Medical
Center, is an outpatient site
specializing in geriatric care.
Catalanotto helps
patients obtain drug
prescriptions, medical
equipment and home health
care. She also answers
patients' questions about Rebecca Catalanotto
insurance and Medicare,
administers mental status tests and depression scales and works with social agencies to
coordinate care.
"I also am actively involved with some of ourpatients' family members to help determine what
the patient's needs are and how best to meet them," Catalanotto explained.
The emergence of managed care, the increasinghealth demands of the aging population and
new health technologies have contributed to the need for case managers in hospitals and clinics
and for dealing with worker's compensation issues. There are approximately 100,000 case
managers in the United States working to select appropriate providers and facilities for patients
across the continuum of health care and to make certain that patients receive care that is timely,
effective and in their best interest.
Although case-management positions are generally held by nurses, individuals trained as social
workers, psychologists, physicians and rehabilitation counselors are increasingly filling those roles.
"Rehabilitation counselors are somewhat unique among those disciplines that provide case-
management services," said Linda Shaw, Ph.D., associate professor, rehabilitation counseling.
"They must complete substantial coursework requirements at the graduate level inmedical and
psychosocial aspects of disability, as well as specific courses in case management. Our program
has a particularly strong emphasis in case management, so graduates of our program, like
Rebecca, are well prepared to fill medical and rehabilitation case-management roles."
Catalanotto plans to continue in case management while exploring other aspects of health-care
"I like the flexibility and marketability of case management; there are many opportunities for
case managers in private companies, insurance agencies and private business. I am able to work
closely with otherhealth professionals in a team environment, which I love because I am
interested in the perspectives and philosophies of other disciplines," Catalanotto said.

administration alumnus is

A 4,AlanLevine, health services
administration'92, isyounginhis career, but
his successes in hospital administration and
his involvement in state health-care policy
boards have solidified his role as a leader
in Florida's health-care industry.
In his two years at the helm of South
Bay Hospital, an acute care hospital in Sun
City Center, Fla., Levine has overseen
$20 million in capital improvements,
including the construction of outpatient
diagnostic and rehabilitation centers and a.
new emergency department. Under his
leadership, emergency department patient Levine discusses South Bay
satisfaction scores have risen from the third Hipital' sstratric plan with
percentile inthe national Gallup database Dm Litaker, director of
to the 90' percentile. rrarketing and planning.
Duringhis tenure asthe CEO of
Doctor'sMemorial Hospital inPeny, Fla,Levine spearheadedthe effortto implement a one-cent
sales taxfiom the city and county forth construction of anewhospitalto replace the existing 30-year-
old siucture. The initiative passed with 73 percent of the vote. The new facility effectively
rescued the once-endangered hospital and established it as a regional health-care provider.
His participation in Florida health-care issues includes gubernatorial appointments to the
Florida Center for Nursing, the Commission on Graduate Medical Education, and he served as
a member of the Commission on Excellence in Healthcare.
Asthe chairmanoftheFloridaHospitalAssociation's Small andRuralHospital Council, Levine
helpedwritethe legislation that became the Florida Rural Hospital Capital Improvement Program,
which has provided $7 million year in state funds to rural hospitals for the past three years.
Levine continues to monitor several national trends that could negatively affect health-care
delivery if state and federal governments don't intervene: the decrease in Medicaid and
Medicare reimbursements, the increase in employer's costs for providing health insurance for
workers, the high price of health-care provider's malpractice insurance, and the increased cost
of new technology and pharmaceuticals.
"When you choose a career in health administration, you are expected to be a trained health-
care leader who can step out in front on these issues," said Levine, a recent recipient of the
Tampa Business Journal's 40 Under 40 award for emerging business leaders in the Tampa Bay
area. "How canyou not love ajob where you're considered a community leader, and you run
an organization that helps people?"

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