Honors and Awards

Students

Ali Barikroo, a doctoral student in the department of speech, language, and hearing sciences, received the International Graduate Student Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. The award supports Mr. Barikroo’s dissertation research on the effects of optimized electrical stimulation parameters on swallowing physiology.

Meredith Brady, a master’s in health administration student, co-authored a paper on the Mayo Clinic’s Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing approach to total knee and hip replacement procedures that appeared in the Harvard Business Review.

Tanisha Hill-Jarrett, a doctoral student in the department of clinical and health psychology, received the 2016 Dissertation Award from the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Psychological Association. The award supports Ms. Hill-Jarrett’s dissertation research on white matter changes in the visuospatial attention system following traumatic brain injury.

Sharon Medina, a master’s student in occupational therapy, is one of 20 participants selected for the Summer Institute for Future Scientists in Occupational Therapy, a joint program of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

Aliyah Snyder, a doctoral student in the department of clinical and health psychology, is one of two students nationwide to receive the 2015 Benton-Meier Neuropsychology Scholarship from the American Psychological Foundation. She is also the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Dissertation Research Award to support her research on recovery from traumatic brain injury.

Clinical psychology graduate students Julia Carmody, Sarah Westen and Casey Lawless won top awards from the Society of Pediatric Psychology of the American Psychological Association to support their dissertation research. Carmody and Lawless received the Marion and Donald Routh Student Research Grant Award and Westen received the Mary Jo Kupst Trainee Grant for Research Resilience.

Faculty and staff

Mark Bishop, Ph.D., P.T., an associate professor in the department of physical therapy, is the inaugural recipient of the Excellence in Academic Teaching award from the Florida Physical Therapy Association.

Xinguang “Jim” Chen, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the department of epidemiology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine, has been named the executive editor-in-chief of Global Health Research and Policy, an open access, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal designed to rapidly disseminate high quality research to improve regional and global health and promote health equity.

Karen Hegland, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of speech, language, and hearing sciences, was elected president of the International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology. The society seeks to promote and advance knowledge of the interrelationships between psychological and physiological aspects of respiration in research and application.

Autism Speaks named a paper co-authored by Cynthia Johnson, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of clinical and health psychology, one of the Top 10 autism research papers published in 2015. The article described the findings of a training program for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Researchers found that the program can reduce serious behavior problems, including tantrums, aggression and self-injury, in these children by nearly 70 percent.

Arch Mainous III, Ph.D., the chair of the department of health services research, management and policy and the Florida Blue endowed professor, has been selected as the American Board of Family Medicine’s Lewis Sigmon Visiting Senior Scholar for 2016. He will spend several weeks throughout the year in residence at the ABFM working on a variety of research topics, including physician burnout.

Carolynn Patten, Ph.D., P.T., an associate professor in the department of physical therapy, has been named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association, the association’s highest honor. She is an internationally recognized leader in the science of human motor neurophysiology, neuromechanics and neurorehabilitation.

Ronald H. Rozensky, Ph.D., a professor in the department of clinical and health psychology, has been selected by the American Psychological Association’s president, Susan McDaniel, Ph.D., to chair her presidential initiative “Interprofessional Education for Integrated Primary Care.”

Tara Sabo-Attwood, Ph.D., chair of the department of environmental and global health, has been appointed to a three-year term as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. Board members develop work products related to the quality and relevance of the scientific and technical information being used by the EPA as the basis for agency regulations.

Barbara K. Smith, Ph.D., P.T., a research assistant professor in the department of physical therapy, has been appointed to the editorial board of Physical Therapy, the official scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is also the recipient of the APTA’s Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty.

PHHP employees John Anderson, Kristen Cason, Stephanie McBride, Aaron McEnery, Tamara Millay and Brenda Wiens, Ph.D., received UF Superior Accomplishment Awards in the Health Science Center division. Anderson, McBride and Wiens were also recognized with Superior Accomplishment Awards at the university level.

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