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Letter from the Director

4 Seeing Tremendous Growth as Online MSW Completes First Year Introducing UCF’s New Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training

6 Training Man’s Best Friend: Canine-Assisted Therapy Helps Vets with PTSD 8 Grants 9 Publications



showcases the achievements and accomplishments of the faculty, staff, students and alumni from the



Engage is an annual publication that

10 Painting a Complete Patient Picture through Interprofessional Education 14 Student Achievements

UCF School of Social Work. College of Health and Public Affairs

Interim Dean José Fernández, Ph.D. School of Social Work

Director Bonnie Yegidis, Ph.D. Assistant Director Chichi Pizarro, M.A. Publication Production

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17 Community and Alumni Connections


18 Faculty and Staff

19 Community Advisory Council School of Social Work College of Health and Public Affairs University of Central Florida 12805 Pegasus Drive Orlando, FL 32816-3358


Interprofessional Education BSW student Enereida Rodriguez speaks with a youth leader with the Farmworker Association of Florida as they prepare for the Apopka clinic to begin. See story, page 10. Cover and story photos: Abi Bell ’03 |

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Letter from the Director DEAR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES,

This issue of Engage focuses on a number of exciting initiatives underway in the School of Social Work at the University of Central Florida.


eaccredation. First, I want to share the good news that both our BSW and MSW programs were fully reaffirmed for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education for the maximum number of years. Thus, our reaccreditation is in place until 2024! Indeed, there were no negative findings and no requests for interim reports. Our faculty, students, staff and community leaders did an outstanding job representing our program to the site visitors. I want to thank everyone who provided support during the study and ultimately the site visit. Interprofessional education. Our students and faculty members are committed to interprofessional education activities with our partners — UCF’s College of Medicine, Physical Therapy Program and College of Nursing and the University of Florida’s School of Pharmacy. This past year, we sponsored interdisciplinary clinics with the Farmworker Association of Florida, assessing and treating uninsured and underinsured farmworkers in an area of Central Florida with persistent poverty. Both BSW and MSW students participated, with social work faculty providing the supervision. Students trained alongside medical, pharmacy, physical therapy and nursing students to provide a holistic approach to care. Other IPE activities with our university partners included providing a free health clinic to students needing psychosocial support, assessing barriers to care and providing appropriate referrals to care as needed. New research center. The School of Social Work successfully launched the Center for Behavioral Research and Training. The center will conduct research on evidence-based practices with a focus on reducing disparities in health and mental health among marginalized and oppressed populations. We are fortunate to have attracted Elizabeth Arnold, Ph.D., for the position of center director. She has a wealth of experience in conducting intervention research with vulnerable communities, and she has run behavioral health clinic programs.

Growth and funding. The school continues to excel in providing graduate-level social work education in Central Florida. Our fully Online MSW program has grown enormously since it was launched in January 2016. We have approximately 250 students enrolled this fall, and we will graduate our first cohort of students in May 2018. Within the College of Health and Public Affairs, the school ranked first in graduate student enrollment and external funding. During the previous academic year, we generated more than $4 million in externally funded grants and contracts. This July, SAMHSA funded a $1.4 million grant to Kimberly Gryglewicz, Ph.D., to test the national strategy for suicide prevention. Florida Hospital is our community partner on this large grant. In addition, the dean’s office has allocated to the school a brand new assistant professor line for recruitment this fall and appointment in fall 2018. DSW program. Finally, our proposal to create a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program is making its way through the university approval processes. The program will focus on leadership in behavioral health, and we have very strong support from the community to go forward. Assuming the program is approved, we hope to admit the first class during the 2018–19 academic year. None of these achievements would be possible without the strong support we receive from the college and university, the professional community, our distinguished alumni, and our wonderful faculty and staff. I want to thank each of you for your ongoing support of the School of Social Work at UCF.

Bonnie L. Yegidis, Ph.D., MSW Professor and Director School of Social Work

Best wishes,

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arina Ricko dreamed of earning her master’s degree, but after graduating in 1996 from Misericordia University in Pennsylvania, she put that dream aside to get married and raise her family. Twenty years later, Ricko seized her opportunity and signed up for the Online Master of Social Work program in the School of Social Work at UCF. “This program has greatly benefitted my schedule and crazy life,” Ricko said. “I only have to come home from work and log into my web courses, and I have access any time I want or need.” The school launched the part-time, online degree program in January 2016 to provide an opportunity for interested students, particularly non-traditional students, to earn their master’s degree in social work. “More and more schools were offering online programs,” said Shellene Mazany, director of the online program. “We wanted to remain cutting edge and offer opportunities to all students, even those outside the state of Florida.” Since its launch, the program has seen tremendous growth in enrollment. While students can apply with any undergraduate degree for the master’s degree program, those with a bachelor’s in social work, and a minimum GPA of 3.3, can apply for the advancedstanding option, which is four semesters long versus three years for the traditional option. Another unique feature of the Online MSW is its accelerated pace. The traditional program involves 14 weeks of study for two or three courses; the online option is half the time spent on one course, Mazany said. Ricko, who just completed her second year of study, embraces the challenge. She has worked in the social work field for 20 years, and the online option fits into her schedule. “I love the aspect of no travel time involved and easy access any time of day,” she said. “As a mom and a full-time social worker, I have to balance my time.” It has helped Darell Yates with studying and time management as well. Yates, who earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and has completed his second year in graduate school, wanted to push himself while inspiring others around him. “I wanted an opportunity to learn a critical profession 4 | ENGAGE | 2017

involving empowering people to change their lives for the better,” he said. Yates plans to gain commission as an officer in the Armed Forces part time, helping the troops and military families. He also plans to work at one of the VA medical centers helping veterans and their families receive the best possible care. He wants to be an inspiration for the next generation to shoot for the stars and achieve its dreams. “I want to show them it’s never too difficult or too late to achieve greatness,” Yates said. He especially feels that it is important to be a positive example in this field for other young men; men make up less than 25 percent of social workers, according to data released by the National Association of Social Workers in 2008. Yates and Ricko are just two examples of the caliber of student in the program. “Many have personally overcome challenging situations or experiences, which has compelled them to pursue the field of social work,” Mazany said. The program has attracted the attention of students across the state. Beatrice Cadet, a resident of Jacksonville, recently completed her first year. “I’m interested in helping others, providing resources for people who may not have the easiest access to them,” she said. Cadet graduated with an undergraduate degree in health care administration from the University of North Florida in 2013 and works at University of Florida Health in Jacksonville. When she applied for a position with the case management department, Cadet found she needed an undergraduate degree in nursing or a master’s degree in social work. Her research left her deciding between the University of South Florida and UCF, but she ultimately decided to enroll with UCF. Balancing her full-time job with school can be tough, but the interactive platform in the program has been a major factor in Cadet’s success. “In my undergraduate program, I didn’t do so well with my time management with online courses,” she said. “[Now] my professors are always shooting messages saying ‘Great job with this’ or ‘Awesome work on that.’ You can’t find that in other programs. I’ve never had professors this engaged, especially with an online program. They make you want to keep learning more.”

UCF’s New Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training INTRODUCING

Elizabeth Arnold eagerly anticipates the day when behavioral health is given the same priority and associated resources as any other health condition. The longtime advocate for those affected by mental health issues is taking an even more active role in making that day arrive: She’s the director of UCF’s new Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training. MENTAL HEALTH CONSUMERS are often faced with a broad range of complex clinical and behavioral health problems, compounded by health disparities. The CBHRT’s plans include addressing those issues and improving health outcomes on the individual, community and public health levels by translating behavioral health theory and research into practice. As outlined by its vision statement, the CBHRT “will foster collaborative partnerships and cross-fertilization of mental health professionals, health care providers and behavioral health researchers whose united expertise can create cutting-edge solutions for improving the health and well-being of diverse populations.”

To that end, Arnold and CBHRT faculty, including the center’s original interim director, Professor Mary Ann Burg, and co-director, Professor Kim Anderson, will work with community partners. They will conduct research and training and develop projects and collaborations that will 1) promote provider expertise on critical and emerging behavioral health issues and practices, 2) promote scientific discovery and translation of evidence into practice, and 3) promote research expertise on critical and emerging behavioral issues and practices. Arnold also hopes that the work of the center will contribute to reducing stigma around behavioral health issues. The UCF CBHRT is the first center of

its type in Florida and the first center established in the School of Social Work. Similar centers are housed in top universities such as the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Arnold is enthusiastic about the opportunity to be part of the new center at UCF and be able to play a role in an initiative that could “really make a difference in the lives of people experiencing behavioral health problems,” she said. “I look forward to working with other researchers to develop a center where we can do stateof-the-art, evidence-based intervention development and other research related to behavioral health.”



Elizabeth Arnold, Ph.D., LCSW MSW from the University of Georgia Ph.D. in social work from Florida State University

he School of Social Work welcomed Elizabeth Arnold, Ph.D., LCSW, as the director for the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training on July 1. She came to UCF after spending more than 17 years in other academic roles that involved clinical work, research, teaching and training in behavioral health. Arnold has a secondary joint appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine at the UCF College of Medicine and plans to collaborate with other researchers there on behavioral health research. “I am excited that Liz Arnold is bringing her extensive knowledge in behavioral health research to our new university center,” said Bonnie Yegidis, the school’s director. RESEARCH INTEREST: Arnold’s main research interest is communitybased interventions with at-risk and vulnerable populations, including those with or at risk for HIV, the homeless and youth in the juvenile justice system. She also has been very involved in mental health advocacy issues, particularly concerning access to care.

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Training Man’s Best Friend



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approaches. We know veterans are listens intently to a certified receptive to AAT, but we’ve got to verify master dog trainer, learning how that it works.” to teach their new dogs basic obedience Whitworth emphasized that the key commands. Learning with them are their word is bridge. Other types of therapy pets, many rescued from shelters. This have proven to be helpful for those scene could play out at any large chain who have been through traumatic pet store, but this group is different. They experiences, but many veterans and are all veterans with post-traumatic stress military members resist participating in disorder, commonly known as PTSD, them. Often that’s because they have to and they are part of a research study talk, one-on-one, about the very things to determine if animal-assisted therapy they don’t want to discuss. (AAT) can help ease their symptoms. “Another aspect of this study I love According to James Whitworth, an is that it is very camaraderie based,” associate professor of social work at UCF, Whitworth said. “We put veterans into a number of successful AAT groups, so the focus is not on studies have been done with them individually, and that children with autism and other seems to be a big piece. The conditions, as well as people focus is on the animal, making with physical disabilities, it less stressful and much more but there is almost zero comfortable for the veteran.” research on the use of AAT for This study, which is psychological or emotional wrapping up, looked at 50 conditions. Evidence-based veterans before and after therapies for veterans with they worked with the dogs. PTSD must be supported by Researchers saw significant research, so he, partnering changes in participants’ Associate Professor with Tracy Wharton of UCF PTSD symptoms, including James Whitworth and Diane Scotland-Coogan decreased hypervigilance of St. Leo University, set out to provide it. (checking for threats), greater willingness “Anecdotally, positive results are just to interact with others, and improved jumping off the page,” Whitworth said. relationships with spouses, family and “Veterans love these programs. Many of friends. The dogs learned to become them would much rather go hang out responsive to the veterans and became and train a dog or work with a horse to their buddies, reacting to nightmares get better than come into an office and (another symptom that decreased) and talk to a therapist like me. In some ways being aware of situations and how their it can be a helpful bridge to more formal, veterans were reacting. research-based, traditional therapy This project is very close to the heart

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Veterans with PTSD learn to train shelter dogs as part of a study on animal-assisted therapy. Veterans who participated in the study described decreased hyperarousal, hypervigilance and nightmares, along with lower levels of anxiety and substance usage.

of Whitworth, a retired lieutenant colonel who served as a clinical social worker and mental health officer in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, including time as chief of Air Force Family Research at the Pentagon and chief of Air Force Family Advocacy Operations and Research. After providing extensive private practice counseling for military members, veterans and their families, he knows firsthand the need for more research, which in turn will lead to more effective resources and interventions to improve veterans’ quality of life. This summer, Whitworth and his colleagues began a new, controlled study called A Pilot Study into the Effects of Canine-Assisted Therapy for Military Veterans with PTSD, funded by a grant from the UCF Office of

Photo courtesy of K9 Partners for Patriots

Research and Commercialization. This study will measure a group of veterans who are on a waiting list for dogs and compare them to veterans receiving the intervention (dog training) for that same period of time. All participants will have PTSD diagnoses. Set for completion in 2018, this will be one of the very first controlled studies of its type, an important step in part because funding organizations like the Department of Defense and the VA require controlled research. The grant money from the current project will be used mostly to compensate the participating veterans. They will receive gift cards from a pet store where they can get supplies for their pups, who will become permanent members of their families.



ith military members, veterans and their families facing significant stresses, there is an increased need for social workers who understand the military culture and the unique strengths, challenges and interventions involved when working with this population. To address this need, the UCF School of Social Work offers a Graduate Certificate in Military Social Work, headed by Associate Professor James Whitworth. Now in its fourth year and currently open only to UCF MSW students and a limited number of counselor education graduate students, the program features three courses designed to prepare students to provide mental health counseling aimed at building psychological resilience, treatment of PTSD, depression, anxiety and suicide risk assessment, prevention techniques, and family therapy. By the 2018–19 academic year, the certificate program should also be available online. Eventually, Whitworth hopes to offer the online military social work certificate to community practitioners with graduate degrees in social work, mental health, and marriage and family therapy as well.

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FACULTY GRANTS The UCF School of Social Work saw a 20 percent increase in sponsored grants and contracts from 2015–16 to 2016–17. Florida Implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D. $1.413 million, 9/30/2017 - 9/29/2020 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Social Work HEALS: Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars PI: Tracy Wharton, Ph.D. $88,000, 7/27/2015 - 7/26/2020 Council on Social Work Education and National Association of Social Workers The Seminole County System of Care (SCSOC) Expansion Evaluation Co-PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D. (with PI Kristina Childs, UCF, Criminal Justice) $356,542, 1/1/2016 - 9/29/2019 SAMHSA [to Community Initiatives, Inc. then to UCF] Florida Linking Individuals Needing Care (FL LINC) PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D. (with PI Marc Karver, USF) $311,975, 9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019 [part of a five-year, $3.68 million award from SAMHSA] Expanding SBIRT Workforce Capacity in Central Florida: SBIRT Training for Graduate Social Work Students and Community Health Professionals PI: Shawn Lawrence, Ph.D. Co-PIs: Mary Ann Burg, Ph.D.; Reshawna Chapple, Ph.D.; Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D.; Tracy Wharton, Ph.D. $915,000, 9/30/2015 - 9/29/2018 SAMHSA Central Florida Pathways to Awareness, Support and Services (C PASS) PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D.

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$375,000, 9/30/2015 - 9/29/2018 SAMHSA A Pilot Study into the Effects of CanineAssisted Therapy for Military Veterans with PTSD PI: James Whitworth, Ph.D. $7,500, 5/1/2017 - 4/30/2018 UCF Office of Research and Commercialization (In-House Grant) Investigating Health and Well-being of Older Adults PI: Tracy Wharton, Ph.D. $35,000, 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2017 National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging) Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers Child Abuse Prevention Campaign Evaluation PI: Julie Steen, Ph.D. Co-PI: Mary Ann Burg, Ph.D. $74,716, 2/6/2015 - 6/30/2017 Florida Department of Children and Families Comprehensive School Safety Initiative: Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make Schools Safe Co-PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D. (with PI Kristina Childs and Co-PI Roberto Potter, UCF, Criminal Justice) $305,862, 1/1/2015 - 6/30/2017 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (to Brevard Public Schools then to UCF) [total NIJ award is $2,269,744] The Effectiveness of Evidence-Based Attachment-Focused Parenting for Families with Young Children: Using Circle of Security in the Child Welfare System Co-PI: Ana Leon, Ph.D. (with PI Kimberly Renk, UCF, Psychology) $60,000, 4/15/2016 - 4/15/2017 Florida Institute for Child Welfare Child-WIN: Child Welfare Workforce Innovation PI: Julie Steen, Ph.D. Co-PI: Reshawna Chapple, Ph.D. $50,000, 3/1/2016 - 1/30/2017 Children’s Home Society of Florida Child Welfare Education Program PI: Bonnie Yegidis, Ph.D. $2.8 million, 7/1/2015 - 12/2016 Florida Department of Children and Families

Campus Suicide Prevention PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D. (with PI Marc Karver, USF) $18,980, 9/30/2014 - 9/29/2016 [part of a three-year, $612,000 award]

FACULTY PUBLICATIONS Books Scott, D. L., Whitworth, J. D., & Herzog, J. H. (2016). Social work practice with military populations. (1st ed.) New York, NY: Pearson. Yegidis, B., Weinbach, R., Myers, L. (2017). Research methods for social workers. (8th ed.) New York, NY: Pearson.

Book Chapters Anderson, K. M. (2017). Let’s get personal: Digital stories for transformational learning in social work students. In P. Hardy & G. Jamison (Eds.), Digital storytelling in higher education: International perspectives (pp. 73-89). London: Palgrave Macmillan. Dziegielewski, S. F., & Chapple, R. L. (2017). Social worker’s role with domestic violence: Women and the criminal justice system. In D. W. Springer & A. R. Roberts (Eds.), Social work in juvenile and criminal justice settings (pp. 336-349). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas. Stewart, C., Rowe, W. S., & Bruno, T. (2017). The treatment of adolescent substance abuse. In R. Csiernik & W. S. Rowe (Eds.), Responding to the oppression of addiction: Canadian social work perspectives (pp. 245-277). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Refereed Journal Articles Anderson, K. M., Danforth, L., & First, J. (2017). Nonviolent adult sons of abused women: Ending the cycle of violence. International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice, 5(3), 105-117. Anderson, K. M., Renner, L. M., & Bloom, T. L. (2017). Exploring protective strategies among rural women in an abusive relationship. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(8), 610-618. doi:10.1080/01612 840.2017.1322159 Kaukinen, C., Anderson, K., Jasinski, J. L., Mustaine, E. E., Powers, R. A., Miller, M. H., Jennings, W. G., Nobles, M., & Yegidis, B. (2017). The direction of violence against women research and evaluation. Women & Criminal Justice. doi:10.1080/08974454. 2017.1389670 Chapple, R. L., Vance, M.*, HarrisJackson, T. N., & Jacinto, G. A. (2017). Do #BlackLivesMatter? Implicit bias, institutional racism, and fear of the black body. Ralph Bunche Journal of Public Affairs, 6(I), 3-11. Ahmad, M., Dziegielewski, S. F., & Gul, S. (2017). Non-formal vocational education and its role in human capital formation: An assessment in Pakistan. Public Policy and Administration Review, 4(2), 1-16. doi:10.15640/ppar.v4n2a1 Jariwala, H. V., & Dziegielewski, S. F. (2016). Pathway to financial success: Autonomy through financial education in India. Journal of Social Service Research, 14(2), 14. doi: 10.1080/01488376.2016.1217581 Golden, A., Gammonley, D., Hanna, G., & Wan, T. (2017). The challenges of developing a participatory arts intervention for caregivers of persons with dementia. Cureus Journal of Medical Science, 9(4), e1154. doi:10.7759/ cureus.1154 Gryglewicz, K., Bozzay, M. L., ArthurJordan, B., Romero, G. D., Witmeier, M., Chapple, R. L., & Karver, M. S. (2017). A silenced population: Uncovering correlates of suicidal-related behaviors among deaf and hard of hearing youth. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. doi:10.1027/0227-5910/a000470

Gryglewicz, K., Chen, J., Romero, G., Karver, M., & Witmeier, M. (2017). Online suicide risk assessment and management training: Pilot evidence for acceptability and training effects. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 38(3), 186-194. doi:10.1027/0227-5910/ a000421 Bozzay, M., O’Leary, K. N., De Nadai, A. S., Gryglewicz, K., Romero, G., & Karver, M. S. (2017). Adolescent depression: Differential symptom presentations in deaf and hard-of-hearing youth using the Patient Health Questionnaire-9. The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 22(2), 195-203. doi:10.1093/ deafed/enw099 Jacinto, G. A., Chapple, R. L., Nyiransekuye, H., & Molina, O. (2017). Women trauma survivors of the Rwandan genocide: A seven week group building exercise. Groupwork, 27(1), 49-56. Molina, O., & Chapple, R. L. (2017). ‘A safe home away from home’: A mutual-aid group for Latino and Latina adolescent survivors of parental intimate partner violence. Groupwork, 27(1), 66-86. Steen, J. A., & Bergeron, M.* (2017). The human right to safe exit: University evacuation policy and mobility impairment. Journal of Policy Practice, 16(3), 276-291. doi:10.1080/15588742.201 6.1266723

Wharton, T., & Burg, M. (2017). A mixedmethod evaluation of social work learning outcomes in interprofessional training with medicine and pharmacy students. Journal of Social Work Education, 53(Sup1), S87-S96. Wharton, T., Paulson, D., Macri, L.*, & Dubin, L. (2017). Delirium and mental health history as predictors of aggression in individuals with dementia in inpatient settings. Aging and Mental Health, 22(1), 121-128. doi:10.1080/13607863.2016.1235680 Wharton, T., Watkins, D., Mitchell, J., & Kales, H. (2017). Older, church-going African Americans’ attitudes and expectations about formal depression care. Research on Aging, 40(1), 3-26. doi:10.1177/0164027516675666 Desai, A., Wharton, T., Struble, L., & Blazek, M. (2017). Person-centered primary care strategies for assessment and intervention for aggressive behaviors in dementia. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 43(2), 9-17. doi:10.3928/00989134-20170111-07 Miller, A., Unruh, L., Zhang, N., Liu, X., & Wharton, T. (2017). Professional quality of life of Florida emergency dispatchers. International Journal of Emergency Services, 6(1), 29-39. doi:10.1108/ijes-012017-0001

Steen, J. A., Mann, M., & Gryglewicz, K. (2016). The human rights philosophy: Support and opposition among social work students. The Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 36(5), 446-459. doi:10.1080/ 08841233.2016.1234534

Shah, A., Wharton, T., & Scogin, F. (2017). Adapting an interprofessional training model for social work field placements: An answer for better mental health care outreach for older adults in primary care. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 37(5), 438-453. doi:10.1080/08841233.2017.138 1215

Steen, J. A., Mann, M., Restivo, N., Mazany, S., & Chapple, R. (2017). Human rights: Its meaning and practice in social work field settings. Social Work, 62, 9-17. doi:10.1093/sw/sww075

Whitworth, J. D. (2016). The role of psychoeducation in trauma recovery: Recommendations for content and delivery. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 13(5), 442-451.

Stewart, C., Koeske, G., & Pringle, J. (2017). The relationship between spirituality and overall health in African American substance abuse clients. Journal of Social Work and Christianity 44(3), 39-59.

Other Publication Harris-Jackson, T. N., McGregor, M., & Chapple, R. L. (2016). Promoting social change in child welfare: Considerations for social work. National Association of Social Workers: InterSections in Practice, 10(10), 15-17. *UCF social work student author UCF School of Social Work | 9

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Complete Patient Picture


Historically, health-care education has been segmented and specialized, and only after graduation did providers from various disciplines learn to work together. Often, new practitioners did not have a clear idea of what caregivers in other health-care disciplines could contribute. In today’s evolving health-care system, fostering interdepartmental collaboration is crucial to addressing the increasingly complex needs of patients. But changing an entrenched mindset is difficult. So UCF and universities across the nation are embracing a new way of educating future healthcare providers together, through a collaboration known as interprofessional education (IPE). IPE helps prepare health professions students to provide patient care in a team environment, where students from two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and quality of care. In 2015, IPE became part of the Council on Social Work Education’s national Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards guidelines. UCF’s first IPE training was held in fall 2014, with faculty and students from the College of Medicine, the School of Social Work and the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy participating. The UCF Physical Therapy Program and College of Nursing have since joined the IPE program. Social work Professor Mary Ann Burg initiated the school’s relationship with the College of Medicine. Not long thereafter, she turned over the reins to Assistant Professor Tracy Wharton, who now leads the social work portion of the IPE program. She and the entire IPE team, led by Professor Judy Simms-Cendan, from the College of Medicine, provide simulation trainings, generally with about 300 students and 50 faculty members, twice each fall semester and once each spring. Students break into small teams to participate in the activities, and they debrief the cases and explore roles and team dynamics afterwards with faculty members.

IPE Training The first training involves first-year students, who listen to a lecture and then work a case together in small groups, usually with two medical students and one student from each of the other disciplines. The cases are presented in such a way that

input from all the team members is necessary to resolve them. “We explicitly do not give them a hierarchy,” said Wharton. “It’s a medical setting and a medical case, but they go into this as equals. And since they’re all starting school, there are some pre-existing assumptions about the other professions. The goal is to break down those stereotypes and help them get to know each other.” During the second training, students experience a theaterstyle presentation of a clinical case that involves a series of medical errors and breaches of HIPPA rules. The focus is on respect, collaboration and protecting the dignity and autonomy of the patient. In the third training, actors play the roles of patients with complicated back stories that include hallmarks of some of the diagnostics the students have learned in class. Faculty members observe through one-way mirrors so they can provide feedback. For Danielle Glover and the other social work students who have participated, the IPE trainings have proven extremely valuable. “The IPE experiences taught me that the whole of the group is greater than the sum of its parts,” said Glover, a UCF research assistant and recent MSW graduate. “Social work fits right in with the medical personnel, as our role is designed to combat the psychosocial components associated with chronic illness, new diagnoses and barriers to accessing adequate care.” Recent BSW graduate Lovely Acquissa agreed. “We saw firsthand the work that goes into determining the care our clients need. Whether they realize it or not, their psychological and mental health is just as important as their physical health,” she said. The focus on interdisciplinary training is relatively new, but faculty members say it’s important to build “muscle memory” for teamwork early so doctors, nurses, social workers, physical therapists and pharmacists can provide the best care to patients. CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

THE VALUE OF A TEAM APPROACH Nancy Oquendo-Rolon, now an MSW student, vividly remembers her experience participating in the third training as a BSW student: “Our ‘patient’ had been suffering from uncontrolled asthma for about six months,” she explained. “A young medical student took the lead, asking all the physical, mental and social questions that we as a team had decided to ask. After a while, I asked permission to interject with some of my questions. The ‘patient’ said that he lived in a mobile home. I have knowledge of the deteriorated conditions of some mobile homes, and how economically difficult it is for some people to fix them or the indifference of some landlords. I started asking about the home’s condition. When he told us how a storm damaged the roof six months earlier and about humidity and mold issues, the students were surprised about my findings. After the ‘patient’ left, the other students addressed me in a different way, telling me that if it was not for my questions, they would never have found out the cause of the problem. In the debrief process, they talked about how important it is to have a social worker as part of the team when assessing a patient.”

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“We have the opportunity to provide our students with something that most of us did not have — the chance to work with their future colleagues while they are still in training,” Wharton added. “As our patients and clients become more complex, we can provide better service to them and utilize our health-care system resources more efficiently by working together.”

IPE in Action IPE students have opportunities to participate in several clinical settings under licensed supervision from a faculty team: two evenings per month year-round at the Knights Clinic in downtown Orlando, once in the fall semester doing geriatric wellness assessments at assistant living facilities, and once per semester at a free pop-up health clinic in a low socioeconomic area of Central Florida. In a recent clinical experience, students, faculty members, doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals gathered in a temporary clinic setting on a hot and humid afternoon in Apopka. Outside under a tent, they prepared to greet and assess the health needs of migrant farmworkers and their families, from tiny children to the elderly. Many of the potential patients rarely, if ever, received regular medical care. Some spoke Creole or Spanish rather than English. Inside the building, curtains were hung to create private spaces, with cardboard signs denoting specialties like dermatology, physical therapy, pediatrics, pharmacy, gynecology, dentistry, ophthalmology and social work, among others. Students from the IPE program were assigned to each clinic site, from triage to makeshift exam rooms, and they were about to gain practical experience they would never forget.

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As final preparations were made, all eyes turned to Rev. Linda Simmons, chaplain at Florida Hospital. “What is the difference between curing and healing?” she asked the volunteers. “We can’t always cure, but we can bring healing through our faces, our respect and our body language. Many of the farmworkers are afraid and rarely leave their community. It is a privilege for us to be here.” Everyone listened intently, and none more so than the social work students. They knew that their skills in listening and asking compassionate questions could help ease fears and uncover social and environmental issues that are so important in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of health concerns, particularly in this vulnerable population. Many patients would be suffering from trauma and complicated grief in addition to physical concerns. The pop-up health clinics were the Social work student Javier Arango (left) with brainchild of Adjunct a Farmworker Association staff member Instructor Heather

LEFT: The social work team that participated in the July 2017 Apopka Clinic included students and field faculty members. A student advisory committee recently formed to help plan social work involvement in the clinics, and the faculty members are working with the students to give them as much responsibility as they can.

BELOW: Judy Simms-Cendan from the College of Medicine, Heather Peralta from the College of Nursing and Tracy Wharton from the School of Social Work lead the teams that made the Apopka clinics happen.

Peralta from the College of Nursing, who saw the need as she and her students worked the Community Nursing Coalition in Apopka in collaboration with the Farmworker Association of Florida. The first clinic was held over two days in July 2016. MSW student Massiel Hernandez participated in all five Apopka clinics, including the latest one in fall 2017, when 107 patients were seen. She noted that her first one was an eye-opener that reinforced the value of a social worker as a vital piece in the intricate puzzle that is health care. “I was so excited to have the opportunity to engage the farmworker population in such an impactful way with services they were so desperate for, and to be able to work with such brilliant minds — med students, doctors and so forth,” she recalled. “My excitement quickly turned to a bit of a shock as I was asked by a student of another discipline to go gather referrals while I was speaking with a patient she needed to take vitals for. I felt a bit irrelevant, and it was only five minutes into the clinic! By the end of the evening, that student had gone in search of me several times to assist with translating and assessing her patients, whom she couldn’t communicate with or figure out what was wrong. It was an aha moment for us both. I cannot imagine a better time or place to embrace this experience.” With each encounter like this, the silos that isolate healthcare professionals are slowly crumbling, one IPE participant at a time. Students are learning that working collaboratively can lead to better health outcomes while improving efficiency and reducing costs. Their future patients will reap the benefits.




he team of students, faculty members and volunteers who run free pop-up health clinics for farmworkers in Apopka received the inaugural United States Public Health Service Interprofessional Education Collaborative Award this summer. Presented by the U.S. Public Health Service and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, the award is given to an interprofessional team of health professional students and/or faculty whose interdisciplinary work has significantly impacted the community they serve. (See story for more clinic details.) USPHS and IPEC received applications from top schools around the country, including Harvard University and the University of Michigan. “We found yours to exemplify excellence in interprofessional collaboration, highlighting community integration and population health efforts targeting underserved populations needing access to care,” they said. Now, a webinar and training materials are being created so that UCF’s efforts can be replicated elsewhere. Earlier this year, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation recognized UCF’s Knights (Keeping Neighbors In Good Health Through Service) Clinic with the Innovation Award for Health Care Provider Training and The inaugural U.S. Education for the clinic’s Public Health Service work addressing obesity Interprofessional and nutrition in underserved Education Collaborative communities. Award was presented The clinic, which opened to the students, four years ago, operates two faculty members and evenings a month at Grace volunteers who run free Medical Home in Orlando. clinics for farmworkers Run by UCF College of in Apopka. Medicine students under supervision of faculty members and other physicians, the clinic provides free care for those with no insurance and limited access to health care. For the last year, six social work students in the IPE program rotated in attendance at the clinic, supervised by Assistant Professor Tracy Wharton. “My students are there to make sure the patients’ voices are heard, to look for what else may be going on in their lives, to look for barriers to care and to help problem solve,” Wharton said. “When medical students come out of an exam and ask for us to talk with the patient and help them assess, in my head I’m shouting YES!”

No clinic clients or recipients of services appear in the photographs.

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Student ACHIEVEMENTS BSW Awards, Honors & Presentations

Major student, she also pursued her own


the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource

was honored as the College of Health and Public Affairs’ most

with a concentration in management


has a wealth of experience working for and volunteering on behalf of her community, where the underserved children of Lake County hold a special place in her heart. Among her many activities at UCF, she volunteered at free pop-up health clinics for farmworkers in Apopka (see story, page 10), led a student team in a digital storytelling project on human trafficking in

NATASHA CRUZ KROPF received the Judith G. Thames Endowed Scholarship. BARBARA MENDEZ-CAMPOS received the Patricia T. Barnes Memorial Endowed Scholarship. NANCY OQUENDO-ROLON received the Light the Way Scholarship. JOHANNA VIGNE received the Dr. Cheryl

Central Florida and advocated at the state

Evans Green Memorial Scholarship.

Legislature for a bill concerning instruction


on human trafficking. After graduating, she immediately started in the MSW Advanced Standing program and looks forward to working with children and families who have faced trauma.

BARBARA MENDEZ-CAMPOS (with Associate Professor Denise Gammonley and Assistant Professor Tracy Wharton) presented a poster and paper on The Use of a Music and Memory Program by

BARBARA MENDEZ-CAMPOS received the Order of Pegasus award this spring before earning a bachelor’s degree in social work with a health sciences minor and an aging studies certificate. During her undergraduate career, she served as a peer mentor for the LEAD Scholars Academy, an Undergraduate Admissions ambassador, the alcohol awareness director for Late

Associate Professor Denise

Knights, and a membership coordinator

Gammonley (center) accepted the

for the Phi Alpha National Social Work

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specializing in older adults and families

for 2017 at the UCF

nontraditional student and mother of three,

award on behalf of the school.

Center. She plans to earn her MSW,

and research.

Convocation this spring. Hernandez, a

The School of Social Work was named “Day Break Volunteer Group of the Year” by Easterseals Florida on Nov. 1 in recognition of its three-year service-learning partnership with Easterseals Day Break adult day health-care center in Winter Park. Some 50 BSW students enrolled in the course “Social Services for Older Adults” delivered more than 1,000 hours of service supporting members of Day Break who have disabilities or special needs related to dementia, physical limitations, stroke recovery and mental health concerns.

memory program she helped create for

outstanding student Founders’ Day Honors

Volunteer Group of the Year Award

research based on the use of a music and

Honor Society. As an Honors in the

Dementia Caregivers at the Southeastern Regional Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics in Atlanta and presented the poster at the undergraduate student research conference at UCF. MIRANDA PEET and HALEY ZILBERBERG (with Assistant Professor Tracy Wharton) presented a poster and paper on The HEALS Program Experience: Social Work Students Gain from Interdisciplinary Health Training at the Southeastern Regional Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics in Atlanta.

MSW Awards, Honors & Presentations

Ph.D. Awards, Publications & Presentations

Scholarships VICTORIA BIRD and CHELSEA MANDES received the Judith G. Thames Endowed Scholarship. MARY ALYCE CLARK WEBSTER received the Charlotte Willis Memorial Endowed Scholarship. CAROLYN WRIGHT received the Marlene Richmond Memorial Scholarship.

Presentations DANIELLE GLOVER and MARY ALYCE CLARK WEBSTER (with Assistant Professor Tracy Wharton) presented a poster and paper on Social Work in the Healthcare Workforce: Implications of Student Interprofessional Education for

Photo courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel

Future Collaboration at the Southeastern

LLOYD DURAN, (above, center), a U.S.

LISA MACRI (with Assistant Professor

Regional Student Mentoring Conference

Marines veteran, received the Freedom

Tracy Wharton and non-UCF faculty

in Gerontology and Geriatrics in Atlanta.

to Rock Award this summer from Gene

D. Paulson and L. Dubin) published a

They also were accepted to present this

Simmons and Paul Stanley, members of

refereed journal article titled Delirium

poster at the Southeastern Gerontological

the music group KISS, as they honored

and Mental Health History as Predictors

Society of America conference in

military veterans during a luncheon

of Aggression in Individuals With

Asheville, N.C., but were unable to attend

to benefit the Fisher House at their

Dementia in Inpatient Settings in Aging

due to lack of funding.

restaurant, the Rock & Brew in Oviedo.

and Mental Health.

Duran successfully defended his

HEALS awards BSW students Miranda Peet and Haley Zilberberg and MSW student Danielle Glover were selected as Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS), a program funded by the Council on Social Work Education and the National Association of Social Workers. Only 10 schools nationally received HEALS awards. The students went to Washington D.C., where they met with National Association of Social Workers lobbyists and visited their legislators on Capitol Hill.

doctoral dissertation, titled The Effects

MICHELLE VANCE presented a poster

of Social Support and Working Alliance

at the Council for Social Work annual

on Latino-American Male Combat

program meeting and co-authored

veterans, on Oct. 31.

an article in Social Work Education on Using Facebook As a Tool for Informal

MELANIE BERGERON’s (with Associate

Peer Support: A Case Example. She also

Professor Julie Steen, Associate

published (with Assistant Professor

Instructor Shellene Mazany and

Reshawna Chapple, Associate Professor

Assistant Professor Reshawna Chapple)

George Jacinto and Lecturer Tameca

refereed journal article titled The

Harris-Jackson) Do #BlackLivesMatter?

Human Right to Safe Exit: University

Implicit Bias, Institutional Racism, and

Evacuation Policy and Mobility

Fear of the Black Body in the Ralph

Impairment will be published in the

Bunche Journal of Public Affairs. Vance

Journal of Policy Practice.

is also an adjunct instructor at UCF.

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Danielle Vega Receives Degree Posthumously DANIELLE VEGA, a second-year MSW student who was well liked by her teachers and admired by her peers, passed away on April 9. She had nearly completed her final semester of the program, where she maintained a GPA of 3.8, and her mother was awarded her degree posthumously in May 2017. Vega excelled at her first internship with Seminole County Public Schools and at her second internship with Aspire Health Partners. The School of Social Work is honored to have her as an alumna, and our deepest sympathy goes out to her family.

New Study Abroad Program Debuts LECTURER TAMECA HARRIS-JACKSON taught a study-abroad course titled Social Work Perspectives on Sexuality in Amsterdam this June. Its purpose was for students to examine the perceptions, definitions and experience of human sexuality in the context of society through social norms, attitudes, beliefs and policies in the United States and in The Netherlands. Students attended a human trafficking presentation; heard from faith-based, spirituality, sexuality and LGBTQ+ speakers; and visited the Prostitute Information Center, the Red Light District, and a sexuality exhibit specifically designed for adolescents and youth. One of the course objectives was to recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate or create privilege and power.

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Jessica Perry


week after Jessica Perry graduated with her BSW this May, she started part-time in UCF’s MSW program, Advanced Standing Track. Working toward sitting for the LCSW exam and her ultimate goal of opening a rehabilitation site for adult survivors of human trafficking, Perry herself has already overcome more at a young age than many people do in a lifetime. Growing up in foster care, Perry lived in 20 homes in 10 years. In middle school, she was troubled and acting out because she was so angry. As a high school freshman, she realized that if she didn’t do something to give herself a better life, nobody else was going to do it. “I had a moment that I knew I had to grow up and get my stuff together,” she said. So she started studying harder and got involved in extracurricular activities, and by her senior year she was a leader in marching band and ROTC, and on the soccer team, among other pursuits. Yet Perry struggled, living in “an awful, awful foster home” but wanting to stay in the same school where the teachers liked her and she’d made friends for the first time. Her best friend’s mother invited her to move in, and her decision to go to college soon followed. Perry applied to UCF sight unseen because her favorite teacher at the time, her English teacher, had graduated from UCF. “The odds of a foster child attending college are very low,” said Maxine McGregor, instructor of social work. “As of 2014, only about 2 percent to 9 percent of foster youth attained bachelor’s degrees. So for Jessica to keep persevering to obtain her master’s degree is amazing. She has the power to not let her story end the way many foster youths’ stories end: homeless, single parent, addicted to drugs and depressed. Education is her passport to a better tomorrow.” Totally on her own after high school, Perry was helped through the Post Education Secondary Services program,

which offers youth aging out of foster care, under the right circumstances, a tuition and a fee waiver for up to two degrees. She also was part of the Title IV-E program that paid her a stipend so she could get an internship, take two specialization courses in child welfare and have mentoring to prepare for the workforce. Perry majored in social work initially because she wanted to work her way up to become the head of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). She wanted to change the foster care system she had lived through. “My experience has given me a good understanding of systems and systems theory and how they work within each other. I’m also able to easily identify gaps and barriers in the system,” she said. “It also gave me a head start in empathy and relating to clients and feeling what they felt.” After internships at DCF and the Children’s Home Society of Florida, she realized that changing the system didn’t all fall on her shoulders. She now wants to do research and work with, rather than for, DCF, presenting them with evidence to make better policies and use better therapeutic techniques. In the meantime, she works as an assessment specialist at Aspire Health System, where she assesses and gives preliminary diagnoses for those who come for inpatient services, voluntarily or through Baker Acts. She also interns for Florida Abolitionist, helping them staff cases, applying for grants and working to get their 24/7 crisis shelter open for adult survivors of human trafficking.

Community and Alumni Connections Celebrating Field Education

The event included honors for the following:

The UCF School of Social Work hosted a celebration of field education in April, recognizing the agencies and community professionals who supervised 300 social work interns during the academic year. BACK ROW

Assistant Field Education Coordinator Shelley Hall, Field Education Program Assistant LuAnn Briggs and Instructor Jennifer Calame FRONT ROW

Instructor Iradly Roche and Director of Field Education Jacqueline Winters

BSW Field Student of the Year Rebekah Watts MSW Generalist Field Student of the Year Iris Santos MSW Clinical Field Student of the Year Jasmine Cohen

Teamwork in Field Education Award Jilian Baxter Stephanie Elichme Leslie Fritjofson Margo Marcano BSW Field Instructor of the Year Jenny Ellis MSW Field Instructor of the Year Angela Rojas-Watson Community Partnership Award Grace Medical Home

OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS Michael Freeman, MSW ’12, received the School of Social Work’s Outstanding Alumni Award at a College of Health and Public Affairs celebration in February. Known throughout the Orlando community as an outstanding educator, speaker and advocate, Freeman was recognized for his expertise in diversity and was the assistant director for diversity education and student engagement at UCF from 2007 to 2012. He served on 22 campus initiatives in support of building a more inclusive and diverse campus and met with community partners on issues of diversity, inclusion and social justice. Freeman provides counseling to victims of human trafficking through Florida Abolitionist, and he also provided counseling services to community members who were affected by the Pulse nightclub shootings. Freeman embodies not only what it means to be a social worker, but also what it means to be a true community leader.

NASW Honors Professor and Alumna The National Association of Social Workers Florida Chapter selected Professor Ana Leon (left) as Social Work Educator of the Year for 2017 (also see page 19). The NASW Florida Chapter – Central Unit selected alumna Katherine Payares, BSW ’12, MSW ’13, (right), as Social Worker of the Year for 2017.

Photo by Charles Rutterbush

Michael Freemen (center) with School of Social Work Director Bonnie Yegidis and former College of Health and Public Affairs Dean Michael Frumkin

Trauma-Informed Care Event Draws Many to Campus More than 100 alumni and other community members, students, faculty members and administrators turned out for the School of Social Work’s October 2016 event on trauma-informed care. Distinguished speaker Ginny Sprang, Ph.D., director of the Center on Trauma and Children at the University of Kentucky, gave a thought-provoking presentation titled “Fighting Dragons: Trauma-Informed Response to Community Violence.” She discussed community responses to violence, including responses to the Pulse shooting in Orlando, and the need to understand how trauma impacts the lives of individuals who seek support and professional services. Sprang also participated in a subsequent panel discussion with two other panelists, alumnus Kenny Tello, MSW ’09, from The Healing Tree and Sarah Webb from the Victim Service Center of Central Florida. Professor Ana Leon from the school served as moderator. UCF School of Social Work | 17


Kim M. Anderson, Ph.D., MSSW, LCSW Professor, Public Affairs Doctoral Program Social Work Track Coordinator

Elizabeth Arnold, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW Professor, Director, Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training

Kevin Brown, Ph.D., MSW Lecturer

Mary Ann Burg, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW Professor, Associate Director of Research

Jennifer Calame, MSW Instructor

Reshawna Chapple, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW Assistant Professor

Mary Dillon, Ed.D., MSW Lecturer

Sophia Dziegielewski, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW Professor, Chair University Institutional Review Board

Christine Ferretti, MSW, LCSW Instructor and Online MSW Field Coordinator

Denise Gamonley, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW Associate Professor

Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D., MSW Assistant Professor

Shelley Hall, MSW Associate Instructor, Assistant Field Education Coordinator

Tameca Harris-Jackson, Ph.D., MSW, LICSW Lecturer

Robin Kohn, MSW, LCSW Associate Instructor, BSW Program Director

Shawn Lawrence, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW Associate Professor, MSW Program Director

Ana Leon, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW Professor

Tiffany Lumpkin, MSW, LCSW Instructor

Mary Mann, MSW Instructor

Shellene Mazany, MSW, LCSW Associate Instructor, Online MSW Coordinator

Maxine McGregor, MSW Instructor

Olga Molina, DSW, MSW, LCSW Associate Professor

Estelli Ramos, MSW, M.Div. Instructor

Iradly Roche, MSW Instructor

Julie Steen, Ph.D., MSW Associate Professor


Tracy Wharton, Ph.D., MSW, M.Ed., LCSW Assistant Professor

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James Whitworth, Ph.D., LCSW Associate Professor

Jacqueline Withers, MSW, LCSW Associate Instructor, Director of Field Education

Bonnie Yegidis, Ph.D., MSW Professor, School of Social Work Director

Chris Stewart, Ph.D., MSW, M.S. Associate Professor

FAC U LT Y AWA R D S Professor Ana Leon was named Social Work Educator of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers Florida Chapter and the NASW Florida Chapter – Central Unit (see page 17). She also received a UCF Teaching Incentive Program award, which recognizes sustained high levels of teaching effectiveness.

UCF’s Center for Success of Women Faculty honored Associate Professor Denise Gammonley during Women’s History Month in March. She was honored as one of 31 “women have been instrumental in shaping our university from its origins into the amazing institution it is presently.”


LuAnn Briggs, A.A. Field Program Assistant

Catherine Cash, M.A. Coordinator, BSW Academic Advisor

Professor Mary Ann Burg received the College of Health and Public Affairs’ 2016–17 Excellence in Graduate Teaching award.


Barbara Dahlstrom Executive Secretary

Evelyn Clegg Meridian Associates Counseling and Prevention Services William S. D’Aiuto Florida Department of Children and Families Denise DaCosta Orlando VA Medical Center

Karen Heine, B.S., B.A. Coordinator, MSW Academic Advisor

Ada Heller Administrative Assistant

Lisa Johannes MSW Program Assistant

Nancy Ellis UCF Center for Community Partnerships Emily Garten Devereux Family Counseling Center Joan Nelson Heart of Florida United Way Mary Norris Arnold Palmer Medical Center

Adriana Kelly, B.A. Coordinator, Online MSW Academic Advisor

Shane Murphy, B.A. Online MSW Program Assistant

Chichi Pizarro, M.A. Assistant Director, Administrative Services

Laura Sterling Teruya & Sterling, P.A. Faith Sills Office of the Public Defender Diane Silvey Winter Park Health Foundation

Shanice Rodriguez, B.S. Program Assistant

Kacey Stensrud, M.A. Coordinator, Research Programs and Services

Zaida Valentin BSW Program Assistant

Judith G. Thames Winter Park Health Foundation

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PULSE REMEMBERED Several social work faculty members participated in the 2017 events remembering the victims and family members during the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shootings (June 12) in downtown Orlando. In the days immediately following the attack, faculty members Mary Mann, Tracy Wharton, Olga Molina and Michael Freeman were on scene providing services and support. Photo of the remembrance by Steve Skiles

Undergraduate Programs Bachelor of Social Work Certificate in Aging Studies Certificate in Children’s Services Aging Studies Minor Graduate Programs Master of Social Work FULL-TIME TRACK PART-TIME TRACK ADVANCED STANDING TRACK ONLINE TRACK ONLINE ADVANCED STANDING TRACK

Certificate in Military Social Work Doctoral Program in Public Affairs SOCIAL WORK TRACK

The BSW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education through 2024.

ENGAGE 2017  

Engage is an annual publication that showcases the achievements and accomplishments of the faculty, staff, students and alumni from the UCF...

ENGAGE 2017  

Engage is an annual publication that showcases the achievements and accomplishments of the faculty, staff, students and alumni from the UCF...