College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Walter Boot earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. He conducts research in visual cognition, training, and transfer of training and is currently investigating video games as a means to improve perceptual and cognitive abilities. Other research interests include visual search, attention capture, eye movement control, and visual attention across the lifespan.
Dr. Lisa Eckel earned her Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1996. She currently investigates neuroendocrine influences on feeding behavior with an emphasis on understanding how aging-related loss of the ovarian hormone estradiol alters food intake and weight gain in female rodents. Other projects investigate (1) how individual differences in taste perception affect diet choice, caloric intake, and propensity for weight gain, and (2) how periods of overeating followed by periods of dietary restriction affect the neural control of food intake and physiological regulation of body weight.
Dr. Deborah Fadool earned her Ph.D. at the University of Florida and Whitney Laboratory in 1993. She is currently researching olfactory signal transduction as well as conducting research with learning, memory, and neural plasticity at the level of the ion channel protein through electrophysiology.
Dr. James Fadool earned his Ph.D. at Michigan State University in 1992 and completed NIH postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Florida and Harvard University. He studies genetic and biochemical mechanisms regulating visual system development with basic and translational applications to stem cell biology and therapeutic approaches for management of photoreceptor disease.
Dr. Erin Ingvalson received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience from Carnegie Mellon University. She did her postdoctoral training in communication sciences and disorders at Northwestern University before joining FSU’s School of Communication Science and Disorders in the College of Communication and Information. Dr. Ingvalson’s interests are in speech perception and speech learning. Her lab takes a whole-lifespan approach, studying individual differences in speech learning outcomes from children receiving a cochlear implant to younger adults perceiving accented speech to older adults learning to adapt to the changes in speech perception that accompany aging.
Dr. Thomas Joiner earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His research is on the psychology, neurobiology, and treatment of suicidal behavior and related conditions, including in active duty military and veteran populations.
Dr. Pamela Keel earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1998. She currently studies eating disorders, including biological and psychological factors that contribute to binge eating and purging behaviors; nosology and statistical approaches to classification; longitudinal and epidemiological studies of psychological, social and cultural factors that influence eating disorders and body image.
Dr. Colleen Kelley earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1983. She conducts research on long-term memory and on the monitoring and control of cognitive processes. A current focus in the laboratory is spontaneous memory retrieval, including the importance of being reminded of prior events during current learning. Other research interests include the effects of emotion on memory, deliberate memory retrieval, and context effects on memory.
Dr. Wen Li received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2004. She is currently studying emotion and emotion-cognition interaction; anxiety and anxiety disorders; perception; learning and neural plasticity.
Dr. Natalie Sachs-Ericsson obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Southern Illinois University. She completed Post-Doctoral study at University of Colorado-Boulder and at Max Planck Institute in Berlin Germany. Dr. Sachs-Ericsson is on the faculty in the Department of Psychology in the area of clinical psychology at Florida State University. Her area of research interests are psychiatric epidemiology in general population and elderly population samples. Her focus has been on depression, cognitive decline and suicide. In her lab they examine protective and risk factors (including biological/genetic risk factors as well as psychosocial factors (e.g., poverty, early childhood experiences, childhood abuse, interpersonal functioning, ethnicity, and race) that influence the onset and course of psychiatric disorders, dementia and suicide. A focus has been on understanding the mechanisms that underlie the neurological underpinnings linking depression to cognitive decline and dementia. A second focus has been the association of early trauma to subsequent psychiatric and health outcomes in the general population and among older adults. She is currently the Associate Editor for the journal Aging & Mental Health.
Dr. Aaron Wilber earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2010. His research is directed at understanding how we get oriented in space so we can navigate our environment and what goes wrong when this system fails. He is currently exploring how the neural network for getting oriented in space is altered in rodent models of Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Diana Williams earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. She is currently studying neural and hormonal control of food intake and body weight; communication between gut and brain; obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders; physiological and behavioral responses to overfeeding, palatable foods, dieting and starvation.
Dr. Jong-Sung Yoon earned his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Florida State University in 2015. His research focuses on how to correctly apply the expert-performance approach and protocol analysis to the study of expertise in various fields and how it can be expanded to different fields of psychology and science. He has conducted several lines of research on exceptional memory performance – including its neural mechanism, assessing understanding and metacognition in complex learning, and medical expertise.
Dr. Zuoxin Wang received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1991. He joined the faculty at Florida State University in 1998, and is now the University Distinguished Research Professor and Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience. He is an elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He currently serves as an Associate Editor for Hormones & Behavior, Secretary for the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, and a grant reviewer for both NIH and NSF. Dr. Wang’s research is devoted to the understanding of the neuronal and hormonal mechanisms of social behaviors as well as the effects of environmental and physiological factors on brain plasticity and its subsequent role in behaviors. His research has been supported by multiple NIH grants.
College of Business
Dr. Patricia Born received her Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University and is currently the Midyette Eminent Scholar of Insurance in the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate and Legal Studies at Florida State University. She is Director of the FSU Center for Insurance Research and is a research associate in the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center. She is also the Director of the Risk Management PhD program in the College of Business. Her research interests include insurer profitability, medical malpractice, managed care finance, tort reform, risk retention groups, and catastrophe modeling. She has published in leading insurance academic journals including Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Columbia Business Law Review,and the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. Dr. Born is a member of the boards of the American Risk and Insurance Association and the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association. She also serves as a Long Term Care Ombudsman for the State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
College of Communication and Information
Dr. Jonathan Adams is a professor in the College of Communication and Information with The Florida State University. During his 20 years’ experience with in interactive software development he received 17 awards for technical achievement and innovation. During his employment with FSU, he directed a graduate program in interactive communication, led 2.5 million dollars in contracts and grants and is currently a co-fouder of iMaker FSU an interdisciplinary research and development facility focused on the development of new and innovative uses for information technologies. Adams’ interdisciplinary work includes university teaching positions in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Music, Education and Communication. Dr Adams has a deep interest in entrepreneurship. He has organized a Startup Weekend, several 3 Day Startup events and regularly serves as a judge, mentor and consultant on campus and in the local community. He is an active member of the Project Management Institute and an avid fan of gypsy jazz.
Dr. Russell Clayton is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication within the College of Communication and Information at the Florida State University. Dr. Clayton earned his B.S. in Psychology in 2010 and M.A. in Health Psychology in 2012, both from Texas State University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 2015. His area of research is focused on the cognitive and emotional processing of health messages. Specifically, he examines how content and production features of media can be combined to create effective public health campaign messages that encourage cessation outcomes of unhealthy behaviors, and that promote quality of life and healthy development across all life stages. Other areas of interest include the psychological, social, and health implications of social media and mobile technology use.
Dr. Juliann Cortese is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Communication, Florida State University. Her area of research focuses on the uses and effects of online health content, having examined online tailoring, mediated social support, and mental processes engaged in while examining online content. Dr. Cortese is currently working with ISL as a Co-Investigator on their project, Human Factors Guidelines to Develop Education Tip Cards for Aging Road Users, for the Florida Department of Transportation. She has published in top ranking journals including Patient Education & Counseling, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and Human Communication Research.
Dr. Zhe He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information within the College of Communication & Information at Florida State University. He received his B.S. from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, his M.S. from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from New Jersey Institute of Technology, all in Computer Science. Prior to joining the faculty at Florida State University in 2015, he did a postdoc in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. His research focuses on developing novel data-driven methods to discover hidden patterns in biomedical data and provide such information to clinicians and researchers so that they can make smart decisions. He is also interested in developing structural and semantic methods to guide the design of controlled terminologies and ontologies, so that they can support biomedical natural language processing, clinical decision support, and electronic health records in a more meaningful and effective way. He has published in leading biomedical informatics journals and conferences such as: Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, AMIA Annual Symposium, and MEDINFO.
Dr. Jinghui (Jove) Hou is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication within the College of Communication and Information at the Florida State University. Dr. Hou earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 2015. Her research investigates social and psychological effects of communication and information technologies, ranging from websites, social media, personal and mobile media, and computer games. She is keen on exploring how to leverage her research to develop effective technologies that promote self-beneficial and pro-social behaviors. Dr. Hou is currently working as a Co-Investigator on an interdisciplinary project, Smart City Technology, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Michelle M. Kazmer is an Associate Professor in the School of Information within the College of Communication & Information at Florida State University. She also holds a courtesy faculty appointment at the Florida State University College of Medicine in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine. Her Ph.D. is from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her MLS is from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University. She has worked as a rare book cataloger, as an academic engineering librarian, and as a technical information specialist for an American automotive manufacturer. Her research focuses on distributed knowledge, and she explores and theorizes distributed knowledge processes. Her work is collaborative and multidisciplinary and prioritizes working with graduate students. Her research in distributed knowledge has three primary, inter-related directions: studies of science and scientists; studies of collaborative e-learning; and studies of health knowledge creation and sharing.
Dr. Megan MacPherson earned her Ph.D. in speech science and gerontology from Purdue University. Her research focuses on age- and neurologic disease-related changes in speech production and its physiologic and cognitive-linguistic underpinnings. Her current work focuses on the interactions of neuromotor, autonomic nervous system, and cognitive-linguistic functions in the speech production of healthy adults and individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. MacPherson directs the Speech Motor Control Laboratory in the School of Communication Science and Disorders.
Dr. Elizabeth Madden is an assistant professor in the School of Communication Science and Disorders and an affiliate of the Institute for Successful Longevity. She completed her PhD in Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington and her clinical training in speech-language pathology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Her research is focused on rehabilitation of aphasia, an acquired language processing disorder. Specifically, her work aims to better understand the relationship between spoken and written language abilities in individuals with aphasia in order to develop behavioral treatments to address reading and writing disorders post-stroke.
Dr. Paul F. Marty is an Associate Professor in the School of Information within the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University, Florida’s iSchool. He has a background in ancient history and computer science engineering, and his Ph.D. is from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1996 to 2002, he was Director of Information Technology at the Spurlock Museum. Dr. Marty’s research and teaching interests include museum informatics, information behavior, and user-centered design. He specializes in the study of museums as sociotechnical systems, and is particularly interested in the social implications of introducing new technologies into the museum environment. His current research focuses on the evolution of sociotechnical systems and collaborative work practices, digital convergence and the evolving roles of information professionals, and involving users in the co-construction of distributed, digital knowledge.
Dr. Ulla Sypher earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 2002. She conducts research on the positive effects of technology (e.g. digital games, social media, Internet, mobile phone) across the adult lifespan. This research also includes personality factors that persist over time, health benefits derived from the use of technology, strengthening of inter-generational ties, and overall quality of life.
College of Education
Dr. Shengli Dong earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park. He conducts research on workplace accommodations for people with disabilities, as well as vocational rehabilitation. Dr. Dong also investigates the relationship between mindfulness and mental health, and multicultural counseling.
Dr. Amy R. Guerette, Ed.D. is the College of Education Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and an Associate Professor in the Program on Visual Impairments. She currently oversees academic affairs, student affairs, and accreditation in the College. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Guerette worked as a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments and a Deafblind Specialist in P-12 education. She serves on national and state committees in the field of visual impairment and deafblindness, as well as various state and university committees regarding teacher preparation and academic integrity. Her research interests include the development of literacy skills in students with visual impairments and deafblindness, accommodations and workplace barriers for adults with visual impairments, and teacher preparation.
Dr. Fengfeng Ke is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, Florida State University. Fengfeng’s current research focuses on digital game-based learning, mixed-reality-based immersive learning, computer-supported collaborative learning, and inclusive design of e-learning. She investigates intergenerational learning in the creative and playful learning environment, and intergenerational groups in computer supported collaborative work. She is the principal investigator of multiple research projects on technology-based, interactive learning systems.
Dr. Joshua I. Newman (Ph.D., Maryland) is Director of the Center for Sport, Health, and Equitable Development and Associate Professor and Director of PhD Studies in the Department of Sport Management at Florida State University. He has published two books and over 60 articles and chapters on issues related to social inequalities, social and economic development, and political economics of sport and physical activity. His recent work focuses on the social and health benefits of physical activity and sport participation across the life course. Toward this end, he is actively involved in public policy and programming initiatives that will expand and enhance sport- and recreation-based interventions toward healthy physical and cognitive aging. His research on this and other topics has been featured in top international journals such as Body & Society, Qualitative Inquiry, and the Journal of Sport & Social Issues.
Dr. Gershon Tenenbaum is the Benjamin S. Bloom Professor of Educational and Sport Psychology and the Sport Psychology Graduate Program Director at Florida State University. He is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University and the University of Chicago in measurement and research methods in psychology. Gershon was previously the Director of the Ribstein Center for Research and Sport Medicine at the Wingate Institute in Israel, and the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Sport Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. From 1997-2001 he was the President of the International Society of Sport Psychology, and from1996-2008 the Editor of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. He has published more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals in psychology and sport psychology in areas of expertise and decision-making, psychometrics, and coping with physical effort experiences. Among others: The Journal of Experimental Psychology, Applied Cognitive Psychology, The British Journal of Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Frontiers in Psychology, PLOS One, Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, The Sport Psychologist, and the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology).
College of Engineering
Dr. Jingjiao Guan researches Micro/nano -devices for biosensing and drug delivery. He earned his B.E. in Metal Physics in 1995 at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing as well as his M.E. in Materials Physics in 1998. In 2003 he earned a M.S. in Biophysics at The Ohio State University, and in 2005 Dr. Guan earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Yan Li earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing China in 1995. In 2002 she earned her Ph.D.in Chemical Engineering at The Ohio State University. Dr. Li studies Stem cell technology and engineering; Tissue engineering and biomaterials; and Cell processing and bioprocessing.
Dr. Eren Erman Ozguven, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of the FAMU-FSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research interests are focused on multi-modal emergency transportation operations, evaluation of roadway crashes, emergency inventory management, modeling of transportation networks, and intelligent transportation systems. Dr. Ozguven’s research program has evolved towards studying the accessibility and safety of the multi-modal transportation networks in order to assess the transportation needs of the aging populations. Dr. Ozguven has authored articles in respected journals such as Transportation Research Part C, Transportation Research Record, Transport Reviews and American Society of Engineers journals. He is actively involved in Transportation Research Board activities. He teaches courses in transportation engineering and statistics.
Dr. Anant Paravastu earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998, and he earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. Dr. Paravastu is interested in researching Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy as well as Biomaterials, Protein Self-Assembly, and Protein Aggregation Diseases.
Dr. John Sobanjo earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and worked as a professional engineer in Texas and California before coming to the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering in 1995. He is director of the Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP Center), a Tier 1 University Transportation Center funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Dr. Sobanjo’s research involves transportation engineering, construction engineering, infrastructure engineering & management, and GPS & GIS applications.
Dr. Lisa Spainhour received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1994, and studies traffic safety with a focus on aging drivers. Since 2002, she has led a team of researchers and programmers that develop, deploy, and support traffic crash and citation software, currently supported in over 150 agencies with over 16,000 users. Dr. Spainhour is the Director of the Center for Transportation and Public Safety, and the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the FSU Transportation Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population.
Dr. Chengying “Cheryl” Xu received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2006, and her M.S. in 2001 in Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, in Beijing, China. Her research interests include advanced multifunctional ceramic materials, and high temperature sensor design. Dr. Xu has co-authored a textbook: Intelligent Systems: Modeling, Optimization and Control (CRC Press, 2008, 433 pages) and four book chapters. She has authored and coauthored around 40 journal papers and around 30 refereed conference proceedings.
College of Fine Arts
Dr. David Gussak, Ph.D., ATR-BC ., is a Professor and the Chairperson for The Florida State University Department of Art Education; he is also Clinical Coordinator for the Department’s Graduate Art Therapy program. David has published and presented extensively internationally, nationally and regionally on: art therapy in forensic settings, working with aggressive and violent clients, and the work of the art therapist.
Dr. Lisa Kinch Waxman, Ph.D. is a professor and chair of the Interior Design department at Florida State University. Her research includes topics related to sustainable design, the design of spaces that foster community, and design for special populations. She is a NCIDQ certificate holder, a LEED-AP, and a licensed interior designer in Florida. She teaches computer-aided design, sustainability, and studio.
College of Human Sciences
Dr. Bahram H. Arjmandi, PhD, RD is currently Margaret A. Sitton Named Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences at Florida State University (FSU) where he is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council, the College Advisory Council and the Director of the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging at FSU. Dr. Arjmandi is a registered Dietitian who received his PhD from the Department of Human Nutrition at Kansas State University where he studied the effect of soluble fiber on sterol synthesis. His current research emphasis is women’s health including osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and cardiovascular health. He has received numerous recognitions for his scholarly research and graduate student advisement including The Abbott Nutrition Award in Women’s Health from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Margaret Scruggs Award for Meritorious Research, the Regents Distinguished Research Award at Oklahoma State University, and Distinguished Research Award at Kansas State University.
Dr. Michael Delp received a B.S. degree in Biomedical Chemistry from Oral Roberts University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Georgia in Exercise Physiology. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Konstanz in Germany and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri. His research examines the effects of physical activity on the cardiovascular system. Work from the Delp laboratory uses aging, microgravity (simulated and actual) and type II diabetes to investigate the effects of low levels of physical activity on vascular function, and exercise training to determine whether elevations in physical activity improve indicators of vascular health. According to the American Heart Association, physical inactivity is a major risk factor for developing coronary artery disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disorders. It also contributes to other risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, low levels of HDL cholesterol, and diabetes. Work from the Delp laboratory has focused on the full spectrum of physical activity on smooth muscle and endothelial cell function of arteries, and how activity-related alterations in vasomotor function alters control of arterial pressure and tissue perfusion.
Dr. Arturo Figueroa received a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Arizona and M.D. and M.S. in Sports Medicine from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. His research interests are in the age-related increase in arterial stiffness and loss of muscle mass and strength (sarcopenia). He currently investigates the effects of strength training (resistance and whole-body vibration) and L-citrulline supplementation on arterial function (stiffness, wave reflection, central blood pressure, and blood flow) in postmenopausal women with hypertension, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Elizabeth B. Goldsmith earned her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. She researches longevity and financial behavior such as superior personal investing performance. She recently co-authored “The Relationship Between Retirement Wealth and Householders’ Lifetime Personal Financial and Investing Behaviors” in the Journal of Consumer Affairs.
Dr. Jasminka Ilich-Ernst is the Hazel Stiebeling professor of nutrition. She is a registered dietitian (RD) and a fellow of the American College of Nutrition. Dr. Ilich-Ernst earned her PhD at the Ohio State University and the University of Zagreb in Croatia. Her research includes clinical studies in older women with nutritional interventions incorporating behavioral modification and modes of physical activity for augmentation of bone and body composition. Dr. Ilich-Ernst has identified a triad incorporating bone loss, muscle loss and adipose tissue expansion in older individuals and termed it “osteosarcopenic obesity syndrome”. Recently, she started investigating the newly discovered hormone, irisin, in connection with brown-fat, beige-fat activation. Her research also includes outreach to underserved communities for education and health promotion interventions to foster obesity prevention, improvement in cardiovascular risk factors and overall healthier lifestyle. On the molecular level, Dr. Ilich-Ernst investigates nutritional influences on mesenchymal stem cell differentiation into osteoblasts (bone forming cells) and adipocytes (fat cells) lineages and cross-talk with myocytes (muscle cells). Insight into the pathways and nature of the metabolites involved will lead to better understanding of the overall functioning of bone, muscle, and adipose tissues and their inter-connective trajectories.
Dr. Jeong-Su Kim received his B.S. degree in Physical Education from Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea. He obtained his M.S. from the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2002. Prior to joining to the faculty at Florida State University in 2007, he had four years of postdoctoral training as a fellow and a research associate in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Kim’s primary research interests focus on the study of sarcopenia (i.e., age-related atrophy of skeletal muscle) and other neuromuscular changes related to aging, diseases, exercise, and physical function. His emphasis for future research projects includes the age-related and exercise (load)-induced cellular and molecular adaptations in skeletal muscle, and the prevention of physical disability and maintenance of independence through physical activity by designing/optimizing proper exercise interventions for healthy or “at risk” older adults.
Dr. Michael Ormsbee joined the faculty at The Florida State University in 2010, after spending two years at Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY) as an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Sciences. Dr. Ormsbee completed his Ph.D. in Bioenergetics (interdisciplinary program in Exercise Science, Physiology, & Biochemistry) from East Carolina University, his M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition from South Dakota State University, and his B.S. in Exercise Science/Business from Skidmore College. Dr. Ormsbee’s research and expertise focus is on training and eating to prevent obesity-related diseases, achieve optimal body composition, and optimize athletic/human performance. In particular, the role of nutrition, supplements, and exercise to optimize health (cardiovascular, energy metabolism, and body composition) and human performance (strength, power, functionality) are being studied in both diseased populations and in athletes.
Dr. Lynn Panton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences. She is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Panton’s research interests are in strength training and the effects on the physiological measurements of strength, blood pressure, cholesterol, body composition, and functional outcomes of healthy elderly adults and chronically diseased populations. Her recent research has focused on the effects of strength training in women breast cancer survivors. She received her BS from Emory University, and MSESS and PhD from University of Florida.
Dr. Gloria Salazar obtained a M.S. in Biochemistry in 1993 and a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology in 2000 from the Catholic University in Santiago, Chile. Dr. Salazar’s research has established a novel interplay among mitochondrial function, autophagy and zinc metabolism in the regulation of vascular aging. These studies will provide a foundation for novel therapeutic interventions to promote healthier aging and prevent/delay age-related diseases including atherosclerosis.
College of Law
Dr. Marshall Kapp earned his B.A. in 1971 in Social and Behavioral Sciences from John Hopkins University. In 1974 he earned his J.D. 1974 from George Washington University, and in 1978 he received his M.P.H. at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kapp is the director of the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine & Law and a faculty member in the College of Medicine and College of Law. He is a member of the American Medical Directors Association Foundation Scientific Council. He also is the Editor Emeritus of the American College of Legal Medicine’s Journal of Legal Medicine and serves on the editorial boards of several other major journals in the health law field. He has published and spoken extensively on topics in health law, medical ethics, and law and aging.
Dr. Wayne Logan, Gary & Salllyn Pajcic Professor of Law, teaches and writes in the areas of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Sentencing. Professor Logan’s research focuses on a broad variety of subjects, including police search and seizure, Megan’s Laws, and issues relating to the interplay of state, local and federal criminal justice systems. The author of several dozen law review articles, his work has appeared in such publications as the Georgetown Law Journal, Michigan Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review. His most recent book, Knowledge as Power: Criminal Registration and Community Notification Laws in America (Stanford University Press, 2009), was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Kebodeaux (2013). He is commonly quoted in the national media outlets, including the A.B.A. Journal, New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. Professor Logan is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a past chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he was Senior Articles Editor of the Law Review and received the faculty award for best student-written contribution to the Review. Before entering full-time teaching, Professor Logan clerked for the North Carolina Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and practiced law in Raleigh, North Carolina. Professor Logan served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at FSU Law (2008-2011) and is the recipient of a University Teaching Award (2015).
College of Medicine
Dr. Pradeep Bhide received his degree in veterinary medicine from Veterinary College, Bangalore, India, and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He undertook postdoctoral training in developmental neurobiology at University College, London; Yale University; and Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bhide is the Jim and Betty Ann Rodgers Eminent Scholar Chair of Developmental Neuroscience and the director of the Center for Brain Repair at the Florida State University College of Medicine.
Dr. Michael Blaber graduated with a B.A. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1980. Dr. Blaber entered the Ph.D. program in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Medicine at UC. Dr. Blaber joined the Department of Chemistry at FSU as an assistant professor, receiving a University Teaching Award in 1999, and earning tenure and a promotion to associate professor in 2000. In fall 2005 Blaber joined the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Medicine at FSU. In 2007 Blaber was promoted to Professor and also received the Outstanding Senior Faculty Researcher Award. In 2009 Blaber received the E.K. Frey/E. Werle Gold Medal for research in the area of Kallikrein -related peptidases. His current work focuses on the Fibroblast Growth Factor-1 mutants which he has received numerous patents for related work.
Dr. Judy Delp “My research program reflects a longstanding interest in adaptations of the resistance vasculature to aging and vascular disease associated with cardiovascular risk factors. In addition, my research focuses on the ability of aerobic exercise training to reverse adverse vascular adaptations associated with advancing age. In my laboratory, we have used isolated vessel techniques to study the vasculature of the brain, cardiac and skeletal muscle, mesentery, and kidney. The majority of my work has been performed using an NIA-maintained rodent model of aging, the Fischer 344 rat. Our exercise training model employs treadmill training (10 weeks) in both young and old Fischer 344 rats. More recent work has focused on the use of fluorescence techniques to identify adaptations of nitric oxide and oxygen radical signaling in arterioles from skeletal and cardiac muscle. We are also currently investigating the role of adiponectin signaling in age and exercise training-induced vascular adaptations in a genetically modified mice.”
Dr. Gail Galasko earned her Ph.D from Queen Mary College University of London. Research in the Galasko Lab is focused on understanding the mechanism of action of insulin and what causes the insulin resistance found in type 2 diabetes mellitus. They have isolated 2 small compounds which act as second messengers in the insulin signaling pathway, and a third which inhibits insulin action. Her hypothesis that these compounds have an important physiological role in the maintenance of normal blood sugar, and that lack of the insulin second messengers is an important factor in diabetes and its complications. She believes that findings from her studies will have important implications in understanding of and developing new treatments for diabetes.
Dr. Robert Glueckauf received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Florida State University (FSU). Prior to returning to FSU, he served as Professor and Director of the Center for Research on Telehealth and Healthcare Communications at the University of Florida. Dr. Glueckauf’s current interests lie in the development and evaluation of eHealth and community-based interventions for individuals with chronic illness and their family caregivers, outcomes measurement, and spirituality and health.
Dr. Akash Gunjan is a research scientist trying to understand how chromatin structure and its components such as histones contribute to the maintenance of genomic stability, especially in response to DNA damage, using yeast and human cells in culture. Genomic instability is a hallmark of cancer cells and is also associated with aging. An important aging related project in Dr. Gunjan’s lab is to evaluate the role of individual histone genes and rDNA metabolism in aging using the budding yeast as a model system. Overall, Dr. Gunjan’s research will improve our understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying cancer and cellular aging. Apart from research, Dr. Gunjan is involved in teaching various graduate level courses that draw upon his expertise in the fields of chromatin biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and epigenetics. Dr. Gunjan also facilitates small group sessions in Medical Biochemistry and Genetics, Microanatomy, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Physiology for first and second year medical students.
Dr. Pascal Jean-Pierre earned his PhD from the University of Rhode Island in 2005. He completed NIH postdoctoral cancer control research fellowship and his postdoctoral MPH from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry in 2009. He is interested in cancer and treatment-related neurocognitive dysfunction (CRND) and other cancer-related biobehavioral sequelae such as fatigue and psychological distress. Dr. Jean-Pierre’s cancer control research program focuses on 1) understanding the neural substrate and underlying neurocognitive mechanisms involved in CRND) 2) developing and testing reliable methods to facilitate diagnosis, optimal patient care, and successful neurocognitive rehabilitation for CRND; 3) understanding brain plasticity and the changes that accompany recovery of neurocognitive operations in the context of cancer and its treatments; and 4) developing and testing behavioral and pharmacological interventions to treat CRND and other cancer-related adverse effects for patients and survivors. An overarching goal of Dr. Jean-Pierre’s research is to develop cancer control assessment and interventions strategies that are applicable across multicultural populations, reduce cancer burden and sufferings, and improve quality of life for all cancer patients and survivors.
Dr. Paul Katz is a widely published author and noted speaker on aging issues. He graduated with an M.D. from the University of Michigan, where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and completed a geriatric medicine fellowship from SUNY Buffalo at the VA Medical Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Dr. Katz is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Geriatrics, and is currently leading research on The North and Central Florida Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Partnership, a partnership between FSU, community-based primary care, and community based education organizations
Dr. Choogon Lee obtained a B.S. from Seoul National University in South Korea. He attended Rutgers University, where he obtained his Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics in 1999. He currently studies the molecular basis for Circadian rhythms.
Dr. Martina Luchetti earned her Masters Degree in Clinical and Community Psychology in 2009 and her PhD in Psychological Sciences (Clinical Psychology) in 2015 at the University of Bologna (Italy). Her research addresses the psychological understanding of personally-meaningful experiences and adjustment to stressful-life events (e.g., physical illness and injuries) across the adult lifespan. Her interests also extend to the study of how psychological functioning and other health-related factors affect cognitive aging.
Dr. Timothy Megraw received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He investigates the functions of centrosomes and cilia in cell division, development and disease. This includes asymmetric division of stem cells, the regulation of centrosomal and other microtubule-organizing centers (MTOCs), metabolic disorders due to loss of centrosome proteins, and regulation of primary cilium assembly and function. Dr. Megraw’s lab uses Drosophila, mouse, and human cell culture models.
Dr. Thomas Morgan is an Assistant in Medicine whose experience with cancer cell biology began with his graduate training. He is now conducting research at the College of Medicine and The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, at Florida State University where he has introduced stem cell isolation techniques to the lab and the glioma research has expanded into using nanotechnology modified stem cells for potential therapies in glioma and traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Christopher P Mulrooney is an Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Assistant Professor of Geriatrics, as well as Chief Operating Officer of Florida Medical Practice Plan, Inc., overseeing the operations of a not-for-profit medical practice within the College. His expertise includes research-based competency model development and competency-based assessment of health care executives, physician leaders, and paraprofessional caregivers. Prior to his academic career, he spent 30 years in direct service, administrative, consulting, and executive roles in health care and aging services. Dr. Mulrooney received his B.S. in Gerontology from the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California, his Master’s degree in Gerontological Services Administration from the New School for Social Research (New York, NY), and his Ph.D. in Psychology/Gerontological Studies from Boston University.
Dr. Jose Pinto earned his Ph.D in 2006 from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His research of study was Muscle Biochemistry and Biophysics. He researched as a postdoctoral scholar from 2006 to 2010 at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine under the mentoring of Dr. James D. Potter. His postdoctoral research focus was on the Molecular Mechanisms of Inherited Cardiomyopathies. In 2010, Dr. Pinto became a research assistant professor until he joined the FSU College of Medicine Biomedical Sciences Department in 2011.
Dr. Alice Pomidor is a family practice geriatrician who has been actively involved for over 25 years in clinical teaching of medical students, residents and fellows at all levels. She has a special interest in the use of educational videogames and technology to teach geriatrics concepts. Her community activities include serving on the Board of the Alzheimer’s Project and on the Advisory Council of the Tallahassee Senior Center. She is a member of the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition in Florida, past president of the Florida Geriatrics Society, and Vice-Chair of the Public Education Committee of the American Geriatrics Society. She teaches frequently on a variety of topics in geriatrics, and has significant experience with driving skills for older adults, health literacy and falls prevention. Dr. Pomidor works clinically at the Wound Healing Center in Tallahassee.
Dr. Branko Stefanovic joined the faculty of the FSU College of Medicine in August 2002 after serving for eight years as a research assistant professor in the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition in the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. After earning his doctorate in molecular biophysics at FSU in 1991, he did post-doctoral training at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Dr. Stefanovic is a tenure track scientist who conducts research in the area of molecular mechanisms of liver fibrosis. He also teaches and facilitates small groups in pharmacology, biochemistry and physiology.
Dr. Angela Sutin earned her B.A. in Psychology at Mount Holyoke College in 1999, her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of California, Davis in 2006, and did a postdoc at the National Institute on Aging, NIH. Her research addresses how psychological factors contribute to health and well being across the lifespan, and how changes in physical health contribute to changes in psychological functioning. Her specific interests include the reciprocal relation between obesity and psychological functioning across the lifespan and the trajectory of cognitive and emotional well being in old age.
Dr. Antonio Terracciano received his Doctoral degree from the Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli and Università degli Studi di Cagliari.Before joining the Department of Geriatrics, Dr. Terracciano was a staff scientist at the National Institute on Aging, NIH. His research focuses on how psychological traits and genetic factors contribute to physical and mental health across the lifespan. Dr. Terracciano uses longitudinal and cross-cultural methodologies to examine changes in traits with age, from adolescence to older adulthood. Dr. Terracciano has also led and participated in large collaborative genome-wide association studies to identify common genetic variants associated with personality traits, depression, and cigarette smoking. His research aims to individuate factors that contribute to health and longevity, by reducing health risk behaviors and promoting resilience against diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Robert J. Tomko Jr. earned his Ph.D. from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine and completed an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. His lab probes the basic mechanisms that underpin failure of the cell’s protein quality control machinery in aging-associated protein misfolding diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and type II diabetes.
Dr. Yanchang Wang came to the FSU College of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine, where he was a postdoctoral fellow. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Virginia in 1997. Dr. Wang’s research interest is in the area of the regulation of cell cycle and the response to the expression of damaged proteins. He teaches medical students in medical microbiology and basic sciences in small group sessions. He also teaches graduate students for Bioregulation and Research techniques.
College of Music
Dr. Alice-Ann Darrow, Ph.D., MT-BC is Irvin Cooper Professor of Music in the College of Music at Florida State University. Before coming to FSU in 2003, she taught at The University of Kansas for 20 years where she held courtesy appointments in the Departments of Speech and Hearing and Special Education and was associated with the Kansas School for the Deaf. Her research is related to music perception and hearing loss and nonverbal communication in clinical practice. Her current research is concerned with the Effect of Nonverbal Displays on Seniors’ Self-Efficacy and Selected Physiological Measures. She is director of an Intergenerational Choir that includes FSU music majors and seniors over 65. She is co-author Music in Special Education, Music Therapy and Geriatric Populations, and editor of Introduction to Approaches in Music Therapy. She has been the recipient of research and clinical practice awards from the American Music Therapy Association. She has served on the editorials boards of the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, Creative Arts Therapy, JRME, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, General Music Today, Bulletin for the Council on Research in Music Education, Reviews of Research in Human Learning and Music, and Florida Music Director. She recently served as Chair of the Commission on Music and Special Education for the International Society for Music Education.
Dr. Jayne M. Standley, Ph.D., MT-BC, NICU-MT is a Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor at The Florida State University and the Ella Scoble Opperman Professor of Music with a courtesy appointment in the College of Medicine. She directs the Music Therapy program at FSU and the National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy .. Most recently, she has specialized in research studies investigating music therapy to facilitate medical treatment and early intervention with premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.Dr . Standley received the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Therapy and the Ph.D. degree in Habilitative Sciences from FSU. She was appointed to The Florida State University faculty in 1976.
College of Nursing
Dr. Lucinda J. Graven earned her PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2014. She conducts research in heart failure patients and their caregivers. Her current research focuses on the development and testing of coping interventions to improve physiological and psychological health and well-being in these populations. She has expertise in cardiovascular health, social problem-solving, social support, and community-based interventions. Dr. Graven also conducts research related to heart failure symptom science and instrument development.
College of Social Sciences and Public Policy
Dr. Dawn C. Carr received her Ph.D. in Social Gerontology and Master’s in Gerontological Studies at Miami University, and Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance at Arizona State University. Carr’s expertise lies in understanding the factors that bolster older adults’ ability to remain healthy and active as long as possible. With Kathrin Komp, Carr published “Gerontology in the Era of the Third Age: Implications and Next Steps” in 2011, a text dedicated to exploring the relevance, purpose, and factors that contributed to the emergence of a new period of life following one’s career but prior to onset of frailty in later life. Her recent work focuses on understanding the complex pathways between health and active engagement during later life, including the impact of key transitions in health, productivity, and caregiving.
Dr. Timothy S. Chapin is Interim Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy and a professor of Urban and Regional Planning. Prior to stepping into the interim dean’s role in May 2016, he served a six-year term as chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and two years as Associate Dean for Development for the college. Since joining FSU in 1999, Chapin has undertaken research on the effectiveness of Florida’s growth management system and the role of sports facilities in the promotion of urban redevelopment. He is a noted expert on land use and comprehensive planning, growth management, and urban redevelopment. Chapin’s current research interests revolve around how Florida’s demographic trends influence urban patterns and transportation systems in the state. Over his career he has secured more than $3 million in outside funding from federal, state, and local governments to support his research. Chapin also serves as the Senior Associate Editor and Review Editor for the Journal of the American Planning Association. He holds a BA in Sociology from Emory University, a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington.
Dr. Issac Eberstein earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Texsas at Austin in 1979. He s tudies health and mortality, with a particular focus on inequality and social differentials. Other interests include the demography of American Jews and applied demography. Current research includes analyzing the causes of infant death in Florida , multiple causes of adult mortality, and intergenerational linkages of SES and health.
Dr. R. Mark Isaac is the John and Hallie Quinn Eminent Scholar and Department Chair of Economics at Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. in Social Science from Caltech in 1981 and taught for many years at the University of Arizona before moving to Tallahassee in 2001. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, which can be found on his website at mailer.fsu.edu/~misaac. His research interests are in laboratory experimental evaluation of issues in public goods provision, auction and mechanism design, and decision making under risk and uncertainty. He is a co-author (with Daniel Friedman, Duncan James, and Shyam Sunder) of the book Risky Curves: On the Empirical Failure of Expected Utility (Routledge, 2014).
Dr. John R. Reynolds is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at Florida State University. He has studied the secular rise in adolescents’ expectations to get a college degree, the social psychological and financial factors that shape young adults’ odds of fulfilling their college expectations, and the consequences of unfulfilled plans. His recent research assesses the mental health costs of different forms of indebtedness, and racial variations in the payoffs and risks associated with college student debt. Professor Reynolds also is on the leadership team of Florida’s statewide Safe Mobility for Life Coalition whose mission is to improve the safety, access and mobility of Florida’s aging road users.
Dr. Miles Taylor earned her Ph.D. from Duke University in 2005. Her research primarily focuses on racial and educational disparities in physical and mental health trajectories in later life. Her recent work also involves the application of complementary statistical techniques to analyze trajectories across the life span. Other research interests include the impact of family and relationship factors on health at various life stages and a comparison of self reports and administrative reports of chronic disease.
College of Social Work
Dr. Amy Ai earned her Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Work, and was a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan in 1996. Her current interests involve Gerontology, Health Disparities, Cultural Diversity, Behavioral intervention, Mindfulness, Mental Health, Spirituality, as well as Stress and Coping. In her previous services, she was a Gubernatorial Appointee of the former Washington State Governor as a board member on the Washington State Council on Aging and an At-large Delegate and Representative of Academic Settings to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Dr. Ai is Fellow of the GSA, APS, and APA Div. 20, 36, 38, as well as a Hartford Geriatric Faculty Fellow.
Dr. Jean Correll Munn received her Ph.D. and Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her B.A. in Psychology from Duke University. As a doctoral student, she was awarded a John A. Hartford Doctoral Fellowship to complete her dissertation: Defining a Good Death for Residents in Long-Term Care. She received additional dissertation support from the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life. In 2007 Dr. Munn became a John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar and a College of Palliative Care Scholar. Dr. Munn was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure in 2012. Currently, she is directing the multi-disciplinary Certificate in Gerontology at FSU.
FSU Claude Pepper Center
Dr. Larry Polivka earned his Ph.D. in 1978 from the Florida State University in Sociology. Dr. Polivka serves as Director of the Claude Pepper Center at Florida State University and Scholar in Residence with the Claude Pepper Foundation focusing his efforts on issues relating to long-term care and retirement security. Dr. Polivka has received many awards and honors from the American Society on Aging, The Gerontological Society of America and most recently is the recipient of the 2009 Clark Tibbits Award. The Clark Tibbits Award is given in recognition of outstanding contribution to the advancement of gerontology and geriatric education by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
FSU Office of Research
Dr. Rachel Goff-Albritton earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida, M.S. from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and B.A. from Florida State University (FSU) in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Rachel serves as the Research Development and Training Specialist in the Office of Proposal Development at FSU. She provides junior faculty with guidance for seeking funding to support their individual research and creative activities, and conducts faculty workshops related to proposal development. Rachel also is a speech-language pathologist, focusing on the effectiveness of communication-based treatments implemented in a group therapy setting with individuals with aphasia, a language disorder acquired after a stroke or brain injury.