What is your current job title and responsibilities?
Associate Professor (Tenured and Promoted in 2009).
Current Responsibilities Include:
Coordinate the Aging Studies Certificate and Minor Program; Coordinate the 2016-2017 Academic Program Review for Social Work; Curriculum Committee Co-Chair in the School of Social Work; Coordinate Honors in the Major in School of Social Work. Social Work representative to the Health and Wellness Task Force of the new UCF Legacy Pointe community in development.
What is your history at UCF and before UCF?
Assistant Professor at UCF 2003-2009
Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Triangle Part-Time MSW Program at UNC-Chapel Hill 1999-2003.
Assistant Professor—FIU 1999-2000
Clinical Coordinator—Mature Adult Counseling Center, Florida Mental Health Institute, USF, 1988-1992
What is your academic background?
BS in Psychology – Florida State
MSW in Social Work – Florida State
PhD in Social Work – University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
What is your favorite UCF memory?
Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad to Bolivia in 2004—This was an incredible experience with UCF colleagues from across campus along with a group of public school teachers.
If you could change one thing at UCF, what would it be?
I would never have to change my password.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues?
Enjoy the outdoors.
If UCF was going to name something in your honor, what would you like it to be and why?
Our own brand of hot sauce because I need to have it every day.
If you could have lunch with anyone at UCF (who you do not normally eat lunch with), who would you choose and why?
Definitely someone who would share the hot sauce with me. I am now getting more interested in robots—some new collaborations possibly evolving there so maybe with a robot?
Who at UCF would you like to thank for your success?
Many people and groups including all my current and former Social Work and COHPA colleagues, all the Aging Studies students who are so enthusiastic, FCTL, LIFE @ UCF, Judy Thames, Dick Tucker, Maria Redmon, Nicole Phanstiel.
Name and describe a teacher or researcher from your past who truly inspired you and why.
Dee Gamble from UNC opened up the world of global social work to me which has been a terrific part of my career.
What undergraduate or graduate class/program/experience inspired you the most and why?
Having the opportunity to work as an undergraduate in a psychology lab devoted to clinical studies of kids with ADHD really sparked my interest in research and a career in academia.
What is your favorite restaurant or food?
What is your favorite movie, book or music?
The original Ocean’s 11.
What is your favorite vacation destination?
An island surrounded by a coral reef with hammocks overlooking a beautiful blue sea.