Honors and awards

Honors and awards


Rachel Boeche and Stephanie Rickrode, master’s in occupational therapy students, each received scholarships from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation recognizing outstanding scholastic achievement and strong potential for further leadership development. Boeche was awarded the Kappa Delta Phi Scholarship and Rickrode received the Myra McDaniel Endowed Scholarship.

Vaughn Bryant, a doctoral student in the department of clinical and health psychology, received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The grant will support his study of whether working memory and associated neural networks can predict reduced alcohol use in people with HIV who drink heavily, and who are undergoing a motivational interviewing treatment for alcohol use.

Cesar Escobar-Viera, a doctoral student in health services research, received a grant from the National Council of Sciences and Technology of Paraguay to collaborate with the Catholic University of Paraguay and the Ministry of Health of Paraguay on testing the acceptability and feasibility of implementing a system of electronic health records to improve the delivery of Paraguay’s public mental health services.

Natalie Kelso, a doctoral student in the UF department of epidemiology, received a training grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to support her research on alcohol consumption patterns and cardiovascular health in people with HIV.

Trevor Lentz, a doctoral student in rehabilitation science, received a Promotion of Doctoral Studies scholarship from the Foundation for Physical Therapy. The scholarships are awarded to post-professional doctoral students with strong publication and productivity records, excellent recommendations and career goals that emphasize research.


Russell M. Bauer, Ph.D., a professor and director for clinical training in the department of clinical and health psychology, received the Beverly Thorn Award for Outstanding Service as a Director of Clinical Training from the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology.

Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., chair of the UF department of epidemiology and PHHP’s associate dean for research, received the 2015 Special Award for Outstanding Contributions Through Systemic Epidemiologic Approaches to Improving Health from the American College of Epidemiology.

Steven Z. George, Ph.D., P.T., an associate professor of physical therapy and director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and Brooks Rehabilitation research collaboration at PHHP, received the American Physical Therapy Association’s 2016 John H.P. Maley Lecture Award for contributions to physical therapy clinical practice.

Cynthia Johnson, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of clinical and health psychology, has been named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Division 33 (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorders). Fellow status is awarded to members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology.

Candice Lavelle, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the department of environmental and global health, received a fellowship grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The award will support her research on safe non-pharmaceutical means of controlling viruses that are detrimental to the aquaculture industry.

Charles Levy, M.D., an adjunct associate professor in the department of occupational therapy and site co-director of the Veterans Administration Health Services Research & Development Center of Innovation on Disability & Rehabilitation Research, received the 2015 Paul B. Magnuson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rehabilitation Research and Development, the highest honor awarded to V.A. rehabilitation investigators.

Carolynn Patten, Ph.D., an associate professor of physical therapy, received the Linda Crane Research Grant award from the Florida Physical Therapy Association. She also received renewal of her Research Career Scientist Award, which is granted to a limited number of investigators in the Veterans Administration Research Service.