Honors and awards fall/winter 2019

Celebrating the achievements of the college's faculty, staff and students

Faculty and staff

Amy Blue, Ph.D., the college’s dean for educational affairs and UF Health’s associate vice president for interprofessional education, has been selected to serve on the board of directors of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Babette Brumback, Ph.D., a professor and associate chair for education in the department of biostatistics, was selected as a fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Ronald Cohen, Ph.D., a professor in the department of clinical and health psychology and the Evelyn McKnight Chair for Clinical Translation in Cognitive Aging, has been named a fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (division 40).

Joanne Foss, Ph.D., O.T.R., FAOTA, a professor emerita in the department of occupational therapy, has received a Retired Educator’s Commendation from the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Catherine Price, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of clinical and health psychology, and her team were recognized by UF Innovate. Price’s Perioperative Cognitive Anesthesia Network, or PeCAN, program was named one of UF’s Technologies of the Year.

Ashby Walker, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of health services research, management and policy, is featured in the September issue of the American Diabetes Association’s magazine, Diabetes Forecast, as one of 11 diabetes educators and advocates who are “People to Know.”


Young-Rock Hong, a doctoral student in health services research, received the 2018 Impact Article of the Year Award from the Journal for Healthcare Quality for his article “Benchmarking Implications: Analysis of Medicare Accountable Care Organizations Spending Level and Quality of Care.”

Adaixa Padron, a doctoral student in clinical psychology, has received a Kirschstein Individual Predoctoral Fellowship Diversity award from the National Cancer Institute. The funding supports her dissertation research on psycho-physiological stress in patients with gynecologic cancer.

Raele Robison, a doctoral student in rehabilitation science, was awarded a Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The five-year mentored grant will support her doctoral research on the impact of homeostenosis of the tongue in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin.

Nathan Smith, a doctoral student in epidemiology, received a dissertation grant award from the National Center for Responsible Gaming. The grant supports the inclusion of a specific aim on social isolation, drug use, and gambling in Smith’s dissertation research on social isolation and gambling problems in children ages 10 to 17.

James Wersal, a doctoral student in rehabilitation science, was awarded the Kyle Seitsinger Wentworth Military Academy Service to Country Scholarship in recognition of his extraordinary leadership skills and a passion to positively impact the community and country through service.