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College of Health Professions and Sciences

UCF Researcher Aims to Preserve Astronauts’ Muscle Function in Space

Twenty years ago, landing people on Mars seemed like sci-fi, but with commercial spacecraft launching into space almost every month and NASA’s Mars Perseverance landing on the Red Planet last week, sending astronauts to Mars and beyond is actualizing into reality. “When the idea of astronauts actually getting to Mars became realistic, there was a…

UCF’s Gospel & Cultural Choir Lifts Every Voice

Lift every voice and sing. The unity call of the Black National Anthem is also part of the mission of UCF’s Gospel & Cultural Choir. For many Knights, the Gospel & Cultural Choir provides a welcoming space and a sense of community and belonging on campus. For the past four decades, it has also given…

Greg McCrae Bucks the Odds Every Day

Maybe they were right, Greg McCrae briefly thought back in early 2017. Maybe all those football coaches who hadn’t recruited him—all the while suggesting something without actually saying the words—truly believed he wasn’t good enough. “I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder from not really being recruited much in high school,” says the Knights running back…

Health Sciences Students Showcase Research Proposals at Annual Symposium

As the semester draws to an end, Health Sciences students from five sections of the Applied Health Research Methodology class participated in an online symposium of nearly 100 attendees to showcase their final project – a research proposal poster. The final project represented a cumulation of everything the students  learned in the course: analyzing research,…

Reshawna Chapple Selected as Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence

School of Social Work Associate Professor Reshawna Chapple has done much throughout her academic career to address inclusion and diversity among faculty and students. Chapple’s recent selection as UCF’s Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence is a well-deserved acknowledgement of her hard work and impactful presence at UCF and in the Central Florida community. Her new role as fellow will…

UCF Online Course Uses ‘Harry Potter’ Potions Theme to Teach Pharmacology

A faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences has taken the idea of magic in the classroom to a whole new level, theming her online Introduction to Pharmacology class after the Potions class in “Harry Potter.” Martha Garcia-Stout, a health sciences lecturer (and self-declared Slytherin), casts her own spell over the online course to make the…

Six Kinesiology Students Earn National Scholarships

Six Ph.D. students in the Division of Kinesiology have been awarded scholarships from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. David Boffry, Nick Clark, Kylie Harmon and Ryan Girts are recipients of the Challenge Scholarship, which is awarded to NSCA members seeking either an undergraduate or graduate degree in a strength and conditioning-related field. Erica Goldstein is the recipient…

Four CHPS Students are Members of the 2020-21 President’s Leadership Council

Four students from the College of Health Profession and Sciences join 31 other University of Central Florida students as members of the President’s Leadership Council. The 2020-21 representatives from the College of Health Professions and Sciences include health sciences majors Austin Eason, Kristopher Terry and Tatum Cox, and kinesiology major Dylan Street. The President’s Leadership Council recognizes students across the…

Research Spotlight: Kim Gryglewicz Combats Suicide

Suicide is a growing health problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, death by suicide rose by nearly 30 percent from 1999 to 2016, and suicide risk factors continue to intensify with the health, social, and economic challenges inherent within the ongoing pandemic. Kim Gryglewicz, associate professor in the School…

CSD Alumna Helps Stoneman Douglas Students Heal and Thrive

Rachel Archambault ’13 ’16 is a speech-language pathologist at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. And while her goal was always to help improve the speech and communication abilities of students there, she never envisioned that she would also play a role in helping them heal from the shared trauma they experienced as survivors…

Health Sciences Student to Receive University Researcher Award

Congratulations to health sciences, pre-clinical track senior Alyssa Church, who was selected to receive the Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award (DURA) for the month of February 2021 at the University of Central Florida. The Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award recognizes outstanding academic research by undergraduate students. Michael Rovito, an associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences, severed as Church’s…

Health Sciences Graduate Continues Family Legacy in Healthcare

Growing up, Breon Clark always knew he wanted to go into the healthcare field. His mother and some of his aunts are nurses. Clark also played sports in high school and was fascinated by athletics, science, medicine and healthcare. “I knew coming into college that I wanted to be in the health field, and I…

UCF School of Social Work Awards Students a $10,000 Fellowship

The UCF School of Social Work MSW Traditional Track has awarded six new first-year graduate level students with a $10,000 fellowship to assist them with tuition, fees, and other expenses for academic year 2020-2021. “We created this opportunity for students because funding can be limited at this higher level of education. We wanted applicants to be able…

New Field Education Director Continues UCF School of Social Work’s Focus on Collaborative Community Learning

Field education is the signature pedagogy and an important component of social work practice. It prepares UCF Social Work students to serve as clinical and generalist professionals in the real world with a valuable internship. After 12 years of service as the field education director, Jacquie Withers has transitioned her role into an associate instructor for our school. Our…

UCF Go Baby Go! Builds New Partnership with St. Joseph Children’s Hospital

UCF Go Baby Go! builds more than innovative motorized cars that increase mobility in children, it also builds community by bringing children of all mobility levels together. Through a new partnership with St. Joseph Children’s Hospital in Tampa, Go Baby Go! is bringing low-cost mobility resources to children who are receiving care there. “UCF Go…

Phillip Croak: Athletic Training Preceptor of the Month for October 2020

We are pleased to announce that Phillip Croak, assistant athletic trainer for the UCF Knights football program, has been chosen as the October 2020 Preceptor of the Month. Students praise Croak’s commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the athletic training profession. His patience and dedication to teaching students and ensuring they completely understand the reasoning behind…

CSD Grad Students and DPT Students Team Up to Expand Learning in Anatomy Lab

Graduate students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program teamed up with doctoral students in the Physical Therapy program to learn together in a joint, hands-on lesson about oropharyngeal, laryngeal, and central nervous system anatomy. Students utilized cadavers in the DPT Gross Anatomy Lab to examine normal anatomical relationships and variants. First year DPT students learn the physical relationships of…

Graduate Kinesiology Student Gets Strength from Law Scholarship

Maxine Furtado is the first recipient of the Jeffrey D. Law Memorial Scholarship for students in the kinesiology M.S. program. Recently, she was able to meet the donors of the scholarship to let them know just how much their gift meant to her. The scholarship was established last year by Ed and Julie Law, Jeff’s parents, and Matt…

Pandemic Presents Unique Research Opportunity for Studying Unhealthy Behavior in Kids

In early March, Keith Brazendale began gathering initial data for his research project on the factors and behaviors that contribute to weight gain among children living in rural areas. After completing the first part of the project, which was conducted in the town of Paisley, located in Lake County, Florida, Brazendale planned to return two weeks after the children’s spring break to collect follow-up data. A week later, COVID-19 changed…