Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration coordinator
Lindsey M King
Lindsey King, PhD, MPH, CHES®, CCRP, CTTS (she/her) is a clinical assistant professor of public health in the Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy at the University of Florida (UF) College of Public Health and Health Professions. She serves as Master of Public Health (MPH) concentration coordinator for the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) (campus and online) and public health practice (online) concentrations. Dr. King received her PhD in public health from the UF SBS program in 2018. She received her MPH from the University of South Florida (USF) and her Bachelor of Arts from UF. Dr. King is also a tobacco cessation facilitator through the Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Dr. King’s research background includes mixed methods research in behavioral oncology, clinical, epidemiology, and community-based participatory research (CBPR) to address disparities in maternal and child health (MCH), and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma-informed, resilience-building community initiatives. Dr. King’s primary interests include community-engaged research to identify strengths of communities and eliminate health disparities in underserved populations including racial and ethnic minority populations and sexual and gender minority populations.
Amy Blue PhD
Amy Blue, PhD, is the associate vice president for interprofessional education in the UF Health Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs. She is also a clinical professor in the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ Department of Environmental and Global Health. Dr. Blue holds a doctorate in Medical Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University and completed a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Post-doctoral fellowship in Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky. Following completion of her fellowship, she joined the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Dean’s Office and Department of Surgery as an assistant professor and medical educator. In 1998, Dr. Blue moved to the Medical University of South Carolina where she served as the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Evaluation in the MUSC College of Medicine, and advanced to Professor, Family Medicine. In 2007, Dr. Blue was promoted to Assistant Provost for Education at MUSC. In that role, she established and directed the university’s interprofessional education program, Creating Collaborative Care. Dr. Blue has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications regarding medical and interprofessional education. Her educational research interests have included measures of professionalism in medical students, funded by the National Board of Medical Examiners, and assessment and evaluation practices, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has served in national leadership roles, including chair of The Generalists in Medical Education, chair of the Southern Group on Educational Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and was a founding member of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative. Dr. Blue has been elected as a faculty member to the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha, holds honorary membership to the National Pharmacy Leadership Society, Phi Lambda Sigma, and membership to the public health honorary society, Delta Omega. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Interprofessional Care and the Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice. Dr. Blue served as a member of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel that wrote the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Report in 2011. In 2013, she was elected Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice, Dentistry Academy. In 2018, she was awarded the Association of American Medical Colleges Southern Group on Educational Affairs Career Educator award for sustained excellence in educational leadership and scholarship. Most recently, she was selected to be a public member of the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy.
Brittney Dixon, PhD, MPH, CPH, TTS is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Research, Management, and Policy and in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration in the College of Public Health and Health Professions (PHHP) at the University of Florida (UF). Dr. Dixon received her MPH (Health Policy) from Florida State University in 2014 and her PhD in Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration) from the University of Florida in 2020. Dr. Dixon is Certified in Public Health (CPH) and she is also a trained Tobacco Cessation Facilitator and Treatment Specialist. Dr. Dixon’s research focuses on identifying and understanding factors influencing the health and quality of life of individuals in underserved and vulnerable populations, in particular individuals residing in rural communities. Also, her work seeks to understand the factors that influence health disparities found in rural versus urban communities. Dr. Dixon’s most recent research focuses on examining how the built environment influences intervention-related weight loss outcomes among rural adults with obesity. She also has research interests in tobacco cessation, community-based participatory research, resilience-building community initiatives, Veteran health, and chronic diseases.
Nichole E Stetten PhD, MPH, CPH
Dr. Nichole Stetten is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. She received a B.A (Psychology) from Berea College, MPH, and PhD (Social and Behavioral Science Public Health) from the University of Florida. Dr. Stetten completed a NIAAA T32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Epidemiology. Her research aims to reduce substance use among individuals living with a disability. Her current research focuses on how medical marijuana use affects functioning, activities, participation, and overall quality of life.
Mike Moorhouse, PhD is the program director for the Bachelor of Health program within the College of Public Health and Health Professions and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Moorhouse received his PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Florida in 2008 and his MHS in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2001. As BHS program director, he is directly responsible for the educational and advising needs of more than 400 pre-health junior and seniors, and is heavily involved student life as he is faculty advisor to four different student organizations. Dr. Moorhouse’s research interests include undergraduate pedagogy, hazardous substance use among young adults, and measurement theory.
Jamie L Pomeranz PhD, CRC, CLCP
Jamie L. Pomeranz, Ph.D., CRC, CLCP is a Clinical Professor within the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Pomeranz has obtained three degrees from the University of Florida which include: Masters of Exercise and Sports Science, Masters of Health Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Life Care Planner and has worked with people with disabilities in multiple capacities for over 20 years. His clinical background includes working with individuals with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Pomeranz has been on faculty at the University of Florida since 2004 and his topics of research include: health promotion for people with disabilities and life care planning and modern measurement theory. Since receiving his Ph.D. in 2005, Dr. Pomeranz developed 30 peer reviewed publications and two book chapters. Dr. Pomeranz currently serves on the PHHP Blended Learning Taskforce and is a past member of the collaboration task force and committee for promoting collaboration between public health and health professions. He has and continues to mentor multiple Ph.D and MPH graduate students from the public health program. He currently teaches within the Bachelors of Health Science undergraduate program and serves as the Advisor for the Pre-Public Health Concentration and the Honor’s Program Director within the Bachelors of Health Science Program. His courses include: Critical Issues in Public Health, Ethical and Legal Issues in Public Health and Health Professions, and Research Methods. Dr. Pomeranz has received funding from the Area Health Education Centers the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the Veteran’s Health Administration. His NIH project involves developing one of the first empirically-based tobacco cessation programs for people with disabilities. Finally, Dr. Pomeranz has received numerous awards including: Excellence in Research, Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and the Public Health Award for Faculty Excellence.
Elizabeth A Wood DHS, MPH, CTTS, CHES
Elizabeth Wood, DHS, MPH is a Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Environmental and Global Health and, also, serves as the Director of Public Health Outreach for the Public Health Programs where she was the former Bachelor of Public Health Director. She received her B.A. in Religion, with an emphasis on Islamic Studies, from the University of Florida in 2010, and an MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2012 from the University of Florida. She went on to complete her DHS in Global Health at Nova Southeastern University in 2016.
Dr. Wood has a vast variety of research interests that include integrating gender and nutrition within agriculture extension services, how gender-based violence contributes to livelihood in rural Tajikistan, and the relationship between access to clean water and reproductive health in Haitian women. She has also collaborated with academic institutions abroad to build public health workforce capacity, as well as developed the first ever undergraduate study abroad program in Haiti at the University of Florida. Dr. Wood has recently designed a virtual exchange program with faculty in Egypt and Spain to increase intercultural and digital competence within the classroom.
Kathryn M Ross Ph.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Kathryn Ross is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology and in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Dr. Ross currently teaches within the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration in the MPH and PhD in Public Health programs, and advises masters and doctoral students both in the Department of Clinical Psychology and in Public Health.
Dr. Ashby Walker received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Emory University in 2007 and serves as the Director for Health Equity Initiatives at the University of Florida Diabetes Institute. Dr. Walker is an elected member of the American Diabetes Association National Health Disparities Committee and the Chronic Diseases & Conditions Priority Area Workgroup (PAW) of the 2017 – 2021 Florida State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). Dr. Walker’s research as a medical sociologist focuses on Type 1 Diabetes and the role that social capital plays in determining health outcomes and she was selected by Diabetes Forecast magazine as “People to Know” for 2019. Dr. Walker is the recipient of five teaching, mentoring, and curriculum development awards and previously served as the Chair of Social Sciences at Mars Hill University in North Carolina.
Julia R. Varnes, PhD, MPH, MCHES is the director of the Master of Public Health Program for the College of Public Health and Health Professions, and a Clinical Associate Professor with the Department of Health Services Research, Management, and Policy as well as faculty within the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration. She is also an affiliate professor with the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research. Dr. Varnes received her PhD in health behavior, with a minor in research and evaluation methodology, from the University of Florida. Dr. Varnes holds two masters degrees, one in health education (UF), and one in public health (University of Maryland, College Park).
Dr. Varnes has worked in college health at UF for nearly 15 years, first as a public health practitioner with UF’s Area Health Education Program (AHEC) and later with GatorWell Health Promotion Services. She joined UF as faculty in 2014, and joined the College of PHHP in 2021. Dr. Varnes is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), and also a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).
Focusing on psychosocial health, Dr. Varnes’s research and academic interests are specific to interpersonal violence, objectification, and gender role expectations; inclusivity and accessibility for persons with disabilities; and professional preparation. In her teaching, advising, and mentoring, she aims to instill concepts of empowerment, compassion, acceptance, and cultural competency/humility in future professionals.