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The College of Health Professions and Sciences transforms lives and improves healthcare through innovative teaching, scholarship and service.

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06/13/2024

CHPS is seeking participants for a new research study! The goal is to better understand how ACLR affects thigh muscle force control and the underlying pathophysiology. To find out more, visit our research studies website at chps.ucf.edu/research/studies.

Sound Solutions: Building Smarter Hearing Systems - UCF 06/07/2024

Professor David Eddins and a team of researchers in the newly created Communication Technologies Research Center in the UCF School of Communication Sciences and Disorders are ramping up their pioneering work to develop assistive technology solutions that improve the quality of life for people with hearing challenges and create more effective tools for the clinicians treating them. Projects include:
👂🏻 A “smart” hearing aid that anticipates the communication needs of the wearer
📱 A 3D printed handheld whistle + smart phone app to evaluate a patient’s breathing capacity
🔊 A specialized hearing device that helps patients with extreme sound sensitivities
👴🏻 A sound therapy device targeting the specific auditory deficits most likely to occur with age-related hearing loss
🗣 Creating reliable and valid clinical tools for voice perception that are accessible, affordable and easy to use

Sound Solutions: Building Smarter Hearing Systems - UCF A new UCF researcher is revolutionizing hearing aid technology and developing innovative clinical tools that better diagnose and treat patients with

College of Health Professions and Sciences Co-Hosts Healthcare Education Summit 06/06/2024

Academia and healthcare leaders convened at UCF for a regional summit designed to improve collaboration and develop new strategies for ensuring the talent pipeline continues to provide competent and compassionate future healthcare professionals proficient in delivering team-based care. The summit theme was “Collaboration in Action – Engaging to Build Readiness for Interprofessional Clinical Practice.”

The summit was one of six taking place in-person and concurrently at five additional Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP) member institutions across the country. The summits culminated in a virtual “harvest” session during which all regional hubs provided a briefing, enabling a live, national-level conversation.

College of Health Professions and Sciences Co-Hosts Healthcare Education Summit Academia and healthcare leaders convened at UCF on May 23 for a regional summit designed to improve collaboration and develop new strategies for ensuring the talent pipeline continues to provide competent and compassionate future healthcare professionals proficient in delivering team-based care.

05/29/2024

CHPS is seeking participants for a new research study! The purpose of this research study is to examine characteristics of the pain experienced in individuals with shoulder pain based on tissue irritability levels. To find out more, visit our research studies website at chps.ucf.edu/research/studies.

05/28/2024

CHPS is seeking participants for a new research study! The purpose of this study is to learn more about brain and thigh muscle communication. To find out more, visit our research studies website at chps.ucf.edu/research/studies.

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Today we’re one of six hubs across the nation partnering with Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions to host a regional summit: “Collaboration in Action – Engaging to Build Readiness for Interprofessional Clinical Practice.” More than 60 participants, including academic leaders, faculty and healthcare practitioners from across the state are convening at UCF to identify new strategies for preparing future healthcare provider workforce.

05/21/2024

Clinical Instructor Carrie Loughran, creator of the iRead Program, is bringing her literacy expertise to a new program that enlists CSD graduate students in helping at-risk youth improve their reading skills.

3 million NIH grant awarded for improving child communication outcomes - College of Health Professions and Sciences 05/17/2024

The New Mexico Sun reports on a partnership between UCF School of Communication Sciences and Disorders Pegasus Professor Jennifer Kent-Walsh and Professor Cathy Binger from UNM Speech and Hearing Sciences that has helped countless families through the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Lab and the FAAST Center. They were recently awarded a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to further their research and continue helping children with communication related impairments. Read more in this news story ➡️

3 million NIH grant awarded for improving child communication outcomes - College of Health Professions and Sciences A fruitful collaboration between Cathy Binger, a professor at UNM’s Speech & Hearing Sciences, and Jennifer Kent-Walsh, founder and professor at the

05/16/2024

WE. ARE. SO. PROUD! A huge congratulations to our UCF NSSLHA chapter who was just named the 2023–2024 National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Chapter of the Year! This is the highest honor that can be achieved with only one chapter in the country achieving the distinction each year. These amazing students are simply a step above.

⚡ 3,600+ hours volunteered
⚡ 500+ Take Action letters written
⚡ A donation drive to support individuals with neurological motor disabilities
⚡ Legislative advocacy to promote inclusivity
⚡ Establishing a scholarship to help other students

AND they received GOLD chapter honors for the 4th year for their outstanding work and leadership. We’re so pleased to see our chapter recognized for all they do to advance the profession and serve our community!

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Congratulations to the Department of UCF Health Sciences for being awarded the Academic Excellence and Student Success Award from UCF’s Division of Student Learning and Academic Success. The award was presented for the Department’s outstanding work to promote undergraduate research and student success. In recent years, Health Sciences faculty have consistently demonstrated a high commitment to mentoring students, served over 6,000 students in Research Intensive courses, and have been recognized with multiple university awards for their dedication to student research and mentoring. Pictured here accepting the award is Associate Professor Michael Rovito (center), with Senior Vice President for Student Success Paul Dosal (left) and Vice President for Student Success Adrienne Frame (right).

05/16/2024

🎓 Riley Hogge will soon be moving to Ohio to begin a residency at The Ohio State University. She is one of 10 students in her cohort to go on to a post professional residency program. Throughout her time at UCF, she has been recognized multiple times with awards and grants from various organizations, including APTA and FPTA. Congratulations, Riley! Learn more about this 👉 https://healthprofessions.ucf.edu/news/graduation-spotlight-riley-hogge-physical-therapy/

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The CHPS Graduate Council held its year-end meeting and recognition ceremony on May 1. Senior Instructor Shellene Mazany, Graduate Program Director for the MSW program, and Associate Professor Jacqueline Towson, Graduate Program Director for the Communication Sciences and Disorders MA program, were recognized for completion of their service on the CHPS Graduate Council.

Instructor Shelley Hall, incoming MSW Graduate Program Director; Instructor Jaclyn Lucy, incoming Communication Sciences and Disorders Graduate Program Director; and Associate Professor Michael Rovito, Graduate Program Director for the new Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences MS degree, were welcomed as new members of the CHPS Graduate Council. Minoska Hernandez and Cathy Manz were also welcomed as the newest CHPS graduate staff members. The council will resume regular meetings in Fall 2024.

05/14/2024

We're so pleased to be one of the hubs at this year's 2024 ASAHP regional summit! This event brings together leaders, faculty and providers in person concurrently in a national-level conversation to discuss ways to better prepare our future healthcare workforce. We hope to see you there! For further details, visit: https://bit.ly/3UHEC4a

05/13/2024

Everyone say "Hey!" to the new UCF Social Media Ambassadors! Special shout out to Jaheim '26 and Bryan '25 from Health Sciences!

05/07/2024

🎓 Keisuke Ota, Japanese native, former professional soccer player and MS Kinesiology graduate. After playing professional soccer for 16 years, he took an opportunity to coach at UCF. Congratulations, Keisuke! Learn more about this 👉 https://bit.ly/KeisukeOta

05/07/2024

🎓 Jacob Allen became a DPT student and a first-time father almost simultaneously, but he didn’t let that slow down his dreams. He studied for finals in the delivery room and his cohort watched as his son grew up. This milestone, he says, would not have been possible without the support of faculty and fellow students. Congratulations, Jacob! Learn more about this 👉 https://bit.ly/JacobAllen

05/07/2024

Several students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology this spring have already passed national examinations and obtained key industry certifications by the time they cross the commencement stage. It’s part of a new initiative that calls for students to obtain one of 12 certifications the Division of Kinesiology has classified as gold, silver or bronze standards. The program is designed to better prepare students for a broad range of careers in health and wellness and position them as strong applicants for graduate programs. https://healthprofessions.ucf.edu/news/kinesiology-students-graduate-with-advanced-credentials/

05/06/2024

🎓 Calvin MacDonald, a Burnett Honors College student and Order of Pegasus recipient, has had a successful four years at UCF but he isn’t stopping there. After graduation he is planning on attending medical school to become a surgeon. Congratulations, Calvin! Learn more about this 👉 https://bit.ly/CalvinMacDonald

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Congrats to our graduating CHPS Knights, UCF Class of 2024! 🎓

Knight Life @UCFCHPS Spotlights Master of Social Work Field Education 05/03/2024

Yamil Ramon Cortes, graduating MSW student, recently completed his field education experience with the Hispanic Family Counseling Center where he provided individual and group counseling and gained valuable insight into how to support the Hispanic community. After graduation, he’ll be continuing full time with the center. Read more about his journey ➡️

Knight Life @UCFCHPS Spotlights Master of Social Work Field Education Yamil Ramon Cortes ‘22 is on track to be a double Knight with his upcoming graduation from the Master of Social Work program, and in his final semester at UCF he’s completing his field education experience at the Hispanic Family Counseling Center. Cortes, who is originally from Puerto Rico and b...

05/02/2024

🎓 After graduation, University of Central Florida School of Social Work BSW student Andrew Wiater will be working in accessibility case management and plans to write a personal memoir. He aspires to one day own a private practice. Congratulations, Andrew! Learn more about this 👉 https://bit.ly/AndrewWiater

Record Number of Doctor of Physical Therapy Students Accepted to Residencies 05/01/2024

Of the 38 students who will graduate from UCF Physical Therapy program this spring, one in four — an impressive 26% — will immediately go on to develop further specialization in their defined areas of practice at a post professional physical therapy residency. This year is a record high for the DPT program, which typically sees only about 10% of graduates accepted to residency programs.

The increase comes as no surprise to program leaders in the College of Health Professions and Sciences who, over the last three years, have increased the number of education sessions delivered to students to help make them more aware of residency opportunities and how they can further expertise and ultimately improve patient care. Read more >>

Record Number of Doctor of Physical Therapy Students Accepted to Residencies In recent years, faculty have made efforts to increase awareness of residency programs and their benefits.

05/01/2024

🎓 Throughout her time in college, Daija Wade has enjoyed working with a youth basketball team. Now, following in her mother’s footsteps, she is set to graduate from University of Central Florida School of Social Work and join Vitas Healthcare as a medical social worker. Congratulations, Daija! Learn more about this 👉 https://bit.ly/DaijaWade

MAT Student Hits the Ice with the Orlando Solar Bears - College of Health Professions and Sciences 04/25/2024

Graduating senior Madison Fraser is rounding out her UCF Athletic Training Program master’s with a clinical rotation on the ice. She has spent the last semester gaining hands on training with the Orlando Solar Bears, an ECHL Hockey team, where she gained valuable experience working with a professional sports team. This is just one of the many high impact practices offered through the college that are spotlighted through our video series, Knight Life . 🏒 Read more about Madison’s experience 👉

MAT Student Hits the Ice with the Orlando Solar Bears - College of Health Professions and Sciences Knight Life spotlights one student’s clinical rotation working with players on the ECHL hockey team Second year Master of Athletic Training student Madison Fraser chose UCF’s Athletic Training Program because of the wide range of clinical opportunities available. These clinical opportun...

04/23/2024

Congratulations to the recipients of our research awards at today’s college assembly!
✅ Director Terri Daly – Top Program-Focused Award
✅ Assistant Professor Lauren Bislick Wilson – First Federal Award as a PI
✅ Professor David Eddins – Top Industry-Funded Grant and Most Grants Awarded
✅ Research Professor Shaheen Awan (not pictured) – Top Research Grant

They are pictured here with Founding Dean Christopher Ingersoll (center), and Abigail Ruoss (left) and Eduardo Ortiz (right) from the CHPS Office of Research.

04/23/2024

Congratulations to Assistant Professors Lauren Bislick Wilson, Ethan Hill and Humberto Lopez Castillo who are recipients of this year’s Research Incentive Awards! These awards recognize faculty who demonstrate outstanding research, scholarly or creative activity that advances the body of knowledge in a field. 🌟⚔️

04/23/2024

CHPS is seeking participants for a new research study! The purpose of this study is to examine pain sensitivity, psychological, and functional factors that may predict response to exercise for individuals experiencing low back pain. To find out more, visit our research studies website at chps.ucf.edu/research/studies.

04/19/2024

CHPS is seeking participants for a new research study! This study is to examine pain sensitivity, before and after a back extension performed on a 45 degree roman chair. To find out more, visit our research studies website at chps.ucf.edu/research/studies.

04/19/2024

🎉Congratulations to Professor and Division Chair David Fukuda and Assistant Professors Ethan Hill and Keith Brazendale who are recipients of this year’s Teaching Incentive Program Award! This recognition is presented to outstanding faculty who demonstrate productivity and excellence in teaching. 👏🏽

04/18/2024

April is awareness month. UCF Alumni Mason Moore ’97 has survived it three times. Now cancer free, he created a fund for testicular cancer awareness and research and encourages other men to practice routine self-examinations. His mission aligns with that of Associate Professor Michael Rovito in the Department of Health Sciences who studies testicular cancer and the promotion of healthy behaviors in men.

According to the American Cancer Society, testicular cancer is rare, but is the most common malignancy in men ages 15 to 39. If caught early, it is highly treatable and curable.

Read about Moore’s inspiring journey ➡️ https://tinyurl.com/UCFMasonMoore

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