Faculty Announcements, Honors, & Publications

College Publication for 2012-2013

  • 209 Articles
  • 23 Book Chapters
  • 6 Books
  • 175 Presentations

2012-2013 FIU School of Social Work Field Instructors of the Year Awards Winners, honored during the May 8th Field Instructor Appreciation Breakfast:

  • Shana Cox, LCSW, Healthy Connections C.M.H.C.
  • Linda Angress, MSW, Sunrise Community, Inc.

Dr. Campa awarded Tenure. Dr. Adriana Campa, Associate Professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, was recently awarded tenure. Dr. Campa’s research focuses on improving the quality of life for people living with HIV, using balanced nutrition and supplements to delay disease progression. She teaches courses in Foundations of Nutrition, International Nutrition, and Nutrition, Public Health and Economic Development.

Dr. Van Den Bergh promoted. Dr. Nan Van Den Bergh was recently promoted to Clinical Professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Van Den Bergh’s research interest includes: a) feminist social work, b) employee assistance programs, c) substance abuse, c) mutual aid and peer support groups, d) culturally sensitive services for LGBT clients, e) spirituality within the LGBT community and f) provision of culturally competent health care to women partnering with women.

Two RSCPHSW faculty members received FIU Faculty Awards

FatmaOn September 26, 2013, during the annual FIU Faculty Convocation, Dr. Fatma Huffman, professor and chair of the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, was recognized with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities. Dr. Huffman’s research interests include risk factors of coronary heart disease among Cuban-Americans, barriers to self-care management among Hispanic women with type 2 diabetes mellitus, lifestyle and biochemical correlates of type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease among Cuban-Americans, and comparison of CHD risk factors in Caribbean-Americans and African-Americans in South Florida.


Dr. Hafiz Khan, associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics, was recognized with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Some of Dr. Khan’s courses include Public Health Statistics, Data Management and Epidemiologic Analysis, Quantitative Analysis, Quantitative Multivariate Analysis in Health Sciences Research, and Advanced Biostatistics.

Associate Professor Nasar Ahmed (EPI) chaired a Session on Applications of Advanced Methods in Public Health Research at the International Conference on Statistics in Planning and Development in December 2012 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The conference provides an opportunity for experts to discuss advancement of statistics as a discipline and how to better prepare the next generation of analysts and researchers.

Dr. Das (EOH) received an award for Postdoctoral Excellence in Research. Dr. Jayanta Das was presented with a second place award for excellence by the Society for Toxicology (SOT) at their annual conference. His poster, titled “Vascular endothelial cells exposed to PCB153 show increased expression of stem cell markers,” investigated the theory that malignancies depend on stem-like cells for proliferation. Judges from the Society of Toxicology Stem Cells Specialty Section were impressed by Dr. Das’ novel research. Dr. Das is a research scientist in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health working with Dr. Felty’s laboratory on the adverse health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Dr. Trepka (EPI) named one of the top 25 women professors in Florida, and one of the top public health faculty nationally. Dr. Mary Jo Trepka was recognized by Online Schools Florida as one of the 25 top professors in Florida. She was also recognized by the website CNAClasses.org as one of 20 top professors and administrators in public health. Dr. Trepka is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology. She conducts research in the area of minority health disparities and HIV/AIDS.

Associate Professor Quentin Felty receives Minority- Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award. This award is given by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in recognition to full-time faculty engaged in meritorious basic, clinical, or translational cancer research. The award serves to subsidize a faculty member’s travel and participation in the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting.

FIU Top Scholars

  • Dr. Mario De La Rosa, a Professor in the School of Social Work, was recognized as an established faculty member with significant funding. Dr. De La Rosa is the Director of the Center for Research on US Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA). The Center is the home of an NIMHD funded Exploratory Center of Excellence and has recently received renewed commitments for continuing NIH funding (total 5-year funding: $5,760,650.000).
  • Dr. Mehmet Tevfik Dorak, an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, received his award for early career faculty with significant funding. Dr. Dorak is an expert in the association between genetic factors and various forms of cancer. Dr. Dorak recently received funding ($452,315.00) from the Department of Defense for a three-year project to map the human leukocyte antigens (HLA) complex, examine correlations, and catalogue the data for subsequent genome-wide association studies (GWAS).
  • Dr. Mark Williams, Chair and Professor of Health Policy Management (HPM) and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, was recognized as an FIU Top Scholar after he was named to the MHA Guide’s list of 100 Great Health Administration Professors and Leaders. The list was based on a combination of factors which included personal achievements, leadership positions and the reputation of their institutions.

Dr. Albatineh elected for Board of Directors of a renowned association – the Classification Society. Dr. Ahmed N. Albatineh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Classification Society for two years (2013 – 2015). The Classification Society, a member of the International Federation of Classification Societies, promotes the scientific study of classification and clustering and to disseminate scientific and educational information related to its fields of interests. Dr. Albatineh presented his research at the International Federation of Classification Societies meetings in Frankfurt/Germany and Tilburg/Netherlands. Dr. Albatineh has publications in the Journal of Classification and Advances in Data Analysis and Classification Journal.

Dr. Deoraj joins the Editorial Board of PLOS ONE. Dr. Alok Deoraj, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, recently joined the Editorial Board of PLOS ONE, an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication that features reports of original research from disciplines within science and medicine.

Dr. Khan becomes an Associate Editor and joins the Editorial Board for renowned journals. Dr. Hafiz Khan, associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics, was recently selected as an Associate Editor for Computational Statistics (CompStat), an internationally renowned journal that fosters the publication of applications and methodological research in the field of computational statistics. The journal provides a forum for computer scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians working in a variety of areas in statistics. Dr. Khan also recently joined the Editorial Board of the Far East Journal of Theoretical Statistics, a peer-reviewed international journal which publishes original research papers and survey articles in all aspects of Theoretical Statistics.

Dr. Purnima Madhivanan and her students had their critique work published. Dr. Madhivanan, Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, and her class wrote a critique on a systematic review and it was accepted for publication in the journal, Sexually Transmitted Diseases. The topic was: “Where are we with partner treatment in BV?”

Dr. Maziak chaired a key note session during an international conference. Dr. Wasim Maziak served as the chair for the keynote lecture “Inequalities in NCDs and WHO perspective” at the International Symposium on Social Determinants of NCD in Mediterranean countries on 5-6 May, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. The International Symposium was sponsored by RESCAP-MED and was joined by international researchers from numerous countries to discuss health inequalities and social determinants of health in the region.

Dr. Beaulaurier appointed to CSWE Commission on Accreditation. Dr. Richard Beaulaurier, Associate Dean for Research and Information Technology of the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work and Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, has been appointed to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation (COA) for a term effective July 1, 2013—June 30, 2016. The work of the Commission on Accreditation fulfills the critically important function of maintaining and advocating for quality in social work education through its accreditation/candidacy of more than 730 social work programs in the United States.

Dr. Brogan to receive an award from Wayne State University. Dr. Kathryn Brogan, who joined FIU in Fall 2013, was recently selected to receive the Wayne State University Alumni Association Recent Alumni Award. This award will be presented to her on October 5th, 2013, on campus in Detroit, Michigan.

Author: Cecile Houry

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