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Quick Facts

  • 6 - Number of graduate programs in the college ranked in the top 100 nationwide by U.S. News and World Report in March 2016
  • Fall 2015 - Launch of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice
  • Spring 2016 - Launch of the completely online Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program
  • 2015-16 - Academic year in which the college recognized 25 years since its founding in 1990-91
  • > 1,700 - Number of children and adults with speech, language and hearing problems served by the Communication Disorders Clinic

Doctoral Program in Public Affairs

• Overview
• Research Interests of Core Faculty
• Current/Recent Grants

Overview

I Stock _000014330277SmallThe Doctoral Program in Public Affairs prepares future leaders to deal with complex social, health and governance issues that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries. The curriculum comprises an interdisciplinary core with advanced studies offered in five tracks: Criminal Justice, Governance and Policy Research, Health Services Management and Research, Public Administration, and Social Work. The program has a community-based focus with an emphasis on collaborative relationships across public, private and nonprofit sectors of the community. 

Research Interests of Core Faculty

Kim Anderson

Kim Anderson, Ph.D.


  • Assessment of trauma and recovery for survivors of violence
  • Resilience and post-trauamtic growth in trauma populations
  • Intimate partner violence - including rural and Native American populations
  • Childhood exposure to domestic violence across the lifespan
  • Digital Storytellng as a trauma narrative intervention
  • Evidence-Based Interventions for Trauma Recovery
  • Resilience and Post-traumatic Growth in trauma populations

Thomas Bryer

Thomas Bryer, Ph.D., M.P.A., B.A.


  • scholarship of teaching and learning
  • ethics
  • citizen engagement
  • collaborative governance

Lynette Feder

Lynette Feder, Ph.D.


  • experimental criminology
  • mother and children's health
  • interdisciplinary community-based research and evaluation studies

Su-I Hou

Su-I Hou, Dr.P.H., CPH, MCHES, RN


  • Cancer prevention and screening promotion
  • HIV/AIDS behavioral research
  • eHealth communication and promotion
  • Healthy aging in place
  • Community-based health promotion programs for older adults
  • Guided autobiography for older adults and caregivers

Lawrence Martin

Lawrence Martin, Ph.D.


  • performance evaluation
  • governance
  • public-private sector relations
  • government contracting and public-private partnerships (3Ps)
  • program evaluation
  • performance measurement and benchmarking
  • local and state government
  • social work administration
  • privatization

Thomas Wan

Thomas Wan, Ph.D., M.H.S.


  • health services management research
  • outcomes evaluation
  • health informatics
  • long-term care research
  • gerontological health
  • policy informatics research
  • Population health science

Current/Recent Grants

None at this time

 


The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann,  M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
— Adam Stubley,  B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
— Jamie Dyson,  Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr,  V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
— Krysti Griffith,  Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith,  Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta,  Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward,  Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen,  Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual,  Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
— Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13),  
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