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Physical Therapist

Interview of Karlyn Dauplaise, physical therapist, Florida Hospital, and physical therapy alumna, University of Central Florida (UCF)
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  • 100% - (ATHLETIC TRAINING) First-time pass rate on the certification exam by 2016 graduates
  • 2nd - (HEALTH SCIENCES) Ranking among the 15 most popular majors at UCF in 2016-17
  • 12 - (PHYSICAL THERAPY) Ranking among "100 Best Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report

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College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida

4364 Scorpius Street
Orlando, FL 32816-2205

Phone: 407-823-2214
Fax: 407-823-2596

Schellhase and Saleh Assume New COHPA Leadership Positions

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Kristen Schellhase
Kristen Schellhase, Ed.D.
Suha Saleh
Suha Saleh, Ph.D.

Kristen Schellhase, interim chair of the Department of Health Professions, has been appointed a COHPA Dean's Fellow for the 2017-18 academic year, announced Dean Michael Frumkin.

"Dr. Schellhase has done an extraordinary job as interim chair of the Department of Health Professions," Frumkin said. She'll transition from this part-time role into her role as fellow over the summer.

As a fellow, Schellhase will work with Frumkin and other COHPA administrators for approximately 15 to 20 hours a week. She'll increase her understanding of collegewide academic initiatives, student issues, strategic planning, budgeting and challenges in higher education by taking on special projects and activities related to operations. She'll also collaborate with colleagues in other academic and administrative offices across the campus.

Frumkin said he was equally pleased to announce that Suha Saleh, program director for the department's Health Sciences Program*, will serve as interim chair of the department for the coming academic year.

"Under Dr. Saleh's leadership, the Health Sciences Pre-Clinical Program has become the second largest undergraduate major in the university," he said.

As interim chair, Saleh will work with Patrick Pabian, program director for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, and Schellhase, also program director for the Athletic Training Program, to continue the department's growth and development. Saleh will continue to serve as director of the Health Sciences Program as well.

Frumkin said the college will begin a search for a permanent chair of the Department of Health Professions this summer, with a target start date in July 2018.

*The "Health Sciences Pre-Clinical Program" recently changed its name to "Health Sciences Program."

Share and Enjoy:

Our new student organization, the Health Awareness Prevention Society, focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle by increasing awareness of healthy living through education and prevention.
— Suha Saleh,  Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Director
It was great to see Jennifer [Plant] honored with the statewide Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. She is an exceptional teacher, a professional leader and an amazing colleague.
— Kristen Schellhase,  Interim Chair, Athletic Training Director
The event [for children with disabilities] was a huge success. We had about 30 children, and the students did a phenomenal job. I'm already receiving inquiries about next year's event.
— Jennifer Tucker,  Physical Therapy Instructor
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