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  • Top 25% - Ranking among doctoral programs in "Public Policy, Public Affairs and Public Administration" according to the National Research Council
  • 72 - Number of students enrolled in the program in Fall 2016
  • 12 - Number of program graduates in 2015-16

Congratulations Summer 2016 Graduates!

Monday, August 08, 2016

Congratulations to our summer 2016 graduates!

The following students now hold a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs from UCF:

  • Matt Bagwell, Ph.D. 
    Dissertation title: Emergency Room Utilization Disparities among Older Adults Treated by Rural Health Clinics
  • David Kanaan, Ph.D. 
    Dissertation title: Social Disorganization and Florida Public High School Academic Performance
  • Bobbie McKee, Ph.D.
    Dissertation title: Variations in Health Services Utilization by Patients with Prostate Cancer
  • Anastasia Miller, Ph.D.
    Dissertation title: The influence of perceived organizational support, perceived coworker support & debriefing on work-related compassion satisfaction, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress in Florida public safety personnel
  • Angela White-Jones, Ph.D.
    Dissertation title: The Missing Middle: Understanding the Effects of Social Enterprise on Non-Profit Performance
  • Yi-Ling Yin, Ph.D.
    Dissertation title: The Diffusion and Performance of the Accountable Care Organization Model


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If we can change the system and bring people together to have the right kind of conversations, then we can really make a long-term change in people's lives -- and that is the goal.
— Nancy Ellis,  Director, Center for Community Partnerships, UCF; Ph.D., public affairs, '07
I am especially proud to be a graduate of the program. The outstanding faculty and multidisciplinary curriculum have provided me with the unique opportunity to enjoy the kind of academic career I always envisioned.
— Joe Saviak,  Assistant Director and Associate Professor, Public Administration Program, Flagler College; Ph.D., public affairs, '07
Our goals are to offer students a venue for exploring interdisciplinary approaches to policy issues, building various skills for the professional work environment and creating comradery among PAF students.
— Lauren O'Bryne,  Doctoral Student and Secretary, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs Student Organization
I like the interactions that I have with my professors as advisors in developing my dissertation because they are critical, yet encouraging at the same time.
— Matt Bagwell,  Doctoral Student and Graduate Research Assistant, Rural Health Research Group
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