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Quick Facts

  • 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

Student Publications & Presentations

Recent Publications


Colleen Campbell

  • Campbell, C., Burg, M. & Gammonley, D. (2015). Measures for incident reporting of patient violence and aggression towards healthcare providers: A Systematic Review.  Aggression & Violent Behavior.
  • Campbell, C.  (2015). Innovations in Governance: Application to Social Work.  Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 39(4), 399-347.
  • Campbell, C., Freytes, I., & Hoffman, N. (2015).  A home-based intervention's impact on caregiver burden for Veterans with dependence performing activities of daily living: an interdisciplinary approach. Social Work in Health Care, 54(5), 461-473.
  • Campbell, C., McCoy, S., Hoffman, N., & ONeil, P. (2014) Decreasing role strain for caregivers of veterans with dependence in performing activities of daily living. Health & Social Work, 39(4), 55-62.
  • Campbell, C., McCoy, S., Burg, M., & Hoffman, N. (2013). Enhancing homecare staff safety through reducing client aggression & violence in non-institutional care settings: a systematic review. Home Healthcare Management and Practice, 26(1), 3-10.


 M. Amoy Fraser

  • Lind, J.D., Powell-Cope, G., Chavez, M.A., Fraser, M., & Harrow, J. (2013). Negotiating  domains of patient dignity in VA spinal cord injury units: Perspectives from interdisciplinary care teams and veterans. Annals of Anthropological Practice, Special Issue: Anthropology Goes Public in the VA, 37(2), 130-148.

Amanda Terry

  • Zhang, N.J. Terry, A., & McHorney, C.A. (2014). Impact of health literacy on medication adherence: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 48(6), 741-751. 

Cynthia Williams, Ph.D. (PAF Alum), Yara Asi, Ph.D. (PAF 2015 graduate), Amanda Raffenaud, Matt Bagwell, Ibrahim Zeini

  • Williams, C., Asi, Y., Raffenaud, A., Bagwell, M., & Zeini, I. (2015). The effect of information technology on hospital performance. Health Care Management Science, 1-9.

Mehmet Yesilbas, Ph.D., M.P.A., LL.B

  • Yesilbas, M. and Ustun, Y. (2015). A cost-benefit analysis of the individual mandate in the health coverage system of the USA. International Journal of Public Policy, 11 (1/2/3), 33-46.

Featured Columnist in the PA Times (American Society for Public Administration)


2014 Presentations

Yara Asi - ABD, Health Services Management and Research Track

  • Saleh, S., Asi, Y., & Hamed, K. (2013). Effectiveness of integrating case studies in online and face-to-face instruction of pathophysiology: A comparative study. Advances in Physiology Education, 37, 201-206.
  • Dimachkie, M., Campbell, C., Oetjen, R., Webber, L., & Asi, Y. (2014). Mortality Amenable to Health Care in Louisiana: Results from a Cross-Sectional Study. International Journal of Public Policy.
  • Fotter, M., Malvey, D., Asi, Y., Kirshner, S., & Warren, N. (2014). Can inbound and domestic medical tourism improve your bottom line? Identifying the potential of a U.S. Tourism Market. Journal of Healthcare Management, 59(1), 49-63.
  • "Health-Related Quality of Life in Conflict Zones: Measurement, Outcomes, and Mediating Factors." Poster presented at the UCF Graduate Research Forum. April 1, 2014.
  • "Health Information Technology and Hospital Performance: A Measurement of Technical Efficiency." Poster presented at the UCF Graduate Research Forum. April 1, 2014.
  • "Women in Humanitarian Crises." Panel presentation at the Women at Crossroads: Literacy, Leadership, Power and Technology Conference. February 22, 2014.
  • "The Impact of Conflict on Health-Related Quality of Life: A Review of the Literature." Poster presented at the UCF College of Medicine Global Health Conference. February 1, 2014. 

Matt Bagwell

  • "ACO involvement with RHCs: A qualitative study." Paper presented at the American Public Health Association International Conference and Expo. November 2013.
  • Bagwell. M. & Ortiz, J. "ACO involvement with RHCs: A qualitivate study. Paper presented at the National Rural Health Association RHC Conference (Austin, TX). October 2013; Presented at the National Rural Health Association Conference (Louisville, KY). May 2013.
  • "City and County Government Budget Crises in the U.S." Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Society for Public Administration, March 2013; Presented at the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration. October 2012.

Colleen Campbell

  • "Ethical decision making and zero tolerance: meeting the needs of the patient and healthcare provider."  Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Violence in the Healthcare Sector.  October 2014. 
  • "Enhancing Homecare Staff Safety Through Reducing Client Aggression and Violence in Non-Institutional Care Settings."  Workshop presented at the 4th International Conference on Violence in the Healthcare Sector.  October 2014.

M. Amoy Fraser

  • "Introduction to Veterans' Treatment Courts". Annual meeting of the Florida Crime Prevention Association. Orlando, FL. October 2014.
  • Winston, J., Warren, M., Palacios, P. & Fraser, M.A.. (2014). "VA Augmentation and Switching Treatments for Depression Study." Poster presented at VA Research Day. James A. Haley VA Hospital, Tampa, FL. June 2014.
  •  "A Systematic Review of Evidence of the Success of Drug Courts for Black Offenders." Workshop presented at Annual conference of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. July 2014.
  •  "Overview of Veterans Treatment Courts: Smartly and Innovatively Serving Those Who Served." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Public Administration. March 2014.
  • Fraser, M.A., Lind, J.D., Powell-Cope, G. & Gavin-Dreschnack, D. "Case Studies: Female Veterans with Spinal Cord Injuries Speak." Poster presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals. September 2013. Poster received award as the "Best Diversity Poster.

M. Amoy Fraser, Qingqing Lan and Bethany Waricka

  • "In-Prison Parent-Child Programs in Florida: An Analysis of Programs and Case Study of Abe Brown Ministries."
      Paper presented at the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration. September 2014.

David Kanaan

  • Kanaan, D., Levey, R., Terry, A. & Fraser, M.A. "The Evolution of Miami-Dade County's Two-Tier Government: Have the Original Objectives Been Conserved?" Paper presentation at the Urban Affairs Association 45th Annual Meeting. April 10, 2015.

Richard Levey - ABD, Governance Track

  • "The Impact of the Great Recession on Florida's Cities: What Do the Numbers Say?" Paper presented at The Florida League of Cities Center for Municipal Research and Innovation conference. August 2014. 

Mehmet Yesilbas

  • Dimitrijevska-Markoski, T., Yesilbas, M., Graziani-Califano, M. & Caputo, R. I. "Walt Disney World: The Ultimate Public Private Partnership." Paper presented at the Florida Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, March 2015.
  • "Turkish Region-Based Development Practices within the Governance Perspective." Paper presented (as lead author) at the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration. September, 2014. 




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
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— Matt Bagwell,  Doctoral Student and Graduate Research Assistant, Rural Health Research Group
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