April 2008

Congratulations to FMHI Faculty for Spring 2008 Recognition

Marion BeckerDr. Marion Becker has been named one of five recipients of the 2008 USF Women's Leadership Award. The Women’s Leadership Awards were initiated to recognize women who have made outstanding contributions in research, service, and mentoring to women and girls at USF and throughout the community. This award was presented in recognition of Dr. Becker's research and advocacy for vulnerable populations of all ages, and for her mentorship of women at USF and elsewhere.

Thanks to Airia Papadopoulos, who presented the award to Dr. Becker at the ceremony, and who nominated Dr. Becker for the award. The awards ceremony was attended by approximately 60 individuals from throughout the University, including President Genshaft, Provost Wilcox and FMHI Dean Gonzales. Kudos to Dr. Becker for this well deserved achievement and for her recognition at USF!

Lawrence BranchDr. Laurence Branch has won the election as incoming USF Faculty Senate President. The Senate constitutes the principal advisory body to the University President, Provost and VP for Health and has the responsibility to review and make recommendations to them concerning decisions of the University on all matters pertaining to the welfare of the University, focusing particularly on those related to the academic mission.

Dr. Branch is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the College of Public Health and Courtesy Professor in FMHI’s Department of Aging and Mental Health. He is one of only three USF faculty on the most highly cited researchers' list and has long been recognized by the American Public Health Association and by the Gerontological Society of America for his contributions to the health of older adults. Dr. Branch formerly was dean of the USF College of Public Health. He previously was a faculty member at Duke University School of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine and School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health. He currently is working on a project funded by the National Institute of Justice to develop the survey instruments necessary to conduct a national study to establish for the first time reliable and valid estimates of elder abuse and mistreatment. He also continues to study the treatment decision process of newly diagnosed men with prostate cancer and a third project to develop state-specific report cards of older people's health and rates of receipt of preventive services. He currently co-edits the Journal of Aging and Health. His current research interests include: active life expectancy, cognitive life expectancy, longitudinal studies, health promotion and disease prevention, prostate cancer, diabetes, patient roles in health care service use, and international gerontology.

Paul StilesCongratulations to Dr. Paul Stiles who was presented with the USF School of Aging Studies Sue Saxon Award for Outstanding Teaching. As Associate Professor in FMHI’s Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, Dr. Stiles’ focus is on geriatric mental health services and policy. His research has involved the compilation, integration, analysis and dissemination of relatively large administrative data sets (e.g. Medicaid/Medicare eligibility and claims files, national hospital surveys, state mental health service regulatory databases) and the application of findings to pressing policy issues. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on legal and ethical issues in aging, provides intensive workshops on research ethics, and chairs the social-behavioral IRB for the University of South Florida. Dr. Stiles' clinical experience includes providing psychological and neuropsychological services in both private and public psychiatric facilities as well as nursing homes.

The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) has emerged as a national leader in behavioral health research. The Institute houses several state and national research and training centers focused on improving practices in treating mental, addictive, and developmental disorders.