Program directors and academic staff
Babette Brumback, Ph.D., is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Florida. Her statistical research has concentrated on methods for longitudinal data analysis, causal modeling, bias adjustment, and analysis of data from complex sampling designs. She has also collaborated extensively on public health and medical studies concerning a broad array of research areas. Her professional activities include serving in 2014-2016 as Chair Elect, Chair, and Past Chair of the American Statistical Association Section on Statistics in Epidemiology, serving in 2015—2016 as President of the Florida Chapter of the American Statistical Association, serving from 2011-2015 as a member of the National Institutes of Health Study Section on Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Sciences, and serving in 2016-2017 on an Advisory Panel for the MMS Program of the National Science Foundation. She has also served as Associate Editor of Biometrics and as Statistical Editor of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Brumback received her PhD in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996, followed by postdoctoral training in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1996-1999. She is an elected member of Delta Omega and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.
Environmental Health and One Health
Dr. Joseph Bisesi is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Environmental and Global Health and a member of the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology and the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from Clemson University in 2005, 2007, and 2011, respectively. He then completed his post-doc at the University of Florida, where he studied molecular toxicology. Dr. Bisesi then joined the Department of Environmental and Global Health in 2014. In addition to his teaching and research program, Dr. Bisesi currently serves as the program director for Ph.D. and Masters programs.
Dr. Bisesi’s training is grounded in environmental toxicology with a focus on studying the effects of waterborne toxicants in humans and aquatic organisms. His dissertation research was focused on understanding the impacts of antidepressants on the brain biochemistry and feeding behavior of aquatic organisms. Additional training in the examination of molecular mechanisms of toxicants in mammalian and fish models allows Dr. Bisesi to work across human health toxicology and ecotoxicology to address complex public and environmental health issues related to environmental contaminants. Dr. Bisesi’s current research program is focused on elucidating the effects and toxic mechanisms of numerous emerging contaminates, including nanomaterials, plasticizers, and pharmaceuticals as well as legacy contaminants of concern including pesticides and heavy metals. Much of his research is focused on the gastrointestinal system, which is an understudied target of chemical contaminants. His research has been published in numerous high impact environmental journals including Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and Environmental Science: Nano. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Bisesi current projects include: probing the contributions of phthalate plasticizers to the obesity epidemic using zebrafish as a model, examining the desorption behavior of pharmaceuticals and pesticides bound to carbon nanomaterials in fish gastrointestinal systems, and exploring the impacts of heavy metals to aquatic organisms under varying pulsed exposure and water quality conditions, and examining the presence and impacts of environmental toxicants in developing countries including Haiti and Zambia.
Dr. Varma is a Psychiatric Epidemiologist with research experience in the area of mental health with specific focus on women’s mental health, and substance use. Dr. Varma has considerable field experience in rural India specifically working on the reproductive health of women. Dr. Varma’s current research focus on perinatal mental health, mHealth applications (use of mobile technology) to deliver prevention interventions, and community engagement. She is the Director of Work Force Development at HealthStreet – the community engagement initiative at University of Florida and also serves on the Board of Directors at the Healthy Start of North Central Florida Coalition. Dr. Varma is a trained qualitative researcher and leads the biweekly Qualitative Research Colloquium at the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Dr. Varma teaches Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology, and Introduction to Mixed Methods Research.
Health Services Research
Dr. Marlow joined the Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy in 2014. She received her Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Science, Health Services Concentration, from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in May 2013, and she also holds an M.S.P.H. in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina (2005). Her personal research interests include access to care issues for persons with functional limitations and disabilities, including effective patient-provider communication. She is the Sub-Contract Director of the Florida Disability and Health Program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Prior to joining UF, and while completing her doctoral training, Dr. Marlow worked as a Research Associate at MUSC in the Department of Public Health Sciences, forming collaborations with researchers in Dental Medicine, Healthcare Leadership and Management, Kidney Transplantation, Psychiatry, and Physical Therapy. She worked as a Co-Investigator on externally funded grants with NCRR, NIGMS, NIDCR, NCMHD, Abbott Laboratories, and AbbVie Inc. One of her primary roles while at MUSC was with the Biostatistics Core of the Center for Oral Health Research (NIGMS and NCRR COBRE awarded), managing and completing all CTSA requests for biostatistics services related to dental health sciences for grant development, faculty research, postdoctoral dental resident thesis research, and dental student research. During 2005-2008, Dr. Marlow worked as an epidemiologist with the Health Services Research Division of the American Cancer Society, evaluating patterns of care, disparities, and clinical outcomes for cancer patients using a national, hospital-based cancer registry (the National Cancer Database).
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Jamie L Pomeranz PhD, CRC, CLCP
Jamie L. Pomeranz, Ph.D., CRC, CLCP is a Clinical Professor within the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Pomeranz has obtained three degrees from the University of Florida which include: Masters of Exercise and Sports Science, Masters of Health Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Life Care Planner and has worked with people with disabilities in multiple capacities for over 20 years. His clinical background includes working with individuals with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Pomeranz has been on faculty at the University of Florida since 2004 and his topics of research include: health promotion for people with disabilities and life care planning and modern measurement theory. Since receiving his Ph.D. in 2005, Dr. Pomeranz developed 30 peer reviewed publications and two book chapters. Dr. Pomeranz currently serves on the PHHP Blended Learning Taskforce and is a past member of the collaboration task force and committee for promoting collaboration between public health and health professions. He has and continues to mentor multiple Ph.D and MPH graduate students from the public health program. He currently teaches within the Bachelors of Health Science undergraduate program and serves as the Advisor for the Pre-Public Health Concentration and the Honor’s Program Director within the Bachelors of Health Science Program. His courses include: Critical Issues in Public Health, Ethical and Legal Issues in Public Health and Health Professions, and Research Methods. Dr. Pomeranz has received funding from the Area Health Education Centers the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the Veteran’s Health Administration. His NIH project involves developing one of the first empirically-based tobacco cessation programs for people with disabilities. Finally, Dr. Pomeranz has received numerous awards including: Excellence in Research, Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and the Public Health Award for Faculty Excellence.
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