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Biostatistics

Steven J Foti

Steven J Foti PhD

Director Of Graduate Studies & Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: PHHP-COM BIOSTATISTICS
Phone: (352) 294-5922

Steven Foti is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Director of Graduate Studies. He received his PhD in Statistics Education in 2017 and his MS in Statistics in 2013, both from the University of Florida. Steven is originally from New York where he earned his BS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics and Physics from Clarkson University. He teaches Biostatistics courses in literacy, methods, and data visualization to graduate students in public health and medicine. His experience and interests are in statistics education, statistical literacy, and assessment.

Malayshia A King

Malayshia A King

Academic Program Specialist I
Department: PHHP-COM BIOSTATISTICS
Phone: (352) 294-5770

Environmental Health and One Health

Joseph H Bisesi

Joseph H Bisesi

Associate Chair; Associate Professor & PhD Program Director
Department: Department of Environmental and Global Health
Phone: (352) 294-4703

Dr. Joseph Bisesi is an Associate 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 the departmental Ph.D. 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.

Victoria Houghton

Victoria Houghton

Academic Program Specialist
Department: Department of Environmental and Global Health
Phone: (352) 294-5316

Epidemiology

Krishna Vaddiparti

Krishna Vaddiparti

Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Epidemiology
Phone: (352) 273-5746

Dr. Krishna Vaddiparti holds the position of Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, specializing in social and psychiatric epidemiology. He earned both his Master of Philosophy and PhD in Psychiatric Social Work from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore, India. Additionally, he obtained a Master’s degree in Psychiatric Epidemiology from Washington University in St. Louis. With over fifteen years of clinical experience in the field of mental health in India, Dr. Vaddiparti brings a wealth of practical knowledge to his academic role. Presently, within the Department of Epidemiology, Dr. Vaddiparti assumes a dual role as both a faculty member and the Director of the PhD Program in Epidemiology. Additionally, he maintains an affiliation with the Southern HIV/AIDS Research Consortium (SHARC) as a core faculty member. (For additional details about SHARC, please visit http://sharc-research.org/about/faculty/.)

Dr. Vaddiparti’s research interests encompass three main areas:

1. Examining the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and its connections to treatment engagement, substance use, and mental health.

2. Utilization of medical marijuana in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and associated sleep disturbances.

3. Investigating the adverse health and mental health effects resulting from exposure to trauma, particularly violence, victimization, and adverse childhood experiences.

His research efforts have taken him to various parts of India and Haiti, where he has conducted extensive cross-cultural international studies. These studies involved primary data collection and rigorous fieldwork. Notably, in India, he conducted pioneering epidemiological research on alcohol use problems and common mental disorders in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, marking the first such study in that area. In Haiti, Dr. Vaddiparti collaborated with colleagues from the Department of Epidemiology on the Haiti Health Study, focusing on mental health conditions such as depression, panic attacks, posttraumatic stress disorder, and the social determinants of health.

Mentoring plays a pivotal role in Dr. Vaddiparti’s academic journey, and he welcomes prospective students interested in pursuing doctoral work in Epidemiology to reach out to him directly. Beyond his academic pursuits, he finds relaxation and fulfillment in activities such as painting, photography, and spending quality time with his family.

Natalie B Torres

Natalie B Torres

Academic Program Spec III
Department: MD-GRADUATE STUDENT PROGRAMS
Phone: (352) 273-9740

Health Services Research

Santanu K Datta

Santanu K Datta

CLIN ASO PROF
Department: HP-HEALTH SERVICES ADMIN
Phone: (352) 273-6074
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100195
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Dr. Santanu K. Datta, PhD, MBA, MS, is an Associate Professor and holds the Louis C. Gapenski Endowed Professorship. He joined the University of Florida in May, 2019 after a 22-year career with the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Duke University School of Medicine as well as a joint appointment in the Center of Excellence in Primary Care at the Durham VA Medical Center. He obtained a BS in Chemistry, an MBA in Finance, and an MS in Economics from Florida State University and a PhD in Health Policy and Administration from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Datta conducts health economics, health outcomes, and implementation science research for various diseases, health interventions and programs, and health policies. His current research is focused in the areas of lung cancer screening, smoking cessation, and adolescent vaping.

Research Summary:

Dr. Datta’s research is motivated by the need to provide decision-makers with information regarding healthcare costs, cost-effectiveness analysis, and budgetary impact of healthcare interventions, programs, and policies that improve health outcomes and quality-of-life to facilitate evidence-based policy and clinical practice implementation decisions. His particular research focus is on intervention strategies that improve outcomes and access in an efficient, cost-effective manner by utilizing technology and alternative provider strategies than traditional clinical practice. He has conducted economic analyses and health services research for a wide range of interventions and health conditions including smoking cessation, lung cancer screening, telemedicine for dermatology referrals, diabetic retinopathy screening, genetic counseling; provider-guided, telephone-based care and/or group-visits for diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol control, obesity, osteoarthritis self-management; newer anticoagulants for the prevention of stroke among atrial fibrillation patients, and Lynch Syndrome screening.

Publications:
Grants:
  • Oct 2020 – Jun 2023
    Implementing 3-Step Workout for Life to Accelerate Functional Recovery in Home Health Care Services
    AMERICAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOUNDATION · Co-Investigator
  • Jul 2020 – Jun 2021
    Dissemination and Implementation of the Bright Bodies Intervention for Childhood Obesity
    YALE UNIV · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2019 – Dec 2020
    Lung Cancer Screening Implementation: Evaluation of Patient-Centered Care
    PORTLAND VA RESEARCH FOUNDATION · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2002
    PhD, Health Policy & Administration
    School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • 1998
    MS Economics
    Florida State University
  • 1991
    MBA Finance
    Florida State University
Brittany Crown

Brittany Crown

Academic Program Specialist
Department: HP-HEALTH SERVICES ADMIN
Phone: (352) 273-6072
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100195
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1225 CENTER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Education:
  • 2017
    Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
    University of Florida

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Lindsey M King

Lindsey M King PhD, MPH, CHES, CCRP, CTTS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: College of Public Health and Health Professions Dean's Office
Phone: (352) 273-6064

Lindsey King, PhD, MPH, CHES®, CCRP, CTTS (she/her) is a clinical assistant professor of public health in the Department of Health Services Research, Management & Policy and the Dean’s Office at the University of Florida (UF) College of Public Health and Health Professions. She serves as program director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) program and program director of the PhD in public health (SBS concentration). She also serves as chair and program chair of the American Public Health Association Family Violence Prevention Caucus (APHA FVPC). She previously served as the Master of Public Health (MPH) concentration coordinator for the SBS (campus and online) and public health practice (online) concentrations. Dr. King received her PhD in public health (SBS) from UF, her MPH from the University of South Florida (USF), and her Bachelor of Arts from UF. Dr. King has also served as a tobacco cessation facilitator through the Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and Gulfcoast North AHEC. Dr. King’s background includes research in behavioral oncology, clinical, epidemiology, and community-based participatory research (CBPR) to address disparities in maternal and child health (MCH), and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma-informed public health community initiatives. Dr. King’s primary interests include community-engaged research to identify strengths of communities and eliminate health disparities in underserved populations including racial and ethnic minority populations and sexual and gender minority populations.

April O'Neal, MPA

April O'Neal, MPA

Administrative Specialist II
Department: College of Public Health and Health Professions Dean's Office
Phone: (352) 273-6377