Experts: Health + Medicine

Amy L. Ai

Distinguished Research Professor, College of Social Work

Amy L. Ai, Ph.D., MSW, MS, MA, is a Professor of Social Work/SW and is affiliated with the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing and Institute for Successful Longevity, Florida State University.

Dr. Ai earned three Masters and a joint Psychology-SW Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, followed by post-doctoral training(National Institutes of Health/NIH). Her interdisciplinary research focuses on physical and behavioral health, aging, health disparity, trauma, human strengths, and spirituality, leading to numerous first-author publications.

She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association of Psychological Science, and Gerontological Society of America; John A. Hartford Geriatric Faculty Scholar; Delegate/Representative of Academic Settings to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging; and Fulbright Scholar.

She is the PI/Co-PI of multiple projects, funded by Federal, State, and private foundations and is a Scientific Reviewer for national, international, and private funding agencies (e.g., Departments of State, Defense, and Health and Human Services, Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute, NIH, and major funders in Canada, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong-China).

She a recipient of the Outstanding Science Award(APA Trauma Psychology) and the Distinguished Health Psychology Award(IAAP). Her seminal tool book, “Assessing Spirituality in a Diversified World” (2020, peer-reviewed), is currently the only book on this topic, involving 40+ interdisciplinary scholars around the globe.

(850) 644-3577 or (850) 644-9750

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Jonathan Appelbaum

Chair, Department of Clinical Sciences and Laurie L. Dozier Jr., M.D., Education Director and Professor of Internal Medicine

Dr. Appelbaum is a Professor in Clinical Sciences at the FSU College of Medicine. He is an expert on HIV/AIDS and HIV and aging, as well as primary care in general and health disparities within the LGBT community.

(850) 645-1227

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Pradeep Bhide

Professor, Jim and Betty Ann Rodgers Eminent Scholar Chair of Developmental Neuroscience, Director, Center for Brain Repair

Bhide received his degree in veterinary medicine from Veterinary College, Bangalore, India, and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He undertook postdoctoral training in developmental neurobiology at University College, London; Yale University; and Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

The research in the Bhide laboratory focuses on developmental neurological and psychiatric conditions including ADHD and early-onset generalized dystonia. Current research projects include examination of the role of dopamine receptor activation in the developing brain; the effects of prenatal exposure to cocaine, nicotine and analgesic medications on the development of the brain and behavior; and the developmental origins of the movement disorder generalized dystonia.

(850) 645-9847

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Suzanne Y. Bush

Education Director OBGYN, Pensacola Campus

Dr. Bush coordinates the OB/GYN curriculum for the college. She has been in practice at The Women’s Group in Pensacola for more than 20 years, and is a certified menopause practitioner. She coordinates the training of third- and fourth-year medical students at the Pensacola Regional Medical School Campus.

(850) 494-5939

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Karen Geletko

Research Faculty

Karen Geletko is a faculty member and instructor with the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine. She specializes in planning and conducting research projects in the intersecting areas of medicine and public health, tobacco prevention and cessation, preparedness and public health, and performance management and workforce development in public health. She also assists in program evaluation for several state and federal programs.

(850) 645-1490

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Mary A. Gerend

Associate Professor

Gerend has a Ph.D. in social psychology and is an associate professor whose expertise is in cancer prevention, sexual health and health messaging. Her research centers on 1) identifying key psychosocial, cultural, and structural determinants of health behavior and 2) designing and implementing effective interventions for promoting behavior change.

(850) 645-1541

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Robert Glueckauf

Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine

Glueckauf is an expert on Alzheimer’s disease as it relates to caregiver support. His interests lie in the development and evaluation of eHealth and community-based interventions for individuals with severe disabilities and their family caregivers, outcomes measurement, and spirituality and health.

(850) 645-2302

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Tomi Gomory

Associate Professor

Dr. Gomory has over 35 years of experience as a clinician, administrator, and educator in the areas of social work, mental health, and homelessness. He has co-authored an award-winning book on mental health titled Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, diagnosis, and drugs along with more than three dozen articles and chapters.”

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Lisa Granville

Associate Chair, Professor of Geriatrics

Dr. Lisa J. Granville is Professor of Geriatrics and Associate Chair of the Department of Geriatrics at Florida State University College of Medicine, Co-Director of the FSU COM Curriculum Re-design and the lead faculty for three Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program projects that address education of caregivers, community based seniors and Continuing Care Retirement Community nursing staff.

Dr. Granville’s medical education research focuses include competency-based learning, development of clinical skills, use of simulators and standardized patients and assessment of learning outcomes.
Her clinical research investigates urinary incontinence, prostate disorders, falls and gait disorders.

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Mohamed Kabbaj

Professor of Biomedical Sciences & Neurosciences

Kabbaj conducts research in the area of stress and drug addiction. He focuses on the brain basis of emotional behavior to determine why some people are more prone to stress and addiction.

(850) 644-4930

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Sally Karioth


Karioth is an expert on grief, trauma, stress and compassion fatigue who counseled the survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon and children who lost parents in the World Trade Center, and can address the ways in which the nation grieves in the aftermath of a violent attack.

(850) 644-6845

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Pamela Keel

Distinguished Research Professor

Keel is an expert on eating disorders and is currently working on the factors that distinguish people with purging disorder from the more commonly known bulimia or anorexia nervosa.

Keel has also examined the link between social media and eating disorders. In 2019, she received the Leadership Award in Research from the Academy of Eating Disorders at the 2019 International Conference on Eating Disorders. The award recognizes research that has produced new insights about eating disorders and advanced the field of study.

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Charles Maitland

Professor, Neurology, Faculty-Tallahassee, M1, M2, M4

Dr. Maitland has been a faculty member of the FSU College of Medicine since its inception. He is a professor of neurology in the Department of Clinical Sciences. He currently serves as director of the National Parkinson’s Foundation Clinic, the Multiple Sclerosis Center and the Movement Disorders Center, and he also co-directs the FSU/TMH Neuro-cognitive Neuro-linguistics Rehabilitation Research Center. Maitland is an expert on neuro-ophthalmology, or how the nervous system affects visual function and motor performance in both healthy elderly people and those with degenerative disease.

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Jon Maner

Professor of Psychology

Maner is an expert on interplay between motivation, emotion, and social cognition in close relationships (e.g., romantic attraction and the maintenance of long-term relationships), social hierarchy (e.g., power and leadership, dominance and prestige), social affiliation and rejection, and self-protective processes (e.g., disgust, anxiety, and fear).

(850) 644-1615

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Dennis Mayeaux

Clerkship Director Geriatrics, Informatics Curriculum Director, Pensacola Regional Campus

Dr. Mayeaux coordinates the college’s family medicine curriculum and the training of third- and fourth-year medical students at the College of Medicine’s Pensacola Regional Campus. He is a board certified family physician with added qualifications in geriatric medicine.

(850) 623-9787

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Paul McLeod

Sr. Associate Dean for Regional Campuses, Regional Campus Dean, Pensacola

Dr. McLeod, who practiced family medicine in rural Milton, Fla., for 18 years, is an expert in medical practice management. Within the Florida State University College of Medicine, he serves as senior associate dean for regional campuses and as regional campus dean for the college’s Pensacola, Fla., campus.

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Jim McNulty

Professor of Psychology

McNulty is an expert on how strong beliefs may change or remain stable over time mostly in the context of close relationships. His goals are to understand and define limits to social psych theories that suggest people possess effective techniques for maintaining their desired beliefs and to suggest directions for promoting the resilience of initially satisfying beliefs about close relationships.

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James Olcese


Olcese’s research explores circadian physiology (endocrine rhythms, sleep disorders); neuroendocrine mechanisms (hormonal systems, reproductive function); Alzheimer dementia and melatonin.

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Michael J. Ormsbee

Professor, Graduate Program Director

Ormsbee is an expert in nutrition, supplements and exercise that improve health, body composition and performance. He works extensively with athletes and clinically obese individuals looking to lose weight.

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Lynn Panton


Panton is an expert on the effects of strength training on strength, body composition, and functional outcomes of healthy elderly adults and chronically diseased populations. Her most recent research has focused on the effects of strength training in women with Fibromyalgia, individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and Breast Cancer Survivors.  A 2018 article she co-wrote for The Conversation on the benefits of weight training for breast cancer survivors was reprinted in multiple publications including the Washington Post and Salon.

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Ashby Plant

Professor of Psychology

Plant is an expert on the impact of the source of people’s motivation to respond without prejudice on their attitudes, affect, and behavior in prejudice-relevant situations. Other work examines factors that influence the quality of interracial interactions and the regulation and reduction of prejudice.


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Gloria Salazar

Hazel Z. Stiebeling Professor

Salazar’s is an expert on aging and age-related diseases, such as atherosclerosis.


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Brad Schmidt

Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and Director of Anxiety and Behavioral Health Clinic

Schmidt is an expert on prevention and treatment of anxiety pathology, investigation of bio-behavioral parameters that affect the generation and maintenance of anxiety pathology and the relationship between anxiety pathology and physical health.

(850) 644-1707

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Branko Stefanovic


Stefanovic is a noted researcher in the molecular mechanisms of liver fibrosis. He teaches medical students in pharmacology, biochemistry and physiology. His research interests include molecular assembly and function of RNA-protein complexes. Stefanovic earned his Ph.D. in molecular biophysics at Florida State in 1991.

(850) 644-7600

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Robert Tomko

Associate Professor

Tomko studies how cells build, maintain and utilize the proteasome in normal and disease states. His laboratory works on the scale of individual proteins up to whole cells, and integrates approaches spanning biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, proteomics, biophysics and pharmacology. Ultimately, his group aims to utilize the information gained from these basic studies of the proteasome to exploit its assembly and function for therapeutic benefit in human diseases.

(850) 645-1482

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Christopher Uejio

Professor & Graduate Coordinator

Christopher Uejio studies how the physical environment, broadly defined, influences human health and well-being. Some of his research interests include public health, health disparities, health interventions, environmental health, and infectious diseases. His research has resulted in him frequently working with health departments.

(850) 644-1706

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