Faculty and Staff Briefs: January 2020


Brendan Lantz, Ph.D. (Criminology) has been named the recipient of the 2020 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Victimology Section New Scholar Award. Lantz will receive the award at the 2020 annual meeting of ACJS in San Antonio in March. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding scholarly contributions to the discipline of criminology within five years of receiving their degree.

Petra Doan, Ph.D. (Urban and Regional Planning) won the William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Research on Gender and Sexuality and Planning from Cal Poly Pomona. The 2020 Dale Prize theme is #WeAre!: Advancing Gender and Sexuality in Planning Practice, in response to inadequate representation of women in the “public faces” of planning, resistance to the proliferation of state “bathroom bills” and laws discriminating against LGBTQ+ prospective adoptive parents.

Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D. (Social Work) was selected as a 2020 Fellow by the Society for Social Work and Research.


Marcy Driscoll, Ph.D. (Education) published two book chapters in Lessons in Leadership in the Field of Educational Technology. Driscoll wrote the chapters titled “Marcy’s Story: Fortune Favors the Bold” and “Robert M. Gagne: Colleague, Co-Teacher, Co-Author.”

Annie Grier, M.S.W. (Social Work) co-authored a book chapter titled “Beyond Jobs: Building Financial Capability for Adults Returning to the Community After Prison,” which appears in The Routledge Handbook on Financial Social Work: Direct Practice with Vulnerable Populations, which published in January 2020.

Jessica Ingram, M.F.A. (Art) recently published the book “Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial,” featuring landscape photographs of the sites of pivotal events during the civil rights era.

FengFeng Ke, Ph.D. (Education) published the article “Investigating Educational Affordances of Virtual Reality for Simulation-Based Teaching Training with Graduate Teaching Assistants” in the Journal of Computing in Higher Education.

David King, Ph.D. (Business) co-authored “What, When and Who: Manager Involvement in Predicting Employee Resistance to Acquisition Integration,” which was published in the journal Human Resource Management.

David King, Ph.D. (Business) won a best paper award for his co-authored study of “Psychological Contract of Gig Economy Employees: Toward Developing a Four Factor Model” at the 6th International Communication Management Conference in Ahmedabad, India.

Carla Laroche, J.D. (Law) was quoted in the article, “Who are the Florida prison inmates serving outdated drug sentences?” published in the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald for her expertise in gender and the justice system

Michael Meth, MISt (Libraries) authored “Understanding Blockchain: Opportunities for Libraries,” published in American Libraries magazine.

Michael T. Morley, J.D. (Law) submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Colorado Department of State v. Micheal Baca, et al. The brief explained that it was offered to “both promote the sound development of the law and encourage enforcement of constitutional and prudential restrictions on the federal judiciary’s authority.”

David E. Landau, J.D. (Law) co-authored an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times titled “Opinion: Impeachment has rebooted other democracies stuck in corruption and gridlock.” The article was published Dec. 15, 2019.

Mary Ziegler, J.D. (Law) was quoted by Bloomberg Law, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and NPR in articles discussing changing abortion laws.

Lucinda Graven, Ph.D. (Nursing) co-authored “Addressing Social Determinants of Health in the Care of Patients with Heart Failure: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association,” which has been accepted for publication in the journal Circulation. This Scientific Statement was written on behalf of the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, Council on Clinical Cardiology, and Council on Epidemiology and Prevention.

Lucinda Graven, Ph.D. (Nursing) co-authored “Heart Failure Caregivers’ Support Services: Implications for Palliative Care,” which has been accepted for publication in the journal Progress in Palliative Care.

Aimée Boutin, Ph.D. and Reinier Leushuis, Ph.D. (Modern Languages and Linguistics) co-edited “Selected Essays from the Women in French International Conference 2018.”

Dawn Carr, Ph.D. and Miles Taylor, Ph.D. (Sociology) co-authored a study with doctoral candidate Brittany King, published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B, that suggests older widows of military veterans are less likely to say they are lonely and more likely to report strong social support than their non-military counterparts.


Damon Andrew, Ph.D. (Education) presented at the annual National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE) conference, which took place Jan. 8-11 in Palm Springs, California. The conference’s theme was “Leading Beyond the Campus: Driving Change as Experts.”

Erik Hines, Ph.D. (Education) served as a panelist for “Using Career Development to Improve K-12 Transitions and Post-Secondary Success” at the 2020 National Career Development Summit held in Washington, D.C. Specifically, Hines discussed factors impacting postsecondary success for black males.

Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D. (Social Work) presented “State Reforms to Justice-related Collateral Consequences: Policies in all 50 states from 2010 to 2017,” as part of a symposium titled “Advancing the Goals of Smart Decarceration: Lessons from an Examination of Policies That Affect Individuals with Criminal Justice Involvement” at the national meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in Washington, D.C.

Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D. and Tanya Renn, Ph.D. (Social Work) presented “Traumatic Brain Injury and Health-Related Quality of Life in Incarcerated Adults” at the national meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in Washington, D.C.

Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D., Tanya Renn, Ph.D., Stephanie Kennedy, Ph.D. and Stephen Tripodi, Ph.D. (Social Work) facilitated a roundtable titled “Ameliorating racial and economic inequality by shifting the criminal justice system toward a well-being focus” at the national meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in Washington, D.C.

Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D. and Stephanie Kennedy, Ph.D. (Social Work) co-facilitated a workshop titled “Rapidly Disseminating Research Findings to Non-Academic Audiences: Bringing Social Work Scholarship into the Streets” at the national meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in Washington, D.C.

Tanya Renn, Ph.D. (Social Work) presented a talk titled “Testing Effects of Social Support and Service Utilization on Criminal Justice Involvement Using Structural Equation Modeling” at the national meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in Washington, D.C.

Nicole Patton Terry, Ph.D. (Education) appeared on an episode of SeaHearSpeak Podcast and shared her thoughts on bidialectalism, school-research partnerships and poverty.

Amy Ai, Ph.D. (Social Work) presented “Family Factors Related to Major Psychiatric Disorders in Latina/o Americans Nationwide” and “Collective Strengths Related to Differential Health and Mental Health in Three Major Subgroups of Latino Americans” at the national meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in Washington, D.C. Ai and Yaacov Pescher, Ph.D. (Social Work) co-presented “The Impact of Omitted Variable Bias on the Links between Childhood Mistreatment, PTSD, and Substance Use in a National Sample of Latino Americans.”

John Mathias, Ph.D. (Social Work) presented “Looking to Community Initiatives for Models of Prevention in Environmental Social Work,” “Places of Change: Environmental Justice and Chronic Inequity in India,” and “Expert Activists: Interests, Values, and Moral Authority in Indian Community Organizing” at the national meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in Washington, D.C.

Dina Wilke, Ph.D. (Social Work) presented “Assessing Suicidal Ideation in Frontline Child Welfare Workers,” “Identifying Predictors of Suicide Ideation Among Human Service Workers: An Exploratory Analysis,” and “Judging the Judged: Exploring Child Welfare Workers’ Stigmatizing Attitudes Toward Clients” at the national meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in Washington, D.C.

Neil Abell, Ph.D. (Social Work) presented “Looking Deep and Listening Well: Applying Mindfulness Principles and Stigma Theory to Social Service Delivery Following the Troubles in Northern Ireland” at the national meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in Washington, D.C.

Bart Klika, Ph.D. (Social Work) presented “Strengthening Communities and Empowering Families to Lessen and Eradicate Violence” at the national meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in Washington, D.C.

Shamra Boel-Studt, Ph.D. (Social Work) presented “Do Complex Trauma and Gender Moderate the Relation between Treatment Conditions and Outcomes of Youth in Residential Care?” at the national meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in Washington, D.C.

Elissa Gentry, J.D. (Law) presented to the Florida House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s Civil Justice Subcommittee on Jan. 16. She discussed the empirical evidence regarding whether drug injury advertisements distort consumer beliefs about drugs and cause them to discontinue beneficial treatments.

Avlana K. Eisenberg, J.D. and Mark Spottswood, J.D. (Law) presented papers at a conference on legal discontinuity hosted by the Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law at the Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University on Dec. 29-30.

Donald J. Weidner, J.D. (Law) delivered the keynote address at the 2019 LLC Institute in Tampa on Nov. 7. The event, sponsored by the American Bar Association Business Law Section, offered nine CLE programs on the latest developments in LLCs, partnerships and other unincorporated entities. Weidner’s address, “LLC Default Rules Are Hazardous to Member Liquidity,” critiqued the shift to current LLC rules, which lock members in to perpetual entities, deny them liquidity rights and limit their access to judicial remedies.

Wayne A. Logan, J.D. (Law) testified before the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on “Using Technology to Advance Public Safety While Protecting Privacy.” Logan addressed legal/policy issues surrounding the timely topic of whether, and how, limits should be imposed on the increasing use by police of “big data,” machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Frank Wong, Ph.D. (Nursing) has been invited by the National Institute of Mental Health Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity (ODWD) to be a speaker for an NIMH-sponsored ODWD webinar on Stigma Reduction Research and LGBTQ+ communities, particularly on the topic of sexual gender minority mental health research.

Jessica Bahorski, Ph.D. (Nursing) and Mollie Romano, Ph.D. (Communication Sciences and Disorders) and Julie May McDougal, MSW, LCSW (FSU Early Head Start Program) presented a training on infant feeding practices and parent-infant communication to the Gadsden County Home Visiting Partnership, which included members from six agencies/programs. The training was in collaboration with their research study Learning Early Infant Feeding Cues.


Robert Schwartz, Ph.D. (Education) received a Senior Scholar Grant from the American College Personnel Association. The grant recognizes Schwartz’s work on inclusion and diversity in the field of higher education and goes to support further research of the topics.


Tim Baghurst, Ph.D. (Education) recently returned from Palm Springs, California where, as vice president of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE), he was responsible for running the annual conference. While there, he participated in a panel discussion on “Interviews, Contracts, Negotiations, and Hiring Decisions of the Pre-Tenure Faculty Member.” Baghurst was also recognized for completing the organization’s Department Head Certification Training program, which is a two-year commitment.

Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D. (Social Work) moderated the “Promote Smart Decarceration Grand Challenge” special interest group meeting at the national meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in Washington, D.C.

Darby Kerrigan Scott, J.D. (Law) was recently elected to serve as the chair of the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

Carla Laroche, J.D. (Law) was recently elected to serve on the Big Bend A.F.T.E.R. Reentry Coalition board of directors.

Anne Coldiron, Ph.D. (English) was selected to join the editorial board of Renaissance Studies, the leading UK journal in the interdisciplinary field and the flagship journal for the Society of Renaissance Studies.

Anne Coldiron Ph.D. (English) organized, developed and presided over two forum sessions as 2019-2020 chair of the Modern Language Association Translation Studies Forum at the MLA annual convention in Seattle. From an international field of applicants, her committee selected panelists to present their recent research.

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