Faculty and Staff Briefs February 2023

Florida State University’s faculty and staff are central to its mission and the key to its countless accomplishments.

Throughout the year, honors and recognitions are awarded to individual faculty and staff members across campus. Faculty and Staff Briefs are produced monthly to recognize accomplishments and provide a space where honors, awards, bylines, presentations, grants, service and any other notable items can be showcased.



Eundeok Kim, Ph.D. (College of Entrepreneurship) received the Social Entrepreneurship SIG Award for Excellence in Social Entrepreneurship Teaching at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference.

MaKenna Campbell-Hutts, B.S. (Student Conduct and Community Standards) was awarded the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Foundation Access Scholarship.

Brittany Devies, B.S.Ed. (Center for Leadership and Social Change) was inducted into the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ Future Leaders Society.

Minjee Kim, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) was named among Business Insider’s 30 under 35 rising stars of the real estate industry.


Kelly Farquharson, Ph.D. and doctoral student Anne Reed (College of Communication and Information) received $13,200 in funding from the Institute of Politics Civic Engagement and Political Participation Research Grant Program.

Yunjung Kim, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) received $932,094 in funding from the National Institutes of Health to support her research, “Toward a speech rehabilitation model for linguistically and culturally minor groups: Foreign-born immigrants.”


Wenyi Li, Ph.D. (College of Education), Amy L. Ai, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) and Sabrina Dickey, Ph.D. (College of Nursing) co-authored “Disaster Stressors and Coping with Traumatization of Deadliest Hurricane in U.S. Mainland: A Follow-Up Study,” published by Natural Hazards Research.

Hyunji Lee, Ph.D. (Florida Institute for Child Welfare) and Lisa Schelbe, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “Early Adverse Childhood Experiences and Exclusionary Discipline Practices in Middle Childhood,” published by the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Quiong Wu, Ph.D., Lenore McWey, Ph.D. (College of Health & Human Sciences), Melissa Radey, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) and doctoral students Soo Jin Han, Karina Jalapa and Dania Tawfiq co-authored “Profiles of Perceived Resources Among Low-Income, Rural Mothers: Prospective Associations with Maternal and Child Outcomes,” published by Family Process.

Bruce Thyer, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “Evolutionary Psychology and Social Work,” published by the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

Carrie Pettus, Ph.D. (Institute for Justice Research and Development) and Stephen Tripodi, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “Promoting Smart Decarceration as a Grand Challenge,” published by Oxford Bibliographies.

Arthur Raney, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) and Amy L. Ai, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “Exploring the Impact of Media Use on Well-Being Following a Natural Disaster,” published by Frontiers in Communication.

Kristy Anderson, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “Evidence of Item Bias in a National Flourishing Measure for Autistic Youth,” published by Autism Research. Anderson also co-authored “Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Autistic Young People in the United States: A Conceptual Model of Utilization,” published by Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Richard Morris, Ph.D. and alumna Chorong Oh, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) co-authored “Prosody Analysis as a Tool for Differential Diagnosis of Cognitive Impairment,” published in Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics.

Mollie Romano, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) and students Diana Abarca and Katherine Perez co-authored “The BabyTok Project: Examining the Feasibility and Acceptability of a Light-Touch Social Media Project for Infant–Toddler Teachers,” published by the Early Childhood Education Journal.

Mickey Langlais, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) co-authored “To Scroll or Not to Scroll: Examining Social Media as a Mediator for Attachment Security and Internal Stress,” published in the American Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Kristin Dowell, Ph. D. (College of Fine Arts) published the article “Lindsay McIntyre: Indigenous Handmade Cinema,” in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies.

Lucinda Graven, Ph.D. (College of Nursing), Elizabeth Madden, Ph.D., Michelle Therrien, Ph.D., Christopher Constantino, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) and Rachel Goff-Albritton, Ph.D. (Office of Research Development) co-authored “Caregiving and Friendship: Perspectives from Care Partners of People with Aphasia,” published by Topics in Language Disorders.

Lucinda Graven, Ph.D. and Laurie Abbott, Ph.D. (College of Nursing) co-authored “Classifying Heart Failure Caregivers as Adequately or Inadequately Resourced to Care: A Latent Class Analysis,” published by the Journal of Palliative Care.

Lucinda Graven, Ph.D. (College of Nursing) co-authored “The Subjective Component of the Dutch Objective Burden Inventory: A Psychometric Analysis,” published by the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Alina Dana Weber, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) edited the book “Former Neighbors, Future Allies? German Studies and Ethnography in Dialogue,” published by Berghahn Books.

Andrew Epstein, Ph.D. (Department of English) published his book “The Cambridge Introduction to American Poetry Since 1945” with Cambridge University Press and his review of Robert Crawford’s biography of T. S. Eliot in the New York Times Book Review. Epstein also published the essay “‘Sketch of a Man on a Platform’: The Modern Feminist Portrait Poem,” in the book “A Companion to American Poetry,” by Wiley-Blackwell.

Beth Coggeshall, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) co-edited a collection of essays and wrote the essay “Discussing the ‘Divine Comedy’ with Dante: On Crowdsourcing and Transcultural Resonance,” that were published in the academic journal “Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies.”

Matthew Goldmark, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) published his book “Forms of Relation: Composing Kinship in Colonial Spanish America,” with the University of Virginia Press.

Paul Renfro, Ph.D. (Department of History) published the article, “How the Right Got Waco Wrong,” in the New Republic.

Caterina Gratton, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology) published her article “From Correlation to Communication: Disentangling Hidden Factors from Functional Connectivity Changes,” in Network Neuroscience and her article “Hemispheric Asymmetries of Individual Differences in Functional Connectivity,” in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Charles Upchurch, Ph.D. (Department of History) wrote the guest blog “History of Parliament and Excavating Early Queer History,” for the History of Parliament Project.

Patricia Homan, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology) co-authored “Empirical Evidence on Structural Racism as a Driver of Racial Inequities in COVID-19 Mortality,” published in the Frontiers in Public Health Journal.

Minjee Kim, Ph.D. and Timothy Chapin, Ph.D. (Department of Urban and Regional Planning) co-authored “Who Benefits from Enterprise Zones? Policy Design Choices for Strengthening Social Impacts,” published in Cities, an Urban Policy Journal.

Jeongbin Kim, Ph.D. (Department of Economics) authored “The Effects of Time Preferences on Cooperation: Experimental Evidence from Infinitely Repeated Game,” published in the American Economic Journal, was the lead author on the article “Games Played by Teams of Players,” published in the American Economic Journal, co-authored “Trust, Beliefs and Cooperation: Excavating a Foundation of Strong Economies,” published in the European Economic Review and co-authored “Random Utility and Limited Consideration,” published in the Journal of Quantitative Economics.

Henna Budhwani, Ph.D., MPH, Lisa Hightow-Weidman, Ph.D., MD, MPH and Kathryn Muessig, Ph.D. (College of Nursing) co-published the article “Tough Talks COVID-19 Digital Health Intervention for Vaccine Hesitancy Among Black Young Adults: Protocol for a Hybrid Type 1 Effectiveness Implementation Randomized Controlled Trial,” in the National Library of Medicine.

Kate Muessig, Ph.D. (College of Nursing) mentored a student-led co-authored article “Rural and Nonrural Racial Variation in Mentally Unhealthy Days: Findings from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in North Carolina, 2015-2019,” in the Journal of Social Science and Medicine-Mental Health.

Mike Drury, Psy.D., Nicki Taylor, Ph.D. and Cheryl Porter, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) co-authored the article “Medical Students’ Perception of Psychotherapy and Predictors for Self-Utilization and Prospective Patient Referrals,” published in Behavioral Sciences.

Yang Hou, Ph.D., Xian Wu, Ph.D. and Dan Liu, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) published a manuscript “Demographic and Disease-Related Predictors of Socioemotional Development in Children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 and Plexiform Neurofibromas: An Exploratory Study,” in Cancers, an oncology journal.

Olalekan H. Usman, GRA, Gengqiang Xie, Ph.D., Yue Julia Wang, Ph.D., Jerome Irianto, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) and doctoral student Liting Zhang (College of Arts and Sciences) co-authored an article “Genomic Heterogeneity in Pancreatic Cancer Organoids and its Stability with Culture,” published in the journal, Genomic Medicine.

Nicolette Castagna, MPH (College of Medicine) co-authored the article “Connecting with Clients in Later Life: The Use of Telebehavioral Health to Address Older Adults’ Mental Health Needs,” published in the Adultspan Journal.


Rachel Bailey, Ph.D., Arienne Ferchaud, Ph.D. and Arthur Raney, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) were selected to present their research at the International Communication Association Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Yasmeen Hamza, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) gave the talk “Auditory Biomarkers for Cognitive Decline,” for the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

Mickey Langlais, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) and students presented at the Annual Conference for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. Topics explored romantic relationship formation using dating applications, temporary breakups and boundary setting and examining how multiple divorces influence re-partnering.

Tenley Bick, Ph.D. (College of Fine Arts) curated the exhibit “Un Sentimento di Libertà | A Feeling of Freedom,” that is currently on display at the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts.

Neil Charness, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology) gave the opening keynote address for the Society of Actuaries in their “Living to 100 Symposium” in Orlando, Florida.

Grace Ali, M.A. (College of Fine Arts) curated the exhibit “Are We Free to Move About the World: The Passport in Contemporary Art,” that is on display now at the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts.

Caterina Gratton, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology) gave a “Meet-the-Expert” talk at the Society for Neuroscience on her article “Gaining ‘Precision’: Studying Individuals to Gain New Insights into Human Brain Networks and Their Role in Complex Cognition.”

Kelly Clark, MBA (University Housing) presented “I Got Skills, They’re Multiplying: How to Create a Competency-Based Employment Model for Student Staff,” at the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers Conference.

Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi, Ed.D. (Learning Systems Institute) presented “Exploring the Application of Arts-Based Research Methods in Education and Community Building,” at the Art and Education for Social Justice Symposium hosted by FSU Art Education.

David Merrick, M.S. (Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program and the Center for Disaster Risk Policy) presented a panel “Air Operations and Coordination in Hurricane Ian Response,” at the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association Annual Meeting on February 2 in Orlando.

Silvia Valisa, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) delivered a talk on her recent co-edited volume “La Carta Veloce. Figure, Temi e Politiche del Giornalismo Italiano dell’Ottocento,” at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Adrienne Barnes-Story, Ph.D., Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi, Ed.D. (Learning Systems Institute), Dina Vyortkina, Ph.D. (College of Education) and graduate students Bodunrin Akinrinmade, Jeremy Koch and Amogh Basavaraj co-presented at the Comparative & International Education Society 2023 Summit in Washington, D.C.

Nicolette Castagna, MPH (College of Medicine) presented “Enhancing Telehealth Clinical Services and Chronic Disease Self-Management for Older Adults During COVID-19,” at the 2022 Gerontological Society of America Conference. Castagna also co-presented “REACH: A Program Designed to Improve Emergency Response for Those with Dementia” at the Florida Conference on Aging.


Paul Marty, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information), Ken Baldauf, M.S. and Wes Dorce, M.S. (Innovation Hub) spearheaded the Seminole Innovators program, which provides FSU undergraduate students with a pathway to experiential learning related to technology through coursework and extracurricular activities.

Brittany Mueller, M.Ed. (Campus Recreation) served as the assistant director for the Unified Tournament for NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation.

Lucinda Graven, Ph.D., APRN, FAHA, FAAN (College of Nursing) was chosen to serve on the American Heart Association Planning Committee for the Health Equity Portfolio. This educational portfolio will provide health care professionals with resources to address disparities in care due to social determinants of health.

Geraldine Martorella, Ph.D., RN, FAAN (College of Nursing) was selected to serve on the American Psychological Association’s Guideline Development Panel for Treatment of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain in Adults and as an Editorial Board member of the Contemporary Nurse Journal.

Henna Budhwani, Ph.D. (College of Nursing) was appointed for three years to the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Research Council.

Sastry Pamidi, Ph.D. (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering) was selected to serve on the board of the Cryogenic Society of America. His five-year term begins this month.


Anand “Sunny” Narayanan, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) released a multimedia educational piece “What is the Connection Between Structure and Function?” through the Explorer’s Guide to Biology program focused on the relationship and connection between structure and function at three levels — ecosystem (tropical rainforest), organism (cardiovascular system, muscular, etc.) and molecular (protein).

Joe Grzywacz, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) was a keynote presenter at the United Nations’ annual briefing of the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD). The IFFD briefing connected family science to overcoming societal inequalities and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paul Renfro, Ph.D. (Department of History) was interviewed for two stories in Salon, an online news publication “Why the Moral Panic Over ‘Grooming’ is so Effective at Manipulating the Right-Wing Mind,” and “We’re Still Way too Afraid of ‘Stranger Danger.'”

Adrienne Barnes-Story, Ph.D. and Jeremy Koch, MPA (The Learnings System Institute) as part of the United States Agency for International Development-sponsored project, Strengthening Teacher Education and Practice Activity in Malawi, launched the Foundational Literacy Course with more than 60 Teacher Educators from 13 Teacher Training Colleges.

Jennie Robinette, M.Ed. (The Learning Systems Institute) led story development for national literacy curriculum on the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded National Reading Program Implementation and Expansion project in Malawi.

Eric Holmes, Ph.D. (Office of Research) and Gary Ostrander, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) had another patent issued to them for “Large Scale Purification of Castanospermine.”

Robert Hanna, Ed.D., Kaniesha Clark, M.Ed., Sherri Winsett, Ed.D., Julie Chappell, Ed.D., Krystal Sellers, Ed.D., Qingfu Wang, Ed.D., Jamie Santillo, Ed.D. and Susan Cragg, Ed.D. (The Learning Systems Institute) conducted two professional development workshops in Clay and Volusia Counties. The group taught K-12 teachers how to integrate civics with STEM, ELA and coding.

Rabieh RazzoukJeffrey Milligan, Ph.D. (The Learning System Institute) and Ken Baldauf (Innovation Hub) were recognized at the Higher Education Institutions Summit in Beirut. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the summit and recognized Florida State University’s partnership in the USAID/Lebanon Higher Education Capacity Development Program.

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