By Wendy Sarubbi | May 2, 2016 11:22 am

Dr. Anya Andrews, an associate professor and director of research initiatives at the College of Medicine, was honored April 29 in the Orlando Business Journal’s 2016 list of “Women Who Mean Business.” She is one of 26 recipients – and eight UCF alumnae – on the 18th annual OBJ list recognizing women leaders in Central Florida. She was honored in the “Women to Watch” category.

Dr. Andrews leads interdisciplinary research programs between College of Medicine faculty and researchers across the university, industry, government and the community. She uses an interdisciplinary approach to help medical school faculty secure increased grant funding. An expert in human-computer interaction, simulation-based technology and instructional systems design, her research focuses on innovative solutions for healthcare education, technology and community engagement.

Dr. Andrews earned her B.S. in linguistics from Kostroma State University. She received her master’s in communication from UCF in 2001 and a doctorate in instructional technology from the university in 2006. Before coming to the medical school, she was a senior research scientist in the UCF Institute for Simulation and Training

In nominating her for the OBJ award, Dr. Sampath Parthasarathy, associate dean for research, noted Dr. Andrews’ work in developing new research collaborations with the medical school’s Medical City partners. She also created the Faculty Collaboration and Engagement Series (FACES), which provided workshops on ways faculty could develop a diverse, interdisciplinary research portfolio.

In addition to facilitating research, Dr. Andrews has been a lead investigator on a number of research projects, including studies of interprofessional education, simulation and innovative curriculum development.

Dr. Andrews and other Women Who Mean Business winners were honored at an OBJ luncheon at the Hilton Orlando. “What an honor to be recognized among the most prominent women leaders in Central Florida,” she said. “I am very thankful to our college for this nomination and see it as recognition of all UCF women.”

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