Biography

  • CNS Drug development fellowship – Lederle Pharmaceuticals (1995)
  • National Institute Drug Abuse (NIDA) Post-Doctoral fellow: Weill Cornell Medical College (1995-1998)
  • Post-Doctoral Senior fellow: University of Miami School of Medicine Miami Project (1998-2000)
  • Assistant professor (2000-05), Associate professor (2005-09), NSU College of Medical Sciences, Department of Pharmacology
  • Assistant professor (2009-15), Associate professor (2016-current), UCF College of Medicine, Department of Medical Education
  • Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Pharmacology Educators (Inducted 2016, life-time appointment for contributions to pharmacology education and/or scholarship)
  • Chair (2018-2020), National American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Division of Pharmacology Education (ASPET DPE)

 

Publications:

For a complete list of publications, please click here.

 

Education & Specialties

  • B.S. University of Florida, Interdisciplinary Studies (Neurobiology/Psychology)
  • Ph.D. Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Louisiana State University Medical School, Shreveport, Focus: Neuropharmacology of Cocaine Sensitization
  • Post-doctoral training in Neuropharmacology of Pain/Methadone Tolerance, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City
  • Senior Research Fellow, University of Miami, The Miami Project, Pain in Spinal Cord Injury

 

Specialties:

  • Extensive broad experience and recognition for success in medical education and pharmacology education using different methods, including active learning strategies (CBL, TBL, simulations, games), and developing assessments.
  • Developing & implementing longitudinal curricula for a new medical school.
  • Considered to be ‘generalist’ in teaching pharmacology and related foundational sciences but area of prior research specialty was neuropharmacology (very strong background in neuroscience, pain, addiction)
  • Neuroscience related: Cognitive learning processes; pain, analgesic, and addiction topics

 

Teaching:

  • UCF MD program (2009 – Current)
    • Teach many topics and have served on 8 different module development teams throughout the preclinical curriculum.
    • Current teaching is concentrated predominately in the M2 organ systems modules.
    • Serve as director for 2 of the organ systems modules.
    • Mentor: FIRE, Addiction, and Geriatric Research.
    • Pharmacology Bootcamp for internal medicine, Co-direct a 4th year Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Elective, and Clerkship CBL sessions.
  • Numerous professional healthcare education organizations (2011-current)
    • Over 20 workshops, focus groups, and/or educational symposium activities to mentor my faculty peers on active learning methods, best practices for curriculum integration, and/or practical implementation strategies.
  • Nova Southeastern University College of Medical Sciences (2000-2009)
    • Developed/delivered pharmacology education at different levels in different courses for diverse healthcare professional programs (medical, physicians assistants, dental, optometry, and physical therapy students).
    • Taught masters in biomedical science graduate students

 

Research Interests:

  • Educational outcomes of active learning methods (TBL, high fidelity medical simulations, CBL, flipped classes, gamification)
  • Effective practices for curricular integration (pharmacology, other longitudinal fields)
  • Medical educator development, roles, identities
  • Drug and opioid addiction, pain management