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College of Dentistry

Timothy Garvey
Timothy Garvey
, D.M.D., a pediatric clinical assistant professor, received a 2020 Health Equity Hero Award from DentaQuest in recognition of his work to improve access to dental care for individuals with disabilities and special health care needs. These patients require providers like Garvey to design modifications in delivery of care beyond the routine.

Walter Stephen Howard
Stephen Howard, D.M.D., FAGD, a clinical professor in restorative dental sciences, received a 2020 Service Member Patriot Award in recognition of his support of Andrew Corsaro, D.M.D., a clinical assistant professor in dentistry, who is a captain with the Florida Army National Guard. Howard is the director of the division of general dentistry and is Corsaro’s supervisor.


College of Nursing

 Karen Aul

Karen Aul, Ph.D., M.S.N., B.S.N., a clinical assistant professor, passed the exam to be credentialed as a certified health care simulation educator. This credential is a distinction intended for those who perform health care simulation in the educator role.

Staja Booker

Staja Booker, Ph.D., R.N., an assistant professor, has received the American Society for Pain Management’s Excellence in Nursing Award for Pain Management of the Older Adult and the 2020 Claudia J. Beverly Innovation Award from the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence.


Jane Carrington


Jane M. Carrington, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, the Dorothy M. Smith Endowed Chair and co-director for the Florida Blue Center for Health Care Quality, has been named a 2021 fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association. Carrington is the first person from the college to receive this distinction and was recognized for applying informatics skills and knowledge toward the goals of enhanced personal and population health, improved organizational performance and learning, and individual empowerment in their health, care, and research.


Anna McDaniel


Anna M. McDaniel, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, dean of the college and the Linda Harman Aiken Professor, was awarded the Indiana University Bicentennial Medal in recognition of her distinguished service in support of the mission of Indiana University. McDaniel served as the associate dean for research at the Indiana University School of Nursing and also is a graduate of the school’s Ph.D. program.



College of Pharmacy

John Allen (

John Allen, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM, FCCP, a clinical assistant professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research, has been elected as a Fellow of The American College of Clinical Pharmacy. The distinction is awarded to individuals who have made sustained contributions to ACCP and who have demonstrated exceptional performance in clinical pharmacy practice and/or research.



Larisa Cavallari

Larisa Cavallari, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP, an associate professor in the department of pharmacotherapy and translational, has received the 2020 Distinguished Investigator Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Cardiology Practice and Research Network. The award is presented annually to a Cardiology PRN member who has made significant research contributions to the field of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy.


Dean Johnson

Julie Johnson
, Pharm.D., dean of the college and a distinguished professor of pharmacy and medicine, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. The founding director of the UF Health Precision Medicine Program, Johnson was elected to the AAAS Section on Pharmaceutical Sciences for significant discoveries in cardiovascular drug pharmacogenomics and for advancing the use of genetic data to improve clinical outcomes with drug therapy.


Tom Schmittgen
Thomas Schmittgen, Ph.D., chair of the department of pharmaceutics and the V. Ravi Chandran Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. He was elected to the AAAS Section on Pharmaceutical Sciences for distinguished contributions to the field of microRNA biology, particularly using real-time PCR to quantify microRNA expression in tissues, extracellular vesicles, cell lines and tumors.

College of Public Health and Health Professions

Arch Mainous

Arch G. Mainous III
, Ph.D., a professor in the department of health services research, management and policy, has been appointed the chief editor for Family Medicine and Primary Care, a scientific specialty section of Frontiers in Medicine and Frontiers in Public Health. In addition, he has been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Sabo-Attwood, TaraTara Sabo-Attwood
, Ph.D., a professor and chair of the department of environmental and global health, has been named the associate dean for faculty development, cultural affairs and wellness programs. In this new position, she will be responsible for supporting the PHHP community through a variety of functions that focus on shaping and sustaining the college’s culture. Key activities will center on the college’s initiatives in diversity, equity and inclusion, and include the development of new faculty mentoring programs.

Sandra Winter,
Ph.D., OTR/L, a research assistant scientist in the department of occupational therapy and the associate director of the Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation, has received the 2020 ADED: The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists Scholar Award. The award recognizes outstanding scholarly achievements in the area of driver evaluation, education, research and/or engineering.