Department Spotlights

  • photo of hypodermic needles
    Leon County is set to become only the second county in Florida with a clean needle exchange program intended to reduce the transmittal of blood-borne infections and promote drug treatment. Dr. Leslie Beitsch testified before the County Commissioners that needle exchange programs lower the likelihood of prolonged addiction because of the integration of referral programs. Dr. Beitsch is a Professor and Chair for the FSU College of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine.
  • photo of Tomeka Norton-Brown
    In an article for the Tallahassee Democrat, Tomeka Norton-Brown, project coordinator for ACTS 2 wrote, "Caregivers are some of the strongest people I know. They’re dedicated, reliable and selfless. In my line of work, we also know that selflessness – though admirable – can be harmful to your health." Her article was written in recognition of National Family Caregivers Month.
  • November 2019 cover of AJPH
    Dr. Leslie Beitsch, Professor and Chair of the FSU College of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine co-authored an article that was selected as one of four papers of the year published by the American Journal of Public Health.
  • Opioid use during pregnancy: College of Medicine researchers share insights
    College of Medicine researchers Samantha Goldfarb, Gregg Stanwood, Heather Flynn and Devon Graham shared insights from biomedical, clinical and policy perspectives on opioid abuse during pregnancy.
  • George Rust
    The College of Medicine’s ‘What if?’ questions could help Florida communities tackle cancer disparities.
  • Stock image
    Heather Flynn, professor and vice-chair at the FSU College of Medicine was recently appointed to the statewide Opioid Taskforce.
  • Festival program cover featuring Yolany Martinez Hyde
    Dr. Yolany Martinez Hyde, assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine is the first woman to win the National Poetry Prize at the Los Confines International Poetry Festival. Dr. Martinez Hyde teaches medical spanish at the FSU College of Medicine.
  • Carolyn Blue poses with award
    Carolyn Blue, Senior Administrative Assistant in the Center for Translational Behavioral Science received 2019 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy. The TFLA program is sponsored by the City of Tallahassee, which partners with area organizations, businesses and colleges to provide summer jobs for more than 200 local youth, ages 15-19. The program is devoted to providing community high school students with mentorship, work experience and professional development.
  • George Rust
    With an $800,000 grant, George Rust seeks to help Florida communities find out why specific cancer disparities exist — and then encourage them to do something about it.
  • Les Beitsch
    Les Beitsch and Associate Professor of Geography Christopher Uejio will partner with researchers from Tulane University to examine how infrastructure damage and exposure to carbon monoxide may have increased stress and trauma and decreased access to health care.
  • photo of Dr. Jean-Pierre
    Dr. Pascal Jean-Pierre received a $48,000 grant from the FSU MRI Oversight Committee in March and a second award of $13,000 from the Council on Research and Creativity in May for a complementary study on Type 2 diabetes and neurocognitive dysfunction.
  • photo of Dr. Joseph Gabriel
    Dr. Joseph Gabriel of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, along with Dr. Matthew Crawford of Kent State University collaborated to produce an important new work on pharmacopoeias—official lists of medicaments and medicinal preparations published by municipal, national, or imperial governments—organized the world of healing goods in the early modern Atlantic World. These lists gave rise to new and valuable medical commodities such as cinchona bark, guaiacum, and ipecac.
  • After the Harvest: A Story About Saying Goodbye
    Javier Rosado and Tatiana Fernandez wrote a children's e-book focused on stressors children from migrant families face.
  • RuLE 2019 Quincy bus
    First-year students from the Florida State University College of Medicine will board buses this Friday and fan out across North Florida and southwest Georgia to explore rural health care.
  • ACTS 2 conference flyer
    The African-American Alzheimer's Caregiver Training Conference is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29 at the Old West Enrichment Center in Tallahassee. The free Saturday conference will include presentations, breakout groups, and caregiver and community resource panel discussions.
  • Dr. Julie Sheffler photo
    Dr. Julia Sheffler was awarded $50,000 through the Clinical Translational Science Award (NIH Award Number UL1TR001427) for her project, "Early phase feasibility trial: Examining the effects of diet on genetic and psychosocial risks for Alzheimer’s disease.”
  • President's Showcase Logo
    Celina Meyer, a DIS undergraduate student in the Center for Translational Behavioral Science (CTBScience) was awarded a 2019 Garnet and Gold Scholar Society IDEA Grant.
  • Brain image
    Most people are familiar with the term “brain dead” and its implications for taking a person off life support or for organ donation. Fewer people know the history and current controversies behind the legal and medical definition of brain death.
  • Dr. Piotr Nowak
    On February 13, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr. Piotr Nowak presented the lecture, “The Death of an Organism vs. Death as an Irreversible Loss of a Human’s Moral Status”.
  • Angelina Sutin
    A recent study by Associate Professor Angelina Sutin has determined that loneliness has a connection to an increased risk of dementia in older adults over the age of 50.
  • Patricia Babcock
    Patricia Babcock, who served as co-director of the College of Medicine’s Center for Behavioral Health Integration since 2016, has been named deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families.
  • Joseph Gabriel
    It’s one of the nagging questions of our time: Why is medicine so expensive? In fact, that’s the headline for an essay in the Feb. 21 New York Review of Books in which Associate Professor Joseph Gabriel figures prominently.
  • Angelina Sutin
    Research conducted by Angelina Sutin and Antonio Terracciano suggests that specific aspects of an individual's personality is directly related to their beliefs about others' bodies and the way that's expressed in social interactions.
  • Angelina Sutin
    Angelina Sutin received a $3.8 million grant from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. For the next five years, she’ll be studying midlife cognitive aging in Latinos, looking for predictors and mechanisms of decline.