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08/04/2020
Tallahassee Democrat

Since its inception in 2015, the Autism Navigator program, which is housed in the Autism Institute at the Florida State University College of Medicine, has offered the bulk of its services online, which has proven invaluable during the coronavirus pandemic and related shutdowns.

07/29/2020
Times of Israel

Rising coronavirus have begun to overwhelm Florida nursing homes. Soaring infections have transformed facilities into closely guarded fortresses, with many buckling under the heavy financial burden of testing and safety requirements. Nursing homes with scant resources may feel pressured to set up isolation wards that they’re not fully equipped to create safely, said Dr. Paul Katz, chair of the Department of Geriatrics at Florida State University.

The article appeared in numerous news outlets including The Times of Israel, the Las Vegas Sun, Tampa Bay Times, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel and more.

07/29/2020
BBC

Our personalities are shaped by our experiences and social interactions, so how might the months of being isolated from friends, family and colleagues have altered us? Associate Professor Angelina Sutin led a study that looked for signs of personality change during the very early stage of the pandemic in the US. It showed that most traits showed no average-level change at all, and contrary to expectations, average neuroticism actually fell slightly for those not in isolation, perhaps because people attributed feelings of stress to what was going on in the world, rather than to their own personality.

07/27/2020
Tampa Bay Times

Leslie Beitsch, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at the FSU College of Medicine, co-authored an editorial for the Tampa Bay Times about how to stem coronavirus in Florida.

07/24/2020
Inverse

A study from the Florida State University College of Medicine found that social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has not led to an overall increase in loneliness among Americans.

07/21/2020
Healio

Suzanne Bennett Johnson, a distinguished research professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine and past president of the American Psychological Association, wrote a response for a Healio article about screening newborns for type 1 diabetes risk. Universal genetic screening of newborns for type 1 diabetes risk should not be done unless there is a treatment, she wrote. Genetic screening for type 1 diabetes risk in newborns is controversial for several reasons.

07/17/2020
NPR

New research from Assistant Professor Martina Luchetti and Associate Professor Angelina Sutin found that social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has not led to an overall increase in loneliness among Americans. Instead, people reported feeling more supported by others than before the pandemic.

07/16/2020
Axios

An article about loneliness amid the COVID-19 pandemic discusses how there are some indications that people's resilience plus increased use of communications technology may be helping lessen the broader impact of the pandemic on loneliness, according to Martina Luchetti, assistant professor at Florida State University College of Medicine.

07/14/2020
AAFP

Joedrecka Brown Speights, chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health, will participate in a panel discussion on community engagement and social justice during the virtual National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students on July 30-Aug. 1. She was interviewed by AAFP about becoming a family medicine doctor, addressing health equity, her spirituality and her work related to her small congregation.

"It's part of our duty to recognize that people have not only physical and mental health but spiritual, financial, relational and emotional aspects to health as well," she said. "uitI hope my training makes me a more compassionate, loving and understanding person."

07/13/2020
Tallahassee Democrat

More than 2,000 employees have been tested at Florida State University’s drive-through COVID-19 site since it opened June 24 in the Traditions parking garage on campus. Beginning Monday, July 13, FSU’s College of Medicine will take over for University Health Services at the garage site. The university plans for testing to be available through the fall semester at different locations on campus.

07/13/2020
Vero News

While the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns and social distancing rules continue to hinder some medical students' ability to learn clinical skills, Alan Durkin of Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery has teamed up with the FSU College of Medicine's Fort Pierce Regional Campus to safely teach 30 medical students the art of suturing, or 'stitches,' in Vero Beach. 

07/09/2020
Tallahassee Democrat

A new center for the treatment of anxiety and depression that aims to bridge the gap between science and practice opens Wednesday, July 8. In an effort to bring the latest research to help patients, the center’s practitioners will be both faculty and clinicians in training from various Florida State University colleges. The clinic off Lee Avenue, called FSU BehavioralHealth at Apalachee Center, is launched by FSU’s College of Medicine and the Apalachee Center.

07/08/2020
FSU News

Florida State University and Apalachee Center opened a new medical clinic July 8 that will provide assessment and evidence-based treatment for mood and anxiety disorders.

FSU BehavioralHealth at Apalachee Center is the clinical arm of the FSU Mood and Anxiety Center of Excellence — a member of the National Network of Depression Centers.

07/07/2020
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The National Salute to America's Heroes has been on the lookout for four local heroes in South Florida who have made an impact in battling the COVID-19 pandemic. National Salute to America's Heroes partnered with Hyundai to present four heroes with new Hyundai Sonatas a signs of appreciation for their service. FSU College of Medicine alumnus Makandall Saint Eloi (M.D. '16), an emergency medicine doctor at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, was recognized as one of the heroes.

07/06/2020
Gadsden County Times

Niharika Suchak has been named Big Bend Hospice's new medical director. Dr. Suchak has served as the associate medical director since February 2016. Suchak is a clinician-educator and an associate professor in the Department of Geriatrics at the College of Medicine. She is the director of Year 1 Clinical Skills at the med school and also serves as medical director of FSU TeleHealthTM, and chair of the FSU TeleHealthTM Committee.

07/06/2020
Psychology Today

New research from Assistant Professor Martina Luchetti and Associate Professor Angelina Sutin found that social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has not led to an overall increase in loneliness among Americans. Instead, people reported feeling more supported by others than before the pandemic.

07/01/2020
Study Finds

A study conducted at the FSU College of Medicine indicates that instead of feeling more lonely during the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders, people have reported a remarkable amount of resilience and gumption.

06/26/2020
Tallahassee Democrat

The 32304 zip code in Tallahassee has more poor households than anywhere else in Florida. The coronavirus outbreak has only made it worse. Joedrecka Brown Speights, a Florida State University College of Medicine professor and expert on family, maternal and child health comments on the disparity.

06/25/2020
Greene Publishing, Inc.

Niharika Suchak has been named Big Bend Hospice's new medical director. Dr. Suchak has served as the associate medical director since February 2016. Suchak is a clinician-educator and an associate professor in the Department of Geriatrics at the College of Medicine. She is the director of Year 1 Clinical Skills at the med school and also serves as medical director of FSU TeleHealthTM, and chair of the FSU TeleHealthTM Committee.

06/24/2020
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Ohio’s aggressive, early response to coronavirus and its measured reopening helped Ohio avoid a spike in cases seen in other Republican states like Texas, Florida and Arizona, experts say. In Florida, “our public health officials have been much less visible than they have in Ohio,” said Dr. Leslie Beitsch, a Florida State University College of Medicine professor and a former Florida Department of Health official.

06/24/2020
FSU College of Social Work

Melissa Radey, professor in the College of Social Work, is conducting a project that seeks to examine the economic, social, and health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable single-mother families.Dr. Radey’s research team includes co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Joedrecka Brown Speights, a professor with the FSU College of Medicine and social work graduate research assistants.

06/24/2020
FSU News

Associate Professor Choogon Lee is partnering with the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering on a grant to create more learning opportunities for underrepresented students in engineering while also making improvements to existing medical applications.

06/23/2020
National MagLab

In recent years, MagLab biomedical engineer Sam Grant has studied how stem cell therapies can help the body recover from stroke and other health problems. But in April, with colleagues from the Florida State University College of Medicine and the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, he began aiming the technique at a new enemy: COVID-19. The study is led by College of Medicine Associate Professor David Meckes.

06/23/2020
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

As Florida posted one record-breaking coronavirus total after another, many suggested the huge counts simply reflected increased testing. Les Beitsch, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at the FSU College of Medicine, commented on the theory.

06/22/2020
FSU News

Twenty-two Immokalee High School seniors completing a college pipeline program with the Florida State University College of Medicine have combined for more than $2 million in college scholarship offers.

06/22/2020
FSU News

New research from Assistant Professor Martina Luchetti and Associate Professor Angelina Sutin found that social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has not led to an overall increase in loneliness among Americans. Instead, people reported feeling more supported by others than before the pandemic.

06/22/2020
Tallahassee Democrat

Les Beitsch, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at the Center for Medicine and Public Health at the College of Medicine, co-wrote an op-ed for the Tallahassee Democrat about voting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/17/2020
FSU News

A research team from Florida State University’s Art Therapy Program has received a $99,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to study using the arts as a proactive mental health strategy for Generation Z, individuals who were born between 1995 and 2015. In a recent partnership with FSU’s College of Medicine, the research team has been able to demonstrate psychological and physiological outcomes associated with art therapy. Their project combines mindfulness practices with art therapy to promote health, wellness and adaptive responses to stress.

06/17/2020
Orlando Sentinel

A record single-day increase in coronavirus cases in Florida may indicate a resurgence of the disease after stir-crazy residents returned to restaurants, malls and beaches, experts say. Les Beitsch, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at the FSU College of Medicine, said the rise in new cases raises the question of when state leaders may conclude that they need to pause their phased reopening.

06/15/2020
Medium

M.D. Class of 2013 alumnus Rashad Sullivan wrote a blog post for Medium about subtle racism in response to the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and the actions of Amy Cooper. It reads, in part, "As an African American physician, I’m am well aware that systemic racism is as pervasive in medicine, as it is in law enforcement, education and government."

06/05/2020
Rookie Moms

An article on the blog "Rookie Moms" lists 16 gestures babies should make by 16 months and stresses the importance of screening babies for communication delays. The post references the First Word Project, a Florida-based initiative aimed at identifying early signs of developmental language disorders, autism spectrum disorder and other communication delays in children from 9 to 24 months of age.

It is part of a research investigation by the Florida State University Autism Institute. 

06/02/2020
University Magazine

The FSU College of Medicine ranks eighth on a list of the 10 medical schools with the most African Americans.

06/02/2020
South Florida Sun Sentinel

Even with stay-at-home orders being lifted, GPS data that people in South Florida are driving more than they did at the low point in early April but most are still staying close to home. “People are remaining skeptical and cautious,” said Les Beitsch, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at the FSU College of Medicine. “People already made decisions about their own personal conduct, and that has governed how people behave, not the government.”

05/29/2020
Psychology Today

An article from Psychology Today looks at the impacts of social isolation and loneliness, particularly as it relates to seniors who lived alone during the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. The article mentions Associate Professor Angelina Sutin's 2018 study that showed loneliness increases the risk of dementia by 40 percent. 

05/19/2020
FSU News

FSU’s 16th class of M.D. students graduated Saturday in a virtual ceremony, an emotional milestone even though participants were isolated from each other and from faculty and mentors because of social distancing requirements. The ceremony also included 11 students receiving a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree through FSU’s Bridge to Clinical Medicine program. Those students are now part of the Class of 2024, scheduled to begin medical school at Florida State next week.

05/13/2020
Yahoo! Sports

Myron Rolle, a former star defensive back at Florida State and 2017 College of Medicine alumnus, has received nearly the same amount of high-profile attention for his work on the frontlines of fighting COVID-19 than he did playing football, wrote Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports.

05/13/2020
FSU News

Florida State University’s Office of Research will allocate over $400,000 to fund 26 interdisciplinary projects that address questions related to COVID-19.

05/12/2020
FSU News

Like many others, second-year med students Vinita Akula and Gabby Cintron were overwhelmed and anxious in response to unrelenting and ever-changing news and headlines at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an effort to offset the anger, sadness and stress felt across the globe, the duo created a website, “Kindness amid the Coronavirus ,” to highlight and share positive stories. The website collects and tracks user-submitted stories and displays them in a map.

05/12/2020
Tampa Bay Times

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found less than 20% of black workers and roughly 16% of Hispanic ones are able to telecommute. About two-thirds of employed Hispanic adults say they would not get paid if the coronavirus caused them to miss work for two weeks or more, a Pew Research Center survey found. "The very people we rely on to do many essential services are disposable hourly workers living in crowded conditions," says Leslie M. Beitsch, chair of behavioral sciences and social medicine at Florida State University College of Medicine. "Were asking that very group to take on essential tasks in a time of great need."

05/06/2020
WJCT

As Florida relaxes restrictions meant to keep people at home, some area doctors are warning against heading back to work or shopping right away. “The big message is to please, please, please, continue to stay home,” said FSU College of Medicine Assistant Professor Christie Alexander, who is also president of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians.

05/05/2020
FLKeys News

Florida Keys News asked public health experts - including Les Beitsch, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at the FSU College of Medicine - to weigh in on Florida's reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Once you reopen, it’s difficult to have a time out. It creates a serious concern about people’s trust in their leadership,” Beitsch said. “And if you’re incorrect, the consequences could be catastrophic.”

05/04/2020
Tampa Bay Times

The Tampa Bay Times asked public health experts to weigh in on Florida's reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. Les Beitsch, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at the FSU College of Medicine, shared some concerns about low testing levels and discussed how public sentiment may have an impact.

05/01/2020
The Doc Delivers (blog)

College of Medicine alumna Remi Omotayo (M.D. '19) shares her experience as an OB-GYN resident during the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/28/2020
South Florida Sun Sentinel

An article from the South Florida Sun Sentinel reads, "The stakes are high as state and local officials puzzle over when to ease coronavirus restrictions: open too quickly and Florida risks a deadly second wave, open too late and the chance of economic recovery gets smothered." Les Beitsch, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at the College of Medicine cautions against opening too soon.

04/28/2020
NPR

Seniors graduating from high school and college are missing out on milestones and recognition amid the coronavirus pandemic and "safer-at-home" orders. Ludmila De faria, a psychiatrist and clerkship faculty member with the College of Medicine, discusses the impact this may have on seniors, and what parents can do to help their children cope.

04/24/2020
FSU News

As millions of moms and dads in COVID-19’s stay-at-home Florida wonder what to do next, Florida State University education experts are offering resources to help parents-turned-teaching-assistants make good choices. An activity book developed by the Center for Child Stress and Health, a part of the College of Medicine’s Immokalee Health Education Site, educates children about COVID-19. It’s intended to help parents speak with young children about the virus and to give children tips on how to cope with all of the changes brought on by the outbreak.

04/24/2020
FSU News

FSU's Innovation Hub has become the center of an effort to help outfit health care workers battling COVID-19. Instead of student projects, the printers are cranking out face shields that project organizers are donating to local medical facilities. “The Hub slogan — ‘empathize, ideate, build’ — is a handy one here,” said Emily Pritchard, a research faculty member with the College of Medicine and one of the organizers of the project.

04/24/2020
Tallahassee Democrat

The creative minds working through the Innovation Hub at Florida State University are using their talents to produce face shields to help protect those on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic. Emily Pritchard, a research faculty member with the College of Medicine, is one of the organizers.

04/23/2020
WFSU

An article from WFSU discusses the difficulties many face when grappling with the realities of the coronavirus pandemic. College of Medicine Dean John P. Fogarty commented on international resources and the potential reopening of the economy.

04/23/2020
The Week

As parents and their children grapple with the changes brought on by COVID-19, Ludmila De faria, a psychiatrist and College of Medicine clerkship faculty member, comments on helping children and teens who may be missing out on big milestones due to stay-at-home orders.