Health Science Faculty & Staff

FACULTY

Cheree Y. Wiltsher, Ph.D., MEd.
Director


Dr. Wiltsher has spent over eighteen years working with college students in the capacity of student affairs director, instructor, advisor, and guide; a background underscoring her passion and commitment to advancing the health, wellness, learning and achievement of undergraduate students.  Having earned her PhD in Higher Education Management at Hampton University (Virginia) she has extensive experience, training, and leadership in promoting student success with research interests in minority and first-generation student persistence, and health disparities relative to under-served populations.  One of the accomplishments Dr. Wiltsher is most proud of is having designed and implemented the non-clinical Health Science, general degree track in support of achieving key performance-based metrics relative to student outcomes. This effort solidified the successful establishment of the new undergraduate Division of Health Science including the development of 15 new courses, 14 of which were approved for online instruction. The new Division has sustained a steady increase in both student enrollment and a two-year graduation rate increase of eighty-nine percent.

Dr. Wiltsher is a proponent of interprofessional ideas that lead to innovation.  To that end, she partnered as a grantee with the Howard University’s four-year National HIV Curriculum Integration Project (H-NiP). Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), whereby participant health professions schools work collectively to implement the University of Washington’s e-Learning platform into their respective education and training curricula. Dr. Wiltsher has been a fellow with the Provost’s Digital Learning Initiative, served as a faculty mentor with the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) World Class Scholar Initiative, and is currently lead facilitator for the FAMU Association of College and University Educator’s (ACUE) Effective Teaching Practices program. Dr. Wiltsher's research publications and presentations have been in line with her interests in the scholarship of teaching, online learning; employing digital tools toward optimizing student engagement; and modeling collaborative approaches towards improving faculty research and publication output. She also serves as an On-Site Accreditation Reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical


Brandon A Moton, DrPH, MPH

Assistant Professor

Dr. Brandon A Moton earned a Doctor of Public Health Degree in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education and a Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from Florida A&M University, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from Florida State University.
 
Dr. Moton’s research interests are in sexual health disparities, sexual behaviors, and HIV prevention among racial & ethnic minorities. Currently, his research seeks to examine the impact of hookup culture and social-media dating applications among black gay, bi-sexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBM). His goal is to reduce the research-to-practice gap to support improved health outcomes among black gay men and other racial & ethnic minorities by applying evidence-based programs and interventions. Dr. Moton holds professional memberships with the Florida Public Health Association and the American Public Health Association.


Jazmyne Simmons, PhD, MPH


Jazmyne Simmons is a social science researcher and Visiting Instructor in the Division of Health Science. Simmons is currently completing her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Communication Studies with a concentration in Health Communication at the University of Miami. She holds a Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Florida A&M University, Institute of Public Health. Simmons also holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Criminology from the University of South Florida. Lastly, she has served in research capacities at both Moffitt Cancer Research Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Professor Simmons’ research interests lie at the intersection of minority health, interpersonal communication, and mass media. To date, her research has been awarded nearly $50,000 in federal and institutional funding (University of Miami). Simmons most recently served as Co-Principal Investigator for a clinical trial study (NCT03898063) funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. This funding was awarded via the University of Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute to investigate effective interventions for HIV status disclosure, stigma reduction, and medical adherence among Black women living with HIV. Prof. Simmons’ has presented academic research at the national and international level. She holds professional memberships with the National Communication Association, the International Communication Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the American Public Health Association.

Marilyn A Weatherspoon, PhD 
Assistant Professor


Dr. Marilyn A Weatherspoon completed her graduate training at Florida State University by earning a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Masters of Social Work degree with a Clinical Concentration.  She completed her undergraduate training at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.  Her research interests are in aging, psychosocial adjustment to disability, and health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities.  The ultimate goal of her research is to bridge the gaps in the understanding of the differences in the process of adjustment to disability among younger and older adults.  She has extensive training in working with people with intellectual disabilities living in community settings.  Dr. Weatherspoon is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and coordinates the Rehabilitation Services Management Certificate.


Willie L. Williams, DrPH
Assistant Professor

 
Willie L. Williams is an Assistant Professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences, Division of Health Science at Florida A&M University (FAMU). Dr. Williams earned a Doctor of Public Health Degree in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health, and a Master of Social Work degree from Florida A&M University. Dr. Williams has dedicated more than eighteen years to working with youth and families in various capacities such as Youth Organization Director, City-wide Event Coordinator, Community Program Advisor/Evaluator, Targeted Case Manager, DCF Child Protective Investigator, MSW Mental Health Therapist, Alternative Middle & High School Principal.  Dr. Williams’s research interests are in Assessing Youth Involvement and Engagement, Youth Behavioral Health and Modifications, Youth Prevention & Intervention Program Evaluation, Impact of Social Determinants of Health Among Minority Youth, and Health Disparities Among Minority Youth. Within the community Dr. Williams is known for his extraordinary ability to relate to at-risk youth and enhance programs serving young people.  Dr. Williams has served on several youth and community organization boards most notably the Omega Lamplighters, Inc and currently the Vice President of the Florida A&M University NAA-Leon County Chapter, Board Chair for the Tallahassee Trainers Foundation and FAMU Department of Social Work Community Advisory Board.   As an advocate, Dr. Williams has received numerous recognitions notably, as the Social Worker of the year for the Big Bend National Association of Social Workers, the Golden A.C.E. winner for Authentic Community Engagement, and the Leon County Chapter, Florida A&M University NAA- John R. Haugabrook Award. 

 

 

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