Welcome to the School of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS) website at Florida A&M University.
On behalf of the faculty and staff in the SOAHS, I thank you for your interest in
exploring educational opportunities offered through our school. The SOAHS offers bachelors
degree programs in cardiopulmonary sciences, health care management, health sciences,
and health informatics and information management.
The school offers master’s degree programs in health care administration and occupational
therapy. It also currently offer the doctorate degree in physical therapy . The SOAHS
is committed to providing access to quality education in these growing health professions.
Our faculty consist of scholars in their respective disciplines and are dedicated
to excellence in teaching and service. Their commitment is to produce highly trained
professionals who are qualified to become outstanding leaders and practitioners. The
faculty and administrative staff are also dedicated to providing the technological,
academic, and professional resources required by our students. They will ultimately
contribute significantly to the improvement of the health and quality of life for
those citizens that are impacted by our health care delivery systems at the local,
state, national, and global levels.
The school is regionally accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and each program is accredited by their respective
accrediting organizations. For more information about a specific program, please contact
the program/division director or my office directly via e-mail, telephone, or through
a campus visit.
About Allied Health Sciences
The School of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS) is one of three health professional schools
at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). The school was established
in recognition of the need to provide access to quality education in a group of rapidly
growing health professions. The school is divided into five divisions: Cardiopulmonary
Science, Health Care Management, Health Informatics and Information Management, Occupational
Therapy (which offer a Health Science–Occupation and Wellness Concentration) and Physical
Therapy (which offer a Health Science–Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration).
Since its start in 1982, SOAHS has experienced continuous involvement in education,
practice and research that has contributed to the strong reputation of each academic
division within the school. Each division is accredited by its respective accrediting
body. Overall, FAMU ranks as the number one producer of African-American allied health
professionals in the State of Florida. SOAHS has been successful in attracting substantial
extramural funding, and it has received over $4 million from the Department of Health
and Human Services to support programs designed to increase the number of minorities
and other underrepresented persons in the allied health professions. After completing their degree requirements, highly trained professionals assume leadership
roles in their discipline throughout the state and nation.
The mission of the School of Allied Health Sciences is to provide an enlightened and
enriched academic, intellectual, moral, cultural, ethical, technological, and student-centered
environment for the purpose of educating individuals to become competent allied health
professionals who are capable of:
• Complex critical thinking • Comprehensive communication skills • Interdisciplinary collaboration • Analysis and involvement in research processes • Improving the health status of under-represented and underserved populations • Lifelong learning This mission will be accomplished through the contributions of dedicated faculty and
staff that are capable of meeting student needs through inspired and creative teaching,
exemplary scholarship and meaningful public, community, and professional service at
local, state, national, and global levels. As a result, students will be prepared
to meet existing and emerging health care needs that will benefit the citizens of
Florida, the nation, and the world.
The School of Allied Health Sciences, as an exemplary health professions entity within
the Florida A&M University, views itself as a provider of the highest quality academic
experiences at graduate and undergraduate levels, through excellence in student advising,
teaching, research and service, in existing and emerging health care arenas, for the
benefit of the citizens of Florida, the nation and the world.
The School of Allied Health Sciences considers the following to be core values for
students and faculty: Scholarship, Ethics, Excellence, Openness, Collaboration, Diversity,
Service Fairness, Integrity, Respect, Collegiality, Freedom, Fiscal Responsibility,
Accountability, Courage, and Honesty.
Cynthia Hughes Harris, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA serves as the Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences and recently returned to
this position after having served as Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences
for 8 years (2000 – 2008). Following her first rotation as Dean she served as Provost
and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida A & M University. In that capacity,
she was responsible for the academic operations of thirteen schools, colleges and
institutes within the university which includes over 11,000 students and over 579
faculty. Dr. Harris serves as the Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences, at
Florida A & M University, where she is responsible for the oversight and management
of graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and health administration
as well as undergraduate programs in health sciences, health care management, health
information management and cardiopulmonary sciences. Dr. Harris is a graduate of the
University of Illinois at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her undergraduate
degree is in occupational therapy in which she remains an active practitioner and
contributor to the field. Her masters and doctoral degrees focused on higher education
and policy studies. As a researcher, one of her primary investigative initiatives
addressed the results of the qualitative experiences of minority students in different
academic environments. In this context, Dr. Harris has studied the lives of college
students to identify and alleviate stressors that interfere with maximum academic
performance and achievement. Another of Dr. Harris' research activities focused on
HIV prevention programs for high-risk urban adolescents. Dr. Harris has successfully
implemented such programs in Chicago public schools as well as schools in the South
Bronx section of New York City. At Florida A & M University, she has been particularly
successful in receiving external funding for purposes related to the improvement of
health professions education and the improvement of societal health.
Dr. Harris has served as the Principal Investigator for Project CHOICE (the Center
for Healthy Options and Innovative Community Empowerment), a National Institutes of
Health funded grant focused on the elimination of health disparities in rural and
urban communities; the Principal Investigator for the Florida Department of Education
SUCCEED grant to increase the Florida allied health workforce; and the Principal Investigator
for the Health Careers Opportunity Program and the Health Careers Pathways, two federally
funded initiatives to increase the number of students from underserved populations
succeeding in health professions programs. Last year, she served as a Presidential
appointee to the Advisory Committee of the White House Conference on Aging and was
recently nominated to serve on the National Health Disparities Advisory Committee
of the NIH/National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She has presented
her health disparities research initiatives in multiple forums across the country
including the 2006 National Meeting of the Black Caucus of State Legislators and the
Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. Dr. Harris has served as a Director on several
Boards including the National Society of Allied Health and the Association of Schools
of Allied Health Professions and she was recently honored by the University of Illinois
as a Distinguished Alumnus and recipient of the Ruth French Lectureship. Prior to
assuming the position of Dean at Florida A&M University, Dr. Harris was the Chair
of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Columbia University in New York. Errick D. Farmer, Ph.D., serves as the Associate Dean, Associate Professor of the School of Allied Health Sciences.
Dr. Farmer holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Communications from Florida State
University; as well as a Master’s Degree in Applied Social Science, with a concentration
in Public Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, both
from Florida A&M University. Prior to his current position, Dr. Farmer currently served
as an Associate Professor of Professional Leadership Development at Florida A&M University,
School of Business and Industry. Dr. Farmer also worked as a Business Analyst within
the FAMU – Division of Administrative and Financial Services, where he was responsible
for supervision and leadership of Management Analysts and responsible for developing
and managing administrative functions of assigned colleges and schools. Dr. Farmer
also has held administrative positions within the Office of Academic Affairs, Sponsored
Programs and initially started his career within the school of School of Allied Health
Sciences, as a Coordinator. Dr. Farmer also has a background in policy and procedures,
training, contract management and project management. Dr. Farmer’s research interests
include African American males and females, graduation, historically black college
and universities (HBCU), retention, professional development, higher education administration
and student success, in which, he is well published. Dr. Farmer also is an inaugural
member of the FAMU Provost’s Digital Learning Initiative, where the goal was to increase
the campus-wide utilization of digital instruction. Dr. Farmer prides himself as a
lifelong learner. Yvonne Nelson-Langley, MSW serves as the Director of Student Affairs for the School of Allied Health Sciences.
Mrs. Nelson-Langley earned a Master of Social Work Degree with a concentration in
Administration and Policy from Boston College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health
Administration from the City University of New York – City College. Mrs. Nelson-Langley
brings over twenty-five years of professional experience as an administrator working
in the area of higher education, human and social services and program development
in Tallahassee, Florida and Boston, Massachusetts.She most recently severed as Assistant
Director of the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) and Coordinator of Special
Projects for the School of Allied Health Sciences. Prior to that Mrs. Nelson-Langley
was a Director in the Department of Children and Families Office of Substance Abuse
and Mental Health where she managed the Systems of Care Expansion HRSA Grant to ensure
the implementation of the System of Care framework into the statewide mental health
service delivery network. During her tenure in Boston, she served as the Director
of Health Professions Education with the Center for Community Health, Education, and
Research. She is a former member of the adjunct faculty at Boston University Medical
School and Northeastern University College of Nursing. Mrs. Nelson-Langley currently
provides oversight and guidance for the Dean’s Office functions and operational procedures
relevant to student support services. Her university service includes but is not limited
to membership on the University Recruitment Data Council, University Academic Appeals
and the University Retention Committees.
Gwendolyn K. Fillyau, M.A.S.S. serves as Special Assistant to the Dean in the School of Allied Health Sciences.
Mrs. Fillyau received her B.S. degree in Clothing and Retailing and Advance Certification
in Human Resource Relations at Florida A&M University. Mrs. Fillyau has served Florida
A&M University for 35 years in the areas of the Budget Office; Office of Academic
Affairs, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Administrative Services
Assistance Program. Mrs. Fillyau has served as a liaison between the Administration,
College of Pharmacy, School of Nursing and the Undergraduate Student Success Center.
Mrs. Fillyau’s administrative duties were to ensure that administrative and fiscal
functions were in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws as well
as the university policies, procedures and regulations. She is proficient in the development
and management of budgets for Education and General (E&G), and auxiliary funds. She
manages, monitor and prepares the appropriate documents for utilizing foundation funds.
She has served as human service representative for the College of Pharmacy with duties
in preparing and maintaining employment documents. She served as travel approval and
trainer in the travel processes with Administrative Service Assistance Partnership
(ASAP), procurement services, account payables, cash management, travel training,
compliance monitoring and process mapping. Mrs. Fillyau’ s community service includes
working with the Sickle Cell Foundation for 35 years with the 5k run/walk race, 18
with United Way of the Big Bend Community Human Service Partnership (CHSP) Leadership
Tallahassee Class XIX, arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau, and a Leon County
Poll Worker and Advisory Committee member.
Patricia Graham serves as Faculty Administrator/Recruiter for the School of Allied Health Sciences.
She received her B.S. degree from Florida A&M University. Mrs. Graham has extensive
experience in planning, implementation and evaluation of grant funded programs and
other numerous special projects and events within the School of Allied Health Sciences.
She also assists the dean’s office in coordinating administrative functions of the
School. Mrs. Graham implements recruitment strategies as primary contact and actively
recruits students through delivery of on site presentations across the state on behalf
of the school and the university.
Lee Parker serves as the Coordinator, Academic Support, in the School of Allied Health Sciences.
Mr. Parker received his B.S. degree in Accounting from Florida A&M University. He
provides fiscal management for the School. He coordinates the hiring process (applications,
credentials, payroll, etc.) of all personnel (full-time and OPS) within the School.
Mr. Parker monitors all budgets, encumbrances, and expenditures of funds (general
revenue, contractual, external). He coordinates, tracks, monitors, and confirms the
completion of documents for the requesting, ordering, and delivery of supplies and
Student Academic Advisors
Bobby Lolley (850) 561-2963 or Bobby.Lolley@famu.eduadvises freshman through senior students in all SOAHS majors with last names beginning
with the alphabets A through C.
John Harris (850) 412-5407 or John.Harris@famu.edu advises freshman through senior students in all SOAHS majors with last names beginning
with the alphabets D through H.
Keishia Mackey(850) 412-7848 or Keishia.Mackey@famu.eduadvises freshman through senior students in all SOAHS majors with last names beginning
with the alphabets I through L. (SOAHS Student Athletes A through Z).
Jessica Robinson(850) 561-2004 or Jessica.Robinson@famu.eduadvises freshman through senior students in all SOAHS majors with last names beginning
with the alphabets M through R.
Doyin Smith (850) 412-7850 or Doyin.Smith@famu.edu advises freshman through senior students in all SOAHS majors with last names beginning
with the alphabets S through Z.
Appointments can be set on-line. Email your Advisor to find out how to set up an appointment.
Please look for signs and announcements on Canvas for group advisement sessions.
SUPPORT STAFF Mrs. Marsha Baker – Administrative Assistant II Mrs. Varonia Walker – Coordinator Administrative Services Ms. Ashley Dawson – Program Assistant, Division of Health Care Management (Title III ) Ms. Antonita Shaw Robinson–Senior Secretary, Division of Physical Therapy Ms. Lewsea Peterson – Senior Secretary, Division of Occupational Therapy
The faculty and student activities and services of the School of Allied Health Sciences
are facilitated by the involvement and commitment of a dedicated support staff. Through
the efforts of these individuals the goals and objectives of the school are actualized.