Student Profiles

Dual Degree Students

AnneAnne Bjorke is an international student from Norway and is enrolled in the dual degree program; Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health with a concentration in maternal and child health. In 2009 she graduated from Lillehammer University College with a Bachelor's degree in Child Care and Welfare. Since then she has been doing social work in various settings, but mainly within child welfare and in residential facilities for development disabled adults. Working within child welfare inspired her to pursue a dual degree in social work and public health. She became very aware of the need for more knowledge and better interventions at an early stage to serve families successfully. Further she saw how vulnerable and important infant mental health was for a healthy development. Her experiences created a passion in her for infant mental health and she hopes in the future to be a part of creating awareness, knowledge and programs for infant mental health on a global level and possibly complete a PhD within this field.
AdinaAdina Bridges is a dual degree student at the University of South Florida working towards a Master's degree in Clinical Social work and Public health. She received her bachelors in behavioral healthcare from USF as well, with concentrations in applied behavior analysis and adult community services. Adina is currently an intern through Centerstone with the Sarasota Drug court program. As a drug court graduate herself she remains enthusiastic towards further work including the combination of treatment and the justice system. Adina intends to continue research on the effectiveness of problem-solving courts, while establishing and adapting program interventions for maximum benefits. She has been honored by speaking at multiple engagements regarding the issue of substance abuse and the community and effectively argued the importance of pregnancy testing at the county commissioner hearing in 2013. In the future she hopes to complete her PhD and provide further insight in relation to prevention and treatment strategies and later teaching those in future generations at the University.
DanielDaniel Schadrac graduated from the University of South Florida in 2016 with a BA in Africana Studies. During his undergraduate years, Daniel conducted community-based participatory research (CBPR) supervised research while at Moffitt Cancer Center where he learned of the health disparities Black Americans face within the Tampa Bay community and throughout America. His interest in pursuing a dual degree in Social Work and Public Health, concentrating in Maternal & Child Health came from seeing the large numbers of orphans and widows amongst his family's country of origin, Rwanda, due to the 1994 genocide. Daniel desires to go into full time ministry with his local church, Cornerstone Christian Church, as a missionary and bring a holistic approach to sharing the Gospel amongst communities throughout Africa while providing appropriate communal development and health assistance/education. His passions lay within the restoration of the Black communities within the United States and Africa, specifically in family reunification and increasing health access, especially amongst children and mothers. In addition to attending school, Daniel is a Graduate Assistant in the School of Social Work and is also a Youth/Child care worker at Joshua House, a non-profit residential style campus for children who have been abused or neglected. There, he is able to put real-world application to the studies he is receiving from USF.
RosiniKaty Rosini graduated from Loyola University in Maryland in 2010 with a BA in psychology. In 2013 she began her work as a masters student in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida with a concentration in Behavioral Health. As a student in the College of Public Health, Katy worked on several research projects with positive youth development organizations, such as Girls on the Run and Teen Outreach Program. She performed data entry and collaborated on a manuscript for Girls on the Run and presented the findings at the American Public Health Annual Conference in 2013. Katy also volunteered with Girls on the Run as a team coach. Additionally, during her public health education, Katy worked as an assistant program manager for Fit Families For Life, a healthy eating initiative for adolescents. She developed a new curriculum, created an evaluation tool, and delivered the program to middle school students at Academy Prep in Ybor. In the fall of 2015, Katy entered the full time MSW program. Currently, Katy is in her second year at her clinical practicum at The Growth and Recovery Counseling Center, an outpatient practice that specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. Katy also currently works at Fairwinds, a treatment center that specializes in Eating Disorders, as a group therapist in the Intensive Outpatient Program. Katy intends to utilize her background in research and knowledge of evidence-based practices, which she acquired during her public health education, to deliver the best possible treatments as a clinical social worker. Upon completion of her MPH/MSW Dual-Degree in May 2017, Katy plans to attain her LCSW and CEDS (certified eating disorder specialist) and work within the field of eating disorder treatment.
CynthiaCynthia Horwitz is currently enrolled in the MSW-MPH dual degree with a concentration in maternal and child health. Cynthia's area of interest is work with expecting mothers and their children primarily in under-served populations, ensuring healthy births and healthy babies. She wants to focus on addressing the health disparities faced by the maternal and child health population with a particular emphasis on infant mortality. Cynthia is currently completing her field placement at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital where she is providing support and services to mothers, children, and families. In addition to working on mom baby floors, she works with women admitted to the high risk OBGYN floor providing supportive visits, conflict management as well as administering and evaluating postpartum depression using the Edinburg Depression Scale. In addition, Cynthia works as a research assistant for Dr. Marshall on an Infant Mental Health Evaluation Grant for the Hillsborough County Area. Upon completing her dual degree she hopes to advocate for community oversight and planning to improve the health outcomes of Florida's women and families.
Lacey TuckerLacey Tucker graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a BS in Behavioral Healthcare and a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. Since graduating, Lacey has been working with children on the Autism Spectrum to gain eligibility to complete the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Exam. During this time Lacey also worked as an office manager gaining clinical experience under a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In the Fall of 2016, Lacey entered the Master of Social Work program and pursued the Public Health dual degree opportunity. Starting in January, Lacey will be gaining experience working in the behavioral health unit at Morton Plant Hospital as an intern. During her time at Morton Plant, Lacey will work with a variety of diagnoses and work to stabilize patients in crisis. Lacey's area of interest is working with a variety of populations such as those suffering from homelessness, mental illness, and physical disabilities. Upon completing the dual degree program, Lacey plans to work to gain clinical experience and pursue a PhD. Lacey's final goal is to work in Policy to advocate improving the health disparities in America.