Sunshine Education & Research Center

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About the Sunshine ERC

The Sunshine Education and Research Center at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida was begun in 1997 to focus on interdisciplinary training of occupational safety and health professionals, training in evidence-based practice and research, continuing education and outreach. It is located in the College of Public Health and offers programs collaboratively with the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Arts and Sciences. The center is recognized as a state and regional resource in occupational safety and health. We are dedicated to training professionals on how to treat and prevent occupational illnesses, why illnesses occur in the workplace, and how to make the workplace a safer environment. We are organized around center-wide activities, interdisciplinary training, academic programs, outreach, and research training. We focus on providing training that reflects on the needs of the key industries in Florida and the emerging issues of the region and the nation. The Sunshine ERC has strong institutional support and qualified, well respected faculty to direct the programs.

The Sunshine ERC offers programs in Occupational Exposure Science (formerly called Industrial Hygiene), Occupational Health Nursing, Occupational Health Psychology, Occupational Safety and Occupational Medicine Residency. Continuing Education provides training and workforce development for practicing professionals. In addition our Pilot Project Research Training Program fosters research in occupational health and safety.

The strategic initiatives of the Sunshine ERC are:

  1. Training the current and next generation of OSH providers and leaders,
  2. Developing and promoting Interdisciplinary activities to help ensure interaction among professional disciplines
  3. Enhancing involvement of our training programs throughout the region and country to build outreach and collaboration.
  4. Recruit a highly qualified strong and diverse student body.


Our Mission:

The Sunshine Education and Research Center at the University of South Florida promotes worker health, safety and well-being by training professionals guided by innovative research.




Sunshine ERC Faculty and Staff

Center Director:
Thomas Bernard, PhD, CIH
tbernar2@usf.edu

Deputy Director:
Candace Burns, PhD
cburns@usf.edu

Occupational Medicine

Director:
Rachel Williams, MD., MSPH
rwillia3@health.usf.edu

Occupational Health Nursing

Director:
Candace Burns, PhD
cburns@usf.edu

Deputy Director:
Helen Acree Conlon, DNP, MPH, MS, ARNP-BC, COHN-S
hacree@usf.edu

Occupational Exposure Science

Director:
Steven Mlynarek, PhD, CIH
spm@usf.edu


Occupational Safety

Director:
Thomas Bernard, PhD., CIH
tbernar2@usf.edu

Occupational Health Psychology 

Director:
Tammy Allen, PhD
tallen@mail.usf.edu

Deputy Director:
Kelsey Merlo, PhD
kmerlo@usf.edu

Occupational Safety Management at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Director:
Mark Friend, Ed.D., CSP
frien9b8@erau.edu

Deputy Director:
Haydee Cuevas
HaydeeMaria.Cuevas@erau.edu

Continuing Education

Director:
Cathy Silva, MBA, MS
guinto@usf.edu  

 

Deputy Director, CWCP:
Brian Warrick PhD, CSP, CIH
warrickb@usf.edu 

Outreach

Director:
Thomas Bernard, PhD, CIH
tbernar2@usf.edu

Deputy Director:
Anthony J Masys PhD, CD
tmasys@usf.edu

Planning and Evaluation

Director:
Jennifer Marshall, PhD, CPH
jm@usf.edu

Targeted Research Training at University of Central Florida

Director:
Mindy Shoss, PhD
mindy.shoss@ucf.edu

Deputy Director:
Kristin Horan, PhD
Kristin.Horan@ucf.edu

Sunshine ERC Program Administrator:
Kelly Freedman, BS
kfreedm1@usf.edu