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A Message from Dean Protas

Dr. Freeman

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Suzanne Linder, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences as the recipient of the Edna Seinsheimer Levin Endowed Professorship in Cancer Studies. Dr. Linder joined the School of Health Professions as a faculty member in May of this year. The professorship was established by Dr. William C. Levin and his daughters Gerry Lee Hornstein and Carol Lynn Cantini. The purpose of this endowment is to assist in cancer research and study. The professorship rotates every 3 years between the School of Health Professions, the School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Medicine.

Dr. Linder's research interests are in patient-centered outcomes, mixed research methods, risk communications, health literacy, informed and shared decision making, and development and evaluation of patient decision aids. She will be working on a grant with Dr. James Goodwin "Patient-Centered Outcomes Research for the Elderly." She will also be an investigator on a grant entitled "Promoting informed decisions about lung cancer screening" funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Dr. Linder received her Doctorate in Public Health at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston School of Public Health in 2009. Her post-doctoral fellowship was at MD Anderson Cancer Center focusing on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. Dr. Linder was recognized among the Top 10 Most Academically Productive Graduates for 2007-2011 by the Health Promotion and Behavioral Science Faculty, The University of Texas School of Public Health.

Elizabeth J. Protas, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA
Vice President and Dean, School of Health Professions
George T. Bryan Distinguished Professor
Senior Fellow, Sealy Center on Aging