College of Health and Human Performance

Nichole Scaglione Wins UF Excellence Award for Assistant Professors

June 2, 2022

The University of Florida has recognized Nichole Scaglione, Ph.D., with the 2022 Excellence Award for Assistant Professors — one of the university’s top awards for a junior faculty member.

Scaglione has more than 10 years of experience leading federally-funded (DoD, CDC, NIH) projects aimed at reducing substance abuse and sexual violence in adolescents and young adults. Her research combines health behavior theory and mobile technologies to examine decision-making processes associated with drinking, drug use, and sexual risk, both globally and at the event level (during specific drinking/substance use occasions). She uses findings from her work to develop and test interventions to reduce individual and community risk for sexual violence.

Prior to joining UF, Scaglione was a public health scientist at RTI International where she played a major role in the development and feasibility testing of a tailored, tablet-based sexual assault prevention program in Basic Military Training for the U.S. Air Force. Her current work includes a recently funded grant to expand and adapt this training for the U.S. Air Force Academy. 

Other ongoing projects include a community-based evaluation of a bystander and violence prevention training for staff at alcohol-serving establishments (CDC U01), a rigorous evaluation of a sexual violence prevention program for high school boys (CDC R01), and secondary data analysis of event-level alcohol use and contextual risk factors associated with sexual risk in college.

Scaglione is one of 10 assistant professors from across campus to receive the award which comes with a $5,000 stipend to support research-related expenses. 

Previous award winners from the college include four assistant professors in applied physiology and kinesiology: Ashley Smuder, Ph.D. (2021), Terence Ryan, Ph.D. (2020), Stephen Coombes, Ph.D. (2014) and Leonardo Ferreria, Ph.D. (2012). 

Read more about the university-wide award.

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