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Julie Merten, Ph.D. | Director of Faculty Excellence

Julie Merten, Ph.D., MCHES is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, serves as the Program Director for the Interdisciplinary Health Studies program in the Brooks College of Health, and is the Editor-in-Chief for the Florida Public Health Review journal.

Her research involves behavioral cancer prevention, specifically in the areas of skin cancer (the most common cancer in the US) and tobacco control (the leading cause of preventable deaths in the US). She has used her research training to evaluate the effectiveness of school-based sun safety education, analyzed how people utilize the Internet and social media for cancer information, surveyed children, adolescents and young adults on their skin cancer prevention behaviors, assess cancer prevention programs among special populations, and implemented skin cancer assessment and referral intervention to increase national skin cancer screening rates.


Brenda Rolison | Faculty Development, Administrative Assistant | (904) 620-5279

Brenda began working at UNF in 2007 as an office manager in the Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education in the College of Education and Human Services. She transferred to Undergraduate Studies in 2017 and joined Faculty Development in 2020, where she now supports the offices of Faculty Enhancement and Undergraduate Research. Brenda enjoys working with students, faculty, and staff and appreciates the many opportunities UNF provides. In her spare time, Brenda travels with her husband, spends time with her family (including five grandchildren), and delves into genealogy.