Fran T. Close, Ph.D.

Professor Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
LOCATION: 209C Frederick S. Humphries Science Research Center
PHONE: (850) 599-3053
CV: Link to CV
Fran T. Close, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Behavioral Science and Health Education in the Institute of Public Health in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Close focuses much of her research on community based participatory research in underserved communities. Her research interests are in the area of racial disparity issues, Women’s Health and Maternal Child and Infant Health. Her research involves working with communities in the Big Bend area to address infant mortality issues. She is currently working with the Whole Child Leon’s Healthy Infant Partnership to design a prenatal survey that will investigate why women seek/enter prenatal care late. Presently, she is serving on the Healthy Start Redesign Subjects Matter Experts Committee. Dr. Close is currently serving as the President of the Board of Directors for the Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition (CAHSC). She has been instrumental in implementing a research component on pregnancy related issues that targets African American women of childbearing age.


Selective Publications
  • Close, F., Suther, S., Foster, A., and El-Amin, S.. Community Perceptions of Black Infant Mortality: A Qualitative Inquiry. Submitted to the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved August 2012.

  • Mazzio, E.A., Close, F., and Soliman, K.F.A. The Biochemical and Cellular Basis for Nutraceutical Strategies to Attenuate Neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s Disease.”International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2011, 12, 506-569. PMCID: PMC3039966.

  • Close, F., Zokovitch, J., and Foster, A. Community-Based Internships to Address Environmental Issues: A Model for Effective Partnerships. Progress in Community-Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, Spring 2011 Vol. 5 Issue 1 pp.77-87.

  • Stokes, S., Zokovitch, J., Hood, D. and Close, F. Blueprint for Communicating Risk and Preventing Environmental Injustice. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2010:21 pp.35-52 Black History Edition.

  • Cottrell, B. and Close, F. Vaginal Douching among University Women in the Southeastern United States. Journal of American College Health, Vol. 56. No.4 pp. 415-424 (2007).

  • Reeves, C., Close, F., Simmons, M., Hollis, A. Social Support Indicators that Influence Breastfeeding Decisions in Mothers of North Florida. Florida Public Health Review, 2006; 3:1-7.

  • Lee, D., Close, F., Goodman, C., Jackson, I., Mason, C., Wells, L., Womble, T., and Palm, D. Enhanced Cystatin C and Lysosomal Protease Expression Following 6-Hydroxydopamine Toxicity.NeuroToxicology, Vol 27, Issue 2, March 2006, pp. 260-276.

  • Bell, A., Davis, M., Close, F., Honeywell, M and Branch, E. Revatio in the treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension. Journal of Pharmacy and Therapeutics 2005.

  • Williams, T., Honeywell, M., Branch III, E., Glenn, Z., and Close, F. Hydroxyurea in the Treatment of Sickle Cell Anemia. Journal of Pharmacy and Therapeutics 29 (1): 25-29 (2004).

  • Bell, A., Honeywell, M., Close, F., Branch III, E., Eraikhuemen, N., and Massey, A. Trospium Chloride in the Treatment of Overactive Bladder. Journal of Pharmacy and Therapeutics 29 (12) 767-770 (2004).

  • Cornelius, DW., Close, FT., and Thompson-Robinson, M Psychosocial Effects of Sexual Violence among African American Women age 18-24 in Leon County, Florida, Florida Journal of Public Health Vol. XIII No. 1(2003).

  • Copeland, M., Hollis, A., Brown, CP, and Close, F. Risk for Occupational Transmission of Blood-born Pathogens via Needle- Sticks to Environmental Service Workers. Florida Journal of Environmental Health March (2003).

  • Rosso di San Decondo,V., Fitch, C., Aniasi, A., Close, FT, Sirchia, G., and Freeman, ME Bromocriptine markedly inhibits progression of murine retrovirus-induced immunodeficiency, Transplantation Proceedings, 30,4128-4129 (1998).

  • Close, FT, and Freeman, ME Effects of ovarian steroids on dopamine-controlled prolactin secretory response in vitro, Neuroendocrinology 65:430-435 (1997).

  • Rosso di San Decondo, V., Fitch, C., Aniasi, A., Close, FT, Sirchia, G., and Freeman, ME Bromocriptine prevents the immunosuppression induced in mice by anti-lymphocytic antiserium,Transplantation Proceedings, 28(6):3195-3197 (1996).

  • Gordon (Close), FT and Soliman, MRI The effects of estradiol and progesterone on pain sensitivity an brain opioid receptors of ovariectomized rats, Hormones and Behavior 30:244-250(1996).

  • Gordon (Close), FT and Soliman, MRI Diurnal variations in the acute effects of estradiol and progesterone on Beta-endorphin and Met-enkephalin levels in specific brain regions of ovariectomized rats, Pharmacology 49:192-198 (1994).