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Beth Hodges
Director

2019 Westcott North Annex
(850) 644-2257  |  bhodges@fsu.edu

MSW, Social Work, Florida State University
BS/BSW, Psychology & Social Work, Florida State University

As Director of the Research Development team in Florida State University Office of Research, Beth is responsible for the overall activities conducted by the office. Beth joined the FSU Office of Research in 1997, after serving for several years as a US Congressional staff member. Beth was brought on to assist with federal activities, and, as priorities changed, became increasingly more involved in faculty services.  Meeting and working with faculty to aid them with funding identification and bringing groups together to discuss research interests, she laid the groundwork for what was soon to be a research development effort by the Vice President for Research.  In 2013, Beth was tapped to become the director of Research Development.  Since its inception until now, RD has worked with hundreds of faculty to support their efforts to secure extramural research funding and initiate and nurture critical partnerships throughout the institutional research enterprise.

Rachel Goff Albritton RD

Rachel Goff-Albritton
Assistant Director

2020 Westcott North Annex
(850) 644-3044  |  r.goffalbritton@fsu.edu

PhD, Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of South Florida
MS, Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
BA, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Florida State University

Dr. Rachel Goff-Albritton serves as the Assistant Director of Research Advancement and Mentoring on the Florida State University Research Development team and leads the FSU Research Mentor Academy. 

Rachel supports strategic research advancement at FSU by collaborating with institutional leadership to identify FSU research priorities (strengths and opportunities). Additionally, she works primarily with early-career faculty, providing valuable resources to help faculty with individualized research development strategy. Rachel helps faculty across all career-levels navigate research services and contacts across campus and through external partnerships.  She works with colleagues from state-wide and national research development associations and agencies to develop resources and best practices to assist FSU researchers. Rachel earned a doctoral degree from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and her Bachelors of Arts at Florida State University, in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Rachel also worked clinically as a speech-language pathologist for eleven years, providing rehabilitation and educational resources to individuals with aphasia, a language disorder acquired after a stroke or brain injury. She continues to support aphasia research. Rachel has a passion for laying a foundation for sustainable research growth at FSU. 

Grace Adkison Sep2022

Grace Adkison
Program Manager: FSU Council on Research and Creativity

2020 Westcott North Annex
(850) 645-5751  |  gadkison@fsu.edu

BS, Interior Design, Florida State University

Grace Adkison serves as the Council on Research and Creativity Program Manager, and has been with the RD team since July 2016. As the CRC Program Manager, Grace is responsible for facilitating meetings of the Council, and assists them by educating faculty and staff on the research funding programs provided by the CRC. She also provides administrative oversight to awardees of these programs. Grace is your “go-to” person for all things CRC, be it submissions, revisions, no cost extensions, or any other issue or question you may have.  

Carolyn Bradley Aug2022

Carolyn Bradley
Research Development Coordinator
Arts and Humanities Funding Specialist

2023 Westcott North Annex
850-644-7730  |  cbradley@fsu.edu

PhD, MA, English, University of Florida
BA, English, Vassar College

Carolyn Bradley serves on FSU Research Development team as both the Research Development Coordinator  for the Arts and Humanities  and the Limited Submissions Coordinators. She focuses on growing grants and creative activity in the Arts and Humanities. by promoting funding opportunities, assisting faculty with proposals, and hosting workshops.  She also facilitates limited submissions for FSU.  She is passionate about research, and is driven to help FSU faculty members make their research dreams a reality.

Prior to coming to FSU, Carolyn worked as a staff member for the University of Florida’s Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC) Center. She earned a PhD and Master’s degree in English literature from the University of Florida, and a BA in English from Vassar College. She loves to travel, and spent two years teaching English in southern Spain after college, and also studied abroad in Florence, Italy as an undergraduate. In her free time, she can be found reading fiction and poetry, taking long walks, and playing with her family’s cuddly puppy, Layla.

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Nicole Fearnbach Viverito
Research Development Coordinator
Health and Life Sciences Funding Specialist

2021 Westcott North Annex
850-645-0797  |  nviverito@fsu.edu

Postdoc, Obesity Research, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
PhD, Nutritional Sciences, Pennsylvania State University
BS, Exercise Science, Florida State University

Dr. Nicole Fearnbach Viverito specializes in research development for the Health and Life Sciences, with an emphasis on increasing competitiveness of grant proposals to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other health-oriented funding agencies. In this regard, she coordinates the NIH Mock Review Panel Program and supports collaborative initiatives for FSU Health. She also leads communication and outreach efforts through our social media profiles and the quarterly Research Development Digest.

Prior to joining the Research Development team, Nicole was an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Sciences Division at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She received postdoctoral training in clinical obesity research with an emphasis on pediatrics. During her graduate work, she was a USDA NIFA fellow in nutrition and human development. But her scientific career started here at Florida State with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a minor in psychology. During that time, Nicole was a member of the FSU Flying High Circus and remains involved through alumni relations and fundraising efforts to continue the program's legacy.

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Nixon Adea-Swanston
Office Assistant

2024 Westcott North Annex
na22c@fsu.edu

BS student, Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (anticipated graduation: Spring 2026)

Nixon Adea-Swanston serves as an Office Assistant on the  FSU Research Development team.  He primarily assists Carolyn Bradley, poring over notices of funding opportunities to identify Arts and Humanities funding programs as well as limited submissions programs of interest to FSU faculty.  He also helps coordinate RD events and tracks data for evaluation.

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Chloe Dennis
Office Assistant

2024 Westcott North Annex
cldennis@fsu.edu

BS student, Public Health and Psychology (anticipated graduation: Spring 2026)

Chloe Dennis serves as an Office Assistant on the FSU Research Development team.  Her responsibilities include updating faculty data on various platforms and assisting in event organization.  She also assists Rachel Goff-Albritton with the FSU Research Mentor Academy.  In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and listening to new music.

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Florida State University has individuals across campus who are engaged in activities that assist researchers in their efforts.  Click here for a list of research development "partners".