UCF’s College of Graduate Studies will have a new dean and vice president of research.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Klonoff was named dean of the College of Graduate Studies and vice president for Research on Tuesday.

Klonoff formerly served as the co-director of the joint doctoral program in clinical psychology at San Diego State University and the University of California.

A clinical and health psychologist, Klonoff has completed research on psychosocial issues concerning cancer and tobacco control. She received more than $23 million from state and federal funding to conduct those research initiatives.

Klonoff will look to advance UCF’s research initiative. The university was granted a little more than $24 million to help support installation of new research administration technology as well as doctoral and post-doctoral programs.

“Liz stood out because of her extensive experience and talents in funded research,” Provost and Executive Vice President A. Dale Whittaker said in a press release. “I am confident she will do an outstanding job capitalizing on UCF’s strengths while pushing us to reach new milestones through strategic partnerships, innovative and interdisciplinary graduate education, and new funding opportunities.”

Klonoff is set to join UCF’s staff by Oct. 1, but this Thursday, UCF will hold an open forum for faculty and staff for Klonoff from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graduate Student Center, Suite 146 in Colbourn Hall.


Jean Racine is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @jeangracine or email him at

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