Dr. Denise Twyford
Dr. Denise Twyford holds an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, Higher Education from Nova Southeastern University (2006); an M.Ed. in the field of Guidance and Counseling from Boston University (1990); and a B.S. in Psychology from UNC-Pembroke (1980). She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Denise became interested in the field of instructional design as an outgrowth of her online experiences, both as an educator and student. Her desire to create varied learning environments that foster student/faculty growth and learning led her to UCF. She is now one of the Instructional Design Team Leads, recently earning a faculty promotion in rank to Assistant in Instructional Design.
Prior to coming to UCF from North Carolina, Denise owned and operated a counseling agency after working for years as a counselor/supervisor in government and public agencies. This work included business consultations, seminar development, and educational materials development. She also produced and hosted educational television programming focusing on personal/professional growth and interviews regarding newsworthy community events, and appeared as a guest speaker on radio talk shows.
For over a decade, Denise has taught traditional and online courses in the areas of organizational communication, leadership, and conflict management. Her sincere love of teaching and helping others to develop their potential led her to become an instructor with the LEAD Scholars Program at UCF. One of her research focus areas is emotional intelligence and its relationship with personal leadership style, application of skills, and skill development through training. Her research dissertation was entitled, “Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Style: Implications for Emotional Intelligence Training.”