Supervisor Directory

Dahomey Abanishe

Dahomey Abanishe Ph.D.

UF REHABILITATION HOSPITAL/Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100165
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Clinical Interests:
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Dementia
  • Dementia – home care
  • Dementia due to metabolic causes
  • Depression – resources
  • Depression in older adults
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Healthy living
  • Illness anxiety disorder
  • Learn to manage stress
  • Leg or foot amputation
  • Neurocognitive disorder
  • Neurosciences
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Preventive health care
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Stress and your health
  • Traumatic amputation
  • Vascular dementia
Education:
  • 2018-2020
    Neuropsychology Fellow
    University of Florida
  • 2006
    Predoctoral Internship-Counseling Psychology
    University of Pennsylvania Counseling and Psychological Services
  • 2001-2008
    PhD Counseling psychology
    University of Oklahoma
Franchesca Arias

Franchesca Arias Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 273-9794
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100165
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1225 CENTER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Dr. Franchesca Arias is originally from Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. Dr. Arias is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida and an AlzSTARS Scholar with the 1Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She completed her Ph.D. at Fordham University with a specialization in clinical neuropsychology. At Fordham University, Dr. Arias worked under Dr. Monica Rivera Mindt’s mentorship to examine cognition and health disparities in adults from socioeconomically and ethnoracially underrepresented groups with opioid use disorders. Subsequently, Dr. Arias completed her clinical internship and an NIA-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida (UF). During her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Arias received specialty training in perioperative cognition. Subsequently, she worked with Dr. Sharon Inouye at the Aging Brain Center of the Hebrew SeniorLife, exploring the contribution of social determinants of health on cognitive changes in older adults.

Specialties:
  • Clinical Health Psychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Alzheimer disease
  • Delirium
  • Memory loss
  • Neurocognitive disorder
  • Stroke
Research Summary:

Dr. Arias’ research interests center around the intersection between cognitive aging, contextual and socioeconomic factors, and medical conditions in older adults. Specifically, her work explores social determinants of health and their role in propelling or interfering with, healthy cognitive aging in patients from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Dr. Arias has received funding from the Alzheimer’s Association (2019-AARFD-644816) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA; Diversity Supplement to Grant No. P01AG031720; PI: Inouye) to identify contextual-level factors that increase the vulnerability for acute and long-term cognitive decline to explore social determinants of health in the context of acute changes in cognition in older adults presenting for major, non-cardiac, surgery.

Publications:
Glenn S Ashkanazi

Glenn S Ashkanazi Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 265-0294
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100165
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1225 CENTER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Accomplishments:
  • Superior Accomplishment Award
    2017 · University of Florida
Education:
  • 1990
    Ph.D.
    Florida State University, Tallahassee
  • 1989-1990
    Pre-Doctoral Clinical Internship
    Mid-Missouri Psychology Internship Consortium
  • 1987
    M.S.
    Florida State University, Tallahassee
Breton Asken

Breton Asken Ph.D., ATC

Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 273-9795
Physical Address:
1225 CENTER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Breton Asken, PhD, ATC, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. He is also a Fixel Scholar in the Normal Fixel Institute for Neurological Disorders. Dr. Asken completed bachelors degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Exercise & Sport Science – Athletic Training, Psychology) where he also worked as a research assistant in the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and completed his Athletic Training Certification (ATC). He then earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology track) from the University of Florida and completed his clinical internship in neuropsychology at Brown University. Prior to joining faculty at UF, Dr. Asken completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.

Dr. Asken’s research broadly focuses on how lifetime head trauma exposure relates to clinical and neuropathological variability among patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related causes of dementia. He is also an active clinical neuropsychologist and specializes in evaluation of older adult patients with suspected neurodegenerative disease.

Lab Recruitment (updated 7/2023): Dr. Asken currently does not anticipate reviewing graduate student applications for the 2023 Fall/Winter cycle for students planning to enroll in Fall 2024.

Dr. Asken is not currently recruiting postdoctoral fellows but plans to in the future. Prospective fellows should reach out to Dr. Asken to check recruitment status regularly.

Specialties:
  • Psychology
Research Summary:

Dr. Asken’s research broadly focuses on how lifetime head trauma exposure relates to clinical and neuropathological variability among patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related causes of dementia, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This work involves using a combination of neuropsychological testing, fluid-based biomarkers (blood, CSF), neuroimaging, and neuropathology to address the links between head trauma and dementia. Dr. Asken is especially interested in how biomarkers and cognitive testing can help improve diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of mixed etiology dementia, or progressive cognitive/behavioral decline in later life due to multiple co-existing neurodegenerative diseases. Prior work focused on fluid biomarkers and recovery outcomes associated with sport-related concussion, and this experience relates directly to his current interests in the later-life neurological effects of head trauma exposure, especially among former athletes. Dr. Asken has active collaborations with investigators across UF as well as multiple institutions around the country.

Individuals interested in Dr. Asken’s research lab may have diverse goals and experiences. While an ideal “fit” is someone pursuing a clinical-research career in neuropsychology and hoping to study how head trauma exposure relates to later-life neurological conditions like dementia, Dr. Asken welcomes a broad range of interests within the field of aging/Alzheimer’s disease and related causes of dementia. At a bare minimum, Dr. Asken’s expectation as a research mentor is that trainees will leave their experience excited to apply the knowledge gained about neurodegenerative syndromes and the brain changes that can cause them to their own research, clinical work, or both.

Research Interests:
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Biomarkers
  • Brain Injury
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
  • Clinico-Pathology of Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Dementia
  • Memory and cognitive disorders
  • Neurodegenerative diseases of aging
  • Neuropsychology
  • Sports
  • TDP-43 proteinopathies
Publications:
Grants:
  • Jun 2020 ACTIVE
    1Florida Alzheimers Disease Research Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
Education:
  • 2019-2022
    Postdoctoral Neuropsychology Fellowship
    UCSF Memory and Aging Center
  • 2018-2019
    Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology) Internship
    Brown University
  • 2013-2019
    Clinical Psychology (PhD)
    University of Florida
  • 2009-2013
    Psychology (BA)
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2009-2013
    Exercise & Sport Science – Athletic Training (BA)
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dawn Bowers

Dawn Bowers Ph.D., ABPP-CN

PROFESSOR
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 273-6617
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100165
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
101 NEWELL DR RM 3116
GAINESVILLE FL 32611

Dawn Bowers is a Professor and clinical/research neuropsychologist in the Departments of Clinical & Health Psychology and Neurology at the University of Florida. She is a UF Research Foundation Professor, the Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the Fixel Institute, and neuropsychology director for the UF Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration program. Dr. Bowers received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida, interned at Boston University/Boston Veterans Administration Hospital (with an externship at the Framingham Heart Project), and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral neurology at the University of Florida. She is internationally known for her expertise in neurocognitive and emotion changes associated with age related disorders including Parkinson disease, Essential Tremor, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurologic disorders. Her research has spanned  laterality, attention and memory, and neuropsychology of emotion using TMS, ERP, psychophysiology, near infrared stimulation, computational modeling, and face digitizing. She has received continuous research funding by NIH and other foundations since 1981. She has over 225 peer-reviewed research articles, over 400 peer-reviewed research presentations, 1 co-authored book, and 1 clinical test.   She is strongly committed to clinical and research training of predoctoral and post-doctoral fellows and is MPI of an NINDS-funded T32 in Interdisciplinary Training in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. She sees patients clinically for neuropsychological assessment and intervention at the Fixel Center. Her lab website: https://cogneuro.phhp.ufl.edu

Accomplishments:
  • Distinguished Alumna Award
    2022 · UF College of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Distinguished Faculty Award
    2021 · UF Department of Clinical & Health Psychology
  • Term Professorship
    2017-2020 · University of Florida
  • Chair, Fellows Committee Division 40 (Neuropsychology)
    2016-2023 · American Psychological Association
  • Dissertation Mentoring Award
    2015 · University of Florida
  • Edith Kaplan Neuropsychology Award
    2014 · Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society
  • Paul Satz Career Mentoring Award
    2014 · International Neuropsychology Society
  • Fellow, Division 40 (Neuropsychology)
    2013 · American Psychological Association
  • UF Foundation Research Professor
    2006-2009 · University of Florida
Certifications:
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
    ABBP-CN
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Alzheimer disease
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Essential tremor
  • Memory loss
  • Neurocognitive disorder
  • Parkinson disease
Research Summary:

Current research focuses on psychophysiological and behavioral signatures of cognitive/emotional change associated with normal aging and  Parkinson disease  and novel treatment approaches for apathy and executive dysfunction.  Her laboratory uses a variety of different tools to investigate hypothesis driven research ranging from transcranial magnetic stimulation, psychophysiology/electrophysiology (ERP), face digitizing, computational modeling, to experimental cognitive probes.  

Current funding

NIH/NINDS, T32-NS082168-06,  Interdisciplinary Training in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. MPI:  D. Bowers & D. Vaillancourt

NIH/NIA  R01-AG064587, Revitalizing Cognition in Older Adults at Risk for Alzheimer’s disease with Near Infrared Photobiomodulation. MPI: D. Bowers, A. Woods, & G. Alexander.

Parkinson Foundation Impact Award IMP-1938, Revitalizing cognition and motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson disease, PI: D. Bowers

NIH/NIA R21-AG057200, Determining plasticity of brain-regulatory mechanisms related to emotion processing: A Neurofeedback Approach in Aging and Parkinson Disease. MPI: D. Bowers & N. Ebner

Florida Department of Health Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Program (Grant #20A15), Determining Plasticity of Brain-Regulatory Mechanisms Related to Emotion Processing: A Neurofeedback Approach in Older Adults with Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment. PI: Ebner; Bowers Co-I

NIH/NIA R01-AG12802177, Uncovering and Surveilling Financial Deception Risk in Aging, Supplement. PI: Ebner Co-I Bowers

NIH/NINSA-1UH3NS109845, Dual Lead Thalamic DBR-DBS Interface for Closed Loop Control of Severe Essential Tremor. MPI: Oweiss & Foote; Co-I Bowers

McKnight Brain Research Foundation. A Pilot Multi-Site Intervention with Near Infrared Stimulation. MPI: D. Bowers, G. Alexander, A. Woods

NIH R01 HD091658-01. Mechanisms of airway protection dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease. PI: K. Hegland, Co-I: D. Bowers

NIH/NINDS R01-NS096008, The Human Thalamocortical Network in Tourette. MPI: A. Gunduz & M.S. Okun, Co-I Bowers

NIH/NINDS UH3-NS095553, Closing the Loop on Tremor: A Responsive Deep Brain Stimulator for the Treatment. MPI: G. Gunduz & K. Foote, Co-I Bowers.

Recently Completed Funding

Fogarty Foundation, Dose Response Relationship between Near Infrared Stimulation and Brain Activity using Neuroimaging. PI: P. Sinha & Bowers (Mentor).

NIH/NINDS R21NS079767, Emotion Regulation, Executive Function, and Parkinson Disease, PI: D. Bowers

NIH/ NINDS R01-NS50633, Masked Faces in Parkinson Disease: Mechanism and Treatment. PI: D. Bowers

NIH/NIA R21-AG033284, Language and Executive Function in Parkinson’s Disease: Effects of dual task and exercise. MPI: L. Altmann & C. Hass; Bowers Co-I.

NIH/NIMH R01 MH62458, Priming, TMS, and Hemispheric Asymmetries. PI: D. Bowers.

Michael J. Fox Foundation, Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for theTreatment of Apathy in Parkinson’s Disease (The Restore Study). MPI: H.Fernandez & D. Bowers

Publications:
Grants:
  • Jan 2024 ACTIVE
    Pilot Study: Exploring Risk Tolerance and Decision-Making Across Contexts: Implications for Healthy Cognitive Aging Alzheimer's Disease
    UNIV OF TEXAS AT DALLAS · Other
  • May 2023 ACTIVE
    Cognition in Essential Tremor: A Neuroimaging and Biomarker Study
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Other
  • May 2023 ACTIVE
    Brain Drivers, Cognition, and Parkinsons Disease: A Psychometric Approach
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Other
  • Mar 2022 ACTIVE
    Smartphone phenotype collection for diagnostic screening of mild cognitive impairment
    PARABON NANOLABS · Co-Investigator
  • Sep 2021 ACTIVE
    Defining Targets for Tic Detection and Suppression in Tourette Syndrome Deep Brain Stimulation
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Co-Investigator
  • May 2021 – Jun 2022
    Cognitive Correlates of Mitochondrial Function in Older Adults
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Other
  • May 2021 – Aug 2023
    Go your own way: Evaluating neurofeedback-induced plasticity to improve spatial navigation behavior in older adults at risk for Alzheimer's disease
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER · Co-Investigator
  • Jan 2021 – Dec 2021
    APA Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Div. 40) 2020-2021 Dissertation Award
    SOCIETY FOR CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY · Other
  • Aug 2020 ACTIVE
    Interdisciplinary Training in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Principal Investigator
  • May 2020 – Jun 2022
    Determining Plasticity of Brain Regulatory Mechanisms Related to Emotion Processing: A Neurofeedback Approach in Older Adults with Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER · Co-Investigator
  • Sep 2019 ACTIVE
    Dual Lead Thalamic DBR-DBS Interface for Closed Loop Control of Severe Essential Tremor
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Project Manager
  • Aug 2019 ACTIVE
    Revitalizing Cognition in Older Adults at Risk for Alzheimer's Disease with Near-Infrared Photobiomodulation.
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2019 – May 2021
    Revitalizing Cognition and Motor Symptoms in Parkinson Disease: A Pilot Intervention with Near Infrared Stimulation
    PARKINSONS FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2018 ACTIVE
    Uncovering and Surveilling Financial Deception Risk in Aging
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Co-Investigator
  • May 2018 ACTIVE
    A Pilot Intervention with Near Infrared Stimulation: Revitalizing Cognition in Older Adults
    MCKNIGHT BRAIN RESEARCH FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2017 – May 2023
    Mechanisms of airway protection dysfunction in Parkinson's disease
    NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD · Co-Investigator
  • Mar 2017 – Feb 2021
    Determining Plasticity of Brain-Regulatory Mechanisms Related to Emotion Processing: A Neurofeedback Approach in Aging and Parkinson Disease
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Co-Investigator
  • Sep 2016 ACTIVE
    Closing the Loop on Tremor: A Responsive Deep Brain Stimulator for the Treatment of Essential Tremor
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Co-Investigator
  • Aug 2016 – Aug 2017
    Age-Related Mechanisms of Emotion Anticipation and Perception
    AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL FOU · Other
  • Jul 2016 – Jun 2023
    The Human Thalamocortical Network in tourette syndrome
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Co-Investigator
  • Feb 2016 – Jan 2018
    Diseases related to Alzheimer's disease, fiscal year 15-16
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER · Project Manager
  • Feb 2016 – Jan 2018
    pilot intervention in mild cognitive impairment:
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2015 – Apr 2018
    Dissociating Components of Anhedonia: Pilot Behavioral and fMRI Data for the Effort Expenditure for Rewards Task
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIMH · Principal Investigator
  • May 2015 – Jul 2020
    Interdisciplinary Training in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Principal Investigator
  • Jan 2015 – Jul 2017
    A Responsive Closed-Loop Approach to Treat Freezing of Gait in Parkinsons Disease
    FOX FOU, MICHAEL J · Project Manager
  • Jul 2014 – Sep 2017
    Age-related mechanisms of emotion anticipation and perception
    AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSO · Other
  • Sep 2013 – Aug 2019
    White Matter Connectivity and PD Cognitive Phenotypes
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Co-Investigator
Education:
  • 1979
    Fellowship – Behavioral Neurology
    University of Florida
  • 1978
    Ph.D. – 
Clinical Psychology/Neuropsychology
    University of Florida
  • 1976-1977
    Internship
    Boston VAMC
Erika M Cascio

Erika M Cascio Psy.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 265-0294
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100165
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Erika M. Cascio, Psy.D., is a clinical associate professor and neuropsychologist who joined the University of Florida faculty in 2016 in the department of clinical & health psychology. A graduate of Wright State University School of Professional Psychology, she completed specialized training in neuropsychology at Wallace Kettering Neuroscience Institute and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, followed by a neuropsychology residency and pediatric neuropsychology fellowship at UF. Dr. Cascio’s clinical focus involves assessment and diagnosis of neurocognitive conditions affecting individuals with complex medical illnesses. She is an expert on the brain-behavior relationship, particularly related to how diseases and their associated treatments impact the developing brain. Dr. Cascio is especially passionate about hematology/oncology, brain tumor, pediatric and adult epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

Specialties:
  • Psychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy in children
  • Neurocognitive disorder
  • Neurologic deficit
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Research Summary:

Dr. Cascio’s research interests span a variety of topics within neuropsychology; although, she holds a particular interest in pediatric cancer and traumatic brain injury. Her doctoral dissertation involved the development of a recovery guide for children who have experienced mild traumatic brain injury/concussion and their families, which comprised an activity book geared toward assisting school-age children in understanding the recovery process. Since joining the faculty, Dr. Cascio has been a part of many interdisciplinary research studies and clinical trials within oncology, neurology, pediatric congenital heart, and neonatology. Her interest in program development has also led to procurement of several philanthropic grants supporting service provision within pediatrics.

Grants:
  • Sep 2019 – Mar 2022
    Florida Development in Early Childhood: Adversity and Drug Exposure (FL-DECADE) Study
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIDA · Project Manager
Education:
  • 2016
    Fellowship – Pediatric Neuropsychology
    University of Florida
  • 2014
    Psy.D. – Psychology
    Wright State University
  • 2014
    Residency – Neuropsychology
    University of Florida
Duane E Dede

Duane E Dede Ph.D.

Clinical Professor & Co-Director, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 273-5267
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100165
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
DG038 JHMHC
GAINESVILLE FL 326100165
Accomplishments:
  • Chair-CHP Health Equity Anti Racism and Diversity Committee
    2020 · UF Clinical & Health Psychology
  • Chairman, Division 40 Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs
    1997-2000 · American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Delegate, National Conference on Postdoctoral Fellowship Training in Professional Psychology,
    1992 · University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Grants:
  • Jul 2020 ACTIVE
    The Microvascular Aging and Eicosanoids Womens Evaluation of Systemic aging Tenacity (MAE-WEST) Specialized Center of Research Excellence (SCORE) on Sex Differences
    CEDARS SINAI MEDICAL CTR · Project Manager
Education:
  • 1992
    Ph.D.
    University of Louisville
  • 1991-1993
    Postdoctoral Fellowship-Neuropsychology
    University of Michigan
Kimberly A Driscoll

Kimberly A Driscoll Ph.D.

Associate Professor And Director Of Diabetes Behavioral Science Research
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 273-6145
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100165
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Dr. Driscoll is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology and an Adjoint Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Florida and Colorado. Her expertise is in the psychological aspects of type 1 diabetes, its management, and technologies. She provides direct clinical care to individuals with type 1 diabetes of all ages and members of their support system. Dr. Driscoll has several active NIH grants focused on providing intervention to individuals with type 1 diabetes in an effort to improve self-management behaviors and glycemic control. She also holds an appointment as an Associate Professor at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes at the University of Colorado.

Accomplishments:
  • Crystal Award for Diabetes Journey
    2022 · Association for Educational Communications Technology, Division of Distance Learning
  • Recognized Student Organization of the Year Award
    2014-2015 · Florida State University
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award
    2011-2012 · Florida State University – College of Medicine
  • First Year Assistant Professor Research Award (2nd place)
    2011 · Florida State University
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Psychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Depression
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Suicide and suicidal behavior
  • Type 1 diabetes
Research Summary:

Dr. Driscoll’s clinical research addresses adherence to medical treatment regimens, with a focus on using technology and diabetes device downloads to assess and optimize adherence and health outcomes in type 1 diabetes. She was awarded an NIDDK K23 Career Development Award focused on improving adolescents’ type 1 diabetes self-management behaviors via tailored feedback using insulin pump downloads and problem-solving interventions. She then extended her research program through an NIDDK R03 by providing intervention to reduce clinically elevated levels of fear of hypoglycemia, which was assessed as part of a patient-reported outcomes initiative in the clinic in mothers of adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Dr. Driscoll was awarded an NIDDK DP3 implementing integrated medical and psychological care to improve type 1 diabetes self-management behaviors and health outcomes via combined in-person and telemedicine visits. Her overarching research goals are to develop and implement behavioral interventions to improve adherence during routine type 1 diabetes clinical care.

Research Interests:
  • Adherence
  • Clinical Trial Interventions
  • Diabetes Technology
  • Patient-Provider Communication
  • Psychosocial Aspects of T1D Management
  • Type 1 Diabetes
Publications:
Grants:
  • Jan 2020 – Sep 2021
    DP3 – Home Telemedicine to Optimize Health Outcomes in High-Risk Youth with Type 1 Diabetes
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2019 ACTIVE
    Home Video-Based Telemedicine to Reduce Hypoglycemia Fear in Parents of Young Children (RedCHip)
    NEMOURS CHILDRENS CLINIC · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2019 – Jun 2020
    JDRF National Diabetes Psychology Fellowship Program – Kimberly Barnett
    JDRF · Other
  • Jul 2019 – Jun 2020
    JDRF National Diabetes Psychology Fellowship Program – Dianna Boone
    JDRF · Other
  • Jul 2019 ACTIVE
    OoR Matching Support for CTSI
    UF DIV OF SPONSORED RES MATCHING FUNDS · Project Manager
  • Jun 2019 ACTIVE
    Diabetes Journey: From systematic screening to intervention
    CINCINNATI CHILDRENS HOSPITAL MED CTR · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2019 – Aug 2020
    Hybrid closed-loop insulin therapy in pregnancies complicated by T1D
    UNIV OF COLORADO DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2005-2007
    Child Behavior and Nutrition Fellowship
    Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • 2004-2005
    Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology Residency
    Children's Minnesota
  • 1999-2005
    Clinical Psychology PhD
    Florida State University
Patricia E Durning

Patricia E Durning Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 265-0294
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100165
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER
GAINESVILLE FL 326100165
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Health Psychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Infertility
  • Women’s health
Research Summary:

Dr. Durning has been a collaborator on externally-funded research projects in health promotion, working as a data coordinator for two NIH-funded grants examining lifestyle intervention for obesity (PI: Michael G. Perri, Ph.D.). Dr. Durning has also been interested in gaining a better understanding of adjustment to medical conditions. To this end, she has participated in unfunded research in both infertility and psycho-oncology.

Publications:
Education:
  • 2001
    Ph.D.
    University of Florida
  • 1993
    M.A.
    University of Florida
David Fedele

David Fedele Ph.D., ABPP

Associate Professor & Child/Pediatric Area Head
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 294-5765
Mailing Address:
PO Box 112250
1225 CENTER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Physical Address:
101 S. NEWELL DR. RM 3173
101 S. NEWELL DR.
GAINESVILLE FL 326100001

David Fedele, Ph.D., ABPP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. Dr. Fedele earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2012 and completed his clinical internship and a T32 postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Dr. Fedele’s research broadly focuses on family adjustment to pediatric chronic illness. He is particularly interested in the psychosocial aspects of pediatric chronic illnesses including how health behaviors, adherence to treatment regimens, and the child-caregiver relationship impact adjustment and morbidity.

Dr. Fedele’s current research predominantly focuses on youth diagnosed with asthma or cystic fibrosis and their families. He currently mentors graduate students in the university’s clinical psychology doctoral program. Graduate students working in Dr. Fedele’s Pediatric Behavioral Health Lab work toward doctorate degrees that lead to careers as pediatric psychologists and researchers.

Accomplishments:
  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentorship Award
    2021-2022 · University of Florida
  • Mentor of the Year
    2021 · College of Public Health & Health Professions – University of Florida
  • Audrey Schumacher Award for Excellence in Teaching
    2021 · Department of Clinical & Health Psychology – University of Florida
  • University Term Professorship
    2019-2021 · University of Florida
  • Provost Excellence Award
    2017 · University of Florida
  • Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Award
    2017 · University of Florida
  • Donald K. Routh Early Career Award
    2017 · Society of Pediatric Psychology
  • Audrey Schumacher Award for Excellence in Teaching
    2017 · Department of Clinical & Health Psychology – University of Florida
  • Research Mentorship Award
    2016 · Department of Clinical & Health Psychology
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Food allergy
Research Summary:

Dr. Fedele’s research broadly focuses on family adjustment to pediatric chronic illness. He is particularly interested in the psychosocial aspects of pediatric chronic illnesses including how health behaviors, adherence to treatment regimens, and the child-caregiver relationship impact adjustment and morbidity. Dr. Fedele’s current research predominantly focuses on youth diagnosed with asthma and their families.

Publications:
Grants:
  • Jan 2024 ACTIVE
    Understanding Caregiver Illness Burden and Support in Management of Cystic Fibrosis in Young in School-Age Children: A Mixed Methods Study
    SOCIETY OF PEDIATRIC PSYCHOLOGY · Other
  • Sep 2023 ACTIVE
    Optimizing a Sensor-Enabled mHealth Intervention for Adolescents with Suboptimal Asthma Control
    UNIV OF KANSAS CNTR FOR RESEARCH · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2023 ACTIVE
    Identifying pediatric asthma subtypes using novel privacy-preserving federated machine learning methods
    NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Project Manager
  • Jul 2023 ACTIVE
    109 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Care Center and Patient Registry.
    CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOU · Co-Investigator
  • Apr 2023 ACTIVE
    Mental Health Research Working Group
    CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2023 ACTIVE
    Understanding Caregiver Illness Burden in Management of Cystic Fibrosis in Young and School-Age Children: A Mixed Methods Study
    CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOU · Other
  • Jan 2023 ACTIVE
    Association between parent-child communication patterns and pediatric asthma outcomes: A mixed methods study
    SOCIETY OF PEDIATRIC PSYCHOLOGY · Other
  • Jan 2023 ACTIVE
    Personalized Mobile Health Platform to Promote Physical Activity in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cystic Fibrosis
    CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2022 – Jun 2023
    109 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Care Center and Patient Registry.
    CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOU · Co-Investigator
  • Jul 2022 – Mar 2023
    Mental Health Research Working Group Planning Committee
    CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2021 ACTIVE
    Family Fit: Promoting Family-Based Physical Activity and Weight Gain Prevention Through Mobile Technology
    NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD · Project Manager
  • Jul 2021 – Jun 2022
    109 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Care Center and Patient Registry
    CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOU · Co-Investigator
  • Jan 2021 – Dec 2022
    Marion and Donald Routh Student Research Grant in Pediatric Psychology
    AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSO · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2020 ACTIVE
    A Stress and Pain Self-management m-Health App for Adult Outpatients with Sickle Cell Disease
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINR · Project Manager
  • Jul 2020 ACTIVE
    Pediatric Pulmonary Center
    US HLTH RESOURCES AND SERV ADMN · Faculty
  • Jul 2020 – Jun 2021
    109 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Care Center and Patient Registry
    CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOU · Faculty
  • Jun 2020 ACTIVE
    AIM2ACT: A Mobile Health Tool to Facilitate Asthma Self-Management during Early Adolescence
    NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2019 ACTIVE
    OoR Matching Support for CTSI
    UF DIV OF SPONSORED RES MATCHING FUNDS · Project Manager
  • Oct 2018 – Jun 2023
    Child Asthma Exacerbation: Role of Caregiver Risk Beliefs
    WASHINGTON UNIV SAINT LOUIS · Co-Investigator
  • Sep 2018 – Aug 2021
    ReACT an Adaptive Mobile Health Intervention for Adolescent Asthma
    UNIV OF KANSAS · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2018 – Dec 2019
    Quasi – Development of a Nurse-Delivered Mobile Health Intervention for Children with Asthma and Obesity
    UF HEALTH SHANDS HOSPITAL · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2018 – Jul 2019
    Together: Transforming and Translating Discovery to Improve Health
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCATS · Project Manager
  • Apr 2017 – Mar 2018
    Together: Transforming and Translating Discovery to Improve Health
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCATS · Project Manager
  • Sep 2016 – Sep 2020
    The Child Health Quality (CHeQ) Partnership Program
    AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RES AND QUALITY · Project Manager
  • Jan 2016 – Jan 2017
    The Longitudinal Impact of Sleep in Children with Cystic Fibrosis
    CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOU · Other
  • Jan 2016 – Dec 2019
    implementation of the depression and anxiety guidelines: Award for a mental health coordinator
    CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOU · Co-Project Director/Principal Investigator
  • Jan 2016 – Dec 2018
    mHealth Approach to Collaborative Asthma Management for Teens & Parents
    NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD · Principal Investigator
  • Dec 2015 – Dec 2021
    Polistina fund
    UF FOUNDATION · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2015 – Jun 2021
    Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
    UF DIV OF SPONSORED RES MATCHING FUNDS · Project Manager
  • Jul 2014 – Jun 2016
    Examining a behavioral family lifestyle intervention for weight management in overweight or obese children with asthma
    AMER LUNG ASSO · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2013
    NIH T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • 2012
    Ph.D. – Clinical Psychology
    Oklahoma State University
  • 2011-2012
    Pre-Doctoral Clinical Internship
    Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Joy Gabrielli

Joy Gabrielli Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 273-8248
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100165
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Dr. Joy Gabrielli specializes in the treatment of adolescents and families. She is trained in trauma-focused intervention that is both individual- and family-based. She also has experience with reduction of health risk behaviors in youth.

Dr. Gabrielli’s program of research centers on the identification of modifiable environmental risk factors for adolescent health risk behaviors (e.g., substance use) that can be targeting for intervention and prevention efforts. She also has a specific interest in working with understudied and high-risk populations in this area, with a particular emphasis on youth in foster care. Following her work at the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health at Dartmouth, she developed an interest in applications of digital technologies to address the prevention and treatment needs of youth clinical populations. Dr. Gabrielli has also created a framework for a media literacy preventative intervention for parents (T.E.C.H. Parenting) to reduce youth risk for initiation of health risk behaviors.

Accomplishments:
  • Excellence in Research Mentorship Award
    2022 · Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • Hugh C. Davis Award for Excellence in Clinical Supervision
    2019 · University of Florida
  • University of Florida Anderson Scholars Faculty Honoree
    2019 · University of Florida
  • Dartmouth College Professional Development Award
    2018 · Dartmouth University
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Child / Pediatric Psychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
Research Summary:

The Youth Risk and Resilience Lab is directed by Joy Gabrielli, Ph.D. It is housed in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. Graduate students in the lab work toward doctorate degrees that lead to careers as clinical child psychologists and researchers.

We seek to improve understanding of factors (both environmental and individual) that contribute to youth trajectories of risk and resilience as they progress in development towards adulthood. Within this aim, we look to employ novel technologies and methodologies to promote research engagement and data capture and improve strategies for prevention and intervention efforts. Further, we actively seek to conduct research that benefits underserved and underrepresented youth populations.

For more information, visit Dr. Gabrielli’s Lab Page here: https://phhp-faculty-janicke-a2.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/current-projects/dr-gabrielli-the-youth-risk-resilience-lab/

Research Interests:
  • child trauma
  • media parenting
  • prevention of adolescent health risk behavior
Publications:
Grants:
  • Jul 2021 ACTIVE
    A Web-Based Media Parenting Intervention to Prevent Youth Substance Use
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIDA · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2020 – Sep 2023
    : Understanding adolescent in-vivo exposure to alcohol content in the media
    BROWN UNIV · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2015
    PhD – Clinical Child Psychology
    University of Kansas
  • 2010
    MA – clinical Psychology
    University of Montana
Robert Guenther

Robert Guenther Ph.D., ABPP, (RP)

Clinical Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 265-7810
Mailing Address:
1225 CENTER DRIVE, ROOM 3151
PO BOX 100165
DEPT CLIN & HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
8763 SW 27th Lane, #101
UF Health Psychology Specialties
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Accomplishments:
  • Former Chair of the UF Health Ethics Advisory Committee
    2019-2021 · UF Health College of Medicine
  • Psychologist to the Adult Acute Inpatient Neurotrauma Service
    2012-2021 · UF Health Shands Hospital
  • Ethics Consultant on rotation to UF Health Shands Inpatient Services
    2012-2021 · UF Health College of Medicine
  • Director of Continuing Psychological Education
    2010-2016 · UF Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Health Psychology Area Head
    2009-2012 · UF Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Director of Transplant Psychology
    2007-2012 · UF Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Director of Inpatient Consultation and Liaison Services
    2005-2021 · UF Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Member of the Institutional Review Board for Human Research
    2002-2005 · UF Health Science Center
  • Member of the UF Health Ethics Advisory Committee
    2001-current · UF College of Medicine
  • Associate chair of the Committee for Social and Ethical Responsibility
    2000-2001 · American Psychological Association, Division 22 Rehabilitation Psychology
Certifications:
  • Diplomate in Rehabilitation Psychology
    American Board of Professional Psychology
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Health Psychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Depression
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Grief
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobia – simple/specific
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sleep disorders
  • Spinal Injury
  • Spinal cord trauma
Research Summary:

Clinical Focus Dr. Guenther is a clinical professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology where he teaches clinical skills and provides clinical supervision to registered mental health counseling interns, graduate students, clinical psychology interns, and post-doctoral fellows. His primary clinical appointment is to the Psychological Specialties outpatient clinic in the UF Health Haile Plantation where he delivers psychological services designed to assist adult clients with a broad range of psychological needs.

Research Focus Dr. Guenther’s interests have included rehabilitation psychology, general clinical psychology, the practice of hospitalist psychology, and bioethics.

Research Interests:
  • Assessment of medical decision-making capacity
  • Empowerment of persons with disabilities
  • Ethics in healthcare
Publications:
Education:
  • 1989-1990
    Post-doctoral Fellow in Rehabilitation and Medical Psychology
    University of Missouri – Columbia
  • 1988-1989
    Intern in Clinical Psychology – Medical Psychology Track
    Baylor College of Med, Clinical Psychology Internship Program, Texas Medical Center
  • 1984-1988
    PhD in Clinical Psychology
    Arizona State University
  • 1979-1983
    MA in Clinical Psychology
    Arizona State University
  • 1975-1979
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
    Purdue University
  • 1970-1972
    Associate Degree, Electronics Engineering Technology
    ITT Technical Instutute, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Joseph M Gullett

Joseph M Gullett Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 294-8631
Mailing Address:
COMMUNICORE BLDG
RM C2-018A
1249 CENTER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1600 SW ARCHER RD # G901
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Clinical Focus: Dr. Gullett conducts adult neuropsychological assessments across a broad range of ages and referral reasons. The majority of his neuropsychological assessment referrals come from the Neurology department and focus on older adults with changes in cognition.

Research Focus: Dr. Gullett’s research is focused on (1) the use of Artificial Intelligence methods to predict intervention outcomes and disease progression in older adults with and without mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and (2) the relationship of white matter microstructure with clinical disorders and their associated neuropsychological function.

Accomplishments:
  • K23: Using Artificial Intelligence to Predict Cognitive Training Response in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment
    2023-2028 · National Institute on Aging
  • 1Florida ADRC 2019 Pilot Grant
    2019 · 1 Florida ADRC
  • PHHP Target Award
    2019 · College of Professional Health and Health Professions
Research Summary:

Dr. Gullett’s research is funded by the National Institute on Aging (K23-AG080127) and focuses on (1) the use of Artificial Intelligence methods to predict intervention outcomes and disease progression in older adults with and without mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and (2) the relationship of white matter microstructure with clinical disorders and their associated neuropsychological function.

Publications:
Grants:
  • May 2023 ACTIVE
    Using Artificial Intelligence to Predict Cognitive Training Response in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2022 ACTIVE
    ACTIVE MIND: An adaptive clinical trial of cognitive training to improve function and delay dementia
    UNIV OF SOUTH FLORIDA · Co-Investigator
  • Sep 2021 ACTIVE
    Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium Biomedical Data Repository
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIAAA · Project Manager
  • Sep 2021 ACTIVE
    Interventions to improve alcohol-related comorbidities along the gut-brain axis in persons with HIV infection
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIAAA · Co-Investigator
  • Feb 2021 ACTIVE
    Cognitive Training to Reduce Incidence of Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults
    UNIV OF SOUTH FLORIDA · Co-Investigator
  • Jul 2020 – May 2021
    Addressing alcohol misuse in HIV prevention and care: The Brown University Alcohol Research Center on HIV
    BROWN UNIV · Faculty
  • Mar 2019 ACTIVE
    National Neuropsychology Network (NNN)
    UNIV OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2018 ACTIVE
    Role of Gut Microbial Dysbiosis and Aging on HIV-associated Neurocognitive and Brain Dysfunction
    UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE RES FOU · Project Manager
  • Sep 2016 – Jun 2023
    Effects of experimentally-induced reductions in alcohol consumption on brain cognitive, and clinical outcomes and motivation for changing drinking in older persons with HIV infection
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIAAA · Project Manager
  • Aug 2015 – May 2021
    University of Florida – Mt. Sinai Medical Center AD Research Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
Education:
  • 2013-2017
    Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology
    University of Florida, Department of Clinical & Health Psychology
  • 2011-2013
    M.S., Clinical Psychology
    University of Florida Department of Clinical & Health Psychology
  • 2004-2008
    B.S., Psychology
    University of Florida
Kristin M Hamlet

Kristin M Hamlet Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 273-5568
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100165
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1600 SW ARCHER RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Dr. Kristin Hamlet is a Clinical Assistant Professor and licensed Florida psychologist in the Department of Clinical & Health Psychology. She teaches and supervises graduate students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows on provision of clinical services in neuropsychological assessment and intervention. Dr. Hamlet’s clinical patients are often adults with acquired neurological injuries or illnesses, and her assessments and interventions serve individuals and their families from the time of injury (acute hospitalization after traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury) through chronic phases of recovery.

Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
Research Interests:
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Cognitive Remediation
  • Neuroimaging Methods
  • Neuropsychology
  • TeleNeuropsychology
Grants:
  • Sep 2018 – Dec 2020
    Using intuitive eLearning to Provide Personalized Training to Informal Caregivers of Patients with Dementia During the Discharge Process
    CENTRE FOR AGING AND BRAIN HEALTH INNOVA · Co-Investigator
Education:
  • 2015-2017
    Fellowship – Clinical Psychology
    Emory University
  • 2015
    Internship – Clinical Psychology
    University of Florida
  • 2015
    Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
    University of Florida
  • 2008
    B.S. Psychology
    University of Central Florida
Shelley C Heaton

Shelley C Heaton Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor & Neuropsychologist, UFHealth Psychology Specialties
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 265-0294
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100165
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1225 CENTER DR RM 3152
UF HPNP BLDG
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Dr. Shelley Heaton is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical & Health Psychology at the University of Florida (UF), where she mentors doctoral students, teaches, engages in collaborate research, maintains a busy clinical neuropsychology practice, and provides specialized training in pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Heaton is active in professional service, both nationally and locally. She has been a Consulting Editor to the Child Neuropsychology journal since 2006, and has served Division 40 of the American Psychological Association (APA) in several capacities over the past 10 years. Dr. Heaton has also provided valuable service to the UF community through her work with the Disability Resource Center and the McNair Scholarship Program. Dr. Heaton received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2001 from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) after completing an internship in neuropsychology at the University of Florida (UF). Her areas of clinical and scientific interest include: Adult Cortical Mapping & Awake Craniotomy Support Services, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Epilepsy Across the Lifespan, Pediatric Neuropsychology, Developmental Disorders, Pediatric Brain Tumors and Cancer, Attention and Memory Impairments in Childhood Conditions, Measurement Issues Pertaining to Cognition, and Forensic Pediatric Neuropsychology.

Accomplishments:
  • Superior Accomplishment Award
    2020 · UF College of Public Health & Health Professions
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Brain tumor – children
  • Depression
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizures
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Research Summary:

Dr. Heaton is an avid collaborator on a variety of internally and externally funded research studies, providing expertise on neuropsychological measurement across the lifespan. Her research endeavors have been quite diverse (ranging from her early work studying the neuropsychology of adult schizophrenia to her ongoing independent research examining cognitive and behavioral outcomes after pediatric traumatic brain injury). During her time at UF, Dr. Heaton’s research has primarily focused on novel ways to measure cognitive functioning (“outcome”) after neurological insult, studying short and long-term outcomes after traumatic brain injury across the lifespan, and examining the relationship between attention, executive and memory functions in pediatric conditions. Aside from her independent research and collaborations with many professions within UF Health Shands Hospital and the UF Health Science Center, Dr. Heaton also has provided research mentorship to more than three dozen UF undergraduate students conducting senior honor’s theses and doctoral students within the Department of Clinical & Health Psychology.

Research Interests:
  • Clinical outcomes studies
  • Medically refractory epilepsy – surgical evaluation, treatment, and outcomes
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Neuropsychology
  • Pediatric Neuropsychology
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Publications:
Grants:
  • Jul 2021 – Jun 2022
    FDLRS Multidisciplinary Educational Services Centers
    FL DEPT OF EDUCATION · Project Manager
  • Jul 2014 – Jun 2017
    Clinical utility of blood based biomarkers for management of neonatal HIE
    AMER HEART ASSOCIATION · Project Manager
Education:
  • 2003
    Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship
    University of Florida (UF)
  • 2001
    Neuropsychology Internship
    University of Florida (UF)
  • 2001
    Ph.D.
    University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Allison A Holgerson

Allison A Holgerson Ph.D., ABPP

Director Of Clinical Training, Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Mailing Address:
1225 CENTER DR STE 3151 OFC
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Dr. Holgerson joined faculty in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in 2018. She completed her graduate training at Virginia Commonwealth University, pre-doctoral internship at the University of Florida Health Science Center, and post-doctoral fellowship at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Holgerson is Director of Clinical Training for the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. In this role, she oversees the clinical training and evaluation of the department’s graduate students (approximately 85), leads the introduction to clinical psychology course, helps prepare students for their first practica and for pre-doctoral internship applications, and manages many other aspects of graduate students’ progression through the program towards their doctoral degree.

Dr. Holgerson directs the Bariatric/Weight Management service with UF Health Psychology Specialties. She conducts comprehensive psychological evaluations for patients being considered for bariatric procedures and intervention. She is a member of the UF Health Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center team, offering a comprehensive treatment approach to weight management. She also sees adults for behavioral weight management and disordered eating concerns, as well as patients who present with broad concerns related to the intersection of mental and physical health.

Dr. Holgerson supervises trainees enrolled in the APA-Accredited UF Clinical Psychology graduate program, APA-Accredited UF Health Sciences Center Psychology Internship, and APPIC-Directory Listed Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Accomplishments:
  • Hugh C. Davis Excellence in Clinical Supervision Award
    2020 · University of Florida Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Psychology Research Summit Award- Behavioral Medicine Category
    2017 · Mayo Clinic Department of Psychiatry
  • Outstanding Counseling Graduate Student
    2015 · Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Elizabeth A. Fries Memorial Scholarship
    2014 · Virginia Commonwealth University
Certifications:
  • Clinical Health Psychology
    American Board of Professional Psychology
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Health Psychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Obesity
Research Summary:

Dr. Holgerson’s research involvement can be categorized into three main areas: (1) psychological factors affecting bariatric surgery candidacy and outcomes, (2) eating patterns, and (3) clinical interventions for obesity prevention and treatment of binge eating disorder.

Dr. Holgerson has investigated psychological factors and the potential impact on bariatric surgery readiness and outcome, execution and evaluation of large clinical trials for childhood obesity prevention and treatment of binge eating disorder, weight stigma, the impact of cultural factors on attitudes surrounding eating and food, and the potential connections between stress, impulsivity, and weight

Research Interests:
  • Bariatric Medicine
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Weight Management
Publications:
Education:
  • 2020
    Board Certification in Clinical Health Psychology
    American Board of Professional Psychology
  • 2016-2018
    Postdoctoral Fellowship – Medical and Health Psychology
    Mayo Clinic
  • 2015-2016
    Predoctoral Internship – Medical and Health Psychology
    University of Florida
  • 2010-2016
    Doctorate in Psychology – Health Psychology
    Virginia Commonwealth University
David M Janicke

David M Janicke Ph.D., ABPP

Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 273-6046
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100165
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1225 CENTER DR 3151
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

David Janicke, Ph.D., ABPP is a Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. He is also the director of the Center for Pediatric Psychology and Family Studies. Dr. Janicke He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2001 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He is a Fellow of APA Division 54 and is the PI on multiple NIH and Medicaid funded trials examining the effectiveness of community-based behavioral family interventions for addressing obesity in underserved and at-risk youth. Dr. Janicke has broad research interests in pediatric psychology, most notably improving self-management to, and coping with, acute and chronic health conditions.

Dr. Janicke’s main area of interest is translational research intended to promote the dissemination of obesity interventions for individuals in community settings, with a primary focus on children. His most recent work is examining unique modes of intervention delivery to broader reach and sustainability of health behavior change interventions.

Accomplishments:
  • University of Florida Term Professor
    2017-2020 · University of Florida
  • College Doctoral Mentor of the Year
    2014 · College of Public Health and Health Professions – University of Florida
  • Research Foundation Professor
    2011-2013 · University of Florida
  • Fellow
    2011 · American Psychological Association
  • Alumnus of the Year
    2007-2008 · Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University College of Sciences
Certifications:
  • American Board Certification in Professional Psychology
    The American Board of Professional Psychology
  • Diplomate in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
    American Board of Professional Psychology
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Child / Pediatric Psychology
Research Summary:

Dr. Janicke has broad research interests in pediatric psychology, most notably improving self-management to, and coping with, acute and chronic health conditions. His main area of interest is translational research intended to promote the dissemination of obesity interventions for individuals in community settings, with a primary focus on children. Unique aspects of his work include comparing family-based vs. parent-only interventions and using of phone –counseling and mHealth technologies to expand the reach of these interventions. His students have produced dissertation research in a variety of pediatric-focused areas including obesity, type 1 diabetes, sleep, inflammatory bowel disease, and oncology. His teams are using virtual human technology to examine the impact of provider weight bias in health care decision making.

Publications:
Grants:
  • Aug 2023 ACTIVE
    Wellness Achieved Through Changing Habits (WATCH): An Acceptance-Based Healthy Lifestyle Intervention for Diverse Adolescents
    DREXEL UNIVERSITY · Principal Investigator
  • May 2022 – Apr 2023
    Development and Implementation of an Automated Patient Satisfaction and Mental Health Outcomes Assessment Measure in the UF Health Psychology Specialties Clinic
    UF HEALTH SHANDS HOSPITAL · Other
  • Jan 2022 – Jul 2023
    Longitudinal Sleep and Fatigue in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    CROHNS & COLITIS FOUNDATION · Other
  • Sep 2020 – Aug 2021
    Data Coordinating and Operations Center for the ECHO IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network
    UNIV OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES · Principal Investigator
  • Feb 2020 ACTIVE
    Medications and Weight Gain in PCORnet: The MedWeight Study
    HARVARD PILGRIM HEALTHCARE · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2019 – Aug 2020
    Data Coordinating and Operations Center (DCOC) for the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network
    UNIV OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES · Principal Investigator
  • Jan 2019 – Jul 2019
    Sleep, Adherence, and Glycemic Control in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes
    AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSO · Other
  • Sep 2018 – May 2020
    An Experimental Manipulation Evaluating the Impact of Distress on Parental-Feeding Practices
    SOCIETY FOR HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY · Other
  • Aug 2018 – May 2021
    Acceptance-Based Therapy Weight Loss Intervention for Adolescents: A Pilot, Randomized Controlled Trial
    NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Other
  • Jul 2018 – Dec 2019
    Quasi – Development of a Nurse-Delivered Mobile Health Intervention for Children with Asthma and Obesity
    UF HEALTH SHANDS HOSPITAL · Co-Investigator
  • Jul 2018 – Jun 2019
    Sleep, Adherence, and Glycemic Control in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes
    JDRF · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2017 – Jun 2018
    Psychological Excellence in Diabetes Training Initiative
    JDRF · Principal Investigator
  • Feb 2017 – Jan 2018
    PCORnet Obesity Observational Study Agreement: Short and Long-Term Effects of Antibiotics on Childhood Growth
    HARVARD PILGRIM HEALTHCARE · Principal Investigator
  • Dec 2016 – Jun 2017
    Establishment of the UF Diabetes Psychology Fellowship Program
    UNIV OF SOUTH FLORIDA · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2016 – Sep 2020
    The Child Health Quality (CHeQ) Partnership Program
    AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RES AND QUALITY · Project Manager
  • May 2016 – Jul 2017
    Training Grant for Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow Specializing in Diabetes Research and Practice
    UNIV OF SOUTH FLORIDA · Principal Investigator
  • Jan 2016 – Dec 2018
    mHealth Approach to Collaborative Asthma Management for Teens & Parents
    NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD · Project Manager
  • Oct 2015 – Mar 2019
    OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium Phase II
    PATIENT-CENTERED OUTCOMES RES INST · Project Manager
  • Sep 2014 – Jun 2017
    Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Improving Sleep in Overweight and Obese Youth
    NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2014 – Jun 2016
    Examining a behavioral family lifestyle intervention for weight management in overweight or obese children with asthma
    AMER LUNG ASSO · Project Manager
  • Aug 2013 – Apr 2020
    Rural Lifestyle Eating and Activity Program (Rural LEAP)
    NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Project Manager
Education:
  • 2001-2003
    Fellowship – Pediatric Psychology
    Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • 2000-2001
    Internship – Psychology
    Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
  • 1996-2001
    Doctor of Philosophy – Clinical Psychology Specialization
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 1994-1996
    Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
    Minnesota State University
  • 1985-1989
    B.A. Finance and Marketing
    University of Minnesota
Lisa M King

Lisa M King Psy.D., ABPP

Director And Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 265-7810
Mailing Address:
8763 SW 27TH LN STE 101
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Physical Address:
8763 SW 27TH LN
GAINESVILLE FL 32608

Dr. Lisa King is a Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified in Clinical Psychology. She is also a Certified Addiction Professional and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

In addition to being the Director of UF Health Psychology Specialties, Dr. King leads a General Mental Health Team consisting of Master’s prepared therapists providing clinical services to adolescents and adults. The Team provides evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior-informed Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure and Exposure with Response Prevention. Services include group and individual therapy for Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, relationship concerns, self-harming behaviors, suicidal ideation, substance use concerns, disordered eating patterns, grief, adjustment concerns, and support for LGBT individuals and their family members. The Team also specializes in treating medical and other health professionals and students.

Dr. King created and implemented a DBT program for adolescents and adults with suicidal ideation, self-harming and other ineffective coping behaviors. The program helps patients decrease these behaviors, learn to cope with intense emotions, and improve interactions with others. Patients attend both weekly Skills Classes and individual sessions. Parents are required to attend Classes with their adolescent in order to develop their own practice of skills and to assist their adolescent to grow and develop as they progress into adulthood.

Accomplishments:
  • Superior Accomplishment Award
    2023 · UF Health Science Center
  • Superior Accomplishment Award
    2021 · UF Health Science Center
  • Nominee: Hugh Davis CHP Therapy Supervisor Award
    2020 · PHHP: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Nominee: Hugh Davis CHP Therapy Supervisor Award
    2019 · PHHP: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Nominee: Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Service Award
    2019 · American Board of Professional Psychology
  • Nominee: Hugh Davis CHP Therapy Supervisor Award
    2018 · PHHP: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Certifications:
  • American Certification in Professional Psychology
    American Board of Professional Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
    American Board of Professional Psychology
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Health Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical and Counseling Psychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Depression
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Grief
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Substance use disorder
Grants:
  • May 2022 – Apr 2023
    Development and Implementation of an Automated Patient Satisfaction and Mental Health Outcomes Assessment Measure in the UF Health Psychology Specialties Clinic
    UF HEALTH SHANDS HOSPITAL · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2009-2014
    PsyD
    Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • 1997-1999
    MSW
    Wayne State University
Shellie-Anne Levy

Shellie-Anne Levy Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 294-8824
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100165
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Dr. Shellie-Anne Levy is a clinical neuropsychologist in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at UF. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology at Howard University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University.

Accomplishments:
  • Honoree WINners Box
    2022 · APA Division 40 Women in Neuropsychology (WIN)
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Alzheimer disease
  • Dementia
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Memory loss
  • Vascular dementia
Research Summary:

Dr. Levy leads The Brain Health Equity and Dementia Prevention Lab (https://levy.chp.phhp.ufl.edu/). Her research program focuses on studying cognitive changes in older adults with MCI and neurodegenerative disorders (i.e., Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders). Broadly, her primary research goals are to better understand the health and psychosocial disparities that influence the onset, diagnosis and treatment of these disorders in minoritized populations in the context of a biopsychosocial-spiritual paradigm. Her work has focused on examining behavioral interventions for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) that will improve functional outcomes in individuals at risk for progression to dementia. Dr. Levy also aims to elucidate and mitigate barriers to participation in aging research for MCI amongst underrepresented minoritized communities. Her most recent work examines cognitive and psychosocial factors that affect medical and behavioral treatment adherence in diverse older adults with metabolic syndrome at risk for dementia. She has received funding from federal and non-profit organizations to support her work. She is also supported by the Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory and The McKnight Brain Institute.

Publications:
Grants:
  • Oct 2023 ACTIVE
    Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI4)
    UNIV OF WISCONSIN MADISON · Other
  • Sep 2022 ACTIVE
    Networking and Expanding Undergraduate Research on the Neurobiology of Aging to Advance Diversity
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
  • Jul 2022 ACTIVE
    Novel Training in Interventions for Treatment Adherence in Underserved Diverse Patients at Risk for Alzheimers Disease
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER · Other
  • Sep 2020 ACTIVE
    A Stress and Pain Self-management m-Health App for Adult Outpatients with Sickle Cell Disease
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINR · Project Manager
  • Jun 2020 ACTIVE
    1Florida Alzheimers Disease Research Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
  • Aug 2017 – Jul 2020
    Engaging diverse populations in behavioral interventions for MCI
    ALZHEIMERS ASSO · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2014-2017
    Postdoctoral Fellowship-Clinical Neuropsychology
    University of Florida
  • 2013-2014
    Clinical Internship – Clinical Neuropsychology
    University of Florida
  • 2007-2014
    Graduate School – Clinical Psychology
    Howard University
  • 2002-2006
    Undergraduate – Psychology
    Emory University
Michael Marsiske

Michael Marsiske Ph.D.

Professor & Program Director For Graduate Education
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 273-5097
Mailing Address:
PO BOX 100165
DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL AND HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
GAINESVILLE FL 326100165
Physical Address:
HPNP ROOM 3159
PO BOX 100165
DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL AND HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
GAINESVILLE FL 326100165

Dr. Michael Marsiske is Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Dr. Marsiske received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1992 (Human Development and Family Studies). He followed this with a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychology and Human Development at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education in Berlin (1992-1995). Prior to joining the University of Florida in 2000, Dr. Marsiske was an Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Psychology at Wayne State University.

Accomplishments:
  • Audrey Schumacher Classroom Teaching Award
    2020 · Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Past-President
    2019-2020 · Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging), American Psychological Association
  • Audrey Schumacher Classroom Teaching Award
    2019 · Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida
    2019 · Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • President
    2018-2019 · Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging), American Psychological Association
  • President-Elect
    2017-2018 · Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging), American Psychological Association
  • Audrey Schumacher Classroom Teaching Award
    2017 · Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • Research Mentorship Award
    2016 · Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • Audrey Schumacher Classroom Teaching Award
    2015 · Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • Doctoral Mentor of the Year
    2013 · College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida
  • University of Florida Doctoral Mentorship Award
    2013 · University of Florida
  • University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship
    2012-2013 · University of Florida
  • Audrey Schumacher Classroom Teaching Award
    2012 · Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • Audrey Schumacher Award for Teaching Excellence
    2011 · Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • Audrey Schumacher Award for Teaching Excellence
    2009 · Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • Doctoral Mentoring Award
    2008-2009 · Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • Fellow
    2008 · Gerontological Society of America
  • Audrey Schumacher Award for Teaching Excellence
    2005-2006 · Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • Audrey Schumacher Award for Teaching Excellence
    2003 · Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • Springer Award for Early Career Achievement in Research on Adult Development and Aging, Division 20
    1997 · American Psychological Association
Research Summary:

Dr. Marsiske’s research has focused on cognitive aging, with a particular emphasis on cognitive intervention strategies with older adults. Since 1997, Dr. Marsiske has been a principal investigator on the National Institute on Aging ACTIVE trial, a clinical trial of cognitive training for older adults with twenty years of followup data. With Dr. Adam Woods and Ron Cohen, the NIA-funded “Augmenting Cognitive Training” trial examined whether cognitive training benefits for older adults can be enhanced via transcranial direct current stimulation. Marsiske has also been funded by NIA, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, McKnight Brain Institute for studies of a variety of cognitive intervention approaches with older adults including exercise promotion, exergames, aerobic fitness, action video games, self-administered computer training, and cognitive collaboration. Dr. Marsiske previously led the Recruitment, Retention and Adherence Core of the University of Florida NIA-funded Claude Denson Pepper Older Americans’ Independence Center (PI: Marco Pahor, MD), and collaborates with Dr. Carolyn Tucker in the University of Florida Program for Health Disparities Research. Marsiske is currently core leader of the Data Management and Analysis Core of the NIA-funded 1Florida Alzheimers Disease Research Center. Marsiske also directs a UF NIA-funded institutional predoctoral training program (T32) in aging.

Research Interests:
  • Cognitive Aging
  • Cognitive interventions
  • Longitudinal research design and data analysis
  • Social determinants of racial and ethnic disparities in late-life cognition
Publications:
Grants:
  • Sep 2023 ACTIVE
    The impact of segregation and the mediating effects of vascular risk on 10-year cognitive and functional outcomes in Black/African American older adults enrolled in the ACTIVE study
    UNIV OF TEXAS AUSTIN · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2023 ACTIVE
    A mixed methods study of syndemic factors associated with social support and viral suppression among Black men who have sex with men (MSM) in Florida
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIDA · Other
  • Jun 2022 – Jul 2023
    Neurodegeneration and Neuronal Fluctuations in DLB and AD
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Other
  • Apr 2022 ACTIVE
    Wearable Technology Infrastructure to Enhance Capacity for Real-Time, Online Assessment and Mobility (ROAMM) of Intervening Health Events in Older Adults
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Co-Investigator
  • Jun 2020 ACTIVE
    1Florida Alzheimers Disease Research Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Co-Investigator
  • May 2020 ACTIVE
    Research Training in Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Cognition in Aging, MCI, and Alzheimer's Disease
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
  • Mar 2020 – Aug 2022
    Relationship between functional measures, cognitive performance, and AD biomarkers between Hispanic and white non-Hispanic older adults
    CARLOS ALBIZU UNIVERSITY · Principal Investigator
  • Jan 2020 – Jun 2021
    HEALTH-SMART HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTERS PROGRAM FOR SENIORS: EXPANSION AND SUSTAINABILITY PHASE (YEAR 2)
    UF FOUNDATION · Project Manager
  • May 2019 – May 2021
    Cognitive Aging Trajectories: Cardiovascular Risk, White Matter, and Medication Predictors
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Other
  • Mar 2019 – Feb 2022
    Wearable Technology Infrastructure to Enhance Capacity for Real-Time, Online Assessment and Mobility (ROAMM) of Intervening Health Events in Older Adults
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Co-Investigator
  • Dec 2018 – Feb 2020
    Health-Smart, Holistic Health and Wellness Centers Program to Promote Social Connection and Food Security among Minority, Underserved, and/or Low-Income Jacksonville Seniors
    UF FOUNDATION · Project Manager
  • Sep 2018 ACTIVE
    Enhancing Recovery Outcomes in Alcohol Use Disorder: Cognitive Training as an Adjunct to Treatment
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIAAA · Other
  • Sep 2018 – May 2022
    ACTIVE COGNITIVE TRAINING TRIAL: 20-YR FOLLOW-UP OF FUNCTIONING, HEALTH, & DEMENTIA
    UNIV OF WASHINGTON · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2018 – Jul 2020
    IPA for Michael Marsiske – 2018-2020
    US DEPT OF VET AFF GAINESVILLE MED CTR · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2016 – Apr 2023
    Augmenting Cognitive Training in Older Adults – The ACT Grant
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Co-Project Director/Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2016 – Aug 2018
    A 14 week study of mindfulness effects on attentional control in older adults
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2016 – Mar 2017
    Claude D Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
  • Feb 2016 – Jan 2018
    Diseases related to Alzheimer's disease, fiscal year 15-16
    FL DEPT OF HLTH ED ETHEL MOORE ALZHEIMER · Project Manager
  • Aug 2015 – May 2021
    University of Florida – Mt. Sinai Medical Center AD Research Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Co-Investigator
  • Aug 2015 – May 2019
    Locomotor adaptation training to prevent mobility disability
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
  • Apr 2015 – Apr 2022
    Effectiveness of a Driving Intervention on Safe Community Mobility for Returning Combat Veterans
    US ARMY MED RES ACQUISITION · Project Manager
  • Apr 2015 – Mar 2016
    Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
  • Sep 2014 – Apr 2017
    Measuring Cognitive Fatigability in Older Adults
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
  • Jul 2014 – Jun 2016
    Characterization of Elderly on Daily Activities in the Real-world
    AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSO · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2014 – May 2022
    Obesity and Type-2 Diabetes: Bariatric Surgery Effects on Brain Function
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK · Co-Investigator
  • Sep 2013 – Dec 2019
    REVIVE – Resveratrol to enhance vitality and vigor in elders
    NATL CTR FOR COMPLEM AND INTEGRATIVE HLT · Project Manager
  • May 2013 – Apr 2019
    Physical, Cognitive, and Mental Health in Social Context
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2011 – Nov 2018
    The LIFE Study
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
Education:
  • 1992-1995
    Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Psychology and Human Development
    Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education
  • 1990-1992
    Human Development and Family Studies
    Pennsylvania State University
  • 1987-1990
    M.S., Human Development and Family Studies
    Pennsylvania State University
  • 1983-1987
    B.Sc., Psychology
    University of Toronto
Jessica Payne-Murphy

Jessica Payne-Murphy Ph.D., ABPP

Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 265-0294
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100165
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE FL 326100001

Dr. Jessica Payne-Murphy is Director of the Insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions. Before joining the faculty team, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship and internship in clinical health psychology at UF. She received her doctorate in clinical health psychology at the University of Colorado Denver and her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in 1999. Her prior work includes neuropsychological assessment for older adults with mild cognitive impairment/dementias and working with patients with chronic pain, mood and somatization disorders.

Accomplishments:
  • Hugh C. Davis Award for Excellence in Clinical Supervision
    2017 · University of Florida Health Sciences Center
Certifications:
  • Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology
    American Board of Professional Psychology
Specialties:
  • Psychology
  • Sleep Medicine
Clinical Interests:
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sleeping difficulty
Research Summary:

Cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia in adults and children. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based therapies for chronic pain. Dr. Payne-Murphy is clinical faculty and does not accept graduate students as part of a research lab.

Publications:
Education:
  • 2020
    Board Certification in Clinical Health Psychology
    American Board of Professional Psychology
  • 2015
    Ph.D. – Clinical Health Psychology
    University of Colorado, Denver
  • 2012
    M.A. – Clinical Psychology
    University of Colorado, Denver
Rebecca L Pearl

Rebecca L Pearl Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 294-5405
Mailing Address:
University of Florida
PO Box 100165
Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Dr. Rebecca L. Pearl is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Pearl received her A.B. from Duke University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Penn Center for Weight and Eating Disorders.

Research Summary:

Dr. Pearl directs the Body Image and Stigma (BIAS) Lab, which investigates appearance- and health-related stigma and associated health outcomes. Her research primarily focuses on weight stigma, with a particular interest in understanding and reducing internalized or self-directed stigma. Her work is supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health, including the 2022 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.

Publications:
Grants:
  • Sep 2023 ACTIVE
    Genetic Attributions and Racialized Perceptions of Obesity
    COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2023 ACTIVE
    Exploring the Influence of Patients Weight and Race on Providers Diagnostic Accuracy of Bulimia Nervosa
    SOC FOR THE PSYCHOL STUDY OF SOCIAL ISS · Other
  • Sep 2022 ACTIVE
    A weight stigma-informed model to improve energy intake assessment
    VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INST AND STATE UNIV · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2022 ACTIVE
    Transdiagnostic Intervention to Reduce Internalized Health-Related Stigma
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIMH · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2022 ACTIVE
    Investigating the relationship between internalized weight stigma and metabolic syndrome
    NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Principal Investigator
  • Dec 2020 – Nov 2023
    Reducing Weight Stigma to Improve Long-Term Weight Loss
    NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2015
    Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
    Yale University
  • 2012
    M.Phil., Clinical Psychology
    Yale University
  • 2011
    M.S., Clinical Psychology
    Yale University
  • 2009
    A.B., Psychology (Minor in Literature)
    Duke University
Deidre B Pereira

Deidre B Pereira Ph.D., ABPP

Associate Professor & Associate Chair For Postgraduate Programs
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100165
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1225 CENTER DR RM 3150
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Dr. Deidre Pereira is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Miami in 1999 (Clinical Health Psychology). She completed her postdoctoral training on an NIMH-funded training grant on Biopsychosocial Research in Immunology and AIDS from the University of Miami in 2000.

Accomplishments:
  • Doctoral Mentor of the Year Award
    2019 · College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida
  • Preeminence Term Professor
    2018-2021 · University of Florida
  • Fellow
    2018 · American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology
  • Mentor Award
    2013 · Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • Assistant Professor Excellence Award
    2011 · University of Florida
Certifications:
  • Board Certified Specialist in Clinical Health Psychology
    American Board of Professional Psychology
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Health Psychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Depression
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Gynecological cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Major depression
  • Prostate Cancer
Research Summary:

The long-range goal of Dr. Pereira’s research program is to improve health outcomes and promote the wellbeing of individuals with chronic and/or life-limiting illnesses, with an emphasis on malignancies that occur commonly or exclusively among women. Grounded in the biobehavioral model of tumor growth and development outlined by Antoni and colleagues (2006), her research seeks to understand the psychoneuroimmunologic (PNI) influences on cancer initiation, recurrence, progression, and mortality, as well as on cancer-related quality of life.

Research Interests:
  • Psycho-Oncology
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Women’s Health
Publications:
Grants:
  • Jan 2021 – Mar 2022
    CDK 4/6 inhibitors use among metastatic breast cancer patients: Early discontinuation and management of adverse events
    PFIZER INC · Co-Investigator
  • Dec 2019 – Nov 2021
    Diurnal Variations in Salivary Concentrations of Pro-Tumorigenic Cytokines and Possible Effects of Psycho-Physiological Stress in Gynecologic Cancer Patients and Matched Healthy Controls
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCI · Other
  • Sep 2015 – Sep 2021
    lmpact of a Minority Prostate Cancer {MiCaP} Research Digest in Translating Scientific Discovery into Public Health and Community Applications
    US ARMY MED RES ACQUISITION · Project Manager
  • Feb 2012 – Jun 2022
    Davis Cancer Endowment – #F014842
    UF FOUNDATION · Project Manager
  • Aug 2009 – May 2017
    COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL EFFECTS ON SLEEP, PAIN, AND CYTOKINES IN GYNECOLOGIC CANCER
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCI · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2000
    Postdoctoral Fellowship, Biobehavioral Research in HIV/AIDS
    University of Miami
  • 1999
    American Psychological Association-Approved Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology
    University of Miami
  • 1999
    PhD, Clinical Health Psychology
    University of Miami
  • 1997
    MS, Clinical Psychology
    University of Miami
  • 1991
    BA, Psychology
    University of Pennsylvania
Catherine Price

Catherine Price Ph.D., ABPP-cn

Associate Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 273-5272
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100165
101 S NEWELL DR RM 3142
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
101 S. NEWELL DRIVE, ROOM 3118
CLINICAL AND HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Dr. Price received advanced graduate training via Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Florida. Her training and academic career have been devoted to studying the neuropsychology of older adults with and without dementia and neuroanatomical dissociates on older adults’ cognitive functioning and cognitive change. She assess individuals who are concerned about memory, problem solving, or thinking changes, cognitive decline, dementia, and cognitive complications following various medical procedures.

Accomplishments:
  • APA Mental Health Technology Advisory, Selected Committee Member
    2023-2025 · American Psychological Association
  • Vice-Chair, ISTAART PIA Postoperative Cognition and Delirium
    2023-2024 · ISTAART PIA Postoperative Cognition and Delirium
  • Chair, NIH Aging Systems and Geriatric Study Section
    2023 · National Institutes of Health
  • Chair, Division 40 (neuropsychology) Fellow Committee, American Psychological Association
    2023 · American Psychological Association
  • Member at Large, Dementia PIA, International Neuropsychological Society
    2022-2025 · International Neuropsychological Society
  • Invited NIH study section member
    2021 · NIH, ASG
  • The Arthur Benton Award for Mid-Career Research
    2021 · International Neuropsychological Society
  • Fellow Status
    2020 · American Psychological Association, Division 40
  • UF Innovation Award for the Perioperative Cognitive Anesthesia Network
    2019 · UF Innovation
  • UF Superior Accomplishment Award
    2018 · University of Florida
  • UF Pre-eminent Term Professor
    2018 · College of Public Health and Health Professions – University of Florida
  • Paul Satz Term Professorship in Clinical Neuropsychology
    2014 · College of Public Health and Health Professions – University of Florida
  • UF Research Foundation Professor Award
    2014 · University of Florida
  • Provost’s Assistant Professor of Excellence Award
    2013 · University of Florida
  • Research Mentor Award
    2012 · Department of Clinical and Health Psychology – University of Florida
Certifications:
  • ABPP/CN
    ABPP
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Delirium
  • Dementia
  • Movement – uncontrollable
Research Summary:

My research goals have been to understand the relative contribution of white matter versus subcortical gray matter structural integrity on the cognitive profiles of subcortical neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease (AD), small vessel vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease (PD)). Then, to apply this knowledge towards more collaborative and longitudinal research examining the predictive value of white and gray matter structure integrity on a) disease-associated cognitive decline and b) vulnerability to accelerated cognitive change after elective medical interventions (i.e., major elective surgeries such as orthopedic or abdominal surgeries). For the last 25 years, I have conducted research on neurodegenerative disorders with subcortical profiles and have completed prospective longitudinal research investigations addressing cognitive change over time. I am using my prior research experience and knowledge to develop the infrastructure for a research-training-clinical program addressing the need for evidence-based medical care for older adults with neurodegenerative disorders electing medical interventions with anesthesia (funded through a leadership NIH K07 award).

Director, UF Health Perioperative Cognitive Anesthesia Network (PeCAN): 2017 to present NIH supported leadership program to Develop the Perioperative Cognitive Anesthesia Network (PeCAN) for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. Summary of the 3 PeCAN program components: PeCAN Clinic- The PeCAN clinical program is described by international research and clinical colleagues of the American Society of Anesthesiology’s Brain Health Initiative as the model perioperative cognitive anesthesia clinic for surgical settings. We piloted the clinical program for two years within the UFHealth presurgery anesthesia clinic prior to implementation (Amini et al., 2019). Implementation was feasible due to years of close collaboration with the UF Department of Anesthesiology, the UF Preoperative Anesthesia Clinic, our research and clinical science establishing need for the program, and the neuropsychology training program within the Clinical and Health Psychology Department at the University of Florida. Briefly, the preoperative clinic anesthesia staff administers a digital clock drawing command and copy condition with a 3-word memory repeat and recall to each adult age 65 or older presenting for elective surgery with anesthesia. Individuals who fail one of these components (or report concern for delirium or memory concerns) are referred by anesthesiology staff to a dementia specialty neuropsychologist. The on-site neuropsychologist is responsible for interviews, neurobehavioral exams with a psychometrist, rapid feedback, and report generation to alert anesthesiology, surgeons, and primary care physicians about the patients’ cognitive status and potential vulnerability for delirium or cognitive change. During 2018-2019 we assessed average 30 to 40 older adult patients are seen a week (over 1500 adults over the age of 65 with suspected cognitive impairment.) We successfully altered our preoperative assessment during the pandemic and included telehealth neuropsychology assessments (see Marra, Hamlet et al., 2020). We now offer both in-person and virtual telehealth assessments.

PeCAN Interdisciplinary Training: A unique component of the PeCAN program is the broader goal of interdisciplinary training on brain-behavior-anesthesiology interactions for anesthesiology, neuropsychology, neuroscience, surgeons, and biomedical engineering. To this end, anesthesiology residents rotate through the presurgical center (organized by Basma Mohamed, M.D., Anesthesiology) and attend training on the importance of preoperative cognition ad brain-behavior-anesthesia interactions. We also provide training to fourth-year medical students rotating through geriatric medicine, as well as advanced neuropsychology graduate students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows. Discussions include the rationale for incorporating cognitive tools into preoperative settings and the cognitive profile, and behavioral presentation, of highly prevalent neurodegenerative conditions (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease,Parkinson’s disease). Psychology trainees from a various specialties, and at the doctoral and predoctoral level, have participated in didactics as well as Grand Rounds in the Department of Anesthesia, Cardiothoracic Surgery,Neurosurgery, Gastroenterology, and General Surgery.

PeCAN Research: Though in its infancy, trainees affiliated with the PeCAN program have already produced numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national and international conferences focused on disease research. The program supported by federal research, private research, donors, and clinical endeavors.

Research Interests:
  • Clinical Translational Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Dementia
  • Machine learning and applications
  • Neuroimaging Methods
  • adult neuropsychology
  • digital technology
  • machine learning for predictive analytics
  • postoperative cognitive change
  • postoperative delirium
  • preoperative cognitive impairment
Publications: