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Post-Doctoral Associates/Fellows

 

Shellie-Anne Levy, Ph.D.

Email: stlevy@phhp.ufl.edu

Dr. Levy is a neuropsychology postdoctoral associate in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology working under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Price.  Research interests include examining the cognitive sequelae of neurodegenerative disorders among ethnically diverse patient samples.  Currently, she assesses cognitive changes in Parkinson’s disease and their relationship to gray matter structures and white matter integrity using structural brain MRI.  Dr. Levy has been awarded a National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Diversity Supplement to specifically examine the brain white matter circuits that contribute to executive decline in individuals with Parkinson’s disease.  Clinically, she provides neuropsychological assessment of older adults with movement disorders and memory disorders.  Dr. Levy completed her pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Florida and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Howard University.  Her dissertation examined cardiovascular risk and cognition in older African Americans.

London Butterfield, Ph.D.

Dr. Butterfield is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology working under the supervision of Drs. Dawn Bowers and Michael Marsiske. She currently coordinates the UF Health Vitality Mind program at The Village retirement community, a collaborative and novel town-gown effort.  Research there is focused on identifying optimal combinations of activities (exercise, mindfulness, cognitive training) for improving  mood, motivation, cognition and active living in older adults. Clinically, she provides neuropsychological of adults with memory disorders, movement disorders, and other cognitive concerns and provides individual psychotherapy for a range of psychological issues (e.g., grief/bereavement, anxiety, depression, adjustment, PTSD, gender dysphoria, cognitive rehabilitation). Dr. Butterfield obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of South Florida in 2013, after completing a  pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Florida.  Her dissertation examined the feasibility of a telehealth intervention for apathy and depression in individuals with Parkinson disease.

Erika Mellott, Ph.D.

Dr. Mellott is a pediatric neuropsychology postdoctoral associate in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology working under the supervision of Dr. Shelley Heaton. As a part of her clinical appointment, Dr. Mellott provides both inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological assessments to children with a variety of neurobiological and neurodevelopmental disorders, and serves as a consultation liaison for several pediatric departments within UF Health & Shands Hospital. With regard to research, her interests include neurocognitive outcomes associated with pediatric traumatic brain injury and childhood cancers. Dr. Mellott completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Florida, and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright State University.

Jessica Payne-Murphy, Ph.D.

Dr. Payne-Murphy is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Clinic and Health Psychology working under the supervision of Drs. Lori Waxenberg and Glenn Ashkanazi. She currently supervises interns and graduate students in the Behavioral Sleep Medicine clinical rotation at the Shands Sleep Disorder Center. She also conducts and supervises inpatient solid organ transplant evaluations and general medical/health psychotherapy assessments at Shands Hospital. Dr. Payne-Murphy obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver in 2015, after completing a pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida.  Her dissertation examined differences among fibromyalgia and chronic pain patients in regards to perceived disability, mindfulness, and other Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based concepts. Her clinical and research interests include insomnia in those managing chronic pain and other chronic medical conditions.

Stephanie Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Smith is a health psychology postdoctoral associate in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology working under the supervision of Dr. Deidre Pereira and Dr. Lori Waxenberg. Dr. Smith’s primary clinical appointment focuses on providing brief health and behavior assessments and time-limited, problem-focused interventions to a variety of adult patients in Internal Medicine and Medical Specialties within UF Health. Specialty clinics include gastroenterology (IBD, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis), rheumatology (fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus nephritis), and pulmonology (interstitial lung disease and cystic fibrosis). Additionally, Dr. Smith conducts outpatient and inpatient health-focused assessments within UF Health and Shands Hospital. With regard to research, her interests include the role of psychoneuroimmunologic factors in surgical site healing among patients undergoing surgery for cancer. Dr. Smith completed both her pre-doctoral internship and her doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialization in health psychology at the University of Florida.