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Post-Doctoral Associates/Fellows

Martha Hinchey, Ph.D.

Dr. Hinchey is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Brenda Wiens.  As part of her clinical appointment, Dr. Hinchey provides psychotherapy and evaluative services to elementary school students and their families in a rural, north Florida school district as part of a federally funded intervention project.  Dr. Hinchey also assists with development of trainings for teachers and school staff, as well as project-related evaluation activities.  Dr. Hinchey completed her predoctoral internship at the Florida State University Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Consulting Center (FSU MDC) in Tallahassee, Florida, which is an APA-accredited internship.  She received her doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Kentucky (UK) in 2015.  Over the course of her graduate school career at UK, she also earned a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in both Counseling Psychology (2010) and School Psychology (2011).​

Shellie-Anne Levy, Ph.D.

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.

Cara Lusby, Ph.D.

Dr. Lusby is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology under the supervision of Drs. David Fedele, David Janicke, and Brenda Wiens. She currently supervises graduate trainees in psychological evaluation and therapy. Dr. Lusby also provides direct patient care, with a particular clinical interest in mood disorders in adolescents and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dr. Lusby completed her predoctoral internship in Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology at the University of Florida. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Emory University in 2015. Primary research interests involve developmental psychopathology with a specific focus on emotion regulation systems (both biological and behavioral) in at-risk children and adolescents.

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.

Seema Pandya, Ph.D.

Dr. Pandya is a Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, working under the supervision of Drs. Dawn Bowers, Russell Bauer, and Catherine Price.  She conducts neuropsychological assessments amongst a variety of adult patient populations, including memory disorders, movement disorders, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, vascular/metabolic disease, pre- and post-operative conditions, and other cognitive concerns.  Dr. Pandya completed her pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Neuropsychology and earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, both from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.  Her dissertation examined predictors of reversion from mild cognitive impairment to normal cognition.  Primary research interests involve studying the neuropsychological correlates of aging and dementia, though she also has interests in Parkinson’s disease, cerebrovascular disease, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

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.

Laura Trinastic, Ph.D.

Dr. Trinastic is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology working under the supervision of Dr. Glenn Ashkanazi. As part of her clinical appointment, Dr. Trinastic provides outpatient general mental health assessments and individual psychotherapy services for a broad range of psychological concerns, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorders, marital conflict, and chronic medical conditions. She also supervises graduate students and interns for psychotherapy in the UF Psychology Clinic. Dr. Trinastic completed both her pre-doctoral internship and doctorate at the University of Florida, specializing in Clinical Health Psychology.