Post-Doctoral Associates/Fellows

Dahomey Abanishe, Ph.D.

Dr. Dahomey Abanishe is a Post-Doctoral Associate in Neuropsychology at the UF Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. Prior to starting her post-doctoral training in neuropsychology, Dr. Abanishe worked as a Licensed Psychologist for almost a decade, with the elderly population in rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes across the State of Florida.   She has also worked as a Licensed Psychologist in the private practice sector and in a University Counseling Center in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania.  Dr. Abanishe obtained a Masters degree in Community Psychology in 2005 and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 2008. Her dissertation cross-culturally examined construct and method bias in therapeutic outcome assessment.   Current interests include neuropsychological, treatment, and service delivery to adults with cognitive concerns, including those with TBI, focal brain lesions, neurodegenerative conditions and worried well.

Franchesca Arias, Ph.D.

Dr.  Arias is a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Neuropsychology Area of the UF Department of Clinical & Health Psychology. She is a research fellow on a multidisciplinary T32 training grant focused on pain and aging (T32-AG049673, Fillingham PI), under the mentorship of Dr. Catherine Price. Her T32 research investigates the relationship between pain and outcomes of older adults who undergo elective surgery. As part of her training, she is involved in providing neurocognitive assessments and interventions with patients and family through the Perioperative Cognitive and Anesthesia Network (PeCAN) program, along with supervision of doctoral students.  Dr. Arias obtained a masters in Neuroscience in Education (Columbia University), completed a predoctoral internship at the University of Florida (neuropsychology), and obtained her doctorate from Fordham University in 2017.    Her dissertation examined relationships among executive function, characterological facets of inhibitory control, and risky behaviors in adults receiving opioid agonist therapy.

Janna Belser-Ehrlich, Ph.D.

Dr. Belser-Ehrlich is a post-doctoral Associate  in Neuropsychology through the UF Department of Clinical & Health Psychology. In  this role,  Dr. Belser-Ehrlich conducts neuropsychological evaluations for individuals with movement disorders, pre/post Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery, aging and dementia, traumatic brain injury and epilepsy,  and pre-surgical cognitive screening.  She   plays an active role in supervision of doctoral students and interns, under  the supervision of  neuropsychology faculty. Dr. Belser-Ehrlich completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Florida (neuropsychology concentration) and obtained her doctorate from Yeshiva University in 2017. Her dissertation examined the contribution of cognitive functioning to a theoretical model of health-related quality of life  in community-dwelling older adults. Current research interests include cognition and aging, as well as neuropsychiatric symptoms of movement disorders.

Lindsey Bowman, Psy.D.

bowman-lindsey-2016Dr. Bowman is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology under the supervision of Drs. Glenn Ashkanazi, Lisa Clifford, Bob Guenther, and Lori Waxenberg. As part of her clinical appointment, Dr. Bowman provides evaluations for individuals considering medical procedures such as bariatric surgery, spinal cord stimulator implantation, solid organ transplant, bone marrow transplant, and implantation of ventricular assist devices. She also provides direct clinical care to pre-operative patients in need of behavioral and psychological support to prepare for an upcoming medical procedure. Dr. Bowman completed her predoctoral internship at the Orlando VA Medical Center and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Tampa, Florida. Clinical interests include behavioral health interventions and services to reduce healthcare disparities, with an emphasis on diversity and multiculturalism. Her dissertation examined healthcare provider knowledge and attitudes toward treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

Heshan Fernando, Ph.D.

HeshanDr. Fernando is a Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. He received his B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, double majoring in Molecular Biology and Psychology. He received his Master’s degree from New York University and earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, where his dissertation research examined the role of executive functioning in interpersonal problems and distress in young adults. Dr. Fernando’s current research interests focuses on cerebral hemodynamic/metabolic risk factors and neurocognitive functioning in adults. His primary role involves clinical neuropsychological assessment of adults with various neurological disorders including dementia syndromes, movement disorders, and epilepsy.

Joseph Gullett, Ph.D.

Dr. Gullett is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory under the research supervision of Dr. Ron Cohen. He specializes in the application of Diffusion Tensor Imaging to the study of white matter and cognitive function in various clinical populations, and is interested in further developing multimodal neuroimaging approaches with the addition and integration of resting-state fMRI and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. Clinically, he conducts neuropsychological evaluations through the UF Neuropsychology Service under the supervision of neuropsychology faculty in the Department of Clinical & Health Psychology.   Dr. Gullett completed his predoctoral internship at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida (neuropsychology track), where his dissertation investigated brainstem white matter integrity and sleep disordered breathing in veterans with a history of Traumatic Brain Injury.

 Alana Resmini, Ph.D.

resmini-alana-2016Dr. Resmini is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology under the supervision of Drs. David Janicke and Brian Olsen. She specializes in the psychological treatment of youth with diabetes. In addition, she is conducting research on psychosocial screening programs and psychology integration in diabetes clinics as part of the Bringing Science Home Diabetes Fellowship Program. Dr. Resmini completed her predoctoral internship at the Children’s Hospital Colorado and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Auburn University (child track). In addition to her clinical and research experience, Dr. Resmini is involved as a Trainee Member at Large for the Society for Pediatric Psychology’s Diabetes Special Interest Group.