Stephanie McDonough, Ph.D.

Stephanie McDonough
Stephanie McDonough, Clinical Assistant Professor, Ph.D

Clinical Assistant Professor



Office:  (352) 273-5568

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., 2018, University of Louisville
  • M.A., 2015, University of Louisville
  • B.S., 2011, University of Vermont


Dr. McDonough is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2018 from the University of Louisville. Her research has primarily focused on health behavior change in the setting of chronic illness, such as type 2 diabetes, as well as biopsychosocial factors in the management and prevention of obesity. Dr. McDonough completed a health psychology internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018, where she gained specialized clinical training in health psychology, with a specific emphasis on Psycho-Oncology and Consultation-Liaison Psychology. Dr. McDonough completed her postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology at the University of Florida Health Science Center in 2019, where she gained further specialized training in Psycho-Oncology and Transplant Psychology.

Clinical Focus

Dr. McDonough offers her clinical expertise in Psycho-Oncology and Transplant Psychology for oncology, hematology, and solid organ transplant teams at UF Health/Shands. She provides consultation, comprehensive assessment, and evidence-based psychological and/or behavioral health intervention services for inpatients and outpatients in the following contexts: consideration for solid organ transplant, pre or post-transplant psychological or behavioral concerns, stem cell transplant, new cancer diagnosis, coping and adjustment in the setting of acute or chronic illness and related management, and end of life concerns. Dr. McDonough also supervises trainees enrolled in the UF Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, UF Health Sciences Center Psychology Internship Program, and UF Health Sciences Center Health Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program.

Key Publications

Stetson, B. A., McDonough, S. R., & Mokshagundam, S.P. (2015). Nutrition issues and recommendations in the management of diabetes and prediabetes in older adults. In Bendich & Deckelbaum (5th edition.), Preventive Nutrition: The comprehensive guide for health professionals. Springer.

Mokshagundam, S. P., Stetson, B., & McDonough, S. (2015). Diabetes prevention: Needs and opportunities in Kentucky, The Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association, 113, 161-168.

Vurbic, D., Higgins, S. T., McDonough, S. R., Skelly, J. M., & Bernstein, I. M. (2014).  Maternal body mass index moderates the influence of smoking cessation on breastfeeding. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16(5), 527-535.

Awards & Honors

  • Excellence in Clinical Work Award, University of Louisville – 2016
  • Excellence in Peer Mentoring Award, University of Louisville – 2016

  • Heinz L. Ansbacher Award, University of Vermont – 2011

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Behavioral Medicine