Welcome Message

We currently have 47 faculty, 6 counselors, 4 psychometrists, and 12 staff in our department.  Notably we hired eight new faculty in the past 18 months, including Drs. Breton Asken, Brittany Biles, Franchesca Arias, Joe Gullett, Aprinda Indahlastari, Aliyah Snyder, Olivia Suddarth, and Erin Trifilio (please click for more details). And of course, we have a large group of outstanding trainees across programs, including 83 graduate students, 13 interns, and 4 clinical post-doctoral fellows.

Our faculty continue as leaders in the field as they conduct pioneering research addressing the pressing needs of individuals across the lifespan and building collaborations across UF Health, the UF campus, and beyond. This past year, faculty in our department received $6.7M in external grant funding and submitted grant applications for external funding totaling over $30 million. These funds have allowed for critical research in many areas including:

  • Disease self-management and coping for children and adolescents with chronic health conditions such as asthma, type 1 diabetes and cancer
  • Adolescent health risk behaviors; child and adult obesity and body stigma
  • The application of behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging approaches to the study of pain and substance abuse
  • Neurocognitive and emotion processing changes associated with age related disorders
  • Detection and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Non-invasive brain stimulation, neuroimaging, and cognitive training to improve cognitive abilities
  • Relationships between cognitive ability and neuroanatomical integrity, and their relationship to outcomes after interventions
  • Health and psychosocial disparities that influence the onset, diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative disorders in minoritized populations.

As a result, our faculty published more than 160 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters this past year and continue to regularly present their research at national and international conferences. Numerous faculty have won awards for their research, mentorship and/or service (click link for more information). And three faculty were promoted this past summer.

We continue to provide clinical services and clinical training to graduate students, interns and postdoctoral doctoral fellows through the UF Health Psychology Specialties Clinic, as well as at external sites around Gainesville including at our Haile Clinical, the Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases, UF Shands Rehabilitation Hospital, Springhill, and other locations. Last year we completed more than 15,000 patient contacts. Our UF Health Psychology Specialties Clinic is currently directed by Lisa King, PsyD., ABPP.

Our stellar trainees continue to excel on multiple fronts.  Our graduate training program is co-led by our Director of Clinical Training (Kimberly Driscoll, PhD) and our Director of Graduate Education (Michael Marsiske, PhD). During the past year our graduate students received numerous funded grants to support their research and countless awards and honors as they disseminate their research in peer-reviewed journals and via presentations at national and international conferences.  Please review the impressive list of awards received by our students (link to list of student award winners). Notably, our students were listed as an author approximately 235 times on peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, as well as 378 conference poster/paper presentations. Thirty-six students were involved in leadership roles/activities in professional organizations. In addition, our students continue to successfully match to internship, with a match rate of 96% in the past 10 years. This past August, 11 students graduated with their doctorate – congratulations to graduates!  And, as we continue to march on, we also welcomed a new class of graduate students to the CHP and Gator family this past August (see picture below). Information on our Internship and Post-doctoral programs are noted later in this newsletter.

2022 Doctoral Cohort

2022 Doctoral Cohort