Erika Cascio, Psy.D.


Dr. Erika Cascio is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, and holds a special interest in pediatric neuropsychology. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Cleveland State University and earned her doctoral candidate at Wright State University where her dissertation focused on recovery from pediatric mild traumatic brain injury. Dr. Mellott completed her internship with the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in 2016 and joined the faculty.

Research Focus

Erika’s research interests span a variety of topics within neuropsychology; although, she is particularly interested in evaluating neurocognitive outcomes associated with pediatric traumatic brain injury and childhood cancers. Her doctoral dissertation involved the development of a recovery guide for children who have experienced mild traumatic brain injury/concussion and their families, which comprised an activity book geared toward assisting school-age children in understanding the recovery process.

Clinical Focus

While Erika enjoys working with individuals across the lifespan, her passion is within the pediatric population. Her clinical focus falls broadly within pediatric neuropsychology and involves the assessment of various neurobiological and neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as traumatic brain injury. She is a former Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) trainee through Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where she received specialty training in the diagnosis and treatment of developmental disabilities.

Courses Taught

  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Clinical Interviewing
  • Child Assessment
  • Psychology of Learning


Handel, E., Davidson, K., Magnuson, S., Frantz, S., Mellott, E., & Allen, J.B. (2013). Incremental Predictive Validity in Estimating Premorbid Cognitive Functioning. Poster presented at the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) 2013 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Besuner, P., Burkett, K., Dupont, N., Fowler, A., Harpster, K., Mellott, E., & Vilalba, T. (2013). Evidence Based Interventions for Improving Interpersonal Skills in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Poster presented at the Ohio Maternal Child and Health Training Programs Poster Symposium, Columbus, OH.

Mellott, E., Handel, E., & Miller, J. (2012). Long-Term Neurocognitive Outcome of Children Treated for Standard-Risk Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia: A Case Comparison. Poster presented to the 2013 International Neuropsychology Society Annual Conference, Waikoloa, HI.

Magnuson, S., Davidson, K., Livers, E., Handel, E., & Frantz, S. (2012).  Effect of education quality on predicting premorbid intelligence. Poster prsented at the National Academy of Neuropsychology Conference in Nashville, TN November, 2012.

Livers, E., & Miller, J. (2012). All shook up: Neuropsychological outcome of a shaken baby. Poster presented at the Midwest Neuropsychology Group Conference in Kettering, OH April 2012.

Brady, B., Livers, E., & Romer-Jordan, K. (2011). Groups in wilderness therapy. Poster presented at the Tri-State Group Therapy Conference in Dayton, OH September, 2011.

Miller, A., Bryant, K., Martincin, K., Livers, E., Martukovich, R., & Poreh, A. (2009). Examining the self-corrected and non-self corrected errors on the stroop test. Poster presented at the National Academy of Neuropsychology Conference in New Orleans, LA November, 2009.

Professional Memberships

  • International Neuropsychological Society (INS)
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN)
  • Wellgates Scholar Program
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • American Psychological Association (APA); APA Division 40
  • Ohio Psychological Association (OPA)