Robert Guenther, Ph.D., ABPP

Clinical Professor
(Ph.D. 1988, Arizona State University)

Office: 352-273-5268

Full CV


Dr. Robert Guenther is a Clinical Professor and Director of Continuing Education, primary psychologist to the Adult Inpatient Neurotrauma Service, and Director of Inpatient Adult Consultation and Liaison Services.  Dr. Guenther received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1988.  He completed his clinical training during an internship in the Medical Psychology Track at the Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center, Houston Texas where he worked primarily with medical and psychiatric inpatients in The Methodist Hospital, then during a post-doctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Medicine, where he worked with patients with brain injuries, strokes, burns, spinal cord injuries, and as behavioral health consultant to the Heart Transplant Service.  He was a staff psychologist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Detroit Medical Center, where he worked with rehabilitation patients with a broad range of physical and neurological conditions with a focus on spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, burns, and orthopaedic injuries.  He enjoyed associate faculty appointments in the Department of Psychology and College of Medicine, Wayne State University.  He also chaired the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Ethics Committee and was a member of the Detriot Medical Center Ethics Steering Committee.  He then joined the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida where he has developed a practice based on a hospitalist model of clinical psychology.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Guenther has served as a consultant to the Shands Hospital inpatient treatment teams, providing a broad range of behavioral health services to adult inpatients.  Those services have included treatments for depression, phobias, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, post-operative delirium, refusal of treatment, and contingency management of untoward behavioral presentations such as difficult behavior associated with Axis II disorders.  He has provided pre-intervention evaluations and post-intervention supportive services to candidates for donation and reception of solid organ transplants and bone marrow transplants.  As a member of the UF & Shands Hospital Ethics Advisory Committee, he provides ethics consultation services to patients, family members, and treatment teams within the UF & Shands system, with a special focus on the assessment of the mental capacity of patients to accept or decline treatment recommendations.  His primary assignment is as the psychologist to adults with new traumatic injuries to the brain and/or spine (Neurotrauma Service).  He is board certified in Rehabilitation Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Research Focus

Dr. Guenther’s interests in research parallel his clinical focus.  He has published in areas of rehabilitation psychology, transplant psychology, and bioethics.

Professional Memberships

  •  American Psychological Association
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine

Courses Taught

  • Psychological Treatment I
  • Research in Psychotherapy
  • Advanced practicum in Clinical Health Psychology
  • Practicum in Clinical Health Psychology
  • Interdisciplinary Family Health

Representative Publications

Rodrigue, J.R., Guenther, R.T, Kaplan, B., Mandelbrot, D.A.,  Pavlakis, M., Howard, R.J. (May 2008).  Measuring the Expectations of Kidney Donors: Initial Psychometric Properties of the Living Donation Expectancies Questionnaire. Transplantation, 85(9), 1230-1234.

Rodrigue, J.R., Widows M.R., Guenther, R.T, Newman, R.C., Howard, R.J., Kaplan, B., & Morgan, M.A. (June 2006).  Expectations about the living kidney donation experience: Do they differ as a function of relational status or gender?  Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, 21(6), 1682-1688.

Rodrigue, J.R., & Guenther, R.T.  (June 2006).  Psychosocial evaluation of live donors.  Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation, 11(3), 234–240.

Rodrigue, J.R., Cross, N.J., Newman, R.C., Widows, M.R., Guenther, R.T, Howard, R.J., Kaplan, B., & Morgan, M.A. (June 2006). Patient-reported outcomes for open vs. laparoscopic living donation nephrectomy.  Progress in Transplantation, Vol 16 (2), 162-169.

Rodrigue, J.R., Cross, N.J., Newman, R.C., Widows, M.R., Guenther, R.T., Howard, R.J., Kaplan, B., & Morgan, M.A. (May, 2005). Patient-reported outcomes for open vs. laparoscopic living donation nephrectomy. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Transplant Congress, Seattle, WA.

Hanson, S.; Guenther, R.T.,  Kerkhoff, T., & Liss, M. (2000). Chapter 31 – Ethics: Historical foundations, basic principles, and contemporary issues. In Robert G. Frank & Timothy Elliot (Eds.), Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology (pp. 629-643). Washington DC: American Psychological Association. 

Guenther, R.T., & Weber, L. (1996). The role of an ethics committee in a rehabilitation setting. NeuroRehabilitation6, 133-43.

Guenther, R.T., & Weber, L. (1996). Life-sustaining treatment decisions by rehabilitation patients: The uncontested high ground. Rehabilitation Psychology, 41(1), 110-139.

Guenther, R.T., Frank, R., & McAdam, C. (1993).  Management of behavior on a spinal cord injury unit.  NeuroRehabilitation, 3(2), 50-59.