About Shelley C Heaton, Ph.D.
Dr. Shelley Heaton is Director of UFHealth Psychology Specialties and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical & Health Psychology at the University of Florida (UF), where she mentors doctoral students, teaches, engages in collaborate research, and maintains a busy clinical practice and provides specialized training in pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Heaton is active in professional service, both nationally and locally. She has been a Consulting Editor to the Child Neuropsychology journal since 2006, and has served Division 40 of the American Psychological Association (APA) in several capacities over the past 10 years. Dr. Heaton has also provided valuable service to the UF community through her work with the Disability Resource Center and the McNair Scholarship Program. Dr. Heaton also directs a Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program at the University of Florida, which provides clinical services and conducts scientific research with youth recovering from TBI. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2001 from the University of California San Diego after completing an internship in neuropsychology at the University of Florida. Her areas of clinical and scientific interest include: Pediatric Neuropsychology, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Across the Lifespan, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Pediatric Brain Tumors and Cancer, Attention and Memory Impairments in Childhood Conditions, Measurement Issues Pertaining to Cognition, and Forensic Pediatric Neuropsychology.
- Clinical Child / Pediatric Psychology
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Brain tumor – children
- Depression – overview
- Duchenne muscular dystrophy
- Sickle cell disease
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Dr. Heaton is an avid collaborator on a variety of internally and externally funded research studies, providing expertise on neuropsychological measurement across the lifespan. Her research endeavors have been quite diverse (ranging from her early work studying the neuropsychology of adult schizophrenia to her ongoing independent research examining cognitive and behavioral outcomes after pediatric traumatic brain injury). During her time at UF, Dr. Heaton’s research has primarily focused on novel ways to measure cognitive functioning (“outcome”) after neurological insult, studying short and long-term outcomes after traumatic brain injury across the lifespan, and examining the relationship between attention, executive and memory functions in pediatric conditions. Aside from her independent research and collaborations with many professions within UF Health Shands Hospital and the UF Health Science Center, Dr. Heaton also has provided research mentorship to more than three dozen UF undergraduate students conducting senior honor’s theses and doctoral students within the Department of Clinical & Health Psychology.