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David Janicke, Ph.D., ABPP is the director of the Center for Pediatric Psychology and Family Studies. Dr. Janicke is a Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2001 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He is a Fellow of APA Division 54 and is the PI on multiple NIH and Medicaid funded trials examining the effectiveness of community-based behavioral family interventions for addressing obesity in underserved and at-risk youth. Dr. Janicke has broad research interests in pediatric psychology, most notably improving self-management to, and coping with, acute and chronic health conditions.

Dr. Janicke’s main area of interest is translational research intended to promote the dissemination of obesity interventions for individuals in community settings, with a primary focus on children. His most recent work is examining unique modes of intervention delivery to broader reach and sustainability of health behavior change interventions.

You can read more about Dr. Janicke on his faculty bio. Learn more about Dr. Janicke’s Pediatric Psychology Lab.

 

David Fedele, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. Dr. Fedele earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2012 and completed his clinical internship and a T32 postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Dr. Fedele is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Pediatric Psychology.

Dr. Fedele’s research broadly focuses on family adjustment to pediatric chronic illness. He is particularly interested in the psychosocial aspects of pediatric chronic illnesses including how health behaviors, adherence to treatment regimens, and the child-caregiver relationship impact adjustment and morbidity. Dr. Fedele’s current research predominantly focuses on youth diagnosed with asthma or cystic fibrosis and their families. He currently mentors graduate students in the university’s clinical psychology doctoral program. Graduate students working in Dr. Fedele’s Pediatric Behavioral Health Lab work toward doctorate degrees that lead to careers as pediatric psychologists and researchers.

You can read more about Dr. Fedele on his faculty bio. Learn more about Dr. Fedele’s Pediatric Behavioral Health Lab.

Shelley Heaton, Ph.D., is a 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. 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.

Dr. Heaton is an avid collaborator on a variety of internally and externally funded research studies, providing expertise on neuropsychological measurement across the lifespan. 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. She also provides clinical supervision to psychology doctoral students and interns providing psychotherapy services to a very broad range of clients of varying ages and presenting problems, including therapy with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples.

You can read more about Dr. Heaton on her faculty bio.

Erika Mellott, Psy.D., 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.

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. 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.

You can read more about Dr. Mellott on her faculty bio.

Brenda Wiens, Ph.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Dr. Wiens completed an internship in clinical child and pediatric psychology at the University of Florida, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, in 2000. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2003.

 

Dr. Wiens’ specialty area is clinical child psychology, and she has experience working with a wide range of child populations and clinical concerns. Her areas of clinical interest include assessments for ADHD, learning disabilities, and behavioral/emotional concerns; providing treatment services to children in rural areas; and consulting with teachers and schools. Dr. Wiens is involved in the UF ADHD program and consults with participating team members, including the disciplines of medicine, nursing, psychology, psychiatry, and speech/language. She also supervises a clinic one day a week in Columbia County to provide services to children and families through the school district. Dr. Wiens also collaborates with Jeanne Marie Stacciarini, Ph.D., in the College of Nursing on her projects related to social isolation and mental wellness for immigrant Latinos in rural areas.

You can read more about Dr. Wiens on her faculty bio.

Michelle Cardel, Ph.D., R.D., assistant professor, is a nutrition and obesity researcher in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy at the University of Florida. Her research is focused on understanding factors that contribute to the development of obesity and implementing effective prevention and treatment programs for childhood obesity in underserved populations. Her specialties include nutrition, obesity, weight management, pediatric obesity, psychosocial factors contributing to obesity, and health disparities.

Dr. Cardel is a member of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The Obesity Society, and American Society for Nutrition (ASN), where she was recently recognized as the recipient of the ASN Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators Award. She has presented at both national and international conferences and has been awarded a variety of awards including the UAB’s President’s Diversity Award, Charles Barkley Young Investigator Award, UAB’s Outstanding Woman Award, The Obesity Society’s Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award finalist, and a National Cancer Institute CURE Program Grant. She is passionate about trans-disciplinary obesity research and is co-founder and past-chair of the Bio-behavioral Research Section for The Obesity Society.

You can read more about Dr. Cardel on her faculty bio.

Matthew Gurka, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida. Hired as part of the University’s Preeminence Initiative, Dr. Gurka is also Associate Director of the Institute for Child Health Policy.

Dr. Gurka received a Ph.D. in biostatistics with an emphasis in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has experience in a wide range of applications of biostatistics to medical research, from the design and analysis of observational studies to the coordination and analysis of multi center longitudinal studies. His research areas in statistics include longitudinal data analyses, mixed models and other multivariate modeling techniques, model selection, power analysis, and internal pilot studies.

Dr. Gurka has extensive collaborative and independent research experience in pediatrics. He has obtained funding from the NICHD to study the impact of chronic illnesses such as asthma on development and behavior in children and adolescents. Recently he has focused on childhood and adult obesity, specifically studying the metabolic syndrome. He has obtained NIH funding (NIDDK R21 and a current NHLBI R01) to develop and validate tools to measure metabolic syndrome severity that takes into account sex and racial/ethnic differences observed in this condition.

You can read more about Dr. Gurka on his faculty bio.

Anne Mathews, Ph.D., R.D.N. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition with IFAS. Her research interests are in determining and establishing environmental and behavioral supports for the adoption of healthy eating, activity, and stress management habits.

Dr. Mathews believes that modifying disease risk through “improvements” in nutrition and physical activity routines is a powerful treatment. Her current and previous work targets populations that may most benefit from improvements in lifestyle, such as those with a history of cancer and type 2 diabetes as well as those in a transitional period of their life, such as later adolescence and early adulthood.

You can read more about Dr. Matthews on her faculty bio.

Heidi Radunovich, Ph.D., joined the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences in 2002 as an Assistant Scientist at the National Rural Behavioral Health Center for 4 years. Dr. Radunovich completed her undergraduate degree at Washington University (majoring in Psychology and Spanish). Her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology were earned at the University of South Florida. She is also a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida.

She started her position as an Assistant Professor of Human Development in July, 2006, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013. She has recently taken on the role of Extension Program Director for UF Engagement. Her current workload is split among Cooperative Extension (65%), teaching (25%), and research (10%). In the area of Cooperative Extension, areas of programming include stress and family stress (including disaster stress, military families, coping with chronic illness and disabilities),  motivational interviewing, preparation for college, and childcare provider education. Within the area of teaching, Dr. Radunovich teaches an undergraduate course, Contemporary Family Problems, and graduate courses, Working with Military Families in the Community Context and the introductory graduate seminar, Human Resource Development. She also provides undergraduate academic advising, and works with graduate students in their research and project development.  Her research foci include family stress, youth risk behavior, college success, and academic integrity.

You can read more about Dr. Radunovich on her faculty bio.

Lindsay A. Thompson, MD MS is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Her areas of research interest include social determinants of health, the delivery of primary care services, and the impact of new technology on the quality of healthcare. Dr. Thompson’s mission, using team science and emphasizing peer and student mentorship, is to design, implement and deliver effective and equitable primary care that improves the health outcomes of children and their families. Her current research centers on implementing screening for adverse childhood events.

You can read more about Dr. Thompson on her faculty bio.