Alana R Rawlinson

Alana R Rawlinson, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Business Phone: (352) 265-0294
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About Alana R Rawlinson

Alana Rawlinson, PhD, is a trained Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychologist with experience in a variety of multidisciplinary settings. Dr. Rawlinson graduated from Auburn University’s Clinical Psychology PhD Program (Child Track) in 2016 after completing her Residency in Pediatric Health Psychology at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She joined the University of Florida as a Postdoctoral Fellow before transitioning to faculty within the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in 2018. Dr. Rawlinson holds a certification in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based behavioral parent training program for families of children ages 2-7 with externalizing disorders, and is a PCIT Within Program Trainer, which allows her to train graduate students, interns and postdoctoral fellows in PCIT. She serves as a psychology attending for trainees providing assessments and therapy with youth ages 2 through 21 for a variety of psychological diagnoses within the UF Health Psychology Specialties Outpatient Clinic.

Outside of clinical care, Dr. Rawlinson serves as the College of Public Health and Health Professions (PHHP)’s Honors Program Director. In this role, she teaches an Honors Seminar Course to third year undergraduates each spring and mentors students’ undergraduate research involvement and thesis development through graduation. Dr. Rawlinson is the PHHP liaison with UF’s Center for Undergraduate Research and promotes undergraduate research scholarships (e.g., Emerging and University Scholar Awards) and opportunities within PHHP. She serves on various College and Departmental Committees and as the Director of the Child and Pediatric Area within the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology.

Additional Positions:
Director- Child/Peds Area
2024 – Current · University of Florida
Director- College of Public Health and Health Professions (PHHP) Honors Program
2021 – Current · University of Florida
Licensed Psychologist
2018 – Current ·


Notable Nole Young Alumni Award
2022 · Florida State University
Reubin O'D. Askew Award- Highest Honor
2022 · Florida State University
Early Career Contributions Award
2020 · Florida Psychological Association, North Central Chapter
Most Cited Paper Award
2020 · Journal of Pediatric Psychology
Best Research in an Emerging Field Award
2017 · Society for Pediatric Psychology
APA Division 54 Student Poster Winner (First Author)
2016 · American Psychological Association Annual Convention
Exemplary Professionalism Award
2016 · Children's Hospital Colorado
Lair Fellowship Memorial Award for Outstanding Clinical Graduate Student
2015 · Auburn University
Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year
2012 · Auburn University

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
HSC4969 Honors Seminar in the Health Professions
HSC4970 Public Health and Health Professions Senior Honors Thesis
CLP6947 Practicum in Intervention
CLP6971 Research for Master’s Thesis
CLP7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
CLP6943 Core Practicum in Clinical Psychology
CLP7979 Advanced Research
CLP6946 Advanced Practicum in Applied Medical Psychology
CLP6948 Advanced Practicum in Clinical Child Psychology

Clinical Profile

Dr. Rawlinson provides clinical care for pediatric patients in the UF Health Psychology Specialties Clinic, directs the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Service, and supervises trainees in assessment, therapy and consultation. Dr. Rawlinson consults with the pediatric heart and lung transplant programs on the psychological aspects of transplant and completes psychosocial pre-transplant evaluations. Her clinical interests include treating patients with co-occurring medical and psychological concerns, with a focus on improving treatment adherence, coping with extended hospitalizations, and adjustment to new diagnoses. Dr. Rawlinson is certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and is a PCIT Within-Program Trainer.

  • Psychology
  • Clinical Child / Pediatric Psychology
Areas of Interest
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Separation anxiety in children
  • Social anxiety disorder

Research Profile

Dr. Rawlinson’s research involves adherence to treatment in youth with medical illnesses, quality of life and transition to adult medical care. She collaborates with medical providers on program development and access to psychology services in medical settings and has experience in measure development, quality improvement and qualitative studies.


Assessment of parental decision making in congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy and heart transplantation: an observational study analysing decisional characteristics and preferences.
Archives of disease in childhood. 108(8):641-646 [DOI] 10.1136/archdischild-2022-324373. [PMID] 36732035.
Lessons from the family unit in paediatric heart transplantation: can we do better?
Archives of disease in childhood. 107(11):1000-1001 [DOI] 10.1136/archdischild-2021-322101. [PMID] 34281956.
A retrospective multisite examination of depression screening practices, scores, and correlates in pediatric diabetes care.
Translational behavioral medicine. 11(1):122-131 [DOI] 10.1093/tbm/ibz171. [PMID] 31764981.
Family functioning in the families of paediatric heart transplant recipients prior to outpatient visits and procedures.
Cardiology in the young. 31(3):501-503 [DOI] 10.1017/S1047951120004217. [PMID] 33261697.
Multisite Examination of Depression Screening Scores and Correlates Among Adolescents and Young Adults With Type 2 Diabetes.
Canadian journal of diabetes. 45(5):411-416 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jcjd.2021.01.011. [PMID] 33722492.
Barriers to Treatment Adherence Among College Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP. 41(1):9-15 [DOI] 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000723. [PMID] 31449195.
Family functioning in pediatric heart transplantation: Variables associated with poor outcomes.
Pediatric transplantation. 24(8) [DOI] 10.1111/petr.13883. [PMID] 33105055.
Subjective Versus Objective Measures of Medication Adherence in Adolescents/Young Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP. 40(1):54-59 [DOI] 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000602. [PMID] 30001262.
Medication adherence among adolescent solid-organ transplant recipients: A survey of healthcare providers.
Pediatric transplantation. 21(7) [DOI] 10.1111/petr.13018. [PMID] 28670855.


2018 · University of Florida
PhD – Clinical Psychology (Child Track)
2016 · Auburn University
Residency – Pediatric Health Psychology
2016 · Children's Hospital Colorado

Contact Details

(352) 265-0294
Business Mailing:
PO Box 100165
Business Street:
1600 SW ARCHER RD # G901