|Present||Associate Professor of Psychology, University of South Florida St. Petersburg|
Honors and Awards
- 2016 USF World Global Achievement Faculty Award for International Research
- 2015 USF Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award
- 2015 USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Award
- 2015 USFSP Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship
- 2014 USFSP MLK Faculty/Staff Award
- 2013 USFSP Empowered Woman Award
- 2009 USFSP Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence
- 2009 USFSP College of Arts and Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence
- 2008 USF Ambassador Apple Polishing Award
- 2008 Florida Psychological Association Distinguished Service Award
- 2005 USFSP College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Teaching Award
- Women’s Mental Health (SOP 4744)
- Health Psychology (CLP 4314)
- Learning and the Developing Child (EDF 3214)
- Human Development and Learning (EDF 3122)
- Human Relations Skills (MHS 4052)
- Child Psychology (DEP 3103)
- Psychological Tests & Measurement (CLP 4433)
- Personality (PPE 4004)
- Behavior Modification (CLP 4414)
- Introduction to Psychological Sciences (PSY 2012)
- Developmental Psychology (DEP 4053)
- Ethics in Psychology (PSY 4931)
- Ethics in Psychology and Health (CLP 4624)
- Consulting for Staff Development (EDF 6166)
- Doctoral and Ed.S. School Psychology Internship Seminar (SPS 7701)
- Introduction to School Psychology Seminar (SPS 6936)
- Adolescent Research HIV (GMS 6836)
- Typical and Atypical Development (DEP 6607)
- Professional and Ethical Issues in Psychology (CLP 6623)
- Developmental Disabilities (CLP 6478)
|Ph.D., University of South Florida ‐ School Psychology Program, Dept of Psychological and Social Foundations|
|Ed.S., University of South Florida ‐ School Psychology Program, Dept of Psychological and Social Foundations|
|M.A., University of South Florida ‐ School Psychology Program, Dept of Psychological and Social Foundations|
|M.A., University of Hartford ‐ Clincial Psychology Program, Dept of Psychology|
|B.A., University of South Florida ‐ Psychology|
Peer Reviewed Articles (33)
Psychological factors related to resilience and vulnerability among youth with HIV in an integrated care setting. Faculty Publications (2019)
Approximately 22% of HIV diagnoses in 2015 occurred among youth aged 13–24. Much is known about the risk factors and psychopathology present in youth living with HIV (YLWH), however, relatively little is known about resiliency ...
Mental health screening in integrated care settings: Identifying rates of depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress among youth with HIV. Faculty Publications (2018)
Rates of depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are greater in youth living with HIV (YLWH) than in the general population. Currently, depression screening guidelines exist for YLWH but not anxiety and PTSD. This ...
Preliminary findings from the HIV SEERs Project: A community-based participatory research program to reduce HIV stigma among youth in Kenya. Faculty Publications (2018)
Worldwide, an estimated 4 million youth, ages 15–24 years, are living with HIV. Youth in Kenya experience a high HIV disease burden. HIV-related stigma is a known barrier to HIV prevention. We evaluated the HIV ...
Are Peer Specialists Happy on the Job? Faculty Publications (2017)
Objective: This study was designed to examine the impact of role clarity and job training on job satisfaction among peer specialists. Method: A 3-part survey assessing job training, job satisfaction, and role clarity was administered ...
Effects of a mindful rational living intervention on the experience of destructive emotions. Faculty Publications (2017)
The objective of this study was to measure the effects of a 90-day mindful rational living (MRL) program on the experience of destructive emotions—anger, anxiety, depression, guilt—among a normal population in a pilot trial. The ...
Health-related quality of life and mental health indicators in adolescents with HIV compared to a community sample in the Southeastern US. Faculty Publications (2017)
Although many studies have investigated the impact of HIV on cognitive, physical, academic, and psychosocial functioning, little is known about the self-perception of health-related quality of life (HRQOL), subjective well-being (SWB), social-emotional well-being, and psychopathology ...
Medication adherence in 13-24-year-old youth living with HIV. Faculty Publications (2017)
Despite advances in HIV medicine, adherence presents as a barrier to effective treatment for youth. We designed this study to assess medication knowledge, adherence, and factors affecting adherence in youth with HIV. Participants were 72 ...
Screening for depression among youth with HIV in an integrated care setting. Faculty Publications (2017)
Youth living with HIV (YLWH) are at risk for depression. Depressive symptoms can impact treatment engagement, health outcomes, and quality of life. Early identification of symptoms can guide treatment planning. This study aimed to identify ...
A "mindful rational living" approach for addressing HIV in the school setting. Faculty Publications (2016)
This paper describes a "mindful rational living" approach, which incorporates mindfulness techniques with rational emotive behavioral therapy strategies for addressing HIV in the school setting. The utility of this approach for attending to the physical, ...
A case-study of the resources and functioning of two research ethics committees in Western India. Faculty Publications (2016)
Assessing the resources and functioning of research ethics committees (RECs) in low-resource settings poses many challenges. We conducted a case study of two medical college RECs (A and B) in Western India utilizing the Research ...
Challenges to the conceptualization and measurement of religiosity and spirituality in mental health research. Faculty Publications (2015)
Investigating religiosity and spirituality may help to further elucidate how individuals' worldviews influence their attitudes, behavior, and overall well-being. However, inconsistencies in how these constructs are conceptualized and measured may undercut the potential value of ...
Decisional capacity and medication adherence among youth with HIV. Faculty Publications (2015)
This exploratory study examined the degree to which decisional capacity (DC) is associated with measures of self-reported medication adherence. We hypothesized that youth with higher levels of DC would report greater levels of antiretroviral medication ...
Disclosure of HIV status among female youth with HIV. Faculty Publications (2015)
Minority female youth are significantly affected by the HIV epidemic. The purpose of this pilot study was to explore sexual behavior practices, disclosure of HIV status, attitudes about disclosure, and knowledge of HIV disclosure laws ...
Decisional capacity among youth with HIV: Results from the MacArthur Competence Tool for Treatment. Faculty Publications (2014)
We assessed the decisional capacity (DC) of 72 youth with HIV, ages 13-24, using the MacArthur Competence Tool for Treatment, a structured interview that assesses DC along the following dimensions: understanding, appreciation, reasoning, and the ...
Who cares? Perceptions of the physician-patient relationship among youth with HIV. Faculty Publications (2014)
The purpose of this study was to assess (a) perceptions of the physician-patient relationship among youth with HIV and (b) the relationship between the perceived physician-patient relationship and disease management variables. Participants were 72 youth ...
The roles of religiosity and spirituality in moral reasoning. Faculty Publications (2013)
To better understand the influence of religiosity and spirituality on moral reasoning, 1,037 college students completed a survey including demographic questions, a religiosity measure, a spirituality measure, and Forsyth’s Ethical Position Questionnaire. Religiosity and spirituality ...
Destabilizing anti-gay environments through gay-straight alliances: Possibilities and limitations through shifting discourses. Faculty Publications (2012)
Drawing upon research with Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) advisors, high-school principals, and two district-level administrators, we examine the potential and limits of the safe-space discourse that encompasses the aims of GSAs. We argue that this discourse ...
Challenging the sounds of silence: A qualitative study of Gay-Straight Alliances and school reform efforts. Faculty Publications (2011)
We explore the efficacy of one increasingly familiar strategic intervention designed to disrupt antigay school environments--Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs). Despite the increasing popularity of GSAs, there has been little research on the ways in which they ...
Relationship between recall of sex education and college students' sexual attitudes and behavior. Faculty Publications (2011)
Excerpt: "The present study surveyed undergraduate students who were in middle and high school at a time when federal support was only available for abstinence-only sex education programs. We compared those who reported receiving each ...
Medical decisional capacity among children with HIV Faculty Publications (2010)
Medical decisional capacity (DC) refers to the ability to understand, appreciate, and make meaningful decisions about one's health. This is an important construct for children living with HIV whose involvement in their medical care has ...