Faculty, Fellows, & Facilities


Training Faculty

Supervisors

There are seven faculty members who provide supervision to post-doctoral fellows. All are licensed psychologists in the State of Florida and are located on-site in the outpatient clinic. All faculty members have a PhD, 5 in Clinical Psychology, 1 in School Psychology and 1 in Counseling Psychology.

 

Joseph McNamaraJoseph McNamara, PhD

Dr. McNamara is the Division Chief for the Division of Psychology within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida (UF). He completed doctoral degrees in Counseling and Developmental Psychology at UF following an internship at UF in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. Dr. McNamara is a nationally-recognized expert in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and the use of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Treatment. He is the Co-director of the Intensive Outpatient OCD Clinic within the Division. He has a wealth of clinical experience in a wide range of settings, including: counseling centers, psychiatric outpatient facilities and hospitals. He has treated patients of all ages from children to seniors. Dr, McNamara has also been recognized as an outstanding teacher and mentor many times over. He has served on numerous masters’ and dissertation committees, and received departmental awards for supervision and teaching. He has a strong history of scholarship and he continues to lead the OCD research team comprised of undergraduates, graduate students, and post docs.


Matt Daley

Matt Daley, PhD

Dr. Daley is an Assistant Professor who joined the Division of Psychology in 2017. He completed his doctoral degree in School Psychology at UF. He completed his internship and post-doctoral training in the Division of Psychology here at UF as well. During his clinical training, Dr. Daley specialized in providing mental health services to patients with anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric conditions across a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and schools. Dr. Daley has received specialty training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Brief CBT for Psychiatric Inpatient Care. He currently directs the inpatient psychiatric program.


Carol LewisCarol Lewis, PhD

Dr. Lewis is a clinical psychologist with 30 years of clinical experience and an Associate Professor. She worked in the Outpatient Department of UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital for 20 years before coming to the UF Department of Psychiatry in 2016. Dr. Lewis’ expertise includes the treatment of chronically suicidal, self-injurious individuals, using skills-based methods. She is trained in three mindfulness-based treatment protocols, which she uses extensively in her clinical work. Dr. Lewis has earned a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, and is board certified in public health (CPH). She has particular interest in evidence-based treatment for behavioral health problems, and the dissemination of best behavioral health practices to underserved populations using low-intensity treatment models.  Dr. Lewis is involved in research to develop public behavioral health interventions that can be administered by briefly trained non-professionals. This research is currently being conducted on the University of Florida’s Mobile Outreach Clinic, a bus-based clinic providing no-cost healthcare to underserved populations in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Lewis is one of the founding members of Peace4Gainesville, a trauma-responsive, resilience-building community initiative in Gainesville, Florida.


Melissa MunsonMelissa Munson, PhD

Dr. Munson joined the Division of Psychology as an Assistant Professor in 2016. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University following an internship at UF in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. She then completed her post-doctoral fellowship in the Division of Psychology before joining the faculty. She currently directs the eating disorders program and co-directs the psychoeducational assessment clinic. Her other clinical responsibilities include the evaluation and treatment of child and adult psychological problems with a specialization in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders. She supervises psychiatry medical residents, graduate, students and interns in conducting psychoeducational assessments.


Melanie Nelson, PhD

Dr. Nelson is an Associate Professor and Training Director. She joined the faculty in 2014.  She received her doctorate in clinical child psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She completed an APA-approved internship at Wayne State University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. From 2005 to 2013, Dr. Nelson was a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. There, she specialized in clinical practice, training and research in disruptive behavior disorders and autism spectrum disorders for approximately seven years. She currently directs the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, or PCIT, program at UF Health Psychiatry. Dr. Nelson is one of less than 25 Certified Master Trainers in PCIT world-wide and she supervises PCIT training and treatment at UF. Clinically, she specializes in assessment of and treatment for families with young children, ages 2 to 8, who have a wide range of concerns, including disruptive behavior, anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorders and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.


Rea RomeroRegilda “Rea” Romero, PhD

Dr. Romero is an Assistant Professor and co-director of the psychoeduational assessment clinic. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University after completing her internship her pediatric neuropsychology internship at Virginia Beach Cities Public School and her postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology in the Division of Pediatric Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota (U of MN). She received additional fellowship training in the U of MN Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program. She was an Assistant Professor at Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and an Adjunct Professor at U of MN. Dr. Romero relocated to Florida, where she was in private practice conducting developmental/neuropsychological evaluations and interventions for children and adults and provided training to graduate students, interns, and fellows. Her clinical specialties include neuropsychological assessment and the assessment and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.


Training Sites

UF Health Springhill 2

UF Health Springhill 2

UF Health Springhill 2

Our primary training facility is the Springhill 2 outpatient clinic. Opened in August 2018, the Psychology Division Springhill 2 clinic serves the larger North Central Florida catchment area, including children, adolescents, and adults. Referrals come from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic which is located on the same floor as the Psychology Division clinic, but also the Adult Psychiatry Clinic, UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital, community providers, and self-referrals. Patients present with a wide range of clinical concerns, including anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior, personality disorders, eating disorders, and trauma, among others. Most patients have private insurance. The outpatient clinic also provides a wide range of services, including individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy, with a focus on empirically supported interventions. Comprehensive psychological and psychoeducational evaluations are also available. Although many types of cases are seen, the outpatient clinic specializes in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) across the age range, offering intensive Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) treatment. The outpatient clinic also specializes in the treatment of preschoolers (ages 3-6) with disruptive behavior using Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

Services are offered 8 am – 5pm Monday, 8 am – 6pm Tuesday, 8 am – 6pm Wednesday, 8 am – 6pm Thursday, and 8 am – 5pm Friday.

 Post-doctoral services offered at Springhill 2 Outpatient Clinic: Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Assessment

Supervision offered: Individual supervision, group supervision, live supervision, psychologist/faculty member on site at all times to provide ad hoc supervision

Involvement of Training Director: Training Director on-site, feedback from post-docs and supervisors, review of evaluations

UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital

UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital

UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital

Post-docs also provide clinical services at the UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital which is adjacent to the Psychology Division outpatient clinic. Shands Psychiatric Hospital (also known as Vista Psychiatric Hospital) is an 81-bed facility that provides a full-range of services for individuals with mental disorders severe enough to require a secure, structured hospital environment. The North Unit has 21 beds and serves adults. The South Unit has 15 beds and serves children and adolescents (ages 9-17). Post-docs consult with the inter-disciplinary treatment team on each unit, comprised of psychiatrists, residents, nurses, mental health technicians, social workers, and other care providers to discuss treatment issues and progress toward treatment goals.

Post-doctoral services offered at UF Health Shands/Vista Psychiatric Hospital: Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Consultation/Liaison

Supervision offered: Individual supervision, group supervision, live supervision, psychologist/faculty member on site at all times to provide ad hoc supervision

Involvement of Training Director: Regular feedback from post-docs and supervisors, review of evaluations