College of Arts & Sciences
USF St. Petersburg Dav 100
140 Seventh Avenue South,
St. Petersburg Florida 33701
Phone: 727-873-4156

Acrobat .pdf documents require
the free reader - obtain it here.

This web page is maintained by Page Editor: Mark Durand, PhD.
The page was last updated
05/15/2014 .



Tiffany Chenneville, Ph.D.

V. Mark Durand, Ph.D.

Robert Fowler, Ph.D.

Vikki T. Gaskin-Butler, M.Div., Ph.D.

James P. McHale, Ph.D.

Richard A. Newel, Ph.D.

Jennifer L. O'Brien, Ph.D.

Michiko Otsuki Clutter, Ph.D.
Mark Pezzo, Ph.D.

Christina Salnaitis, Ph.D.

Contributing Faculty  

Eric Storch, Ph.D.

Curt Toler, Ed.D.    


Tiffany Chenneville, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ph.D., School Psychology, University of South Florida

Research Areas: Pediatric HIV; Law, policy, & professional ethics; Global research ethics; LGBT issues

Dr. Chenneville's primary program of research is in the area of pediatric HIV, specifically with regard to issues of law, policy, and ethics. She currently is studying medical decisional capacity among youth with HIV and the extent to which decisional capacity is correlated with treatment outcomes. Dr. Chenneville also is interested in the confidentiality versus duty to protect dilemma facing mental health professionals who treat clients with HIV. In addition, Dr. Chennevill is working on projects related to global research ethics as part of larger global health initiatives and has conducted training in this area in India. Finally, Dr. Chenneville is interested in issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth.

Representative publications:

Mayberry, M., Chenneville, T., & Currie, S. Challenging the sounds of silence: A qualitative study of gay-straight student alliances and school reform efforts. Education and Urban Society. Prepublished May 26, 2011. doi: 0013124511409400

Chenneville, T., Sibille, K., Lujan-Zilberman, J., Rodriguez, C., Brown, M., & Emmanuel, P.  (2010). Medical decisional capacity among children with HIV: Results from a pilot study. AIDS Care, 1306-0451.  

Chenneville, T., Sibille, K., & Bendell-Estroff, D. (2010). Decisional Capacity among Minors with HIV:  A Model for Balancing Autonomy Rights with the Need for Protection. Ethics and Behavior, 20(2), 83-94.

Chenneville, T. (2008). HIV, confidentiality, and duty to protect: A decision making model. In D. N.  Bersoff (Ed.), Ethical conflicts in psychology (4th ed.) (pp. 203-206), Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Chenneville, T. (2008). Results from an empirical study of school principals’ decisions about disclosure of HIV status. Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention & Education for Adolescents & Children, 8(2), 9-30.

Chenneville, T. (2008).  Best practices in responding to pediatric HIV in the school setting.  In A. Thomas & J. Grimes (Eds), Best practices in school psychology (5th ed.) (pp. 1389-1402). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.


                                                            >> back to top

Mark Durand, Ph.D.

V. Mark Durand, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Research Areas: Autism and related disorders, Severe behavior problems in children, sleep disorders

Major themes in Dr. Durand's research include developing models for understanding challenging behaviors in people with autism spectrum disorders as well as developing new treatments. Dr. Durand has published 10 books including abnormal psychology textbooks that have been used at more than 1,000 universities world-wide.

Representative Publications:

Barlow, D.H., & Durand, V.M. (2012).  Abnormal psychology: An integrative approach (6th ed.).  Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.

Durand, V.M. (2011). Optimistic parenting: Hope and help for you and your challenging child. Paul H. Brookes: Baltimore, MD.

Durand, V.M. (2011). Disorders of development. In D.H. Barlow, (Ed.), Oxford handbook of clinical psychology (pp. 551-573). New York: Oxford University Press.

Durand, V.M. (in press). Functional communication training to reduce challenging behavior. To appear in P. Prelock and R. McCauley (Eds.), Treatment of autism spectrum disorders: Evidence-based intervention strategies for communication & social interaction. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing.

Durand, V. M., & Wang, M. (in press). Clinical trials. In J. C. Thomas & M. Hersen (Eds.), Understanding research in clinical and counseling psychology. New York: Routledge.

Durand, V.M. & Barlow, D.H. (2010). Essentials of abnormal psychology (5th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.

Durand, V.M. (2008). When children don't sleep well: Interventions for pediatric sleep disorders, Therapist guide. New York: Oxford University Press.

Durand, V.M. & Hieneman, M. (2008). Helping parents with challenging children: Positive family intervention, Facilitator’s guide. New York: Oxford University Press.


>> back to top

Robert Fowler, Ph.D.

Robert Fowler, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Tennessee

Research Areas: Statistical methodology, magnitude of experimental effects, meta-analysis.

The development of an operational definition of scientific significance using Cohen's benchmarks of standardized effect size. An examination of the empirical literature in applied psychology to measure compliance over time with APA Publication Manual recommendations for the reporting of effect sizes. A comparison of the accuracy of various methods used to calculate appropriate confidence limits on correlation ratio parameters.

Representative Publications:

Fowler, R.L., & Odgaard, E.C. (2009). Confidence intervals for correlation ratios in fixed-effects ANOVA and fixed-score regression: Accuracy versus simplicity in choosing a reporting method. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Odgaard, E.C., & Fowler, R.L. (2008). The reporting of appropriate effect sizes and their confidence intervals in four psychology journals from 1995 to 2007. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Fowler, R.L., Hilliard, V.D., Brett, J.W., & McLaughlin, K.V. (2003, March). Using confidence limits on correlation ratios for detecting scientific significance. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.


>> back to top

Vikki T. Gaskin-Butler, M.Div., Ph.D.
Psychology & Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Ph.D., Clinical & Health Psychology, University of Florida
M.Div., with Black Church Studies Certificate, Emory University

Research Areas: Spiritual, Mental, and Physical Well-Being of African Americans, Women, and Clergy; Multiculturalism, including the Psychology of Women and Psychology of Religion

Dr. Gaskin-Butler’s current research examines the effectiveness of utilizing Figuring It Out for the Child (FIOC), A Coparenting Intervention for first-time parents of African American Children. The intervention, co-authored by Dr. Gaskin-Butler, is designed to help parents work together to improve outcomes for their children. Dr. Gaskin-Butler currently serves as the Co-Principle Investigator on grants funded by the Juvenile Welfare Board and the Brady Foundation that explore utilization of the FIOC curriculum.

Publications and Presentations

*Barbier, C. (2008, April). Bad girls. (Gaskin-Butler, V. T., Faculty Sponsor). Poster presented at the Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, USF St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL.

Chenneville, T., Toler, S., and Gaskin-Butler, V. T. Civic engagement in the field of psychology. (2012, under review). Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

*Engert, T., *King, T., Gaskin-Butler, V. & McHale, J. P. (2009, March). Expectancies of first-time African-American mothers about caregiving support. Poster presented at the Fifty-sixth Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

*Engert, T., *King, T., Gaskin-Butler, V. & McHale, J. P. (2009, April). Expectancies of first-time African-American mothers about caregiving support. Poster presented at the Sixth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, USF St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL.

Gaskin-Butler, V. T., McHale, J., *Markievitz, M., *Engert, T., & *Swenson, C. (2012). Prenatal expectancies of first-time African American mothers. Family Process.

Gaskin-Butler, V. T., *Muniz, M., *Engert, T. & McHale, J. (2011). Prenatal representations of coparenting in unmarried first-time African American mothers. Poster
presented at the meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

*Newman, M. (2008, April). Women and substance abuse. (Gaskin-Butler, V. T., Faculty Sponsor). Poster presented at the Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research
Symposium, USF St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL.

*St. Jacques, C. (2008, April). The recovery process for women who have experienced sexual abuse. (Gaskin-Butler, V. T., Faculty Sponsor). Poster presented at the
Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, USF St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL.

*Villari, C. (2008, April). In her shoes: Domestic violence. (Gaskin-Butler, V. T., Faculty Sponsor). Poster presented at the Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research
Symposium, USF St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL.

*USFSP Undergraduate Author


                                                            >> back to top

James P. McHale, Ph.D.



James P. McHale, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Areas: Family Theory and Research

Dr. McHale is the 2011-12 President of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health and Chair of the Department of Psychology at USF St. Petersburg. His research program examines the role of coparenting and family group dynamics in families of infant, toddler, and preschool-aged children. He also maintains active interests in infant mental health, community psychology, family diversity, and primary prevention.

Recent Publications:

McHale, J. & Carter, D. (2012). Applications of Focused Coparenting Consultation with unmarried and divorced families, Independent Practitioner, 32, 106-110.

Fieldstone, L., Lee, M., Baker, J. & McHale, J. (2012). Perspectives on parenting coordination: Views of parenting coordinators, attorneys and judiciary members. Family Court Review, 50, 441-454.

McHale, J., Waller, M. & Pearson, J. (2012). Coparenting interventions for fragile families: What do we know and where do we need to go next? Family Process, 51, 281-303.

Fieldstone, L., Carter, D., King, T. & McHale, J. (2011). Training, skills and practices of Parenting Coordinators: Florida Statewide Study. Family Court Review, 49, 801-817.

McHale, J. & Lindahl, K. (2011). Coparenting: A conceptual and clinical examination of family systems. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.

Strozier, A., Armstrong, M., Skuza, S., Cecil, D. & McHale, J. (2011). Coparenting in kinship families with an incarcerated mother: A qualitative study. Families in Society, 92, 55-61. PMCID: PMC3124244

McHale, J.P., Fivaz-Depeursinge, E., Dickstein, S., Robertson, J., & Daley, M. (2008). New evidence for the social embeddedness of infants' early triangular capacities. Family Process, 47, 445-463.

McHale, J. (2007). Charting the bumpy road of coparenthood. Washington, D.C.: Zero to Three Press.


>> back to top

Richard A. Newel, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Psychology, University of South Florida


Research Areas: Applied research and program evaluation in behavioral health, epidemiological research in substance abuse, evaluation of substance abuse treatment programs, development of drug detection technologies; application of statistical models to examine relationships among biological, psychological and social contributors to behavioral health.

Dr. Newel's behavioral health studies in Pinellas County have involved working and unemployed adults, criminal justice and juvenile justice populations, school-age children, drug-exposed infants, dually-diagnosed patients, homeless people, migrant farm workers. adolescents and the elderly.


Representative Publications, Government Reports, and Presentations:

Nelson, C. & Newel, R. (2013). Cross-national study of emotional labor. Sixteenth European Work and Organizational Congress: Munster, Germany.

Dupont, R., Brethen, P., & Newel, R. (2005). Drug testing in treatment settings Guidelines for effective use. Center City, Minnesota: Hazelden Publishing and Educational Services.

Palacios, W., Urmann, C., & Newel, R. (1999). Developing a sociological framework for dually-diagnosed women. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 17(1-2), 91-102.

Newel, R. (1998, July). Alternate drug-testing technologies. Invited testimony before the United States Congress, House of Representatives, Chair: Senator Joe Biden. Subject: The Department of Health and Human Services' Policy for Federal Workplace Drug-Testing Programs, Washington D.C.

Newel, R., Mieczkowski, T., & Montenegro, R. (1997). Hair analysis for drug abuse among postpartum women with a comparison of neonatal birthweights: Results from an exploratory study in Pinellas County, Florida. The International Journal of Drug Testing, 15(3), 68-77.



>> back to top

Jennifer L. O'Brien, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Psychology, Bangor University, UK

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Coginitive Aging Lab/Neurophysiology of Aging Lab, School of Aging Studies/Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of South Florida

Research Areas: Human perception, attention, and decision-making.

Dr. O'Brien's research focuses on the fundamental mechanisms behind perception, attention, and decision-making in healthy adults and in changes to these systems during normal and abnormal aging using both behavioral and neurophysiologicial methods. She is especially interested in the integral role that motivational value has in the way we perceive and attend to stimuli in our environment.

Representative Publications:

O’Brien, J. L., Lister, J. J., Edwards, J. E., Maxfield, N. D., Williams, V., Pertonto, C. L. (2013). Enhancing older adults’ attention and working memory processing through cognitive training: An ERP study. Clinical Neurophysiology. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2013.05.012

O’Brien, J. L. & Raymond, J. E. (2012). Learned predictiveness speeds visual processing: A masking study. Psychological Science, 23(4), 359-363.

Rutherford, H. J. V., O’Brien, J. L., & Raymond, J.E. (2010). Value associations of irrelevant stimuli can modify rapid visual orienting. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17, 536-542.

Raymond, J. E. & O’Brien, J. L. (2009). Selective visual attention and motivation: The consequences of value learning in an attentional blink task. Psychological Science, 20(8), 981-988.


>> back to top


Michiko Otsuki-Clutter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of California Riverside

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Behavioral Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Research Areas: Child and adolescent health with a focus on pediatric asthma and health risk behaviors

Dr. Otsuki-Clutter’s primary research interests focus on identifying factors that promote or hinder adherence to preventive asthma therapy and asthma outcomes among youths, and translating this knowledge to develop and evaluate intervention strategies in the community settings. Another line of her research examines psychosocial predictors of health risk behaviors such as smoking, heavy drinking, and delinquency among adolescents and young adults.  Attention to the roles of culture/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and development is central to her research.

Representative Publications:

Chao, R.K., & Otsuki-Clutter, M. (in press). Racial and ethnic differences: Socio-cultural and contextual explanations. Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Otsuki, M., Eakin, M. N., Rand, C. S., & Riekert, K.A. (2010). A prospective relationship between caregiver depressive symptoms and asthma morbidity among inner-city African American children. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35(7), 758-767. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsp091

Otsuki, M., Eakin, M. N., Rand, C. S., Butz, A. M., Hsu, V. D., Zuckerman, I. H., Ogborn, J., Bilderback, A., & Riekert, K. A. (2009). Medication adherence feedback to improve asthma outcomes among inner-city children: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics, 124(6), 1513-1521. doi:10.1542/peds.2008-2961

Otsuki, M. (2009). Social connectedness and smoking behaviors among Asian American college students: An electronic diary study. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 11(4), 418-426. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntp028

Otsuki, M., Tinsley, B. J., & Chao, R. K., & Unger, J. (2008). An ecological perspective on smoking among Asian American college students: The roles of social smoking and smoking motives. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 22(4), 514-523. doi: 10.1037/a0012964

Otsuki, M., Clerisme-Beaty, E., Riekert, K. A., & Rand, C. S. (2008). Measuring adherence with medication regimens in clinical care and research. In S. Shumaker, J. K. Ockene, & K. Riekert (Eds.), The handbook of health behavior change, 3rd edition (pp.309-326). New York, NY: Springer.


>> back to top


Mark Pezzo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Graduate Program Director

Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Ohio University

Research Area: Social Psychology

Dr. Pezzo's research focuses on judgmental biases. He examines the interface between motivational and cognitive processes (i.e., self-presentation vs. sensemaking) in a number of areas, including hindsight bias, planning fallacy, numerosity judgments, perceptions of offensiveness, and the spread of rumors. His most recent work has been moving toward more applied settings, including medical judgments. 

Link to Dr. Pezzo's homepage here.

Representative Publications:

Pezzo, M.V., & Beckstead, J. (2006).   A multi-level analysis of rumor transmission:  Effects of anxiety and belief in two field experiments. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 28, 91-100.

Pezzo, M.V., & Pezzo, S.P.  (2006). Physician evaluation following medical errors:  Does having a computer decision aid help or hurt in hindsight? Medical Decision Making, 26, 48-56. 

Pezzo, S.P., Pezzo, M.V., & Stone, E.R.  (2006).   The social implications of planning:  How public predictions bias future plans. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 221-227.

Litman, J.L., & Pezzo, M.V. (2005).   Individual differences in attitudes toward gossip. Personality and Individual Differences, 38, 963-980.

Pezzo, M. V.  (2003).  Surprise, Defense, or Making Sense:  What removes the hindsight bias?  Memory, 11, 421-441.


>> back to top

Christina Salnaitis

Christina Salnaitis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Northern Colorado

Research Areas: Executive function; anxiety

Dr. Salnaitis’ research focuses on the effects of stress and anxiety on executive functioning on those undergoing a major life transition, such as first year students entering college.  How does the stress response affect the development of the frontal lobe, an area considered to subserve executive functioning?  Executive functioning is involved in goal-directed behavior, and the frontal lobe continues to develop well into the 20’s, leaving the possibility that stress, anxiety, and depression during the college transition could alter the developmental course of executive functioning. 

Representative Publications

Salnaitis, C. L., Baker, C. A., Holland, J., Welsh, M. C. (2011). Differentiating Tower of Hanoi performance: Interactive effects of psychopathic tendencies, impulsive response styles, and modality. Applied Neuropsychology, 18, 37-46.

*Adams, C. L., & Umbaugh, R. (January, 2009). Reaching undecided students through a first-year experience program. E-Source for College Transitions, 6, 7-8.

Dien, J., Franklin, M. S., Michelson, C. A., Lemen, L. C., Adams, C. L., Kiehl, K. A. (2008). fMRI characterization of the language formulation area. Brain Research, 1229, 179-192.

*Dr. Salnaitis has previously published under the name of Adams.


>> back to top


Eric Storch, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Director, USF OCD Program

M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D., Child-Clinical Psychology, Columbia University

Research Areas: Cognitive behavioral treatment for adult and childhood OCD, treatment augmentation, and treatment of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders

Dr. Storch’s primary research focus is on the treatment of adult and childhood OCD. He is particularly intrigued by the hypothesis that targeting specific neural receptors (e.g., NMDA) may facilitate extinction processes central to exposure-based psychotherapy. As many child and adults OCD patients continue to experience residual symptoms following treatment, remain treatment refractory, or have an adverse reaction to psychotropics, there is a great need for enhancing the effectiveness of extant psychotherapies. This research has been supported by NIH and NARSAD grants to Dr. Storch.

To visit his Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry page, click on this link:

Representative publications:

Storch, E. A., Merlo, L. J., Larson, M., Geffken, G. R., Lehmkuhl, H. D., Jacob, M. L., Murphy, T. K., & Goodman, W. K. (2008). The Impact of Comorbidity on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Response in Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47, 583-592.

Storch, E. A., Merlo, L. J., Larson, M. J., Bloss, C. S., Geffken, G. R., Jacob, M. L., Murphy, T. K., & Goodman, W. K. (2008). Symptom Dimensions and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Outcome for Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavia, 117, 67-75.

Keeley, M., Storch, E. A., Merlo, L. J., & Geffken, G. R. (2008). Clinical predictors of response to cognitive-behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 118-130.

Storch, E. A., Abramowitz, J., & Goodman, W. K. (2008). Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Belongs Among the Anxiety Disorders in DSM-V? Depression and Anxiety, 25, 336-347.

Storch, E. A., Lehmkuhl, H., Geffken, G. R., Touchton, A., & Murphy, T. K. (2008). Aripiprazole augmentation of incomplete treatment response in an adolescent male with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 25, 172-174.

Murphy, T. K., Segarra, A., Storch, E. A., & Goodman, W. K. (2008). SSRIs-Adverse Events: How to monitor and manage. International Review of Psychiatry, 20, 203-208.

Storch, E. A., Milsom, V. A., Merlo, L. J., Larson, M., Geffken, G. R., Jacob, M. L., Murphy, T. K., & Goodman, W. K. (2008). Insight in Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Associations with Clinical Presentation. Psychiatry Research, 160, 212-220.


>> back to top



Curt Toler, Ed.D.
Adjunct Instructor

Ed.D., Counseling Psychology, Indiana University

M.A., B.A., General Psychology, California State University

Clinical Psychology Internship, Veterans Administration Hospital, Vancouver, WA

Dr. Toler spent his career as a licensed professional psychologist. His professional experience includes: Chief Psychologist, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons; Clinical Director of a 300-bed Neuropsychiatric Unit for high security Federal inmates with serious psychiatric disorders; Criminal Justice Coordinator for Anne Arundel County, Maryland; Director of Substance Abuse Treatment programs for adolescents and adults with serious substance abuse problems.

Dr. Toler has taught courses as an Adjunct Instructor/Professor at Johns Hopkins University (graduate school), Indiana State University, and Indiana University. Prior to his doctoral-level training, Dr. Toler was a full-time instructor in the Psychology Department at the College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA.

His early publications focused on clinical issues and included the following:

Toler, H. C. (1978). The treatment of insomnia with relaxation and stimulus-control instructions among incarcerated males. Criminal and Justice Behavior, 5, 117-130.

Toler, H. C. (1975). The personal values of alcoholics and addicts. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 31, 554-557.

Kirby, F. D., & Toler, H. C. (1970). Modification of preschool isolate behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 3, 309-314.



>> back to top



Click here for the USF St. Petersburg homepage