James P. McHale, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. McHale directs the internationally recognized Family Study Center at USF St. Petersburg, and is Executive Director for the Family Study Center’s Infant-Family Center at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Earlier in his career, Dr. McHale served as Director of Clinical Training at Clark University in Worcester, MA, and after moving to USF St. Petersburg in 2003 was Founding Chair of the USFSP Department of Psychology. He currently serves as a member on the Steering Committee of the National Fatherhood Research and Practice Network, and previously served as President Elect, President, and Past President for the Florida Association for Mental Health. Among his many books and scholarly works, Dr. McHale has published over 50 articles on coparenting in diverse family systems, the central focus of the Family Study Center’s work, and his research studies have been supported since 1996 by the National Institute of Child Health and Development, the National Institute of Mental Health, and a variety of other state, local and foundation grants. The focus in all this work is on the role of coparenting and family group dynamics in promoting mental health in families of infant, toddler, and preschool-aged children. Dr. McHale also maintains active interests in community psychology, family diversity, and primary prevention.