FSC Staff

James P. McHale, Ph.D.

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

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. McHalehas published over 80 articles and manuscripts 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.

Lisa S. Negrini, LCSW

Doctoral Student Fielding Graduate University

LCSW, MSW, Marywood University, Scranton, PA

Center Assistant Director and Chief Operating Officer


Lisa S. Negrini, LCSW, is the Chief Operating Officer of USFSP’s Family Study Center and the Clinical and Training Director at the USFSP Infant-Family Center.  Lisa brings 25 years of experience in children and family mental health, evidence based interventions, training and professional development, infant mental health, family systems, trauma and non-profit leadership to her current role. She supports programs, advocacy, research, workforce development and new initiatives for young children and their families.  Lisa supports an integrated community system of care for families that incorporates quality infant-family mental health, coparenting, trauma informed practices and relationship-based caregiving. In her role she develops key partnerships and collaborations that disseminate effective strategies and services to meet the needs of the young children and their families.  Lisa is the President of the Florida Association of Infant Mental Health (FAIMH) where she supports state efforts to address issues effecting infants, toddlers and young children.  

Ebony P. Miller, MSW

Howard University in Washington, DC.

Ebony has 20 years of experience in child welfare, managed care and the medical/ pediatric hospital setting. In addition to role as the IFMH Certificate Program Coordinator, Ebony’s current position at the USFSP Family Study Center has allowed her to continue the very important work of supporting collaborative efforts with the community and juvenile court system to achieve swifter permanency outcomes for infants and toddlers in foster care.

Radhika Dang

Master’s Student, University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Bachelor of English, University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Office Manager

Radhika is the Office Manager at the FSC and provides administrative and HR support on various FSC projects. Radhika earned her BA from USFSP and during her time here, worked as a tour guide and a student assistant for the College of Arts and Sciences. She is the founder and advisor of the South Asian Association at USFSP and is also the Bollywood Dance Choreographer for the team. Radhika was able to bring her experience and skills from working with the College of Arts and Sciences over to the Family Study Center. Currently, Radhika is working on her Master’s degree in Liberal Arts at USFSP, while working with the Family Study Center staff.

Jennifer Hughes

M.Ed Salisbury University, Salisbury MD

Jenny is a St. Petersburg native with a Master in Education from Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Jenny is the Project Coordinator of the Midtown Early Care and Education Collaborative at the Family Study Center. She has worked within the early childhood community for over 25 years as a Child Care Center Director, Teacher, Program Administrator of Early Childhood Screening and Intervention Services, and Program Director of Quality Initiatives in Early Childhood serving centers throughout Pinellas County. She also has experience with infants, toddlers and preschool age children in a psychotherapeutic setting to respond to issues around homelessness and trauma, and managed a children and youth psychiatric rehabilitation, respite and diversion program in Maryland. She has extensive experience training early childhood educators in various topics including Responsive Touch, Early Learning Best Practices, Language and Literacy, Screening and Early Intervention, and Nurturing Practices. She has worked with the Family Study Center in other capacities in recent years with a focus on creating trauma informed communities, specifically early childhood programs.

Sue A. Girling

BSAS in Public Health
Sue is a graduate from the University of South Florida, Tampa with a BSAS in Public Health.
She received her USF Certified Research Administrator~Advanced in 2014. Sue has an extensive administration background as a Vice President for US Vision for 30 years. For the last 8 years , Sue has been the Research Coordinator/Administrator for several studies at the USF Tampa campus for an emerging , science base psycho-therapy called Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) to eliminate or reduce symptoms of PTSD. Today Sue is the Research Administrator for the USFSP Family Study Center and the Infant Family Center at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.