FSC Staff

James P. McHale, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
Center Director
jmchale@mail.usf.edu

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.

Lisa S. Negrini, LCSW

Doctoral Student Fielding Graduate University

LCSW, MSW, Marywood University, Scranton, PA

Chief Operating Officer

lnegrini@usfsp.edu

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
Administrative Support
rdang@mail.usf.edu

Radhika is the Administrative Specialist 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 President 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 English Education 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
CRA~USF/Advanced
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.

Allison Pinto

FSC- IFMH

Jacqueline C. Malone LCSW, ACSW

LCSW, MSW, University of Alabama, Tuscaloose, Alabama

Infant Family Mental Health Clinician
Jacki is an Infant Family Mental Health therapist assigned to the Infant Family Mental Health Clinic of the Family Study Center.  She is an LCSW with an MSW from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Jacki has been working with children and families for over 30 years.  She has worked in early childhood settings, outpatient and residential settings, and with children in the juvenile justice system.  She loves to integrate experiential initiatives such as drawing and painting, outdoor adventure based challenges, and movement activities into the therapy experience. She has expertise in family systems, early childhood interventions, substance abuse interventions, and clinical supervision and training.   Jacki is a practitioner of evidence-based interventions that include Circle of Security groups, Nurturing Parenting groups, Child Parent Psychotherapy, Rapid Resolution Therapy and Accelerated Resolution Therapy.  She is currently completing her certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.  Jacki‘s expertise includes developing program systems, continuous quality improvement and presenting and facilitating workshops in the areas of childhood trauma, family engagement strategies, trauma coping strategies, and infant/childhood and adolescent mental health.

Maureen Griner

LaDonna Butler

Jessica Lassiter