About Us


James P. McHale, Ph. D.

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

Dr. McHale is a Professor of Psychology, Director of the USF Family Study Center on the St. Petersburg campus, and Executive Director for the Family Study Center’s Infant-Family Center. He was previously Founding Chair of the USF St. Petersburg Department of Psychology, a position he held for 7 years. James has published over 100 articles and manuscripts on coparenting in diverse family systems, the central focus of the Family Study Center’s work. His research studies have been supported since 1996 by the National Institutes of Health and numerous other entities. He serves as PI for National Institute of Child Health and Development R01, Randomized Controlled Trial of a Prenatal Coparenting Intervention for African American Fragile Families; Administration for Children and Families HMRE award, Skills-Based Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Services for At-Risk Families through a Child Welfare Diversion Program; and several other state, local, and Foundation grants.

Anne E. Hogan, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Applied Developmental Psychology, University of Miami (FL)   

An Adjunct Faculty member of the USF Psychology Department and the Family Study Center, Dr. Hogan has taught graduate courses in the Psychology MA Program and for the Infant-Family Mental Health Certificate program since 2015. She is presently project lead and co-Director for an FSC collaborative project with the state of Florida’s Office of Early Learning developing Reflective Supervision capacity for the state’s Early Learning Coalitions. Previously, she directed Florida State University (FSU)’s Harris Institute for Infant Mental Health Training from 2002-2013 and is co-author of the FSU Center for Prevention & Early Intervention Policy’s Partners for a Healthy Baby Curriculum.  Anne also served as 2015-2016 President of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health and is currently Co-Leader for the FAIMH IMH-E ® Endorsement Committee. She continues to provide training and consultation throughout Florida and serves on the Advisory Committee for Florida’s Early Childhood Coordinating Systems (ECCS) statewide project. The primary focus of her efforts is on IMH training and workforce development for multidisciplinary audiences, with an emphasis on child development and applications of IFMH and developmental principles.   

Serina Lewis, MSW 

MSW, University of Texas at Arlington 

Ms. Lewis is the Office Manager at the FSC and provides administrative and HR support for both the FSC and its Infant-Family Center. Serina earned her BS in Family, Youth, and Community Science from the University of Florida and has been involved with the FSC in numerous capacities for over 10 years. She previously served as a Mentor for "Figuring It Out for the Child", was a central study team member for that NICHD grant funded study for 6 years and is a co-author on forthcoming reports from its randomized controlled trial. Serina also holds an MSW, is training to receive certification as a practitioner of Child-Parent Psychotherapy and is working toward eventual licensure to practice as a social worker in the state of Florida. 

Ebony P. Miller, MSW 

MSW, Howard University 

Ms. Miller is a Program Planner/Analyst for the FSC and one of the FSC’s most senior staff contributors, having served as Infant Family Mental Health Programs Coordinator since 2014. A graduate of Howard University, Ebony has 25 years of experience in child welfare, managed care, and medical/pediatric hospital settings. She has provided leadership for and supported numerous Family Study Center collaborations and initiatives in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County, including the Circuit 6 Early Childhood Court's Steering Committee and the Concerned Organization for Quality Education of Black Students (COQEBS) School Readiness Committee. Ebony is currently lead Project Manager for a community-based initiative sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families, Skills-based healthy marriage and relationship education services for at-risk families through a child welfare diversion program. 

Sue A. Girling, BSAS 

BSAS in Public Health, CRA~USF/Advanced 

Ms. Girling is the FSC’s lead Research Administrator and supports several of its grant-funded projects and programs. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Tampa with a BSAS in Public Health, Sue has been a USF Certified Research Administrator ~ Advanced since 2014. Prior to joining USF, she served as Vice President for US Vision for 30 years, and her background includes 8 years as a Research Coordinator and Administrator at USF's Tampa campus supporting several sponsored projects testing a promising therapeutic practice for treating PTSD in adults, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (or ART). Sue currently serves as Data Manager for a community-based initiative sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families, Skills-based healthy marriage and relationship education services for at-risk families through a child welfare diversion program. 

LaDonna Butler, EdD, LMHC 

Ed.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Argosy University 

Dr. Butler is an Associate Program Director for the Family Study Center and an Adjunct Faculty member in Psychology on the St. Petersburg campus. From 2018-2020 she served as the Family Study Center’s Learning and Development Facilitator for the Foundation for a Healthy St Petersburg sponsored-project “Trauma-Informed Infant-Family Mental Health”, and now serves as PI for an expansion of that initiative, Reckoning with Race and COVID-19 in Infant-Family Mental Health. In the St. Petersburg community, LaDonna serves as Executive Director and CEO of The Well for Life, an alternative healing space serving individuals in need of mental health counseling, wellness, and self-care resources.