Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology

Internship Faculty Bios

Heather Agazzi, Ph.D., ABPP

Heather Agazzi, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Agazzi is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics and the Section Chief of the Division of Child Development. She is a licensed psychologist and board certified in child and adolescent clinical psychology. Dr. Agazzi is the Internship Director of the USF Health Internship in Professional Psychology. She specializes in services for children with a range of neurodevelopmental problems including disruptive behavior disorders, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, trauma exposures, and learning disabilities. Dr. Agazzi’s research interests include behavioral parent training programs for children with developmental disabilities, disruptive behavior disorders and social-emotional problems associated with trauma. Namely, her research has focused on the implementation of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, HOT DOCS, and Smart Start for young children and their families.  

She earned her doctorate degree from University of South Florida and completed an internship in pediatric school psychology in Pasco County Schools (school-based) and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (clinic based). Dr. Agazzi became faculty at USF Health in 2007.

Jillian Childres, Ph.D.

Dr. Childres is an Assistant Professor at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. She is a licensed pyschologist and her clinical work focuses on assessment, diagnosis, and intervention for young children with disruptive behavior disorders, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, social-emotional difficulties, and learning disabilities. Dr. Childres’ research interests include behavioral parent training for children with disruptive or challenging behaviors and early intervention for extremely premature or medically complex infants and toddlers. Dr. Childres is a Master Trainer of the HOT DOCS parenting program.

She earned her doctorate degree from University of South Florida and completed a pre-specialist internship in pediatric school psychology in the Louisiana School Psychology Internship Consortium (school-based and clinic based) and a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (clinic based). Dr. Childres became faculty at USF Health in 2011.

Shadae Najmabadi, Psy.D.

Dr. Najmabadi is an Assistant Professor at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.  She is a clinical psychologist providing services for children, adolescents, young adults, and families with a wide range of concerns, including noncompliance, self-injury, depression, psychotic disorders, anxiety, and trauma. She uses a variety of empirically-based treatments (e.g., DBT, TFCBT, PCIT, CBT with ERP) in order to empower her clients to make real, lasting changes for a better future.

Dr. Najmabadi earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her internship at Devereux Massachusetts & Rhode Island, a nonprofit therapeutic day school and residential treatment center. She received specialized training in the treatment of adolescents engaging in self-injurious behaviors who have experienced either a single incident trauma or chronic childhood abuse. She also completed a two year fellowship with the Division of Medical Psychology within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida. During her fellowship, Dr. Najmabadi specialized in providing mental health services to patients with OCD, Gender Dysphoria, Depression, Trauma-and Stressor Related Disorders, and other psychiatric conditions across a variety of settings including hospitals and outpatient clinics. Dr. Najmabadi’s clinical interests include parent-child interactions, depression, anxiety, trauma, and other mood disorders.

Emily Shaffer-Hudkins, Ph.D.

Dr. Shaffer-Hudkins is an Assistant professor at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and the director of the Bay Area Early Steps program, serving children birth to three with special needs in Hillsborough and Polk counties. She specializes in psychosocial assessment and intervention for young children with developmental disabilities, including challenging behavior, autism spectrum disorder, and feeding concerns. Her research also focuses on the incorporation of positive psychology and resiliency in healthcare.

Dr. Shaffer-Hudkins earned her doctorate in school psychology from the University of South Florida, with an emphasis in pediatrics. She completed a doctoral internship with the University of South Florida and Pasco County School District.

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Giselle Ruano, Psy.D.

Dr. Giselle Ruano is a bilingual, clinical psychologist in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, who conducts comprehensive psychological evaluations in English and Spanish for both children and adults. She specializes in assessments of ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, personality, substance abuse and trauma related disorders.  Dr. Ruano has specialty training and extensive experience working with children and families exposed to trauma, including both victims and perpetrators of abuse. She also has experience evaluating court-mandated individuals involved in legal proceedings with family, dependency and drug court. Dr. Ruano provides psychotherapeutic services to children, adolescents and adults using evidence-based practices and a trauma-informed approach to help them overcome a variety of mental health challenges and diagnoses.     


Dr. Ruano graduated from Albizu University in Miami, Florida in 2011 with a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and a concentration in Forensic Psychology. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Psychology from Boston University in 2000 and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University in 1998. Dr. Ruano completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship as well as a Post-Doctoral Residency program at the Child and Family Guidance center in Northridge, California. 

Jacquelyn Flood, Psy.D.

Jacquelyn Flood, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. She provides individual therapy as well as comprehensive psychological evaluations for children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Flood is able to provide evaluation and treatment of PTSD using empirically supported treatments to include Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She is also able to provide evaluation and treatment for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, cognitive challenges, learning challenges, behavioral challenges, identity challenges, domestic violence, abuse, divorce, and challenges within families. Dr. Flood has experience working with children and families who are involved with the foster care system as well as children who have been adopted.
Dr. Flood is an Army Veteran and has served in the Army National Guard, Army Reserves and Active Duty Army and has extensive experience working with veterans and their families. This has included providing treatment for military sexual trauma.

Dr. Flood graduated from Argosy University in Tampa, Florida in 2006 with a Doctorate in clinical psychology and a concentration in child psychology. She graduated with her Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2003 from Argosy University. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Education in 1999 from Arizona State University with a concentration in special education. Dr. Flood completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania and post-doctoral residency at The Children’s Home in Tampa, Florida.
Kimberly Knap, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. She specializes in assessment, diagnosis, and intervention for children with disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, social-emotional difficulties, and ADHD. Dr. Knap is a certified PCIT therapist and Level-1 trainer.

Dr. Knap obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in child psychology, from the University of North Florida. She earned her doctorate degree in school psychology with specialization in early childhood and school-based mental health services from the University of South Florida. She completed a doctoral internship with the University of South Florida and Pasco County School District. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of South Florida.
Danielle Cimorelli, Ph.D.  is a Licensed Psychologist and Early Interventionist with the Bay Area Early Steps program. She specializes in services for young children and families who are affected by developmental and communication delays and behavioral difficulties. She also provides comprehensive developmental assessments for children birth to age three, as well as evaluations for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dr. Cimorelli’s research interests include: the effects of early intervention services on children’s outcomes in school, family, and community; evidence-based interventions and treatments for ASD and related developmental disabilities; understanding the relationship between parent-child interactions and the effects those interactions have on child, family, and community outcomes; and understanding the relationship between developmental disabilities and functional independence, social skills, and quality of life.

Dr. Cimorelli earned her doctorate degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and completed a school-based doctoral internship in pediatric school psychology in the Pittsburgh Public School District through the Pittsburgh Psychology Internship Consortium, and a clinical pediatric postdoctoral fellowship at the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities in Memphis, TN. She received her professional psychology license in 2017 and joined the Bay Area Early Steps Internal Provider Team in August of 2018.