Health Division Leadership

Health Division Primary Faculty

Michael H Antoni

Director, Center for Psycho-Oncology Research
Associate Director, Health Division


(305) 284-5466
Dr. Michael Antoni received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island, his Master’s degree in Psychology at Connecticut College, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami in 1986, and completed a clinical internship at the Miami VAMC in 1987. He is Sylvester Distinguished Professor of Psychology...

Christina Cordero

Research Asst. Professor


(305) 243-2044

Sannisha Dale, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Director, Strengthening Health through INnovation and Engagement (SHINE) Research Program
Chair, Diversity and Equity Committee, Department of Psychology


(305) 284-1991
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in conducting research on the intersection of mental (e.g., PTSD) and physical health (e.g. HIV) and developing interventions. I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Boston University in 2014, Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/Harvard Medical School...

Barry E Hurwitz



(305) 243-1444
Dr. Barry Hurwitz is a Professor of Psychology, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering. He is the Director of the Cardiovascular and Diabetes Behavioral Medicine Laboratory (CARDIA-BMED), and Associate Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at the University of Miami. Much of his research has been focused on examining the...

Gail H Ironson



(305) 284-5299
With over 250 publications Dr. Ironson has directed federally funded research studies investigating psychological factors in long survival with HIV, stress management, positive psychological factors and coping, spirituality, and treatments for traumatized individuals. She is currently President of the American Psychosomatic Society and is Past...

Youngmee Kim



(305) 284-5439
Dr. Kim is Professor of Psychology and Member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Miami. Dr. Kim received her Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of Rochester. She completed two years of Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and was on the faculty of the...

Maria Magdalena Llabre, Ph.D.

Director, Biobehavioral Statistics
Behavioral Medicine Research Center
Cooper Fellow


(305) 284-6698
Dr. Maria Magdalena Llabre is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami.  She is also Director of Biobehavioral Statistics at the Behavioral Medicine Research Center. She teaches graduate statistics and is lead faculty in the Applied Quantitative LaB.  Her research uses...

Philip M. McCabe

Chairman, Department of Psychology


(305) 284-5507
I am a Professor of Psychology and Biomedical Engineering, and the Chairman of the Psychology Department at UM. Before I became the Chair, I served as the Director of the interdepartmental Undergraduate Neuroscience Program.  I did my undergraduate studies and also received my Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at...

Roger Christopher McIntosh

Associate Professor


(305) 243-2047
Dr. Roger McIntosh directs the BREATH (Brain Respiration Embodiment Affect & Translational Health) Lab. and examines the effects of aging, stress and chronic inflammatory immune conditions (e.g., HIV) on neuropsychological functioning. Dr. McIntosh is currently supported by the NHLBI to study how individual differences in cardiovascular...

Frank J Penedo

Associate Director for Cancer Survivorship & Translational Behavioral Sciences
Director, Cancer Survivorship Program Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


(305) 284-4290
Frank J. Penedo, Ph.D. is a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Medicine, center Associate Director for Cancer Survivorship and Translational Behavioral Sciences and the Sylvester DCC Living Proof Endowed Chair in Cancer Survivorship at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. He received his Ph.D. in clinical...

Marc Puccinelli

Asst. Professor of Clinical Psychology
Clinical Assistant Professor


(305) 243-3508

Patrice G. Saab



(305) 284-5472

Steven A. Safren



(305) 284-2818
I am the Director of the UM Center for HIV and Research in Mental Health (NIMH-funded AIDS Research Center) and the Health Promotion and Care Research Program where we study health behavior change, with a particular emphasis on mental health and substance use components of HIV prevention and treatment domestically and internationally....

Angela Szeto, Ph.D.

Research Asst. Professor


(305) 243-6729
Angela Szeto, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, studies the role of social/emotional factors on the progression of atherosclerosis and Type 2 Diabetes in cell culture models (in vitro) and animal models (in vivo).

Lara Traeger

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-3012
Dr. Traeger, a clinical psychologist, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami and Lead, Translational Behavioral Research in Cancer and Aging at the UM/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Traeger conducts research on strategies to enhance quality of life and quality of care among adults affected by cancer and...

Affiliated Faculty

Audrey Harkness

Asst. Professor


(305) 243-8949
PhD Dr. Audrey Harkness is a psychologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Harkness received her PhD in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016. She then completed a clinical health psychology postdoctoral fellowship in the Psychology Department...

Amishi Jha

Director of Contemplative Neuroscience


(305) 284-1931
Dr. Amishi Jha, PhD is Director of Contemplative Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami. Prior to her current post, she was an Assistant Professor at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.S in Biological Psychology from the University of Michigan, her Ph.D in...

Bonnie E Levin



(305) 243-7529

Armando J Mendez, Ph.D.

Research Assoc. Professor


(305) 243-5342

Guillermo J Prado

Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost


(305) 284-2002
Guillermo (Willy) Prado is the University of Miami's chief academic officer, serving as interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, with appointing and oversight authority concerning the deans of the 12 schools and colleges and the senior administrators involved with research, undergraduate and graduate education, and...