Meet the Lab

Joy Gabrielli, Ph.D.

Joy Gabrielli, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Phone: (352) 273-8248

Dr. Joy Gabrielli specializes in the treatment of adolescents and families. She is trained in trauma-focused intervention that is both individual- and family-based. She also has experience with reduction of health risk behaviors in youth.

Dr. Gabrielli’s program of research centers on the identification of modifiable environmental risk factors for adolescent health risk behaviors (e.g., substance use) that can be targeting for intervention and prevention efforts. She also has a specific interest in working with understudied and high-risk populations in this area, with a particular emphasis on youth in foster care. Following her work at the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health at Dartmouth, she developed an interest in applications of digital technologies to address the prevention and treatment needs of youth clinical populations. Dr. Gabrielli has also created a framework for a media literacy preventative intervention for parents (T.E.C.H. Parenting) to reduce youth risk for initiation of health risk behaviors.

Accomplishments:
  • University of Florida Anderson Scholars Faculty Honoree
    2019 · University of Florida
  • Hugh C. Davis Award for Excellence in Clinical Supervision
    2019 · University of Florida
  • Dartmouth College Professional Development Award
    2018 · Dartmouth University
Specialties:
  • Psychology
Subspecialties:
  • Clinical Child / Pediatric Psychology
Clinical Interests:
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
Research Summary:

The Youth Risk and Resilience Lab is directed by Joy Gabrielli, Ph.D. It is housed in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. Graduate students in the lab work toward doctorate degrees that lead to careers as clinical child psychologists and researchers.

We seek to improve understanding of factors (both environmental and individual) that contribute to youth trajectories of risk and resilience as they progress in development towards adulthood. Within this aim, we look to employ novel technologies and methodologies to promote research engagement and data capture and improve strategies for prevention and intervention efforts. Further, we actively seek to conduct research that benefits underserved and underrepresented youth populations.

For more information, visit Dr. Gabrielli’s Lab Page here: https://child-pedspsych.phhp.ufl.edu/current-projects/dr-gabrielli-the-youth-risk-resilience-lab/

Research Interests:
  • child trauma
  • media parenting
  • prevention of adolescent health risk behavior
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Education:
  • 2015
    PhD – Clinical Child Psychology
    University of Kansas
  • 2010
    MA – clinical Psychology
    University of Montana

Mission Statement

We seek to improve understanding of factors (both environmental and individual) that contribute to youth trajectories of risk and resilience as they progress in development towards adulthood. Within this aim, we look to employ novel technologies and methodologies to promote research engagement and data capture and improve strategies for prevention and intervention efforts. Further, we actively seek to conduct research that benefits underserved and underrepresented youth populations.

Vision Statement

Our aim is to produce knowledge through research that:

  1. Elucidates explanatory factors relevant for trajectories of health risk behaviors in youth.
  2. Results in novel approaches to promote resilience and reduce youth risk for initiation and progression of health risk behaviors.
  3. Has the potential to directly impact clinical practice.

Graduate Students

Erin Corcoran, B.A.

I am a second-year graduate student in the YRR Lab, with a primary research interest in adolescent risk behavior, including substance use and online risk. In addition to my own research, I serve as the lab manager for the YRR Lab and resource for the undergraduate students. After graduation I hope to work in an academic research center with a continued focus on adolescent risk behavior.

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Amanda Bennett, B.A.

As a graduate student in the Youth Risk and Resilience Lab, I am primarily interested in adverse childhood experiences, particularly within youth in foster care. In addition to my own research, I also work with the undergrads on current lab projects. After graduation I hope to continue research on maltreatment and work towards prevention and intervention efforts.

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Research Assistants

Emily Baker

As an undergraduate research assistant in the Youth Risk and Resilience Lab, I assist with qualitative NVivo coding, Qualtrics survey assembling, collecting data for studies/projects through mobile application testing, and conducting literature reviews. I am currently conducting my own research project studying working patterns and parent/child relationships during Covid-19.After graduation, I plan to apply to Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduate programs.

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Emily Shaffer

As a research assistant I assist Dr. Gabrielli and the graduate students with ongoing research tasks for active projects, such as content coding in NVivo and helping conduct literature reviews. I also conduct my own research project, and gain experience with other research activities. After graduation, I plan to take a year to gain more research experience, and then I intend to apply to Clinical Psychology Ph.D programs.

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Rachel Walton

I am a third year Psychology major at the University of Florida. As an undergraduate research assistant, I assist Dr. Gabrielli and the graduate students with ongoing research tasks including qualitative data coding in NVivo, literature searches for grant applications and manuscripts, and abstract writing for poster presentations. After graduation, I plan to apply to Clinical Psychology Ph.D. programs.

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Morganne Warner

As an undergraduate research assistant, I contribute to lab tasks including literature searches for manuscripts and grant applications, data coding in NVivo, and measurement development. I have also assisted with drafting and submitting poster publication abstracts to the Society for Research in Child Development 2021 Biennial Conference. I am interested in researching the effects of parental maltreatment and parental substance abuse on minority and at-risk youth. Next year, I will begin applying to Clinical Psychology Ph.D. programs that offer an emphasis in child clinical psychology.

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Farwah Zaidi

I am a third year Psychology and Health Science undergraduate student, conducting research through the Social and Behavioral Sciences Graduate School Ph.D. Preparatory Program. I am conducting an honors thesis project on placement disruptions in youth in foster care. I am interested in researching adolescent health risk behaviors in marginalized populations, including youth in foster care, that have been exposed to stressors such as Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma. I plan to apply to clinical psychology graduate programs upon graduation.

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