Dr. Fedele: The Pediatric Behavioral Health Lab

The Pediatric Behavioral Health Lab is directed by David Fedele, 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 pediatric psychologists and researchers.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote the health of youth diagnosed with chronic medical conditions and their families. We seek to develop innovative, interdisciplinary, and theoretically-based methods to optimize health behavior change and reduce barriers to disease management.

Vision Statement

We strive to generate and disseminate knowledge that:

  1. Can positively and sustainably impact the health and psychosocial functioning of youth diagnosed with chronic medical conditions and their families.
  2. Is clinically relevant and readily integrated into practice.

Active Grant Funding




ReACT: An Adaptive Mobile Health Intervention for Adolescent Asthma

Role: Multiple Principal Investigators: Fedele & Cushing
Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Costs: $775,827
Description: The goal of this project is to develop a scalable just-in-time adaptive mobile health adherence promotion intervention for adolescents with persistent asthma.




AIM2ACT: Applying Interactive Mobile health to Asthma Care in Teens

Role: Principal Investigator
Source: National Institute for Child & Human Development
Costs: $310,913
Description: This study examines the development and pilot testing of a mHealth application to improve asthma self-management for adolescents with asthma.




mCHAMP: Development of a Nurse-Delivered Mobile Health Intervention for Children with Asthma and Obesity

Role: Multiple Principal Investigators: Fedele, Lucerso, & Janicke
Source: Shands Quasi Endowment Fund
Costs: $128,500
Description: The goal of this project is to develop a mobile health intervention for 6-12 year-old children with asthma and obesity that can be delivered by nurses at the point-of-care.




Child Asthma Exacerbation: Role of Caregiver Risk Beliefs

Role: Co-Investigator (MPI – Waters & Shepperd)
Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Costs: $2,584,995
Description: The objective of this study is to lay the groundwork for a future intervention by characterizing the basic psychological nature of caregivers’ beliefs about their child’s risk of having an asthma exacerbation (i.e., “proxy” risk beliefs).




The Child Health Quality (CHEQ) Partnership Program

Role: Co-Investigator (PI – Shenkman)
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Costs: $1,974,460
Description: The Child Health Quality Partnership will test and implement new measures to assess the quality of care for children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program in Texas and Florida.




Implementation of the Depression and Anxiety Guidelines: Award for a Mental Health Coordinator

Role: Co-Investigator (PI – Delgado)
Source: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Costs: $149,189
Description: This award supports the pediatric cystic fibrosis center at the University of Florida in efforts to implement mental health screenings, treatment, and referral guidelines for patients and their family members.

Completed Grant Funding




CHAT: Engaging Rural Communities in Asthma Care

Role: Principal Investigator
Source: University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Costs: $14,871
Description: The overarching objectives of this proposal are to form a sustainable stakeholder partnership team comprised of youth diagnosed with asthma and their caregivers and local stakeholders in two rural, medically underserved counties in north Florida to identify viable translational science research questions.




CHAMP: Examining a Behavioral Family Lifestyle Intervention for Weight Management in Overweight or Obese Children with Asthma 

 Role:  Principal Investigator
 Source:  American Lung Association
 Costs:  $78,590
Description:  The aim of this study is to design and pilot test a behavioral family-based intervention designed to promote successful weight and asthma management in overweight or obese children with asthma.




Comparison of Smoking and Vaping in Families

 Role:  Principal Investigator
 Source:  University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Description:  This pilot clinical research grant aims to assess the relationship of secondhand and thirdhand smoke to child health outcomes in youth with asthma as their parents participate in a smoking cessation program.