David Janicke, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr Janicke


Email:  djanicke@phhp.ufl.edu
Office: 352-273-6046

CV – David Janicke, Ph.D.


Dr. Janicke’s research efforts focus on disease self-management, treatment adherence and coping/adjustment for children with acute and chronic illness, as well as health promotion.  Specifically, his current empirical work has multiple major foci: (1) behavioral family interventions to address pediatric obesity and factors that impact the development of obesity, (2) disease self-management, treatment adherence, and adjustment for children with type 1 diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease, (3) disease management and factors contributing to the association between obesity and other health conditions, such as sleep disorders and cancer, (4) understanding  factors impacting pediatric health care expenditures and the economic impact of pediatric psychology interventions/services. He has made significant contributions to the scientific literature; pursued and received extramural funding; provided research opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, psychology interns, and post-doctoral fellows; participated in multidisciplinary collaborative research with investigators from the College of Public Health and Health Professions (Behavioral Science and Community Health; Health Services Research, Management and Policy; Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Physical Therapy; Florida Center for Medicaid and the Uninsured), College of Medicine (Endocrinology; Gastroenterology; General Pediatrics), and IFAS. For a list of publication, see Dr. Janicke’s Curriculum Vita.

Current/Recent Pediatric Focused Dissertation Projects Include:

  • Adherence in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes on multiple Daily Injections and Insulin Pump Therapy and Associated Psychology Factors
  • Impact of Sleep Timing on Dietary Intake and Physical Activity in Youth: An Experimental N-of-1 Sleep Manipulation
  • Longitudinal Relationships Between Psychological Functioning, Quality of Life and Medical Expenditures in Youth with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Influence of Parent and Patient and Health Care Trainees Characteristics on Assessment and Treatment Decisions for Obese and Non-obese Youth: A Virtual Human Technology Investigation
  • The impact of the built environment on a family-based lifestyle intervention for obese rural youth.
  • Longitudinal Predictors of Loss of Control Eating in Youth
  • The Relationship Among the Built Environment, Health Behaviors, QOL, and Weight Status in Overweight and Obese Rural Children
  • Examining the Contribution of Health Behaviors and Psychosocial Functioning in Anti-epileptic Drug Induced Weight Gain Among Children with Epilepsy.


Dr. Janicke’s clinical efforts have centered on assessment and treatment of pediatric related health conditions and adjustment to such conditions. Most notably he conducts a weekly behavioral pediatrics clinic which focuses on treatment of children with feeding aversion, elimination disorders, pain, inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes, as well as general clinical child issues. Within the clinic his team also conducts organ transplant evaluations.  He also supervises trainees in multiple interdisciplinary team clinics including type 1 diabetes clinic, pediatric sleep clinic, inflammatory bowel disease clinic, and feeding aversion clinic.  Finally he supervises students seeing individual outpatient therapy cases in these areas.  In 2016 Dr. Janicke was Board Certified in Clinical Child Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.


Dr. Janicke teaches the graduate level course in pediatric psychology, and also co-teaches the advances child therapy course along with his child area colleagues.  He provides clinical supervision and professional mentorship of graduate students, pre-doctoral psychology interns, and post-doctoral fellows.  He has chaired numerous master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation research projects for his mentees.


Dr. Janicke follows a junior colleague model in providing research supervision. He has served as Chair on nineteen completed doctoral dissertations. He currently is serving as Chair or co-Chair on four additional doctoral dissertations. His students continue to produce dissertation research in a variety of pediatric focused areas, most notably with current projects in the areas of obesity, sleep, diabetes, oncology, inflammatory bowel disease. His students have also used virtual human technology to examine the potential impact of physician bias (i.e., race, gender, weight) on health disparities. In 2007 and 2011 Dr. Janicke was awarded the “Graduate Research Mentor of the Year Award” by the doctoral students in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology.  In 2014, Dr. Janicke was awarded the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ “Doctoral Mentor of the Year”.