About Us


In the Summer of 2010, Dr. Jeffrey Cassisi joined the faculty of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program after serving as the Director of the UCF Clinical Psychology M.A. program located in Daytona Beach, FL. Upon his arrival, he began to develop a new program of research reflecting basic concepts in health psychology and psychophysiology. The Health Psychology Lab opened officially in the Fall of 2010. It was a small organization at the time, but has since grown into a substantial group of researchers and clinicians

The lab has grown in terms of both personnel and research interests. A number of graduate students from a variety of backgrounds have joined the team and have helped develop a broad and well-rounded program of research that reflects themes threaded throughout the fields of psychology and behavioral medicine

The Health Psychology Lab at UCF

Presently, the lab serves as an active training ground and research laboratory for the University of Central Florida and the surrounding community.

Our main goal to contribute to the advancement of psychological science. In particular, we focus on how physiological processes are related to psychological events. Our research involves the physiology of emotions, anxiety, stress, and medical illness. The laboratory is used to develop and evaluate of a variety of contemporary psychological treatments as well as the theory underlying our current understanding of mental illness. These objectives have allowed our team follow a variety of research domains.

Research in the lab is highly cooperative. Collaboration on projects ensures each member of the team has the opportunity to share knowledge and helps address a variety of perspectives in a single study. Each member of the team is a valued contributor to our work and we are always interested in considering new perspectives