HEAL People

 Dunn, Michael 2014-1

Michael E. Dunn, Ph.D.

Email: Michael.Dunn@ucf.edu

Dr. Dunn joined UCF in 1996 after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Alcohol and Substance Use Research Institute at the University of South Florida. He worked for Dr. G. Alan Marlatt for four years at the Addictive Behavior Research Center while completing a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Washington. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1995 at the University of South Florida under the direction of Dr. Mark Goldman. Dr. Dunn is a founding member of the faculty of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at UCF. His research interests include the development of alcohol and substance use in children, development of prevention and intervention programs for children and college students, cognitive processes related to alcohol and substance use, alcohol-related harms, interpersonal violence and sexual assault. Programs based on his work are currently in use in high schools and colleges nationwide. Dr. Dunn is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Florida (PY5502) and his clinical interests include Mindfulness, ACT, and DBT for the treatment of substance use and other disorders.  He has served as a consultant to school systems, foundations, universities, and attorneys on alcohol and substance use issues in addition to his academic position at UCF. His research has been supported by grants from NIAAA, SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Education, The State of Florida and others. Dr. Dunn established SURG at UCF in 1996 to facilitate research, teaching, and community service related to alcohol and drug use.  SURG has grown to include three faculty members and their research labs, REALE-TIME, DREAM, and Dr. Dunn’s lab which is now known as HEAL.


Jessica Flori

Jessica (Jess) is currently a fourth year in UCF’s Clinical Psychology PhD Program. Originally from Rhode Island, she received her B.A. from Wheaton College in Norton, MA in 2013 with a major in Psychology and minors in English Literature and Ethnomusicology. Jess received her Master of Science from UCF in 2020 with her thesis entitled: Changes in Likely Activation Patterns of Alcohol Expectancies After Exposure to the Expectancy Challenge Alcohol Literacy Curriculum (ECALC). Jess’s research interests include the refinement of non-experiential expectancy challenge prevention and intervention programs, promotion of harm reduction strategies for substance use, and investigation of factors influencing the occurrence of alcohol related harms.

Mark Crisafulli

Mark received his B.A. from Clark University in Worcester, MA in 2016 with a major in Psychology and a concentration in Law and Society. Mark recently completed his thesis examining a theoretical model of college student alcohol use. His research interests include substance use expectancies, and he currently is working on projects examining vaping, cannabis, and simultaneous alcohol and cannabis use expectancies.

Gabbi Lynch

Gabrielle (“Gabbi”) Lynch received her B.A. from DePaul University in 2019 where she majored in psychology. While at DePaul, she conducted research on social networks in substance use recovery homes and was a member of the McNair Scholars Fellowship program. She is now a part of the Graduate McNair Scholars Fellowship as a second-year student in UCF’s Clinical Psychology PhD program. Her primary research interest are how expectancies and social support can be used to prevent the development of substance abuse as well as how they can be used to aid in sustained recovery.

Emy Willis

Emy is a fifth-year doctoral student in the UCF’s clinical psychology program. She was raised in Hawaii, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Hawaii Pacific University. Emy has completed her clinical training at the UCF’s substance use disorder clinic (SUD-C) supervised by Dr.  Dunn, and substance use rotation at the Orlando VA. Before becoming a member of UCF HEAL, Emy’s research interest focused on trauma-related interventions. Through her current work in the UCF HEAL, she is eager to expand the knowledge base of co-occurring substance use and trauma-related interventions.

Doctoral Alumni


Alyssa Dietz, Ph.D.

Alyssa received a B.A. from the University of Miami in 2009 with a major in psychology and minor in family and human services. She was awarded the Provost Fellowship shortly thereafter and matriculated into the doctoral program in clinical psychology. Alyssa defended her master’s thesis, a meta-analysis of classroom based substance use prevention programs, in 2012. Her research interests include construction and validation of substance use prevention and early intervention programs for high school and college students, the role of expectancies in the development of substance misuse. Alyssa is also interested in using mindfulness based therapies, such as DBT or ACT, for people experiencing substance use problems.  Dr. Dietz earned her Ph.D. from UCF in 2016 and is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania – York.

Alyssa’s Curriculum Vitae

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  • Dr. Pamela Brown
  • Dr. Iris Cruz
  • Dr. Wiveca Borjesson-Holman
  • Dr. Jackie Alfonso
  • Dr. Cathy Lau-Barraco
  • Dr. Tiffany Linkovich Kyle


The First Barlab at UCF

The New Barlab

2020 Grad Students & Dr. Dunn

Halloween Bowling and Costume Contest 2019