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Brenda Wiens, Ph.D., Center Director

Dr. Wiens joined the NRBHC in October 2002. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology and is currently working on projects with the Columbia County School District.

Dr. Wiens completed an internship in clinical child and pediatric psychology at the University of Florida, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in 2000 and later worked as a clinical and research associate with the NRBHC’s school-linked mental health services in Columbia County. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2003.

Dr. Wiens specializes in clinical child psychology. Her other interests include volunteering at Camp Boggy Creek, a weekend and summer camping program for children with chronic illnesses.


Ronald H. Rozensky, Ph.D., Principal Investigator SAMHSA grant to fund the creation of the NRBHC

Dr. Rozensky is a Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida.

He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974. Dr. Rozensky specializes in health psychology, primary care, panic disorder, and health policy and administration. He is board certified in clinical psychology and clinical health psychology and is founding and present editor of The Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.


Michael G. Perri, Ph.D., ABPP, PHHP Dean

Dr. Perri is Dean of the College of Public Health and Health Professions and a UF Research Foundation Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology.

He specializes in health promotion, obesity, and exercise, and has conducted NIH funded projects on weight management interventions for rural women. He received his Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Julius Gylys, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Gylys has previously been involved in the rural psychology training program in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology from 2000-2007 supervising a primary care rotation at Dixie and Levy county health departments. Dr. Gylys currently supervises graduate students in a primary care rotation at the North Florida-South Georgia VA Medical Center, where he is a Staff Psychologist. Dr. Gylys received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University in 2000. His interests include smoking cessation, rural behavioral health, interpersonal psychotherapy, and primary care clinical and health psychology.