UCF RESTORES is a multi-disciplinary team consisting of behavioral health professionals (psychology, psychiatry, social work) who work collaboratively to provide cutting-edge treatment for trauma and stress-related disorders.

Meet our Team



Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D, ABPP


Dr. Beidel is Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education and the Executive Director of UCF RESTORES. Dr. Beidel received her Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her internship and post-doctoral clinical research fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh.


She was a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Maryland, and Penn State College of Medicine.


She was the 1990 recipient of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy’s New Researcher Award, the 1995 recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Medical School Psychologists, and the 2007 recipient of the APA Division 12 Samuel M. Turner Clinical Research Award.


Dr. Beidel holds the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a past-president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology.


She is a past Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Accreditation. She serves on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals. Her academic, research and clinical interests focus on child and adult trauma and anxiety disorders, including their etiology, psychopathology, and behavioral treatment. Her research is characterized by a developmental focus and includes high risk and longitudinal designs, psychophysiological assessment, treatment outcome and treatment development. She has been the recipient of grants from the Department of Defense and the National Institute of Mental Health addressing the development and efficacy of behavioral interventions for adults and children with PTSD as well as other anxiety disorders.


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Clint Bowers, Ph.D.


Dr. Bowers holds a Ph.D in Psychology from the University of South Florida. His chief interest is in the use of technology to facilitate teamwork. This takes several forms. The first includes basic research on the nature of effective teamwork and the factors that influence it. A second research thrust involves the training of teams. He is especially interested in the use of training technologies and simulation in training team skills. Finally, he is interested in the use of technology to assist teams in their day-to-day tasks. This includes research in information visualization, groupware, and other hardware/software systems. Besides his interest in team performance, he is also involved in several student projects. These include the use of virtual reality to teach deaf children, the neuropsychology of spatial abilities, and the use of warnings to manage predictable non-compliance.


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Sandra Neer, Ph.D.


Research Assistant Professor, Clinical Ph.D. Program


Dr. Neer joined the faculty of UCF as Research Assistant Professor in January, 2011. She served as Project Coordinator for the Trauma Management Therapy Program for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.


The program was funded by the Department of Defense with Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP as Principal Investigator. Dr. Neer screened potential participants, conducted comprehensive assessments, provided individual and group therapy, and supervised all post-doctoral and graduate students working on this project.


Dr. Neer received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University in 1990. She completed her internship and post-doctoral work at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh.


She has been a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh as well as the Medical College of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Neer has published a number of scholarly journal articles and book chapters. Her clinical research interests have included anxiety disorders, eating disorders and psychophysiological measurement.


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Amie Newins, Ph.D.


Dr. Newins joined the UCF faculty as an Assistant Professor in August 2016. Dr. Newins is a clinical researcher and supervisor in the RESTORES lab and the director of the Stress, Health, and Anxiety Research (SHARE) Lab.


Her research interests are broadly focused on the relationship between anxiety and behaviors and events that are associated with health risk. In particular, she is interested in the identification of risk factors for sexual assault victimization as well as the development of risk reduction programs. Furthermore, she is interested in treatment for anxiety, stressor, and trauma-related disorders, particularly following sexual assault. She is also interested in the relationship between anxiety and substance use. Her research has particularly focused on the relationship between social anxiety and alcohol-related consequences as well as PTSD and substance use.


Dr. Newins received her B.A. in Psychology from Mercer University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Durham VA Medical Center. She then worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Mental Illness Research and Treatment fellowship program at the VISN 6 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center and the Durham VA Medical Center.


Following her fellowship, she worked as a Staff Psychologist in the Substance Use Disorders Clinics of the Durham VA Medical Center before joining the faculty at UCF.



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David Rozek, Ph.D

David Rozek, Ph.D., is an incoming assistant professor at UCF RESTORES and the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Florida. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, completed his residency at the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and worked as a research fellow at University of Utah with an emphasis in clinical neuroscience. Prior to joining UCF RESTORES, Dr. Rozek held faculty appointments in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah and as the Director of Training at the National Center for Veterans Studies. He is a Beck Scholar and regularly provides training around the country to clinicians and medical professionals on best practices for suicidal patients.


Dr. Rozek’s research examines cognitive and behavioral interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and depression. He works primarily with military members and first responders. Dr. Rozek uses a multimethod approach, including randomized controlled trials, laboratory experiments, and observational studies. This work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Boeing Corporation, and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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