Past Crew Updates

Over the years, Dr. Scogin has mentored numerous successful graduate students who have gone on to achieve great things.  Here are some updates on past crew members.

Elizabeth DiNapoli, Ph.D.


Ernest Wayde, Ph.D.






Adriana Yon, Ph.D.

Fred and Adriana Yon



After completing a post-doctoral fellow at Montgomery VA Medical Center, Dr. Yon worked as a Neuropsychologist at Cornerstone behavioral Medicine in North Carolina.  Presently she is employed at the VA in Tuscaloosa in Alabama.  Dr. Yon continues to present her work on Personality Assessment scales and other areas at conferences including the National Academy of Neuropsychology Conference.  She is also working with Beth to publish her dissertation about treating symptoms of insomnia with manualized treatments for depression.  She is enjoying life in Tuscaloosa with her husband Fred and son Jack.





Ashley Gabriel, Ph.D

Dr. Gabriel’s predoctoral internship was completed in 2008 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Training Consortium, with a primary placement at the Birmingham Veteran Affairs Medical Center. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in 2009 at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Dr. Gabriel is currently a staff psychologist at the University of Georgia Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), where she also serves as Coordinator of Testing Services. Dr. Gabriel currently lives in Athens, Georgia.  Although it can be lonely being a big UA fan in “Dawg Country”, she never misses a UA football game on television and tries to get back to Tuscaloosa for a game whenever possible.  Dr. Gabriel and her husband, Mark, are eagerly awaiting their first child, a son named Christian, who is due in December.


Mark Prohaska, Ph.D

Dr Prohaska

After completing his doctoral coursework, Dr. Prohaska went on to complete specialty training in Neuropsychology through his internship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.  Upon completion of his training, Dr. Prohaska returned to Tuscaloosa and worked at the VA Medical Center for two years before entering private practice and establishing the Neuropsychology Clinic in 1997.  Dr. Prohaska has numerous publications and is a popular sought-after public speaker, his is primary passion is in his clinical work with patients facing neurocognitive challenges across the lifespan.  Dr. Prohaska continues to serve as the director of the Neuropsychology Clinic and has specific interests in aging, dementing illnesses, neurocognitive disorders, ADHD, and learning disabilities.



Jorge Varela, Ph.D

Dr. Varela completed his internship in the U.S. Air Force and served until 2008, having achieved the rank of Major.  His duty assignments included working as a staff psychologist at Maxwell AFB (Montgomery, AL) and Lackland AFB (San Antonio, TX), and as the Mental Health Flight Commander at Kirtland AFB (Albuquerque, NM).  Dr. Varela has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Psychology and Philosophy at Sam Houston State University since Fall 2008, where he teaches undergraduate Abnormal Psychology and Psychology and the Law as well as doctoral-level Multicultural Psychology and Practicum.  His area of research is multicultural issues in forensic psychology.  In addition to his academic work, Dr. Varela is an independent contractor with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and evaluates sexual offenders being considered for civil commitment as sexually violent predators.  During his spare time, he fights crime as a Cuban super-ninja warrior and obsesses over Crimson Tide football.


Jamie Pardini, Ph.D

Dr. Pardini graduated from the program in 2003, and attended UA 1998-2002, prior to beginning internship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System as a neuropsychology intern.  She received post-doctoral fellowship training from 2003-2006 at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.  She was hired as a faculty member by the same department in April 2006, and remained there as Assistant Professor there through June 2012.   While there, Dr. Pardini cared for thousands of patients who experienced mild traumatic brain injury, many through a sports-related concussion.  She also did research on the topic, and traveled nationally and internationally giving lectures and workshops about managing sport-related concussions in youths and professional athletes.   Currently, she is a Neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Pardini performs pre- and post-surgical evaluations of neurosurgery patients with various conditions, including medically intractable epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, normal pressure hydrocephalus, brain tumors, aneurysms and other vascular issues.  Dr. Pardini lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband Dustin Pardini (a classmate at UA) and their 3 wiener dogs.  They both enjoy running, traveling, good food, and good friends.  They watch every UA football game on television and travel about every other year to UA to see a football game, meeting up with former classmates in the process.


Mark Floyd, Ph.D

Dr. Floyd is currently a staff psychologist at the Sam Rayburn Memorial VA in Texas.  Dr. Floyd also teaches Psychopharmacology to the clinical psychology PhD students at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.  Dr. Floyd is on the editorial board of the Journal “Psychological Services” (an APA Div 18 journal).  He is enjoying living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


Elaine M. Bailey, Ph.D

Dr. Bailey is a co-owner of a 12 doctor private practice in Pensacola, Florida.  After a decade of traditional private practice, she shifted to a predominantly Forensic practice that includes competency, sanity, mitigation, risk assessment and other related evaluations and testimony for the Courts. Ironically, she didn’t follow the Forensic track at Alabama so she completed a 2-year fellowship in Forensics a few years ago to get up-to-date.  She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Florida State University Medical School where she teaches Psychiatry and Law to 3rd year medical students.  Please see her website for more information:



 Martin L. Rohling, Ph.D


Dr. Rohling was Dr. Scogin’s first research assistant, thesis student, and dissertation student.  As he would tell you, “I knew Forrest back in the day!” They still keep in touch.  Dr. Rohling is currently a full professor at the University of South Alabama (USA) in Mobile.  He is also Director of Clinical Training (DCT) of the combined-integrated Clinical and Counseling Psychology doctoral training program.  Dr. Rohling has been at USA since 2001 and DCT since 2008.  He has focused his research and training in clinical neuropsychology, which includes specialty areas of traumatic brain injury, sports concussion, dementia, neurotoxicology, psychometrics, and statistics.  Dr. Rohling credits Dr. Scogin with teaching him how to become a successful academic, balancing research, teaching, service, and clinical practice.  Dr. Rohling lives with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling who is also a full professor at USA.  They have three children,  Ali, Rosy, and Ryan.