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Vikki Gaskin-Butler, Ph.D.

Associate Lecturer

Counselor Education

Office: ED 322B

Phone: 407-823-6132


Professional Summary

Dr. Vikki T. Gaskin-Butler is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Central Florida in the Department of Counselor Education and School Psychology. She is also Coordinator of the Human Services Minor. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Florida. She also earned her master’s of divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Dr. Gaskin-Butler’s primary research interests include: mental, physical, and spiritual well-being in diverse populations and psychology and social justice. She also has interest in the intersection of womanism, psychology and theology. Dr. Gaskin-Butler formerly served as co-Principal Investigator, Clinical Supervisor, Case Consultant, and Safety Officer on grants promoting coparenting alliances in African American parents. Dr. Gaskin-Butler has been active in research, teaching and service. She was formerly on the faculty at USF St. Petersburg in the Psychology Department and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Program. She also served as the university’s first Chief Diversity Officer.


Ph.D. in Clinical and Health Psychology
Minor: Foundations of Education
University of Florida (APA Accredited)

Emory University

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Supervision
  • Spiritual, Psychological, and Physical Wellness
  • Individual and Couples Counseling and Psychotherapy

Areas of Expertise

  • Spirituality and health
  • Psychological factors affecting medical conditions
  • Psychology and social justice

Recent Honors and Awards

  • Matters (QM) Certification for Online Personality Course (2016)
  • Clinical Faculty Teaching Award, USF St. Petersburg (2013)
  • Psychology and social justice

Recent Publications

Salman-Engin, S., Little, T., Gaskin-Butler, V. & McHale, J. (2017). A prenatal coparenting intervention with unmarried father-mother dyads: Fidelity of intervention delivery by male-female community mentor teams. Journal of Nursing Research, 25(3), 240-250.

Gaskin-Butler, V.T., McKay, K., Gallardo, G., Salman-Engin, S., Little, T., and McHale, J. P. (2015). Thinking three rather than 2 + 1: How a coparenting framework can transform infant mental health efforts with unmarried African American parents. Zero to Three, 35(5).

Professional Organizations

  • Southeastern Psychological Association (2012-2017)
  • Florida Psychological Association (2007–2008, 2009-Present)