Sierra Iwanicki

Assistant Professor

Areas of Focus: Psychological Assessment

Contact Information

Tampa Office, Room #218

Phone: 813-463-7186



  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Eastern Michigan University, 2016
  • MS, Clinical Psychology, Eastern Michigan University, 2013
  • MA, General Psychology, East Carolina University, 2009
  • BA, Psychology, University of South Florida, 2007


Dr. Sierra Iwanicki received her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Michigan University. Prior to coming to FSPP, she held adjunct positions at Eastern Michigan University, Henry Ford Community College, Washtenaw Community College, and Concordia University.  Dr. Iwanicki’s primary clinical and research interests are in the broad areas of personality and psychological assessment, particularly forensics and trauma, as well as in instrument development and psychometric evaluation. Her other substantive interests include the art and science of clinical supervision and training. She is currently working on a project funded by Society of Personality Assessment (SPA) that examines multiple perspectives of assessment supervision. Clinical interests also include detection of non-credible reporting of psychiatric disorders and treating individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.


  • Psychological Assessment
  • Forensic and Correctional Psychology
  • Clinical Supervision and Training


  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Personality Assessment
  • Florida Psychological Association

Selected Publications

  • Iwanicki, S. & Peterson, C. (2016). An exploratory study examining current assessment supervisory practices in professional psychology. Journal of Personality Assessment, 1-10. doi:10.1080/00223891.2016.1228068
  • Oswald, K., Flores, A., Lengu, K., Colbert, A., Iwanicki, S., Saules, K., & Lajiness-O'Neill, R. (2016). A-39 The relationship between attention Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression in children is mediated by adaptive skills deficits. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 31(6), 598-598. doi:10.1093/arclin/acw043.39
  • Waelde, L. C., Thompson, J. M., Robinson, A., & Iwanicki, S. (2016). Trauma therapists’ clinical applications, training, and personal practice of mindfulness and meditation. Mindfulness, 7(3), 622–629. doi:10.1007/s12671-016-0497-9
  • McCloskey, W., Iwanicki, S., Lauterbach, D., Giammittorio, D. M., & Maxwell, K. (2015). Are Facebook “friends” helpful? Development of a Facebook-based measure of social support and examination of relationships among depression, quality of life, and social support. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 18(9), 499-505. doi:10.1089/cyber.2014.0538

Selected Presentations

  • Iwanicki, S., Egan, L., Gaulte, M., & Bowden, J. (2017, May). Correctional mental health. Workshop at the Regional Mental Health Meeting of the Florida Department of Corrections. Zephyrhills, Florida
  • Oswald, K., Lengu, K., Flores, A., Colbert, A., Iwanicki, S., Saules, K., & Lajiness-O’Neill, R. (2016, Oct). The relationship between ADHD and depression in children is mediated by adaptive skill deficits. Poster session presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Seattle, WA.
  • Iwanicki, S. & Peterson, C. (2015, March). Multiple perspectives on current assessment supervision practices in psychology. Oral paper presented at the 2015 SPA Annual Convention, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Iwanicki, S., McCloskey, W., & Lauterbach, D. (2014, Nov). Development and validation of a 5-factor model of self-care strategies for trauma therapists. Poster presented at the 30th Annual ISTSS Meeting, Miami, FL.
  • Robinson, A., Caraballo, F., Iwanicki, S., & Waelde, L. (2014, Feb). Employee Burnout and Job Satisfaction: Uses of Mindfulness and Meditation in High Stress Workplaces. Poster presented at the MidWinter Conference (MWC) Society of Consulting Psychology, San Antonio, TX.
  • Iwanicki, S. & Lauterbach, D. (2013, Nov). Coping with Traumatic Stress Inventory (CTSI): Development of a measure of trauma coping strategies. Oral paper presented at the 29th Annual ISTSS Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Lauterbach, D., McCloskey, W., & Iwanicki, S. (2013, Nov). Resilience in the aftermath of child maltreatment: Findings from LONGSCAN. Oral paper presented at the 29th Annual ISTSS Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Lauterbach, D. Iwanicki, S., McCloskey, W., & Ferencak, H. (2013, May). A Win-Win-Win Situation: Training undergraduate students to administer the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS). Symposium presented at the 85th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Iwanicki, S. & Lauterbach, D. (2013, March). Measuring trauma coping strategies. Paper presented at the Eastern Michigan University Research Fair, Ypsilanti, MI.
  • Lauterbach, D. & Iwanicki, S. (2012, Nov). Longitudinal symptom trajectories among child survivors of maltreatment: Findings from Longscan. In D. Lauterbach (Chair). A longitudinal analysis of childhood maltreatment and symptom trajectories using data from the Longscan Research Consortium. Symposium presented at the 28th Annual ISTSS Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.

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