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The independent practice of Dr. Clifton contracts to provide services through the City of Gainesville Employeee Assistance Program. Dr. Clifton alos offers his own independent services at our Gainesville office location.

C. Russell Clifton, Ph.D.

C. Russell Clifton, Ph.D. has functioned in managerial roles and is well-versed in training and supervising staff. Dr. Clifton entered private practice after serving as a Clinician/Administrator for 9 years at the North Central Florida Community Mental Health Center in Gainesville. He also benefits from 4 years of experience as a past Director of Psychological Services at Grant Center Hospital, a child psychiatric facility.

Dr. Clifton is experienced in forensic expert testimony, and has provided testimony in Baker Act Hearings, juvenile justice cases, custody proceedings and child welfare cases.

Dr. Clifton has been active in the Gainesville and Alachua County community. Dr. Clifton served on the original Alachua County Child Abuse Committee and was one of the original trainers for the Guardian Ad Litem Program. He has served as President of the N. Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association, the Alachua Chapter of ChaDD, and has been active in his church and the Cross Country Boosters at Eastside High School.


A stable and knowledgeable staff is critical to providing referrals with a sense of comfort and confidence for patients and referral sources. Patient ratings have justified the high level of confidence CPANCF has in it’s support staff.

Ms. Jackie Herring has been the CPANCF office manager for more than 20 years.  She now is in our office part-time supporting our new office manager, Ms. Mari Gaffney who has been with us since 2012.  Ms. Gaffney brings a wealth of experience in various healthcare roles, office management and triage to our office.  


We have had the pleasure to have trained and supervised a number of assistants over the years, many of whom have gone on to graduate school and careers in psychology and neuropsychology.  Our current assistants include Rachel Taylor, B.S. our senior psychological assistant, London Butterfield, M.A., who is acting as a psychology assistant while completing her doctoral research on an activity intervention for Parkinson's patients, and the newest and very pleasant member of our team Derk Ridgeway, B.S.


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