Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator
(Appellate, Circuit, County, Dependency, Family)
Collaborative Process Facilitator
Certified Addictions Professional
Currently, Dr. Parnell focuses her private practice on conflict resolution. This includes primarily Collaborative divorce process, mediation, and co-parenting therapy. She is also a trainer for the Interdisciplinary Introductory Collaborative Practice process and an adjunct professor in the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law at Barry University. She serves as a Board Member for the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Dr. Parnell received her B.A. in 1984 from Flagler College and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology in 1988 from the University of Central Florida. She received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1990 from the Florida Institute of Technology. She is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Appellate, Circuit County, Dependency, Family Mediator in private practice in Maitland, Florida. in her over 30 year career, Dr. Parnell has served children, adolescents, and adults with specialization in child abuse, domestic violence, juvenile justice, divorce/custody, and Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome. Dr. Parnell previously performed psychological evaluations for the family, dependency, criminal, and civil courts. She previously practiced in a group practice for over seven years specializing in the same areas. While there, she was one of a team of psychologist consultants to the Orange/Seminole/Osceola County Multidisciplinary HRS/CPT Case Management Staffing.
Along with a colleague, she developed an educational program titled, Divided Loyalties: Shared Parenting through Education, which is now approved in several counties for mandatory attendance by divorcing parents. She recently worked with another colleague to develop two additional education programs for divorcing or divorced parents, Positive Solutions for Shared Parenting and Writing a Practical Parenting Plan: Tips for Parents. She was a founding member of the Central Florida Task Force for Divorcing Families which for several years spearheaded numerous projects connected with the Orange County Family Court. Dr. Parnell has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Nova Southeastern University, the University of Central Florida and Rollins College, teaching courses in master’s degree programs. Currently she serves as an adjunct faculty member at Barry University School of Law co-teaching an advanced family law course.
Dr. Parnell has been involved in several applied research projects resulting in presentations at national and regional conferences as well as publications in professional journals. She is lead editor of a book from Sage Publications titled Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome: Misunderstood Child Abuse and has contributed chapters to other published books. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, The American Society on the Abuse of Children, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She has served on various committees and task forces within some of these organizations. She is also a member as well as former Board member of the Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida. For more information about Dr. Parnell’s background and qualifications please see the Vita available for download on this website.