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Stiles, Paul, JD, PhD

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Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (813) 974-9349
Office: MHC 2639
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Curriculum Vitae

Paul G. Stiles, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida (USF). He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann University and J.D. in Law from Villanova University Law School. Dr. Stiles' clinical experience includes providing psychological and neuropsychological services in both private and public psychiatric facilities as well as nursing homes. In addition to a substantive focus on geriatric mental health services and policy, his research has involved the compilation, integration, analysis and dissemination of relatively large administrative data sets (e.g. Medicaid/Medicare eligibility and claims files, national hospital surveys, state mental health service regulatory databases) and the application of findings to public mental health systems and the mental health of older persons.

Dr. Stiles has also focused on research integrity and ethics and was principal investigator for an NIMH-funded project examining whether enhancements made to the form and process of information disclosure during informed consent procedures improve comprehension and understanding of the disclosures by mentally ill persons. Most recently he is involved in examining the impact of actual and perceived coercion on prisoners in research. He teaches courses on legal and ethical issues in aging, provides intensive workshops on research ethics, and formerly chaired the social-behavioral IRB for USF (which he still serves on) and currently chairs the USF Conflict of Interest Committee. Dr. Stiles was also the principal investigator on two NIH grants to develop and conduct an intense course on research ethics as well as a series of instructional modules on the ethical conduct of research. Finally, he currently is PI on an NIMH grant to implement an intense summer program to train undergraduates in research processes/ethics as well as facilitator for the MHLP post-doctoral fellowship program.


  • B.A., Grinnell College
  • Ph.D., Hahnemann University
  • J.D., Villanova Law School 

Research Interests

  • State mental health policy
  • Geriatric mental health services and policy
  • Research ethics 

Research Projects

Recent Publications

Stiles, P.G., & Boothroyd, R.A. (In press). Ethical use of administrative data for research purposes. In Fantuzzo, J., Culhane, D. and Rouse, H., eds., “Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy: Using Integrated Data Systems to Achieve a More Effective, Efficiant and Ethical Government”, Palgrave McMillan Publishing.

Stiles, P.G. (2014). Privacy. A chapter for R. Cautin and S. Lilienfeld, eds., “The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology”, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Stiles, P.G. (2014). Justice. In Robin Cautin and Scott Lilienfeld, eds., “The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology”, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Young, M. S., & Stiles, P. G. (2014). TRIO Programs. In L. Cousins (Ed.) “Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity”. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publishers. doi: 10.4135/9781483346663.n556

Stiles, P., Epstein, M., Poythress, N. & Edens, J. (2012). Protecting people who decline research participation: An example from a prison setting. IRB: Ethics & Human Research, 32 (No. 2), 15-18.

Magyar, M.S., Edens, J.F., Epstein, M. Stiles, P.G. & Poythress, N.G. (2012). Examining attitudes about and influences on research participation among forensic psychiatric inpatients. Behavioral Sciences and the Law 30, 69-86. DOI: 10.1002/bsl.1997

Smith, S.T., Edens, J.F., Epstein, M., Stiles, P.G., & Poythress, N.G. (2012). Do the psychopathic personality traits of Fearless Dominance and Self-Centered Impulsivity predict attitudes about and influences on research participation? Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 30, 1-15. DOI: 10.1002/bsl.1992

Poythress, N.G., Epstein, M., Stiles, P.G., & Edens, J.F. (2011). Awareness of the Tuskegee syphilis study: Impact on offenders' decisions to decline research participation. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 29, 821-828.  DOI: 10.1002/bsl.1012

Edens, J.F., Epstein, M., Stiles, P.G., & Poythress, N.G. (2011). Voluntary consent in correctional settings: Do offenders feel coerced to participate in research? Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 29, 771-795. DOI:10.1002/bsl.1014

Stiles, P.G. & Petrila, J. (2011). Research and confidentiality: Legal issues and risk management strategies. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 17, 333-356. DOI 10.1037/a0022507

Stiles, P.G., Boothroyd, R.A., Robst, J. & Ray, J.V. (2011). Ethically using administrative data in research: Medicaid administrators current practices and best practice recommendations. Administration & Policy, 43, 171-192. DOI 10.1177/0095399710390644

Stiles, P., Epstein, M., Poythress, N. & Edens, J. (2011). Formal assessment of voluntariness using a three-part consent process. Psychiatric Services, 62, 87-89.

Robst, J., Stiles, P. & Boothroyd, R. (2009). Establishing standards and practices for using administrative claims data. Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research, 10 (2), 19-38.

Stiles, P.G., Boothroyd, R.A., Dhont, K., Beiler, P.F. & Green, A. (2009). Adherence to practice guidelines, clinical outcomes, and costs among Medicaid enrollees with severe mental illnesses. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 32, 69-89.

Boothroyd, R. A., Stiles, P. G., & Best, K. A. (2009). Ethical challenges when working with independent youth across international boundaries. In L. Liebenberg, & M. Ungar, eds. Researching Youth across Cultures and Contexts. Sage Publishers.

Batsche, C., Boothroyd, R., Gum, A., & Stiles, P. (2008). As they were taught: A case for the early mentoring of faculty. In The Handbook of Formal Mentoring in Higher Education: A Case Study Approach, Mullen, C. A., ed. Christopher-Gordon Publishers.

Stiles, P.G., Batsche, C.A., Boothroyd, R.A. & Gum, A. (2007). Risk management: Training undergraduates in research ethics in social and behavioral sciences. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, 27, 153-157.

Gum, A. M., Mueller, K., Flink, D., Siraj, S., Batsche, C., Boothroyd, R., Stiles, P. (2007). Evaluation of a summer research institute in behavioral health services research for undergraduate students. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 34, 206-218.

Boothroyd, R.A., Best, K.A., Giard, J.A., Stiles, P.G., Suleski, J., Ort, R. and While, R. (2006). Poor and depressed, the tip of the iceberg: The unmet needs of enrollees in an indigent health care plan. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 33, 172-181.