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Originally from Miami FL Dr Catrina N Luca earned her Bachelors of Science at the University of Miami and her Medical Doctorate from the University of Miami Leonard M Miller School of Medicine She completed her Adult Psychiatry residency at the University of Florida During her third year of training she was chosen to serve as a Chief Resident a position typically reserved for 4th year residents She went on to complete her training as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist During her final year of training she was selected to serve as a Chief Child and Adolescent Fellow
In 2011 as part of her desire to perpetuate a better understanding of child and adolescent psychiatry and its nuances Dr Luca joined the University of Florida Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as a Clinical Assistant Professor During her time in that position she created lectures and teaching sessions to educate physician assistants medical students pediatric residents adult psychiatry residents and child and adolescent fellows on various topics of interest and specialization including ADHD community and minority mental health as well as mental health services for youth in juvenile justice settings
Historically Dr Luca has had a penchant for serving underserved populations From her undergraduate experiences to the present she has focused on various community endeavors to fulfill the desire to help those with limited access and education about health and ultimately mental health She continues to be involved in the community via presentations lectures and training sessions for various groups which include community pediatricians Crisis Intervention Team officers Gainesville Police Department Alachua Sheriffs Office and Reichert House in an effort to spread awareness of child and adolescent mental health concerns as well as the interplay of ADHD with the justice system The specific area of interest ADHD and law enforcement has also been shared at the annual international CHADD conference the last 3 years
Over the last 13 years Dr Luca has had the opportunity to train and work in several different arenas including Gainesville Job Corps Marion County Juvenile Jail Meridian Behavioral Healthcare as well as private clinics thus affording exposure to a wide range of clinical settings and creating a foundation of broad clinical experience.