Florida International University (FIU) is a four-year public research university, and one of the 25 largest public universities in the country. FIU offers more than 180 Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral programs across two main campuses and several academic centers. FIU is #1 in the nation in awarding Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees to Latino students. University research expenditures exceed $100 million per year. FIU emphasizes research, training, and mentorship as major components of its mission providing administrative resources for grants management, opportunities for training and career enrichment (e.g., through a newly-established faculty mentoring program in the College of Arts and Sciences), continuing education opportunities (e.g., through Office of Research Integrity, Department of Research), logistical support for the implementation of research (e.g., through the College of Arts and Sciences and University Technology Information Center), and support for protected research time.
School of Integrated Science and Humanity
The psychology department is part of the School of Integrated Science and Humanity (SISH). Established in 2009 by the College of Arts and Sciences, SISH brought together academic departments and innovative research centers to create a multi-disciplinary home for the study of biomedical, behavioral, cognitive, and neurosciences. SISH includes 165 faculty members from departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Forensic Science, Mathematics and Statistical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, and the Women’s Studies Center. In partnership with colleges of Medicine, Education, and Engineering, and with state-of-the-art research facilities, the school fosters initiatives in biomolecular and cognitive neurosciences, developmental and clinical science, and science and mathematics education and supports an environment for innovation and intellectual exchange. SISH is housed in the newly constructed, $43 million Academic Health Center-4 (AHC-4) building with auditorium & small group instruction classrooms, wet and dry labs, office space, 2 conference rooms per floor each equipped with audio-visual meeting and teleconferencing technology, copy rooms, large common areas facilitating interactions between scientists with diverse backgrounds, and secure wireless networking.
Center for Children and Families
The Center for Children and Families (CCF) is an interdisciplinary research, clinical, and training facility with goals to advance basic knowledge of developmental processes and treatment of mental health and learning problems for children and adolescents. The CCF is part of the Department of Psychology, located on the Modesto A. Maidique campus of Florida International University. Resources and Equipment. The physical facilities and resources of the CCF are state of the art, enabling CCF collaborators, including clinical child psychology graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, to conduct both large- and small-scale research and clinical activities with children and families with on-site, community, and school-based components. There are currently 23 Ph.D. faculty affiliates of the CCF representing the College of Arts and Sciences, the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, and the Robert Stempel College of Public Health. Faculty brings a broad range of expertise in infant, child, and adolescent mental health and developmental psychology. In addition to the Ph.D. faculty, the CCF is home to 3 M.D. faculty (child psychiatry), 5 postdoctoral fellows in clinical child or developmental psychology, a licensed clinical social worker, 54 graduate trainees in clinical child and developmental science, 40 third-year medical student trainees, 15 full-time research assistants/associates, and numerous undergraduate trainees. CCF administrative support staff includes a full-time grants management specialist, a clinical director, a clinic coordinator and 3 full time administrative support staff. The CCF has extensive relationships within the Miami-Dade County Public Schools; with primary care and specialty physicians; with The Children’s Trust, the largest funder of child-focused services in Miami-Dade County; and with mental health facilities in South Florida all of which facilitate recruitment of target populations for child- and family-focused research and treatment.
The Integrated Biostatistics Center
The Integrated Biostatistics Center (IBC) (formerly the Biostatistics Resource Laboratory) supports the university’s research mission by providing infrastructure support relevant to biostatistics, data management and data quality enhancement. The IBC provides biostatistical support for research investigators and graduate students for preparing proposals, study design, data collection and management, statistical analyses, report and manuscript preparation and data archival. Facilities include computer workstations, server setups, access to data storage facilities plus relevant data management and statistical analysis software. Software available includes SAS, SPSS, M+, R, S+, REDCap, Qualtrics, etc, all the standard office software, plus a wide array of free ware for enhancing analyses and data explorations. Staffing includes the Director and Deputy Director, both faculty in the Department of Biostatistics, plus three other Biostatistics, Psychology and Statistics faculty, nine graduate students and two key staff that provide statistical and data management support. Also included is the server facility and associated staff, located in the Center for Advanced Technology and Education of the College of Engineering and Computing. Space includes offices for participating faculty, a conference room and cubicles for graduate students. The IBC will soon occupy additional offices in a recently completed adjacent building.