Entered 2016-2017

Juliana Acosta

Juliana Acosta, Mentor: Dr. Bagner

Contact Information

jacos125@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Juliana is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D program at FIU and a member of the Early Childhood Behavior Lab. She is broadly interested in the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions for infants and children with and at risk for developmental disabilities. Specifically, her interests include 1) the role of family functioning in child development, 2) influence of risk factors in early parent-child interactions, and 3) the identification of early markers of developmental delays or disorders, which can serve as screening tools leading to the implementation of effective, evidence-based interventions (at home and school settings) early in development.

Deepika Bose

Deepika Bose, Mentor: Dr. Jeremy Pettit

Contact Information

dbose@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Deepika is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program and a member of the Child Anxiety and Phobia Program in FIU. She is broadly interested in understanding the cognitive mechanisms involved in the maintenance of anxiety disorders, and the associated clinical implications. She is particularly interested in information-processing biases, such as attention bias, and how its modification can alleviate anxious symptoms in youth.

Natalie Hong

Natalie Hong, Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Comer

Contact Information

nhong@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Natalie’s research interests focus on evidence-based interventions for children with anxiety and disruptive behavior problems. She is particularly interested in informed decision-making for children who exhibit slower or fewer improvements over the course of an intervention. Additionally, she is interested in examining effective methods for utilizing parents as the agents of change in their children’s treatment.

Leah Feinberg

Leah Feinberg, Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Comer

Contact Information

lfeinber@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Leah's research interests focus on the risk factors linked to the development of anxiety, especially parental interaction patterns and their relationship with the trajectory of anxiety disorders. She is also interested in psychiatric comorbidities and the association between symptom presentation and treatment outcomes.

Taylor Landis

Taylor Landis, Mentor: Dr. Paulo Graziano

Contact Information

tlandis@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Taylor is interested in early intervention and self-regulation of preschoolers with ADHD. More specifically, she is interested in individual differences in executive functioning and emotion regulation, as well as environmental factors such as parenting that affect response to treatment.

Kelcey Little

Kelcey Little, Mentor: Dr. Joseph Raiker

Contact Information

klitt016@fiu.edu

Research Interests

The roles that varying components of executive function have in children with ADHD and how this effects response to treatment. I am also interested in the varying differences between children with ADHD and children diagnosed with ADHD along with a comorbid externalizing disorder.

Loreen Magarino

Loreen Magarino, Mentor: Dr. Miguel Villodas

Contact Information

lmaga003@fiu.edu

Research Interests

I am interested in the implementation and efficacy of psychosocial interventions for externalizing behavior in children and adolescents from at-risk and culturally diverse populations. I am also interested in the role of ecological factors, including culture and family dynamic, in the conceptualization, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of behavioral problems and mental health issues in children and adolescents.

Rachel Oulette

Rachel Oulette, Mentor: Dr. Stacy Frazier

Contact Information

rouel001@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Rachel is a first-year doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program at FIU working with Dr. Stacy Frazier. She is largely interested in improving outcomes for at-risk children who may have difficulty accessing adequate supports and resources. She is interested in doing this by working with community partners to build supports directly into children's natural environments, with a focus on the dissemination and implementation process of building evidence-based practices into community settings in a feasible, sustainable, and generalizable way.

Carlos Yeguez

Carlos Yeguez, Mentor: Dr. Jeremy Pettit

Contact Information

cyeguez@fiu.edu

Research Interests

My research interests broadly focus on the development and course of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors in children with disruptive behavior disorders and co-occurring emotional or behavioral difficulties. I am primarily interested in examining how early impairments are exacerbated across development and confer risk for suicide in adolescence and young adulthood. I am also interested in using this knowledge to identify intervention targets for youths at elevated risk.

Katherine Zambrana

Katherine Zambrana, Mentor: Dr. Katie Hart

Contact Information

kzambran@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Promoting school readiness in young children at risk for early learning and disruptive behavior problems and the development and evaluation of school-based interventions. I have a particular interest in also examining the role of family involvement and parenting on children’s socio-emotional development specifically for ethnically and linguistically diverse children and families.

Alisa Zhao

Alisa Zhao, Mentor: Dr. William E. Pelham, Jr.

Contact Information

x.zhao@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Alisa is interested in evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with ADHD and sleep disorders. She is also interested in cost analyses related to ADHD and evidence-based treatments.