Entered 2017-2018

Julie Cristello

Julie Cristello, Mentor: Dr. Trucco

Contact Information

jcristel@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Julie Cristello is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science Program in Child and Adolescent Psychology. Under the mentorship of Dr. Elisa Trucco, she is working to develop a better understanding of the role that environmental contexts and social networks (both online and face-to-face) have on adolescent substance use. Her program of research will focus on how normative youth behavior (e.g. social media, pop culture, extracurricular activities) influences alcohol and drug use as well as other risky behaviors. The long-term goal of this work is to inform community-based prevention programs that will improve substance use outcomes and promote positive youth development.

Logan Cummings

Logan Cummings, Mentors: Drs. McMakin & Mattfeld

Contact Information

lcumm009@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Logan Cummings is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science and Cognitive Neuroscience programs at Florida International University. Broadly, Logan is interested studying the relationship between sleep disturbances and the development of suicidal and nonsuicidal self-injury (deliberate self-harm without the intention to die) during adolescence, and how this is related to the neurodevelopment of reward circuitry during this same developmental period. He hopes to use translational neuroscience to better inform clinicians’ ability to predict and treat these life-threatening behaviors.

Chelsea Dale

Chelsea Dale, Mentor: Dr. Parent

Contact Information

cdale@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Chelsea is interested in behavioral parent training and family-based preventive training for at-risk children. She is also interested in evidence-based treatment for children with anxiety and disruptive behavior disorders.

Annabel Franz

Annabel Franz, Mentor: Dr. Trucco

Contact Information

afranz@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Annabel’s research is interested in how early experiences shape the development of psychopathology. She is interested in the temperamental, environmental, and biological factors that promote risk or resilience following early adversity. She is specifically interested in how parenting behaviors and parental psychopathology (particularly parent substance abuse) impact youth’s development of substance use and other types of psychopathology.

Della Gregg

Della Gregg, Mentor: Dr. Hart

Contact Information

dgreg003@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Della's research interests broadly focus on early intervention and promoting school readiness, specifically social-emotional functioning for children with disruptive behavior disorders. Della is also interested in the roles that caregivers and teachers play across domains of school readiness.

Brynna Heflin

Brynna Heflin, Mentor: Dr. Bagner

Contact Information

bheflin@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Brynna is a doctoral student in the Clinical science Ph.D. program and a member of the Early Childhood Behavior Lab. She is broadly interested in treatments for young children with behavioral and emotional problems. Specifically, she is interested in 1) the role of parent symptomatology in the effectiveness of treatment, 2) emotion regulation and emotion talk in promoting positive behaviors in children, and 3) the role of feeding problems, and other pediatric disorders, and how they are related to parenting.

Perrine Heymann

Perrine Heymann, Mentor: Dr. Bagner

Contact Information

pheymann@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Perrine is broadly interested in behavioral dysregulation in young children and the effectiveness of evidence based parent child therapy. Specifically, she is interested in 1) emotion regulation, 2) language development, and 3) the role of family risk factors on treatment outcomes.

Stephanie Morris

Stephanie Morris, Mentor: Dr. Musser

Contact Information

smorr064@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Stephanie Morris’s research interests involve investigating children with ADHD, and the heterogeneity of this disorder by using psychophysiological measures. More specifically, she is interested in the prevalence of emotion regulatory related deficits, as indexed by psychophysiological measures, of children with ADHD and the impact of these deficits on other constructs (e.g., executive functioning, academics, and treatment development).

Marcela Ramos

Marcela Ramos, Mentor: Dr. Pelham

Contact Information

marcramo@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Marcela is interested in ADHD during childhood and adolescence. Marcela’s research focuses on evidenced-based ADHD treatment within the context of the classroom. Specifically, Marcela is interested in investigating behavioral classroom management and academic interventions for children with ADHD.

Nathan Sollenberger

Nathan Sollenberger, Mentors: Drs. McMakin & Mattfeld

Contact Information

nsoll002@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Nathan is interested in the neuropsychology of addiction. Specifically, he wants to study the mechanisms of why adolescents are particularly susceptible to substance use disorders. He aims to collaborate with other researchers to bridge the gaps between neuroscience and clinical practice, thereby improving treatment and preventative measures for addiction in teenagers and young adults.