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Director

Justin Parent, PhD

Education

  • PhD, Clinical and Developmental Psychology, University of Vermont
  • Clinical Internship, Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • BA, Psychology, University of Vermont

Selected Publications

  • Sanders, W., Parent, J., Abaied, J. L., Forehand, R., Coyne, S., & Dyer, W. J. (2018). The impact of aggressive and prosocial media content on adolescent development: Moderation by adolescent psychophysiology. Journal of the Adolescent Health63, 459-465. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.05.019
  • McKee, L. G., Parent, J., Zachary, C. R., & Forehand, R. (2018). Mindful parenting and emotion socialization practices: Concurrent and longitudinal associations. Family Process, 57, 752-766. doi: 10.1111/famp.12329
  • Sanders, W., Parent, J., & Forehand, R. (2018). Parenting to reduce child screen time: A feasibility pilot study. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 39, 46-54. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000501
  • Parent, J., Parade, S. H., Laumann, L., Ridout, K. K., Yang, B., Marsit, C. J., Seifer, R., & Tyrka, A. R. (2017). Dynamic stress-related epigenetic regulation of the glucocorticoid receptor gene promoter during early development: The role of child maltreatment. Development & Psychopathology, 29, 1635-1648. doi:10.1017/S0954579417001298
  • Parent, J., Forehand, R., Pomerantz, H., Peisch, V., & Seehuus, M. (2017). Father participation in child psychopathology research. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45, 1259-1270. doi: 10.1007/s10802-016-0254-5
  • Parent, J., McKee, L. G., Rough, J. N., & Forehand, R. (2016). The association of parent mindfulness with parenting and youth psychopathology across three developmental stages. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology44, 191-202. doi: 10.1007/s10802-015-9978-x

Clinical Science PhD Students

Juliana Acosta, MS

Education

  • BS, Psychology with a Minor in Behavioral Neuroscience, Nova Southeastern University, 2012
  • MS, Experimental Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, 2014
  • MS, Clinical Science, Florida International University, 2018 

Juliana Acosta is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Science program and a member of the Child and Family Well-being clinic and lab at Florida International University. Juliana completed her Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Psychology with a minor in Behavioral Neuroscience at Nova Southeastern University in 2012. Juliana then attained her Master's Degree (M.S.) in Experimental Psychology at same university in 2014. Since then, Juliana has worked with children and adolescents with mental health difficulties in the context of outpatient community clinics and schools.

Juliana is broadly interested in the role of family functioning in child development in the context of risk factors. She is primarily interested in the role of parenting in the development and prevention of early child psychopathology.

Selected Publications

  • Acosta, J., Garcia, D., & Bagner, D.M. (in press). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for children with developmental delay: The role of sleep problems. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 
  • Alomari, R., Fernandez, M., Banks, J., Acosta, J., & Tartar J. (2015). Acute stress dysregulates the LPP ERP response to emotional pictures and impairs sustained attention: time-sensitive effects. Brain Sciences, 5(2), 201-219.
  • Fernandez, M., Acosta, J., Douglass, K., Doshi, N., Tartar, J. (2014) Speaking two languages enhances an auditory but not visual neural marker of cognitive inhibition.AIMS Neuroscience, 1(2), 145-157.
  • Fernandez, M., Tartar, J., Padron, D. & Acosta, J. (2013). Neurophysiological marker of inhibition distinguishes language groups on a non-linguistic executive function test. Brain and Cognition, 83(3), 330-336.  

Selected Posters

  • Acosta, J., Garcia, D., Kuluz, J. W., & Bagner, D. M. (2017). Expanding Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for pediatric sleep problems in children with traumatic brain injury. Presented at the Biennial Parent-Child Interaction Therapy International Convention, Traverse City, MI.
  • Acosta, J., Garcia, D., Bagner, D. M. (2017). Parent-child interaction therapy with children with and at-risk for developmental delay: The role of sleep problems. Presented at the Miami International Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference, Miami, FL.
  • Acosta J. (2014). Auditory but not visual ERP distinguish bilinguals from monolinguals on a non-linguistic No/No-Go task. Presented at the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Atlanta, GA.
  • Acosta, J. & Shaikh, A. (2013). Physiological markers of neural inhibition in bilinguals compared to monolinguals. Presented at the STEM Conference, Miami, FL.

Chelsea Dale, BA

Education

  • BA, Psychology, Colgate University, 2015

Chelsea Dale is a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program and a member of the Child and Family Well-being Lab (CFW) at Florida International University. Chelsea completed her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology at Colgate University. Prior to FIU, she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Depression Clinical and Research Program (DCRP) at Massachusetts General Hospital and as a Research Assistant under David Langer, Ph.D. at Boston University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (BU CARD).

Chelsea’s research interests are broadly in parenting training/intervention for families, as the mechanisms of change in behavioral parent training.

Selected Publications

  • Shapero B.G., Dale C.F., Archibald A.R., Pedrelli P. (2018) Emotional Reactivity. In: Levesque R.J.R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Springer, Cham
  • Dale, C. F., Fontana, V. C., & Martinez, J. A. (2016). What’s your vice ?”: A combined approach to drugs and other addictive substances and activities. Addiction Research & Theory, 24(5). 366- 74.
  • Pedrelli, P., Shapero, B., Archibald, A., Dale, C. (2016). Alcohol use and depression during adolescence and young adulthood: A summary and interpretation of mixed findings. Current Addiction Reports, 3 (1), 91–97.
  • Martinez, J.A., Dale, C.F., Fontana, V.C., Collier, S.L. (2015). The impact of standard nutrition labels on alcoholic beverages.  Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 59(2), 43-63.

Selected Posters

  • Peisch, V., Dale, C., Parent, J., & Burt, K. Parent socialization of coping and child emotion regulation abilities: A longitudinal examination. (2018, November). Poster to be presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Dale, C., Parent, J., Forehand, R., Sonuga-Barke, E., Abikoff, H. (2018, November). Behavioral Parent Training for Preschool ADHD: The Influence of Child and Parental Factors on Change in Parenting and Child Outcomes. Poster to be presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Dale, C., Parent, J., Forehand, R., Sonuga-Barke, E., Abikoff, H. (2018, February). Behavioral Parent Training for Preschool ADHD: The Influence of Child, Parental, and Family Factors on Change in Parenting Practices. Poster presented at the 2018 Miami International Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference (MICAMH), North Miami, FL.

Karissa DiMarzio, BA

Education

  • BA, Psychology, Emmanuel College, 2014 

Karissa DiMarzio is a second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program and a member of the Child and Family Well-being Lab (CFW) at Florida International University. After completing her undergraduate career at Emmanuel College, Karissa spent four years working as a Project Coordinator at the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Karissa is interested in studying the mechanisms underlying the development of youth psychopathology, particularly the role of maladaptive coping mechanisms and perceptions, and how early adversity influences these processes.

Selected Publications

  • Alegria, M., Lloyd, J., Ali, N., & DiMarzio, K. (in press). Improving equity in health care through multilevel interventions. In I. Dwanka-Mullan, K. Gardner, E. J. Perez-Stabile, & X. Zhang (Eds), The Science of Health Disparities Research and Applications. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
  • Ali, N., Alegria, M., Velasquez, E., Tang, K., Herrera, L., & DiMarzio, K. (in press). Lessons learned from the Positive Minds-Strong Bodies trial on disability prevention for racial/ethnic minority elders. In W. Vega, J.L. Angel, L.M.F. Gutierrez Robledo, & K.S. Markides (Eds), Contextualizing Health and Aging in the Americas: Effects of Space, Time, and Place. New York: NY: Springer.
  • Alegria, M., Drake, R., Kang, H.-A., Metcalfe, J., Liu, J., DiMarzio, K., & Ali, N. (2017). Simulation tests impact of education, employment, and income improvements on minority patients with mental illness. Health Affairs, 36(6), 1024-1031.
  • Alegria, M., Alvarez, K.,  & DiMarzio, K. (2017). Immigration and mental health. Current Epidemiological Reports.
  • Alegria, M., Alvarez, K., Ishikawa, R., DiMarzio, K., & McPeck, S. (2016). Removing obstacles to eliminating disparities in behavioral health care. Health Affairs, 35(6), 991-999.

Selected Posters

  • Gil-Badenes, J., DiMarzio, K., Molina, A., & Alegria, M. (2018, April). Mental health interventions delivered by community health workers: A systematic review. Poster session presented at the 19th Congress of the European Psychiatric Association’s Section of Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry, Vienna, Austria.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Melanny Rodriguez Deza

mrodr1086@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Melanny's goal is to pursue graduate school in clinical psychology while getting her LMHC and LMFT license. She is gaining research experience to enrich her training while pursuing this career path. 

Education

  • BA, Psychology, Florida International University (Expected 2020)
  • AA, Psychology, Miami-Dade Community College, 2018

Jennifer Gutierrez

jguti154@fiu.edu 

Research Interests

Jennifer is interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Her research interests include anxiety, eating disorders, suicidality, depression, and mindfulness.  

Education

  • BA, Psychology, Florida International University (Expected 2020)

Megan Koolmeyer

mkool002@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Megan wants to become a nurse practitioner who specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry. She enjoys seeking to better understand the physical, mental, and social aspects of mental health problems and would love to be part of the solution.

Education

  • BA, Psychology, Florida International University (Expected 2019)

Jenna Lechleidner

jlech006@fiu.edu

Research Interests

Jenna aspires to go to graduate school for school psychology so she can work with education professionals, children and their families in the school system focused on helping children thrive. 

Education

  • BA, Psychology, Florida International University (Expected 2020)
  • AA, Psychology, Florida State College at Jacksonville, 2018

Artiani Pena

apena161@fiu.edu 

Research Interests

Artiani's ultimate goal is to become a Pediatric Psychologist. She will graduate in the Fall of 2019 and will be applying to Psy.D Programs and Ph.D. Programs. She got involved with the CFW lab to gain both clinical and research experience which will help her decide whether she will apply to programs that are research or clinically focused.

Education

  • BA, Psychology, Honors College, Florida International University (Expected 2019)
  • AA, Psychology, Honors College, Broward College, 2018

Prospective Lab Members

Interested in joining the CFW Lab? There are opportunities to participate in our work at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. Students in the CFW Lab have a variety of interests relating to child and family well-being.

If interested in volunteering as a research assistant, please complete our Application Form. We require a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 (though exceptions are sometimes made). We typically admit students who plan to attend graduate school in clinical or developmental psychology. Research assistants should be able to devote at least 8-10 hours per week for two consecutive semesters. Students interested in completing the McNair Scholars Program or an honors thesis should participate in the lab for at least one year before beginning these projects. For any questions, email cfw@fiu.edu