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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 fifth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D program at FIU and a member of the Child and Family Well-Being Lab. She is broadly interested in how sensitive periods of development can be leveraged to create the most durable and impactful changes in youth’s mental health trajectories. Specifically, her interests include transactional dynamics between family functioning and sleep health in peri-pubertal youth, and the unique influence of sleep health on youth’s emotional and behavioral functioning. She is particularly interested in the development and implementation of family-based interventions for sleep problems as a preventative strategy towards entrenched psychopathology in adolescence.

Selected Publications

  • Acosta, J., Parent, J., McMakin, D.L, McKee, L.G, DiMarzio, K., & Dale, C.F. (2021, In Press). Longitudinal Associations Between Parenting Practices and Youth Sleep Problems. Journal of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics.
  • DiMarzio, K., Parent, J., Forehand, R., Thigpen, J.C., Acosta, J., Dale, C., & Compas, B. (2021, In Press). Parent-child role confusion: The role of family processes in the context of parental depression. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
  • Acosta, J., Garcia, D., & Bagner, D.M. (2019). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for children with and at risk for developmental delay: the role of sleep problems. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 40(3), 183-191. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000647.

Selected Posters

  • Acosta, J., Dale, C.F., & Parent, J. (2019). Longitudinal association between youth sleep problems and parenting practices: The role of youth developmental stage. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  • Dale, C.F., Acosta, J., McGregor, E., & Parent, J. (2019). The Longitudinal association between youth screen time and behavioral problems: The role of sleep disturbances. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  • Acosta, J., Dale, C.F., DiMarzio, K. & Parent, J. (2019). Youth sleep problems and parenting behaviors: The roles of warmth, behavioral control, and emotion socialization. International Convention of Psychological Science, Paris, France. 
  • DiMarzio, K., Peisch, V., Acosta, J., Dale, C.F., & Parent, J. (2019). Keeping your coparent in mind: A longitudinal investigation of mindfulness in the family system. International Convention of Psychological Science, Paris, France. 
  • 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. 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. Biennial Miami International Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference, Miami, FL.

Chelsea Dale, MS

Education

  • BA, Psychology, Colgate University, 2015
  • MS, Clinical Science, Florida International University, 2020

Chelsea Dale is a fourth-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 include adapting and evaluating innovative intervention modalities to increase access to and reduce barriers to treatment. Specifically, Chelsea is interested in improving access to and adapting interventions for children and families experiencing tic disorder and common comorbidities (e.g., ADHD, OCD, anxiety disorders). 

Selected Publications

  • Dale, C., Ramos, M., & Parent, J. (2021, in press). Intensive behavior therapy for tics and co-occurring ADHD: A case report. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.   
  • Dale, C., Parent, J., Forehand, R., DiMarzio, K., Sonuga-Barke, E., Long, N., & Abikoff, H. B. (2021). Behavioral Parent Training for preschool ADHD: Family-centered profiles predict changes in parenting and child Outcomes. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 1-14.
  • Parent, J., Dale, C.F., McKee, L.G., Sullivan, A.D.W. (2020). The Longitudinal Influence of Parent Mindfulness on Parenting and Youth Psychopathology. Mindfulness 
  • Peisch, V., Dale, C., Parent, J., & Burt, K. (2020). Parent socialization of coping and child emotion regulation abilities: A longitudinal examination. Family Process, 59, 1722-1736. doi: 10.1111/famp.12516 
  • Peisch, V., Dale, C., Parent, J., Burt, K. (2019). Parent socialization of coping and child emotion regulation abilities: A longitudinal examination. Family Process, X, 1-15.
  • Han, Z.R., Ahemaitijiang, N., Yan, J., Hu, X., Parent, J., Dale, C., DiMarzio, K., & Singh, N.N. (2019). Parent mindfulness, parenting and child psychopathology in China. Mindfulness, X, 1-15.

Selected Posters

  • Acosta, J., Dale, C.F., & Parent, J. (2019). Longitudinal association between youth sleep problems and parenting practices: The role of youth developmental stage. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  • Dale, C.F., Acosta, J., McGregor, E., & Parent, J. (2019). The Longitudinal association between youth screen time and behavioral problems: The role of sleep disturbances. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  • Peisch, V., Dale, C., Parent, J., & Burt, K. Parent socialization of coping and child emotion regulation abilities: A longitudinal examination. (2018). 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). 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). 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, MS

Education

  • BA, Psychology, Emmanuel College, 2014 
  • MS, Clinical Science, Florida International University, 2020

Karissa DiMarzio 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. 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.

Broadly, Karissa’s research interests focus on social determinants of caregiving and how early experiences of adversity, such as emotional or psychological maltreatment, contribute to the development of youth psychopathology.

Selected Publications

  • DiMarzio, K., Parent, J., Forehand, R., Champion-Thigpen, J., Acosta, J., Dale, C., & Compas, B. (2021). Parent-child role confusion: Exploring the role of family processes in the context of parental depression. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology.
  • Parent, J., & DiMarzio, K. (2021). Advancing mindful parenting research: An introduction. Mindfulness.
  • 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

  • DiMarzio, K., Parent, J., Thigpen, J.C., Acosta, C., Dale, C., Forehand, R., & Compas, B. (2020). Parent-child role confusion: How family functioning influences caretaking behaviors among children. Virtual poster session presented at the 54th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
  • DiMarzio, K., Peisch, V., Acosta, C., Dale, C., & Parent, J. (2019). Keeping your coparent in mind: A longitudinal investigation of mindfulness in the family system. Poster session presented at the International Convention of Psychological Science, Paris, France.
  • Gil-Badenes, J., DiMarzio, K., Molina, A., & Alegria, M. (2018). 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.
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Megan Hare, MS

Education

  • BS, Psychology, University of Central Florida, 2014
  • MA, Hofstra University, 2017
  • MS, Clinical Science, Florida International University, 2020

Megan Hare 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. Megan completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science in 2014. Prior to FIU, she worked as a Research Coordinator in the Child Stress and Emotion Lab under Lea Dougherty, Ph.D. and as a Research Assistant under Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, Ph.D. in the Maryland ADHD Program.

Megan’s research interests are broadly in understanding how child and parent factors predict disease progression and response to treatment and the malleability of biomarkers following intervention in young children. 

Selected Publications

  • Hare, M., & Graziano, P. Cost-Effectiveness of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Examining Intensive and Group Formats. (2020). Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.
  • Graziano, P., Ros, R., & Hare, M. (2020). Condensing Parent Training: A Randomized Trial Comparing the Efficacy of a Briefer More Intensive Version of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (I-PCIT). Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
  • Duan, C., Hare, M., Staring, M., & Deligiannidis, K. (2019). Examining the relationship between perinatal depression and neurodevelopment in infants and children through structural and functional neuroimaging research. International Review of Psychiatry.
  • Hare, M., Duan, C., & Deligiannidis, K. (2020). Functional MRI biomarkers of peripartum psychiatric disorders. In Biomarkers of Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders (pp. 181-205). Academic Press.

Selected Posters

  • Pintos Lobo R., Toma A.I., Bottenhorn K.L., Hare M., Smith D., Moor A.C., Cowan I.K., Valdes J.A., Musser E.D., Laird A.R (2020, September). Neural systems underlying RDoC social constructs: An activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis. Flux 2020 Virtual Congress.
  • Hernandez M., Hare, M., & Graziano, P. (2020, February). Examining the role of executive functioning processes in predicting treatment outcomes in preschoolers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Poster presented at the Miami International Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference, Miami, FL.
  • Merwin, S. M., Hare, M., Rose, S., & Dougherty, L. R. (2015, May). The moderating role of parents’ depression on the association between parenting behavior and stress physiology. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.
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Michaela Sisitsky, BS

Education

  • BS, Psychology, Northeastern University, 2017 

Michaela is a first-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. Michaela completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish, at Northeastern University in 2017. She worked as a research coordinator for 3 years at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center (FNNDSC) prior to joining the program at FIU. 

Michaela’s research interests broadly include the impact of early childhood stress and adversity on subsequent development of psychopathology, intergenerational transmission of trauma, and biological markers of risk and resiliency.

Selected Publications

  • Ahtam, B., Sisitsky, M., Perez, J.D., Grant, P.E., Im, K. (In Preparation). Atypical Sulcal Pattern in Children with 16p11.2 Deletion and Duplication Syndromes.
  • Zhang, Y., Vyas, R., Sisitsky, M., Al-Hassan, A., Ou, Y., Morton, S., Grant, P.E. (In Preparation). Nutriomics: Machine Learning Links Maternal Diet, Breast milk, and 3-Month Neurocognition in Term-born Breastfeeding Infants. 

Selected Posters

  • Sisitsky, M., Jaber, S., Perez, J.D., Ahtam, B., Khoury, J., Chung, A.W., Ou, Y., Bosquet-Enlow, M., Lyons-Ruth, K., Grant, P.E. (2019). Maternal Childhood Maltreatment Impacts Offspring Development of White Matter Microstructure within Dorsal and Ventral Language Pathways. Poster presented at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Symposium, Boston, MA.  
  • Khoury, J., Ahtam, B., Sisitsky, M., Ou, Y., Bosquet-Enlow, M., Lyons-Ruth, K., Grant, P.E. (2019). Maternal Withdrawal is Associated with Volumetric Reductions in Infant Brain Regions. Poster presented at the Society of Biological Psychiatry 74th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Ahtam, B., Khoury, J., Sisitsky, M., Smith, L., Chung, A.W., Ou, Y., Bosquet-Enlow, M., Lyons-Ruth, K., Grant, P.E. (2019). Infant White Matter Microstructure of the Corpus Callosum and Cingulum is Affected by Maternal Experiences of Childhood Maltreatment. Poster presented at the 2019 Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Annual Meeting, Rome, Italy.

Program Coordinator

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Geraldine (Geri) Cadet, BA

Education

  • BA, Psychology, Florida International University, 2018 

Research Interests 

Geri is interested in assisting youth in under-served communities in the aspects of mental health, culturally relevant services, and educational development. She is also interested in examining how low SES and violence affect child psychopathology. Geri is interested in graduate school for a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.  

Research Assistants

  • Neraldis Barcelo

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    Neraldis hopes to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. Neraldis' research interests include early infant development and parent interaction's effect on behavior. 

    Education

    AA, Miami Dade College, 2019.

    BA, Psychology, Florida International University (Expected 2021)

  • Adriana Gallat

    Adriana Gallat

    Adriana is interested in learning more about internalizing, externalizing, and personality disorders. 

    Education

    BA, Psychology, Florida International University (Expected 2021)  

  • Nicole Martinez, B.A.

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    Nicole is interested in assisting individuals with mental health disorders, including mood and personality disorders. She is also interested in how childhood development influences psychopathology in adulthood. Nicole is planning on attending graduate school for her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.

    Education 

    BA, Psychology, Florida International University, 2020

  • Jonathan Ortiz

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    Jonathan plans to graduate in the Fall of 2021 and will be applying to a pre-med program to continue exploring the field of science and discovering a position that allows him to care for families. He joined the CFW lab to gain both clinical and research experience, which he hopes will help him decide what program in the field of medicine will be right for him. He also hopes that his time at the lab will help broaden his view on treatments that can help parents and their children, such that he could apply what he has learned in his career. Jonathan's research interests include the study of parent-child interactions and how they may induce epigenetic changes in children, leading to alterations of behavior.

    Education  

    BA, Chemistry, Florida International University (Expected 2021)

  • Suggizett Satoba

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    Suggizett is interested in learning about the epigenetic and developmental effects that the transmission of intergenerational trauma can have. She is interested in attending graduate school for a degree in clinical psychology.

    Education  

    BA, Psychology, Florida International University (Expected 2024)

Alumni

Kayla Burd, BA: Kayla was a Research Assistant from 2019-2021. She is currently attending the University of Central Florida's College of Nursing in the Second Degree BSN Program.

 

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