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College of Arts, Sciences & Education
Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199
Office: (305) 348-2090
ZEB 214
Martha.Pelaez@fiu.edu

RESEARCH AND CONCEPTUAL INTERESTS

Mother-infant attachment, maternal depression effects on infant behavior, interventions using touch to increase infant attention and early socialization, the effects of adult vocal imitation and motherese speech on infant vocalizations, earning of infant social referencing, the emergence of stimulus equivalence, adult intelligence and derived relational responding, behavioral systems approach to child development, morality and rule-hovered behavior.

PROGRAM AFFILIATIONS

School Psychology, School Counseling, Educational Research, Early Childhood, Public Health

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

  • APA (American Psychological Association), Past member, Executive Council, Div 25
  • ABA (Association for Behavior Analysis), Past Co-Program Chair
  • CCBS (Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies), Present Trustee and Member
  • ISIS (International Society for Infant Studies)
  • SRCH (Society for Research in Child Development)

SELECTED UNIVERSITY SERVICE

  • 1988 – Member of Advisory Council of Faculty Senates of Florida
  • 1988 – Member of Steering Committee of Faculty Senate
  • 2000-2003 – Vice-Chair Faculty Senate of Florida International University
  • 2002 – Member of BOD (Ex-Officio, Board of Directors, FIU)
  • 2005-2006 – Chair of Advisory Council of Faculty Senates of Florida SUS
  • 2005-2006 – Member of BOG (Florida Board of Governors)