Current & Former Doctoral Students



  • Current
    Doctoral Students

  • Alexa barton

    Developmental Psychology
    Doctoral Candidate
    Alexa entered the Developmental Psychology Program at FIU in the Fall of 2017. Her research focuses on the ways in which attitudes towards modes of immigration affect sterotyping beliefs and mental health outcomes. She has a particular interest in identifying these outcomes among Latin American Diaspora communities across the United States.
  • Brittany Boyd

    Developmental Psychology
    Doctoral Candidate
    Brittany's research examines the ways cultural contexts and partner availabity influence high SES and graduate level educated Black women's sexual risk decision making proceses. Brittany is also examining in the ways in which verbal sexual coercion is conceptualized and influences risk taking behaviors among African American adolescents.
  • Elsa Bravo

    Developmental Psychology
    Doctoral Candidate
    Elsa joined our lab in Fall 2018. Her research examines gender identity, cultural norms, and familial values' influence on Latina's motivations to enter STEM disciplines. Elsa is particularly interested in these processes among women in STEM preparation programs. Elsa conducts mixed methods research focused on adolescent through emerging adult Latina populations.
  • EDUARDO DE LA VEGA

    Developmental Psychology
    Doctoral Student
    Eduardo entered the Developmental Sciences Doctoral program in Fall 2019. Eduardo is interested in global health, and mixed methodologies as they apply to masculity norms and well being outcomes among Latino populations. He is particularly interested in the ways in which culture informs ideas about masculnity, and how these shape perceptions of help seeking and leadership behaviors both in the United States and Colombia.
  • Claire HelpingStine

    Developmental Psychology
    Doctoral Candidate
    Claire entered the program in the Fall of 2017. Her research examines the ways in which gender, race and contextual experiences perceptions inform individuals' perceptions of human trafficking across diverse communities. Claire is also interested in identifying the familial and social network processes that shape the experiences and decision making processes of trafficked victims both in the United States and India.
  • JACQUELINE "Jackie" MOSES

    Clinical Psychology
    Doctoral Candidate
    Jackie is co- mentored by Dr. Stacy Frazier. Jackie's research interests center on the leveraging of naturally- occurring, culturally- relevant resources and protective factors as a means of facilitating positive youth development. She is interested in examining these phenomena within ethnic minority and underserved adolescent populations. Jackie also has expertise in the conducting of clinical assessments with populations in low resource communities.
  • Ana Lucia Rodriguez

    Developmental Psychology
    Doctoral Candidate
    Ana utilizes network analysis methods to identify the multi- layered relationships between belief systems, interpersonal interactions and health inequity outcomes. She is interested identifying the intersecting relationship of social networks and decision making in the context of STI and IPV in global contexts. Ana has already conducted reseach Colombia and India witth adolescent and emerging adult pouplations.


    • Former
      Doctoral Students

    • Developmental Psychology

      dr. Shannon kennedy

      Dr. Shannon Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Miami Dade College. Her research interests focus on identity development, intimate partner violence, and romantic relationships. Her dissertation examined the influence of familial conflict strategies on Hispanic college women’s verbal IPV victimization. Further, within group differences were explored, with attention paid to the role of gender role beliefs.
    • Developmental Psychology

      dr. alan meca

      Dr. Alan Meca became an Assistant Professor of Health Psychology at Old Dominion University upon completion of his National Institutes for Health (NIH) Post Doctorate position at the University Miami. His program of research focuses on identity development and acculturation in ethnic/racial minority adolescence and emerging adulthood, as well as their respective impacts on psychosocial functioning and health risk behaviors.
    • Developmental Psychology

      Dr. Laura Oramas

      Dr. Laura Oramas is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Georgia Gwinette College; she was formerly on faculty at Indian River College. Her dissertation was among the first to examine Hispanic parental and young adult daughters' psychological aggression conflict strategies. She published the results in "The influence of parental conflict resolution strategies on Hispanic college women’s experiences with verbal aggression. "




    • Developmental Psychology

      Dr. hod tamir

      Dr. Tamir earned his Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2012 and doctorate in developmental psychology in 2015. He was awarded a National Institutes for Health (NIH) funded post-doctoral fellowship to study HIV postive South Indian women's social networks. Dr. Tamir then received a Global HIV Implementation Science Research Post Doctoral Training Fellowship at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.
    • Developmental Psychology

      Dr. ADAM ZIMMERMAN

      Dr. Zimmerman is the Associate Director of FIU's Analysis and Information Management Office. He completed his dissertation in Fall 2017. Dr. Zimmerman's research examined anonymity, social modeling, and aggression in online environments; his findings showed that individuals are influenced by other online posters comments. He has published in Group Dynamics and Psychology of Popular Media Culture.