Mentoring & Advising

“None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody- a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony, or a few nuns- bent down and helped us pick up our boots.”

~Thurgood Marshall

I have had the pleasure of supervising both graduate and undergraduate students. Undergraduate students are mentored through the Health Disparities and Cultural Identities (HDCI) research lab. Others become my menters through research fellowship programs like the Ronlad E. McNair Scholars Program, Honors College ARCH, or Global Health Research Study Abroad Programs. Undergraduate students interested in working with me should apply to do so through my HDCI Research Lab

At the graduate level, in addition to advising my own doctoral students (see below) I serve graduate students' dissertation and theses committees across disciplines. Outside of psychology, I’ve enjoyed contributing to the development of graduate students' earning degrees in anthropology, education, geography, nursing, public health, sociology, and social work. Students that need expertise in the areas of gender or racial identity development, sexual health, popular culture, health disparities, or qualitative methods typically ask me serve on their dissertation committee.


Information for Potential Advisees

Potential doctoral students interested in working with me in the Developmental Psychology program should contact me before appylying. It is important that we ensure that we have similar interests and goals prior to the review of applications. Further, there are several things to consider and ask prior to applying to work with any faculty advisor. I say this because finding a person with whom you can work is often more important, in my opinion, than finding a person with what you think has the perfect project or exact same research interests. Visit Quora, Think Like a Post Doc, and The Grad Cafe for questions to ask any potential advisor and their students.

TAKE TIME TO Connect with my CURRENT &
FORMER Doctoral Students

Additionally, I encourage potential applicants to review the research my current students are conducting to get an idea about our broad areas of inquiry. Further, you can also see where my former students are today. You are welcome to contact any of my students to find out more about my mentorship styles, perceptions of our advisor- advisee relationship, and their experiences in the program.

Meet My Graduate Students

FIU Developmental Psychology Program

Developmental Science is the study of nature and basis of change across development.

I serve as the primary faculty advisor for doctoral students in the Department of Psychology. Students interested in applying should contact me in advance of submitting their materials. In addition to the content on this website, students interested in working with me as their primary faculty advisor should review the Developmental Psychology Graduate Program's admission requirements. It is through this track that I primarily mentor students.

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