Current & Former Doctoral Students



  • Current
    Doctoral Students

  • Gequasha "GQ" Collins

    Applied Social & Cultural Psychology
    Doctoral Student
    An FIU Inclusion Fellowship recipient, GQ entered the doctoral program in Fall 2021. Her work examines cross cultural constructions of various types of mental illness at individual and community levels. GQ will focus primarily on the impact of these values within Latino peer and familial networks across the United States. Currently, she is developing a quantitative stigma study to assess perceptions of peers with serious mental illness in Latino emerging adult populations.
  • EDUARDO DE LA Vega-Taboada

    Developmental Psychology
    Doctoral Candidate
    A Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant Fellow, Eduardo is interested in identifying community safe spaces as sites for adolescent health social and emotional development. He has already completed a thesis that examined rural Afro Colombian adolescents' perceptions of safe spaces. Eduardo's disertation will extend this work by examining the role of soccer/ futbol youth leaders in creation of safe spaces in partnership with NGOs across three sites in Colombia.
  • Hector Peguero

    Applied Social & Cultural Psychology
    Doctoral Student
    A CASE Dean's Distinguished Doctoral Fellow, Hector entered  the doctoral program in Fall 2022. His research examines the intersections o  health stigma and identity development among gender diverse individuals both the United States and Indiaa    A former Fulbright Fellow, Hector is building on his foundational research by seeking t   identify common points of intervention for addressing stigma while increasing agency through health inequities education.
  • Jeffrey Pierre

    Applied Social & Cultural Psychology
    Doctoral Student
    Jeffrey entered the doctoral program in Fall 2022. His research examines the construction of masculinity and healthy relationships meanings among racial/ ethnic minority men. Jeffrey is particularly interested in exploring the ways in these perceptions influence attitudes toward intimate partner violence within Haitian communities. His ultimate goal is to identify culturally appropriate intervention approaches that center Haitian values and socio historical realities. 
  • Juan Sebastian
    Castillo PErez

    Applied Social & Cultural Psychology
    Doctoral Student
    Juan entered the doctoral program in Fall 2021. Juan is using mixed methodologies to identify diverse Latino masculity norms and values across the Latin American diaspora, particularly in the United States and across South America. He is especially interested in the ways in which nationality and ethnic cultural informs ideas about masculinity, and how these shape mental health well being among adolescent and emerging adult men of Latin American descent.