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. Alexa has received an APA Society for the Study of Social Issues Grant to examine these phenomena for her dissertation.
  • Gequasha "GQ" Collins

    Developmental Psychology
    Doctoral Student
    GQ will officially enter the Developmental Psychology doctoral program in Fall 2021.
  • 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. She has received a NIH Global Health Scholar Dissertation Fellowship to examine these phenomena.
  • Shaina Johnson

    Health Promotion & Diease Prevention
    Robert Stemple School of Public Health
    Doctoral Candidate
    Shaina Johnson, MPH is a doctoral candidate in the Robert Stemple School of Public Health's Health Promotion and Disease Prevention program with a concentration in health disparities. Her research examines structural barriers that impact health care access and utilization among gender minorities, specifically transgender women of color. Shaina's co- advisor is Dr. Mariana Sanchez in the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
  • Juan Sebastian Castillo Perez

    Developmental Psychology
    Doctoral Student
    Juan will officially enter the Developmental Psychology doctoral program in Fall 2021.