Current & Former Doctoral Students



  • Current
    Doctoral Students

  • Gequasha "GQ" Collins

    Developmental 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

    Developmental Psychology
    Doctoral Student
    Eduardo entered the doctoral program in Fall 2019. 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.




  • 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.
  • Juan Sebastian Castillo PErez

    Developmental 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.