Therapists
Ashley M. Shaw, Ph.D.
Clinical Director, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Shaw is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor within the Center for Children and Families (CCF) at Florida International University. She is also the Clinical Director of the MINT Anxiety Program and our newest program, the MINT Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A) Program. Dr. Shaw has extensive clinical training in cognitive-behavioral treatments for children and adolescents, with a special emphasis on emotional disorders (including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and hoarding). She also has years of experience with DBT, including a clinical internship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School (which involved a 6-month DBT rotation) and an online Psychwire training on DBT-A by Drs. Jill Rathus, Alec Miller, and Marsha Linehan.


Aileen Herrera, M.S., LMHC
Directora del programa de mutismo Selectivo

Aileen Herrera is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and the Director of the Selective Mutism Program for the MINT Anxiety program at Florida International University. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Selective Mutism Association. She supervises student trainees and provides weekly and intensive treatment for children and teens with emotional disorders in both English and Spanish and directs specialty programs for youth with selective mutism.


Natalie Hong, M.S.
Doctoral Student Clinician

Natalie Hong is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program and a member of the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Lab. Natalie completed her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Applied Psychology at New York University. Natalie’s research interests focus on informed clinical decision-making for children who exhibit slower or fewer improvements throughout the course of treatment. She is particularly excited about work investigating tailoring interventions (e.g., Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials) to improve efficiency and efficacy of treatments. She is also interested in examining effective methods for utilizing parents as the agents of change in their children’s treatment.


Kristina Conroy, M.S.
Doctoral Student Clinician

Kristina Conroy is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science program at Florida International University (FIU) and a member of the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Lab. Broadly, Kristina is interested in learning how to strengthen the ability of key adults (e.g., caregivers, teachers) to respond to youth anxiety in their natural settings. More specifically, Kristina is interested in identifying opportunities for in-direct service delivery (e.g., classroom-based supports), understanding barriers and facilitators to school mental health programs, and optimizing supports for youth and families from diverse cultural backgrounds.


Christopher Georgiadis, M.S.
Doctoral Student Clinician

Christopher Georgiadis is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program at Florida International University. Chris completed a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology at New York University, with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Mental Studies.Chris is broadly interested in increasing the quality and span of evidence-based therapies (EBTs) for childhood internalizing disorders. Specifically, he is interested in (1) developing novel training strategies to better equip parents and community providers to deliver treatment more flexibly in the face of complex symptom presentations; (2) identifying strategies to make behavioral therapies more acceptable to parents and families (e.g., increased psychoeducation, online tools, etc.); and (3) investigating how technology may augment patient engagement and sustainability of treatment principles over time, and how these tools may be used to increase the implementation of EBTs in underserved communities.


Gabrielle Freitag, B.A.
Doctoral Student Clinician

Gabrielle Freitag is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program at Florida International University. Gabrielle completed her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development at Vanderbilt University. Gabrielle is interested in (1) parsing psychiatric comorbidity to identify targets in prevention and intervention efforts for youth with internalizing and externalizing behavioral problems, (2) understanding how parenting behaviors influence the onset and trajectory of youth anxiety and can inform adaptations in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) to treat complex symptom presentations, and (3) leveraging digital therapeutics to guide the development and implementation of targeted, evidence-based interventions among families and community providers and ultimately increase the accessibility and sustainability of youth mental health care.



Julie Cristello, M.S.
Doctoral Student Clinician

Julie’s program of research focuses on adolescent substance use. She is especially interested in how exposure to risk behaviors on social media platforms can influence alcohol and drug use offline. 


Kathleen Feeney, M.S.
Doctoral Student Clinician 
Kathleen is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program and a member of the Assessment of Behavior, Cognition, and Emotion Regulation in Children and Adolescents (ABC-ERICA) Lab at Florida International University. Kathleen’s research interests focus on understanding the influence of child emotion dysregulation and parental factors (i.e., parenting style, parent psychopathology) on child behaviors in order to improve intervention strategies.

Rosario Pintos Lobo, M.S.
Doctoral Student Clinician 

Rosario is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science program at Florida International University (FIU) and a member of the Assessment of Behavior, Cognition, & Emotion Regulation in Children and Adolescents (ABC-ERICA) Lab. Broadly, Rosario is interested in the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., ASD, ADHD) via a multimethod approach including behavioral observations, standardized clinical assessments, psychophysiological measures, and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). Rosario completed her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology in Buenos Aires, Argentina and went on to receive a Master of Science in Professional Counseling Psychology at FIU where she worked with children and adolescents with internalizing (e.g., Anxiety, Selective Mutism) and externalizing (e.g., ADHD, ODD) disorders in both individual and group format.



Morgan Jusko, M.A. 
Doctoral Student Clinician 

Morgan is a third year doctoral student in the Clinical Science program at FIU. Her primary research interest is examining internal distractibility in ADHD. Morgan is interested to see how internal distractibility maintains anxious thoughts and whether internal distractibility contributes to anxiety-related disorders.


Megan Hare, M.S.
Doctoral Student Clinician 

Megan a third year doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program. She is broadly interested in the different developmental pathways to psychopathology and examining predictors of treatment response in children, utilizing a trans-diagnostic approach.


Stephanie Morris, M.S. 
Doctoral Student Clinician

Stephanie’s research interests involve investigating children with ADHD, and the heterogeneity of this disorder by using psychophysiological measures. More specifically, she is interested in the prevalence of emotion regulatory related deficits, as indexed by psychophysiological measures, of children with ADHD and the impact of these deficits on other constructs (e.g., executive functioning, academics, and treatment development). Clinically, Stephanie has worked with a range of mental health disorders, including but not limited to, ADHD, selective mutism, generalized anxiety disorder, substance use, specific learning disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. 


Jena Lerch, R.N., BSN
Student Clinician
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Student

Jena is a registered nurse pursuing a doctorate of nursing practice and certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is primarily interested in working with children and adolescents with internalizing disorders.



Carolina Busto, B.A. 
Professional Counseling Psychology Masters Student Clinician 

Carolina is a second year student in FIU’s Counseling Psychology Master’s program. She looks forward to continuing to work with a diverse group of  families, and providing services to children and adolescents. 


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