Therapists

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.


Xin “Alisa” Zhao, M.S.
Doctoral Student Clinician

Alisa is a rising 5th year student in the clinical psychology PhD program. She is currently working on her dissertation project which utilizes big data approaches to identify internet-based opportunities to disseminate evidence-based information and mitigate mental health disparities. She has provided science-informed services to families of youth with internalizing and externalizing problems from diverse backgrounds.


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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