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 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 is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Clinical Director of 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.
Dr. Jami Furr is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University, where she also serves as Senior Psychologist in the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Program. She is the President of the Selective Mutism Association (2020-2022) and has served on their Board of Directors for the last 5 years. Dr. Furr has extensive clinical expertise and research interests in cognitive and behavioral treatments of childhood anxiety and disruptive behavior disorders, with a particular focus on preschool mental health and telehealth delivery of care. She supervises student trainees in assessment and treatment of emotional disorders in children and teens. Dr. Furr provides intensive treatment for children with anxiety disorders (primarily selective mutism), and provides trainings on selective mutism and anxiety to parents, school psychologists, teachers, and other school staff in the community.
Carolina graduated with a Master of Science in Professional Counseling Psychology at Florida International University in August of 2021. Carolina has experience working with children and adolescents in individual and group settings with a wide range of anxiety disorders and behavioral problems in both English and Spanish. Likewise, she incorporates behavioral management skills for parents and has worked one-on-one with teachers as per the needs of the client. She strives for collaboration and communication with all of her clients by creating a warm accepting environment. She looks forward to continuing to work with a diverse group of families.
Kristina works with children and adolescents between the ages of 3 and 18. She has specific expertise in working with youth who experience anxiety problems and/or depression. In addition to working directly with youth, Kristina collaborates with caregivers and school staff (e.g., teachers) to identify opportunities for supporting children in their everyday lives. Kristina seeks to build upon children and families’ strengths while providing evidence-based strategies that help individuals cope with strong emotions. Situated within the multicultural community of Miami, Kristina works with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds, and strives to provide care that aligns with families’ unique experiences, values, and preferences. Kristina has primarily been trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy for adolescents (DBT-A).
Christopher Georgiadis is a doctoral student and therapist at the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Lab at Florida International University. Chris has experience working with youth with a range of anxiety disorders (Selective Mutism, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and behavioral problems. Chris sees himself as a “coach and cheerleader” for youth and families, helping them to identify areas that they see as most important to work on, presenting tools and strategies that may serve to address that problem, and troubleshooting with families to apply those strategies to their unique problem. Chris values collaborative goal-setting and shared decision-making in therapy, and does his best to make sure the services families receive align with their preferences and priorities.
Gabrielle Freitag is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science program at Florida International University. After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development at Vanderbilt University, she gained experience working with children who have selective mutism and related anxiety and emotional concerns during her time at the Child Mind Institute and National Institute of Mental Health. She currently conducts psychological evaluations and enjoys partnering with children and families to meet their individual needs throughout treatment.
Anya Urcuyo is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program at Florida International University (FIU). Anya has experience working with children and adolescents between the ages of 3-18 as well as their caregivers. She has worked mainly with children with autism, anxiety, and trauma in both Spanish and English. Anya aims to center language, race, and culture within treatment and works within a social-cultural matrix, prioritizing the psychosocial experiences of children and families.
Alyssa Dawson is a currently a Master’s student with the Counselor Education Program: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track at Florida International University (FIU). She has worked previously with MINT as a research assistant where she gained experience working with caregivers and children in both English and Spanish. Alyssa aims to counsel youth from the ages 3-18 with anxiety and internalizing disorders in both English and Spanish. She hopes to help them find the best coping techniques that best fits their lifestyle.
Marcela is a 5th year doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program at Florida International University (FIU), who will be completing her practicum in the MINT Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A) clinic this year. Clinically, Marcela has experience working with clients who present with disruptive behavior disorders (e.g., oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD), substance use disorders, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (e.g., obsessive compulsive disorder and Tourette’s). Marcela also has years of experience with personalized and group-based parent training. Marcela is also bilingual in English and Spanish. Her research interests focus on the assessment and treatment of ADHD in childhood and adolescence. She has been involved in studies looking at the effects of unimodal and combined treatments (behavioral and pharmacological) on learning, classroom behavior, and cognitive performance among children with ADHD.
Logan is a 5th year doctoral student in the Clinical Science program at Florida International University (FIU). His clinical and research interests are centered on the neurodevelopmental processes leading to the onset of self-damaging behaviors (e.g., non-suicidal self-injury, substance use) in adolescence. To this end, he strives to help youths develop skills to achieve their unique short- and long-term goals and the confidence to pursue them. Logan has several years of experience helping children and teens with co-occurring internalizing and externalizing problems such as ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Logan also has years of experience conducting semi-structured diagnostic interviews with youth and their caregivers. He is excited to join the MINT team as a therapist for the Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescence (DBT-A) program!
Nilo Fallah-Sohy is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology program. Nilo’s research interests include the screening and prevention of substance use and co-occurring disorders among children and adolescents in educational and other non-professional, community-based settings. During graduate school, she hopes to bring her developmental and clinical research experiences full circle, in order to examine social contexts (i.e., peers, family) and cultural influences (i.e., acculturation, ethnic identity) as risk and protective factors of adolescent engagement in substance use.
Caroline is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science program and a member of the Early Childhood Behavior Lab at FIU. Her research interests broadly focus on the effectiveness of evidence-based treatments for young children with developmental delays. Specifically, she is interested in developmental outcomes such as sleep, the role of parenting behaviors, increasing access of interventions to underserved populations, and the role of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth on early child development.
Sarah is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program and a member of the Research on Adolescent and Child Health (ReACH) Lab at Florida International University. Sarah started her rotation in the MINT Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A) program in May 2021. Clinically, Sarah is focused on utilizing DBT-A to aid adolescent clients in better regulating their emotions and emotionally-driven behaviors. Her overall clinical goals revolve around working with clients toward health, goal-attainment, and contentment. Additionally, she has previous experience working with youth who identify as LGBTQ. Her research interests focus on the examination of cognitive affective antecedents and consequences of adolescent substance use.
Maria is finishing her second year of her masters in the Counselor Education Program at Florida International University (FIU). She in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track and hopes to become a Trauma-Informed Clinical Mental Health Counselor for children and adolescents. Maria has experience working with children and adolescents in individual and group settings with a wide range of anxiety disorders and behavioral problems in both English and Spanish. She is looking forward to being a part of the MINT team.
Karen is currently a Master’s student with the professional counseling psychology program at Florida International University (FIU). She received her bachelor’s in psychology with a biology minor also at Florida International University (FIU). She has worked many years as a research assistant in adolescent neuropsychology. Karen has experience in providing CBT with children and adolescents with anxiety and phobias through the Center for Children and Families. She has a strong interest in evidence-based treatments for adolescent internalizing disorders. She hopes to continue providing culturally-competent treatment to the diverse South Florida population in both English and Spanish.
Orianna Torres is a graduate student from the Professional Psychology Program at Florida International University (FIU). She just completed her practicum at Florida International University’s (FIU) Center for Children and Families, where she provided individual and group treatment to children and their families using Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Also, she was a counselor and parent training coordinator at Florida International University’s (FIU) Pre-K Summer Treatment Program for young children with externalizing behaviors disorders. She is interested in expanding her knowledge and experience by working with children with internalizing disorders and utilizing other therapeutic interventions such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.