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
Director of Selective Mutism Program

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 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, M.S.
Doctoral Student Clinician

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, B.A.
Doctoral Student Clinician

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. 



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. 


Sarah Hartmann, B.A. 
Doctoral Student Clinician

Sarah is a graduate fellow in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program and a member of the Research on Adolescent and Child Health (ReACH) Lab at Florida International University. Her research interests focus on the examination of cognitive affective antecedents and consequences of adolescent substance use. Clinically, Sarah is focused on the utilization of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to aid adolescent clients in better regulating their emotions and affectively-based behaviors. Her overall clinical goals revolve around working with clients toward health, goal-attainment, and contentment.


Caroline Gillenson, M.S. 
Doctoral Student Clinician

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. 


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