Therapists
Aileen Herrera, M.S., LMHC
Clinical Director of the MINT Anxiety Program

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.


Jami Furr, Ph.D.
Senior Psychologist

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 Busto, M.S. 
Kids FACE FEARS Research Coordinator and Master’s Level Clinician

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 Conroy, M.S.
Core Associate and 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.
Core Associate and 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, M.S.
Core Associate and 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. 



Anya Urcuyo,B.A.
Core Associate and Doctoral Student Clinician

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, B.A.
MINT Program Coordinator and Master’s Student Clinician

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.


Anastassia Cafatti, M.S. 
Doctoral Student Clinician

Anastassia Cafatti is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology Ph.D. program and a member of the Early Childhood Behavior Lab at FIU. Anastassia mainly has experience working with children between the ages of 1 and 18 with a wide range of externalizing behavioral problems, developmental disabilities, autism, and anxiety in clinic and community settings. She also has experience working directly with caregivers by providing individual and group-based parenting interventions and other services in both English and Spanish. She is interested in utilizing early interventions to promote positive parent-child relationships to strengthen child development and outcomes in culturally sensitive ways within the context of treatment.


Katie Schmarder, B.A.
Doctoral Student Clinician 

Katie Schmarder (they/them) is a 3rd year doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program at Florida International University, who will be completing their practicum in the MINT clinic this year. Katie has experience working with children and adolescents with internalizing (e.g., anxiety) and externalizing (e.g., ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder) concerns, and with young adults on the autism spectrum. Their research interests focus on improving supports and interventions for adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum via participatory research. Katie aims to center family treatment goals, disability justice, and considerations around intersectionality (i.e., culture, mental health and disability status, gender identity) in assessment and treatment. 


Jenny Guo, B.A. 
Doctoral Student Clinician

Jenny Guo is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science PhD program and a member of the Mechanisms Underlying Treatment Technologies (MUTT) Lab at Florida International University (FIU). She has experience working with children and adolescents ages 3-18 with symptoms of anxiety and depression and their caregivers to provide treatment services. She has also worked with young adults with autism to provide psychoeducational assessments. Jenny strives to work collaboratively with families to center their experiences and values throughout treatment and to meet their individual needs.


Elena Schiavone, B.A. 
Doctoral Student Clinician

Elena Schiavone is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program at Florida International University (FIU). Elena has predominantly provided mental health services to youth with anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), between the ages of 5-18. Elena seeks to work in collaboration with caregivers and provide services in a culturally, racially, and identity conscious manner.


Samantha Angulo, B.A. 
Professional Counseling Psychology Student Clinician

Samantha Angulo is currently a Master’s student with the Professional Counseling Psychology program at Florida International University. She has worked primarily with children displaying externalizing behaviors and their caregivers. She provides services in both English and Spanish. Samantha loves working with families and aims to collaborate with clients to meet their individual goals.


Andrea Izurieta, B.A. 
Professional Counseling Psychology Student Clinician

Andrea Izurieta is currently a Master’s Student in the Professional Counseling Psychology program at Florida International University. Andrea has experience working with children and adolescents, primarily ages 6 through 17, along with their families. She has provided services for externalizing disorders (ADHD), internalizing disorders (anxiety), and teens who are on the autism spectrum through group-based treatment services or through individual services. She strives to provide the care and support that families seek and to meet their needs to the best of her abilities.

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