The Child Affect & Behavior Lab

Department of Psychology

University of Miami



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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami (starting January 2021). My research focuses on irritability and aggressive behavior in children and adolescents, including interests in developmental processes, assessment, and intervention.

I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Kansas, where I worked with Paula Fite and Michael Roberts. I completed my predoctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship with John Weisz at Harvard University. For years, I worked with the World Health Organization in their development of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) Mental and Behavioural Disorders. These activities and others have generated several rich datasets and strong, active collaborations. 

Our Child Affect & Behavior Lab (CAB Lab) is affiliated with the Child Division and the Clinical Program in the Department of Psychology. I look forward to working with current UM undergraduate and graduate students who may be interested in joining the lab in Spring 2021. I do plan to admit a Child Clinical Ph.D. student in Fall 2021. If you are interested in working with us, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 



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Advancing the understanding, assessment, and treatment of emotional and behavioral dysregulation in youth

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The goal of my research is to help advance the understanding, assessment, and treatment of behavioral and emotional dysregulation in youth, with a particular focus on irritability and aggressive behavior. My research is organized into three interrelated areas: (1) the developmental course, correlates, and outcomes of irritability and aggression in children and adolescents; (2) the assessment, diagnosis, and diagnostic classification of youth behavioral and emotional problems; and (3) improving the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions in youth mental health. In pursuing this work, I have developed related interests in various areas, including quantitative methods (e.g., longitudinal, multilevel, latent variable, latent class, meta-analysis). I adopt a developmental psychopathology framework, strive to include diverse youth populations, and emphasize translational implications for evidence-based practice.


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