Director

Daniel Bagner

Daniel M. Bagner, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Bagner is the Director of the Early Childhood Behavior Lab, Professor of Psychology, and Director of Clinical Training in the Clinical Science Program in Child and Adolescent Psychology at Florida International University (FIU). A licensed and board-certified clinical child psychologist, Dr. Bagner studies interventions for at-risk infants and young children and their families and etiological models of early childhood behavior problems and parenting. He has published more than 85 scientific papers and chapters on these topics, and he has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the past 17 years, in addition to funding from other federal, state, and local organizations (totaling over $15 million in funding), to conduct his research. Dr. Bagner served as a member of the NIH Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention (PDRP) study section, and he is on the editorial board for five journals. He also is involved in several professional and community organizations, including his role as the FIU representative to the board of directors for The Children’s Trust, an organization with a dedicated source of revenue from property taxes to fund strategic investments that improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County. Dr. Bagner also has been quoted in several media outlets, such as The New York Times, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Readers Digest, and USA Today. Click here to view Dr. Bagner's CV.

  • Ph.D., Psychology (Clinical): University of Florida, 2007
  • Master’s Degree, Psychology (Clinical): University of Florida, 2004
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology and Philosophy: Washington University in St. Louis, 2001


View Dr. Bagner's profile in the CASE Directory

Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Daniella Vaclavik, Ph.D.

Dr. Vaclavik is a post-doctoral fellow interested in the etiology and evidence-based treatments of anxiety and mood related disorders in children and adolescents. She is further interested in the developmental trajectory of these disorders from early childhood into adulthood, particularly in being able to intervene in critical developmental periods to effectively alter the trajectory of psychopathology. Her current research focuses on identifying neural markers of attentional processes and potential biomarkers of anxiety through event related potentials (ERP) and the use of neuromodulation techniques, such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), to intervene on these neural markers and potential biomarkers. Click here to see Daniella's CV

Graduate Students


 

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Caroline Gillenson, M.S.

Caroline is a fourth-year doctoral student interested in the effectiveness of evidence-based treatments for young children with developmental delays.  Specifically, she is interested in 1) developmental outcomes for children with behavior problems, 2) the role of cultural factors and developmental of culturally sensitive interventions, and 3) increasing access of interventions to underserved populations. Click here to view Caroline's CV.

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology: Ohio State University, 2017

Keara Neuman

Keara Neuman, B.S.

Keara is a third-year doctoral student broadly interested in treatments for children with developmental disabilities and their parents. Specifically, she is interested in 1) the role of parenting and parental psychopathology in child development and treatment outcomes, 2) emotion regulation, and 3) the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments in underserved communities. Click here to view Keara's CV.

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology: University of Maryland, 2018

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Anastassia Cafatti, B.S.

Anastassia is a second-year doctoral student broadly interested in utilizing early intervention to promote positive parent-child relationships to strengthen child development and outcomes. Specifically, she is interested in 1) Exploring the role of infant attachment in future childhood behavior problems and emotional regulation, 2) Differences in family dynamics across cultures, and 3) Increasing access, dissemination, and implementation of culturally sensitive evidence-based treatment and assessment tools for families and children from at risk and underserved populations. Click here to view Anastassia CV.

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology: University of Miami, 2021

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Morganne Warner, B.S.

Morganne is a first-year doctoral student interested in 1) the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments for young children with behavior problems, 2) the role of parenting in early childhood behavior outcomes, 3) and psychosocial functioning and adjustment across families of pediatric patients.  Click here to view Morganne's CV.

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology: University of Florida, 2021

Lab Staff


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Enid A. Moreira, B.A.

Project Coordinator, PANTHERS Project

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology and Gender and Women's Studies: Florida International University, 2018

Enid is Project Coordinator for the PANTHERS Project. She is interested in 1) evidence-based treatment for young children, 2) better understanding the family unit and parent-child relation to promote mental health well-being and prevent internalizing and externalizing disorders in youth and 3) cultural sensitivity in both research and clinical practice. Click here to view Enid’s CV.


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Adriana Pino, B.A.

Project Evaluator, PANTHERS Project

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology: University of Miami, 2021

Adriana's interests include the development of childhood mood and anxiety disorders and the implementation of evidence-based treatments for youth and their families. Click here to view Adriana's CV.


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Emily Mejias, B.A.

Project Coordinator, NTA Solutions Project

  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Florida International University, 2021.
    • Minor in Religious Studies, Florida International University, 2021
Emily is the Project Coordinator for the NTA Solution Project, a collaboration with Dr. Natalia Soares Quinete and the Chemistry Department. She is interested in 1) The development of adolescent and adult psychopathology that have strong conceptual links to early childhood development, 2) Internalizing and mood disorders, 3) Holistic and non-medicated treatment approaches for adolescents and young adults with Bipolar Disorder and 4) the co-relation of religiosity as a faith-based intervention and psychopathology in young adults. 

 

ECBL Alumni


Perrine Heymann, M.S.

Perrine completed her doctoral studies with the Early Childhood Behavior Lab in 2022. She is currently on internship at Children’s National Hospital. She is broadly interested in the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions for young children with behavioral and emotional problems. Specifically, she is interested in 1) the therapeutic process, 2) early language development and bilingual development, 3) the role of family risk factors on treatment outcomes. Click here to view Perrine's CV.

Brynna Heflin, M.S.

Brynna completed her Doctoral studies with the lab in 2022. She is currently on internship at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital. She is broadly interested in evidence-based interventions for children with concurrent behavioral and emotional problems. Specifically, she is interested in 1) the interplay between parental symptomatology and child behavioral and physical health outcomes, 2) the role of cultural factors on treatment outcomes, and 3) the impact of child illness or medical injury on parental symptomatology and familial coping. Click here to view Brynna's CV.

Maria Wilson, B.A.

Maria was project evaluator for the ACCESS for Families Project and for the PANTHERS Project. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University in 2017. She completed her post baccalaurate in the Early Childhood Behavior Lab in 2021. Maria is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Arizona State University. She is interested in increasing treatment effectiveness and treatment engagement for low-resource and ethnic and racial minority communities through dissemination and implementation of evidence-based intervention. 

Natalie Frech, B.A.

Natalie was project coordinator for the ACCESS for Families Project. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University in 2017. She completed her post baccalaurate in the Early Childhood Behavior Lab in 2020. Natalie is currently obtaining her Master of Public Health from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Frances Martinez Pedraza

Frances received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston, 2016, and she completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Early Childhood Behavior Lab in 2020. Frances is currently U.S. Federal Executive Branch Fellow (2020-2021) with the Society for Research in Child Development.

Dr. Shayl F. Griffith

Shayl received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2018, and she completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Early Childhood Behavior Lab in 2020. Shayl is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Recreation, and School Psychology at FIU. Learn more about her current work here

Dr. Nicole E. Lorenzo

Nicole received her Ph.D. in Clinical Science from FIU in 2019. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park. Learn more about her current work here

Dr. Gabriela M. Rodriguez

Gabriela received her Ph.D. in Clinical Science from FIU in 2016. She is an assistant professor of clinical psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Learn more about her current work here

Dr. Dainelys Garcia

Dainelys received her Ph.D. in Clinical Science from FIU in 2016. She is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics in the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Learn more about her current work here