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Daniel Bagner

Daniel M. Bagner, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Bagner is the Director of the Early Childhood Behavior Lab and Professor of Psychology at Florida International University. 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. He has published more than 60 scientific papers and chapters on these topics and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the past 14 years (totaling over $4 million in funding) to conduct his research. Dr. Bagner currently serves as a member of the NIH Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention (PDRP) study section, and he is an associate editor for Education and Treatment of Children and on the editorial board for six other journals. He also is involved in several professional and community organizations, including his role as Chair of the Research Task Force for PCIT International and the FIU representative to the board of directors for The Children’s Trust, an organization with a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to fund strategic investments that improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County. 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


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Graduate Students


Brynna Heflin

Brynna Heflin, M.S.

Brynna is a fourth-year doctoral student broadly interested in treatments for young children with behavioral and emotional problems. Specifically, she is interested in 1) the role of parent symptomatology in the effectiveness of treatment, 2) emotion regulation and emotion talk in promoting positive behaviors in children, and 3) the role of feeding problems and other pediatric disorders. Click here to view Brynna's CV.

  • Master's Degree, Psychology: Florida International University, 2019
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology: University of Virginia, 2015

Perrine Heymann

Perrine Heymann, M.S.

Perrine is a fourth-year doctoral student broadly interested in behavioral dysregulation in young children and the effectiveness of evidence-based parent-child therapy. Specifically, she is interested in 1) the emotion regulation, 2) language development, 3) the role of family risk factors on treatment outcomes. Click here to view Perrine's CV.

  • Master's Degree, Psychology: Florida International University, 2019
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology: University of Pittsburgh, 2015

Mary Hagan

Mary Hagan, B.A.

Mary is a third-year doctoral student broadly interested in utilizing early intervention to foster healthy child development and promote school readiness. Specifically, she is interested in 1) using evidence-based therapies as a tool for improving child behavior and parenting practices, 2) identifying factors that may be predictive of school readiness, and 3) exploring parenting practices and school success in the context of a chronic illness or other medical condition. Click here to view Mary's CV.

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology: Duke University, 2016

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Caroline Gillenson, B.A.

Caroline is a second-year doctoral student broadly interested in the effectiveness of evidence-based treatments for young children with developmental delays.  Specifically, she is interested in 1) social and emotional development, 2) increasing access of interventions to underserved populations, and 3) the role of adverse pregnancy outcomes in early child development. Click here to view Caroline's CV.

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

Keara Neuman

Keara Neuman, B.S.

Keara is a first-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

Lab Staff


 Enid Moreira

Enid Moreira, B.A.

Project Coordinator, PANTHERS Project

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

Enid is interested in 1) the intersection of mental health and culture in Hispanic/Latinx and immigrant populations, specifically cultural considerations in treatment and research, 2) childhood anxiety, and 3) parent-child relationships.

Maria Wilson

Maria Wilson, B.A.

Evaluator, PANTHERS Project
Project Coordinator, ACCESS Project

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology: Florida International University, 2017

Maria has a strong interest in the treatment of early childhood anxiety. Specifically, she is interested in 1) examining the barriers to treatment and services for anxiety in minority and underserved populations and 2) reducing the gap through dissemination and implementation.

ECBL Alumni


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