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Director

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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Postdoctoral Associates


 Frances Martinez Pedraza

Frances Martinez Pedraza, Ph.D.

Dr. Martínez is a postdoctoral fellow on the NIMH funded R34 grant entitled: “Mental Health Services for Infants/Toddlers Receiving Part C Early Intervention.” Dr. Martínez is interested in the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based social-emotional screening and interventions for young children with developmental delays. Her predoctoral work focused on the implementation of a multi-stage autism screening protocol in Early Intervention (EI) agencies. For her dissertation, she examined provider cultural and relational factors associated with EI service outcomes among children at-risk for autism. Dr. Martínez is particularly interested in improving the access to and quality of early screening and treatment services among socioeconomically disadvantaged and racial and ethnic minority children. Click here to view Dr. Martínez's CV.

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology: University of Massachusetts Boston, 2016
  • Clinical Internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Child Track, 2015-2016
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology: University of Massachusetts Boston, 2012
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology: University of Puerto Rico, 2008

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Shayl Griffith

Shayl F. Griffith, Ph.D.

Dr. Griffith is a postdoctoral fellow in the Early Childhood Behavior Lab. Her research interests center on the social, emotional, and academic functioning of at-risk young children, with special interests in early identification of and intervention in problems of development, parenting, and the use of technology to improve access to interventions.  Her recent work has explored the use of educational apps for mobile devices as a home-based tool to foster school readiness in low-income preschoolers and has examined parent-child interactions during co-use of mobile technology. Click here to view Dr. Griffith's CV.

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology: University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2018
  • Predoctoral Internship: Rush University Medical Center, Child/Adolescent/Pediatric Track, 2017-2018
  • M.S. Clinical Psychology: University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014
  • BA Psychology: Clark University, 2012

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Graduate Students


Brynna Heflin

Brynna Heflin, M.S.

Brynna is a third-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 third-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 second-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

 

Caroline Gillenson, B.A.

Caroline is a first-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

Lab Staff


Natalie Frech

Natalie Frech, B.A. 

Project Coordinator, ACCESS Project

Maria Wilson, B.A.

Evaluator, ACCESS Project

Enid Moreira

Enid Moreira, B.A.

Project Coordinator, FIU-EI Partners Project

ECBL Alumni


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