Who We Are

Director

Dr. Raiker is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Additionally, he is the founder and director of the Program for Attention, Learning, and Memory (PALM) at Florida International University. He received his B.S. in Psychology as well as his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Additionally, he completed his clinical internship training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he was the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Research Award. He is a 2015 National Institutes of Mental Health CHIPS Fellow and has also been awarded a 2015 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Most recently, Dr. Raiker was selected to receive a 2016 CHADD Young Scientist Research Award. Additionally, he is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. His program of research focuses broadly on understanding neurocognitive dysfunction in individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Specifically, he is interested in the extent to which deficits in neurocognitive processes are associated with the functional outcomes (e.g., learning problems) experienced by individuals with ADHD and how knowledge about these deficits can be leveraged to improve treatment of the disorder. Currently, he is examining the interaction of multiple dysfunctional cognitive processes and their implications for the development of novel assessment and intervention strategies. Additionally, he is interested in incorporating additional levels of analysis (e.g., neuroimaging) to increase our understanding of the disorder.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Fosco is a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Children and Families. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed her clinical internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident. Her research focuses on understanding the role of basic cognitive and motivational processes in the etiology and treatment of ADHD.

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate Students

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Mileini Campez, M.S.

Originally from Miami, I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from FIU in 2013 and am a fourth year Clinical Psychology Student. My goal is to become a professor at a university conducting research on the core neuropsychological deficits underlying Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and their relation to treatment outcome. In my free time I enjoy attending cultural events such as art festivals, book fairs, and concerts which Miami has plenty to offer!

 

dsc_0017Kelcey Little, B.S.

I was born and raised in Florida and received my Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Central Florida in May 2016. I am now a third year Clinical Psychology student here at FIU. I am interested in the varying executive function deficits in children with ADHD and how this affects not only their response to treatment, but how, when combined with other factors, it can predict their performance. I am also interested in the difference between children diagnosed with ADHD and children diagnosed with ADHD as well as a comorbid externalizing disorder. I hope to continue on my research either at a university or research hospital after my completion of the PhD program here at FIU. In my free time I enjoy going to art festivals and doing photography. 

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Morgan Jusko, M.A.

I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. I received my Master’s in Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. I am a first year doctoral student in the PALM lab. Broadly, I am interested in studying why reaction time variability occurs more frequently in children with ADHD. More specifically, I’m interested in understanding if internal distraction has any role in the occurrence of reaction time variability. Eventually, I hope to become an academic at a research university. In my free time, I enjoy working out, reading, and cooking.

 

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Jessica Smith, B.A.

I was born and raised in Ohio, and I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from Ohio University in May of 2018. Currently, I am a first-year graduate student at Florida International University. I am broadly interested in how an enhanced understanding of the core neuropsychological deficits of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may improve assessment and diagnosis. Specifically, I am interested how ADHD can be differentiated from disorders that commonly co-occur with ADHD at a neurocognitive endophenotype level of analysis, and how neuroimaging may inform and deepen these questions. After graduate school, I hope to become a board-certified neuropsychologist and continue researching while working at an academic medical center or research hospital. I enjoy leisure reading, watching hockey, and hanging out with friends in my free time.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Natalia Bruni

I was born in Argentina, but have lived in Miami since I was about 5. As a result, I’m currently a DREAMER and trying to attend graduate school despite the odds. I will be graduating this semester with a bachelors in Psychology and a bachelors in Women and Gender studies. After FIU, I plan on pursuing a Clinical Psychology Psy.D with a focus track in multiculturalism. I am especially interested in supporting clients and their families struggling with substance abuse. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the PALM Lab conducting research and learning about its implications. In my spare time, I like to hang out with animals and go kayaking.

Sophia Gutierrez

Born and raised here in Miami, I am currently a third-year student here at FIU pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Art with a concentration in Photography. Specifically within psychology, my interests include neuropsychology, and as such hope to get into a graduate program to become a Clinical Neuropsychologist after graduating from FIU. Being a photographer, I also enjoy film photography in my spare time, as well as attending concerts, art museums and art festivals. Since being inducted into Psi Chi, I have also been on the E-Board which I have enjoyed.

Leonel Horta
I was born and raised in Miami. I am a senior at Florida International University and am working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. My goal is to earn a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and to do research in the field. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing board games, and going to the gym.  
Carlos Menendez
I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. I am an Honors College second year student at FIU majoring in Psychology on the Pre-Medical track. After graduating from FIU, I plan to go to medical school and become a psychiatrist. In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.
Shermain White
Hi! I’m Shermain. I am originally from Jacksonville, FL and I am currently Junior at FIU pursuing my Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. In the future, I hope to earn my PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Abnormal Psychology. I’d like to focus on doing as much as I can to making individuals with severe mental disorders have the best life they possibly can. In my free time, I love to read, watch Youtube videos and eventually I’d love to travel the world.
Alumni
Micaela Baldivieso: Micaela is currently a post-baccalaureate IRTA at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Rebecca Cespedes: Rebecca is currently a research assistant for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Brianna Dawkins: Brianna currently attending FIU as part of the Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Roxanna Flores: Roxanna is currently working toward her Masters in Clinical Psychology with a Neuropsychology concentration at Columbia University. She works for the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Lab as a clinical interviewer for the Parents and Children Coming Together (PAACT) project. She is a graduate researcher at the CUMC/NY Presbyterian Hospital at the Taub Institute for Aging Research.

Yanelys Fernandez: Yanelys is currently attending the University of Miami as part of the Medical Doctorate (MD) program. She will soon begin research in the Immunology/Microbiology department and is involved in multiple organizations on campus such as: San Juan Boso DOCS and the Latino Medical Student Association.

Giselle Haitz

Odette Manresa: Odette is currently attending the Professional Counseling Program (PCP) at FIU. She is a counselor for the Saturday Treatment Program and the assessor for the Culturally Informed and Flexible Family Treatment for Adolescents (CIFFTA) at the University of Miami with Connect Familias.

Ashley May: Ashley is currently a Functional Family Therapist with the Institute for Child and Family Health as a registered mental health counseling intern.

Stephanie Morris: Stephanie is currently attending FIU in the Child and Adolescent Clinical Science PhD program.

Karla Navarez: Karla is currently finishing her last semester at FIU and studying for the MCAT.

Stephanie Padron: Stephanie got hired by Trial Tech where she is a research associate.

Sydnie Pena

Paolo Raymundo: Paolo is currently attending University of the Pacific where he is working toward his Masters in Behavior Analysis. He is a teaching assistant for Statistical and Research Methods in Psychology.

Jonathan Rivero: Jonathan is finishing up his final semester at FIU and will be starting his Masters in Business Management at the University of Florida in the Fall.

Victoria Rodriquez

Odile Saint-Flour: Odile is currently an intern for the Folklife Festival at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington DC.

Sheyla Tendero

Pedro Acosta

Ridha Ahmad

Disniel “Disney” Davila

Perla Gil

Nathalie El Kareh

Lee Fung-A-Fat

Daniela Giraldo

Diana Ugalde

Christopher Montanez

Gabriella Vazquez