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.

Graduate Students

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Mileini Campez, B.A.

Originally from Miami, I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from FIU in 2013 and am a third 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!

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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 second 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. 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Pedro Acosta

I am currently a Junior at FIU pursuing a Bachelors in Psychology with a Minor in Statistics. My goals involve research in the Clinical Psychology field, I hope to graduate and get into a Graduate Clinical Psychology Program or Industrial and Organizational Psychology. I was born to a Spanish dad and a Cuban mother, and as such enjoy travelling to visit family in Europe. I thoroughly enjoy statistics, as such I work here at FIU in the Math Lab under the Statistics department. In my spare time, I enjoy going out running, and exercising, I am very up for new things, and consider myself a very open-minded person.

Ridha Ahmad

I am an incoming sophomore here at FIU and I am in the Honors College as well as QBIC! I am intrigued by science and that is my passion. I love my major which is Biology and hope to one day become an Oncologist. I was born and raised here in Miami and in my free time I like listening to music, traveling and finding adventures.

Disniel “Disney” Davila

I was born in Cuba, but I have lived most of my life here in the U.S. I am an undergraduate student in Psychology and close to earning my Bachelor’s Degree. I would like to pursue a career as a Clinical Psychologist in the field related to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. In my spare time I enjoy watching movies, tasting exotic foods, and traveling.

Perla Gil

I graduated from FIU in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences and a minor in Psychology. I am expected to graduate with a Bachelor’s in Psychology in Spring 2018. I am looking forward to working with Dr. Raiker and his team. I hope to attain more experience in cognitive testing at the lab. My plans are to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology, but I am also interested in behavior analysis. In my spare time I like to read, watch movies and stay active by going to the gym.

Nathalie El Kareh

Nathalie is currently pursuing a Bachelor in Arts in Psychology at Florida International University. After graduating as a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society, she is going to pursue a Master Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy to work with adolescents and adults. Among her research interest are the neurocognitive dysfunctions and the integration of neuroimaging with the intervention approaches. In her leisure time she enjoys traveling, watching movies and having fun with her family.

Lee Fung-A-Fat

I am originally from Guyana, South America. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology last fall from FIU (2015). I am enjoying research and the work that Dr. Raiker is currently doing. Apart from the PALM Lab, I am the Fundraising Chair for FIU UNICEF. I plan to become a pediatrician to help save as many children’s lives as possible and am currently studying for the entrance exam in pursuit of this goal. In my free time I enjoy photography and am a food fanatic.

Daniela Giraldo

I was born in Colombia but I was raised here in Miami. I am a senior at Florida International University pursuing a bachelors degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology. I am currently on the Pre-Med track and I aspire to be a cardiologist. In my spare time I enjoy kayaking, reading and baking.

Diana Ugalde

I am a psychology major at Florida International University. My goal is to earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology and help children with mental illnesses. Aside from that, I like to road trip, read novels, watch French films, and write poetry.  

Christopher Montanez

I am currently a Senior at FIU pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology along with a Minor in Italian Language and Culture. With my degree, I hope to attend medical school to become an anesthesiologist. Furthermore, I hope to tour Italy someday to further immerse myself in the country’s beautiful culture. I was born in Puerto Rico, but most of my childhood was spent between St. Croix and St. Thomas because I lived there for seven years since I was about three years old. I came to Miami in 2008. In my free time, I enjoy photography and swimming.

Gabriella Vazquez

Hi! I’m Gabriella, but my friends call me Gabby. Born and raised in Miami, I am happy to be studying Biology on the Pre-Medical track at the FIU Honors College in the city I love. I am currently a sophomore and hope to become a dermatologist once I graduate medical school. Having been diagnosed with vitiligo, an uncurable progressive skin condition, as a little girl, one of my life-long goals is to contribute in whatever way I can to the discovery of a cure for the disease. Outside of school, I enjoy painting, working out, going to the beach, and spending time with my family and friends.

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