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Associate Professor of Psychology, Florida International University

My program of research focuses on adolescents and factors that increase the likelihood of engaging in risk-taking behaviors and substance use. These factors span biological factors (genetics, neurobiology), social contexts (peers, parents, social media), culture (ethnic identity, acculturation) and individual characteristics (personality, temperament). The overarching goal of this work is to improve the health and well-being of adolescents.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Florida International University


  • 2012 
    University at Buffalo, Clinical Psychology