Frank Zanca, BA
Frank is currently the Project Coordinator for Project COPES. Frank has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare field, spending a majority of that time in executive roles working with hospitals. Frank left the corporate world in 1997 to become the primary caregiver for his newborn adopted daughter Sydney, after he and his husband of 16 years, Brett, completed her adoption. Frank is also currently working on his MBA at the University of Miami.
- Neena Malik, Ph.D.
- Neena Malik, Ph.D. earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, in the Child Psychology program, at the University of Denver in 1997. She did her internship at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, focusing on areas of child abuse and pediatric psychology. Since that time, Dr. Malik has worked in the Miami Dependency Court and the Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics at the University of Miami. Currently, Dr. Malik is the Psychology Training Director in the Department of Pediatrics. Her research and clinical work have focused broadly on how family and parent-child relationships affect child development, across areas such as infant-toddler social and emotional development; childhood exposure to trauma; and most recently, adolescents with same-sex attractions. Her interests include social justice and advocacy for children and youth who are at risk due to difficult experiences or experiences of prejudice and oppression. She is co-Director of the Coming Out Project, which focuses on how social, family, and parent-child relationships help or hinder LGBT youth in identity, self, and psychological development and well-being.
- Kristin Lindahl, Ph.D.
- Kristin Lindahl, Ph.D. earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, in the Child Psychology program, at the University of Denver in 1992. She did her internship at Judge Baker Children’s Center at Harvard Medical School and she has been on the faculty at the University of Miami since 1992. Her research has historically focused on family and parent-child relationships and has dealt with issues such as how marital conflict affects the family system and child adjustment as well as ethnic differences in marital and family functioning. She is co-Director of the Coming Out Project, which blends many of these areas of interest by trying to better understand the impact on the family of a son or daughter coming out as LGBT and by examining the impact of the families’ response on youth functioning.
- Hallie Bregman, MS
- Hallie is a fourth-year graduate student in the Child Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Miami. Hallie is interested in research that aims to understand parent-youth relationships and family dynamics. She enjoys cooking, running, and swimming
- Matthew Page, MS
- Matt is a third-year graduate student in the Child Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Miami. After coming out at 18 in a religious family, he became interested in researching religious and sexual identity, as well as parent relationships. Matt enjoys music, travel, and the beach.
- Hoa Thi Lam, BA
- Hoa is a first-year graduate student in the Child Clinical Psychology program at the University of Miami. Hoa’s research and clinical interests are in family relationships and their role in child psychopathology in at-risk youth, neuro-psychological assessment and cross-cultural mental health. Hoa enjoys traveling and cooking.
- Brian Richter, BA
- Brian is a first-year graduate student in the Child Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Miami. His research interests lie predominantly in looking at the intersection of youth functioning, family functioning, and culture. Brian enjoys running, hiking, and writing.