Amanda Jensen-Doss, Ph.D.

Director, Child Division, Department of Psychology


(305) 284-8332
Dr. Amanda Jensen-Doss is the principal investigator and faculty advisor of CIELO Lab. She is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Child & Family Division in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami. Her research seeks to characterize and improve youth clinical care, particularly by testing the benefits of...

Kristin M. Lindahl, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor
Associate Clinical Director, Child Division, Department of Psychology


(305) 284-9147
My research program has been directed toward the study of family processes and their relationship to child outcome. I am interested in understanding the complexity of the family system and the inter-relationships among family subsystems. Within this area, two central questions have dominated my work: how dysfunctions within the different...

Daniel S. Messinger, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Developmental Psychology Program
Associate Director, Child Division (Developmental Program)
Director, Social Systems Informatics, Center for Computational Science
Director, UM Sib Smile
Cooper Fellow, University of Miami


(305) 284-8443
Dr. Messinger is an interdisciplinary developmental psychologist, and the author of over 120 scientific publications appearing in journals such as PLoS ONE, Developmental Science, and Molecular Autism. He is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of scientists; and has served as primary advisor for 16 doctoral students (including one NSF...

Primary Faculty

Michael Alessandri, Ph.D.

Professor of Clinical
Executive Director, UM Center for Autism & Related Disabilities
Assistant Chair, Community Outreach And Engagement


(305) 284-6558
Dr. Michael Alessandri is the Executive Director of the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD). Dr. Alessandri has been a professor at UM since 1996 and has worked with individuals with autism and their families since 1981 in various capacities. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of...

Jennifer C. Britton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


(305) 284-4943
Dr. Jennifer Britton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and is affiliated with both the Child Division and the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Division. Dr. Britton directs the BRAIN (Bridging Research on Anxiety, Innovations, and Neuroscience) Group.

Christine F. Delgado, Ph.D.

Research Asst. Professor
PI, Children's Registry and Information System


(305) 284-3371
My research focuses mainly on the identification of early risk factors for children with disabilities and the tracking of outcomes of preschool children with disabilities. This research is conducted using data sets created by integrating statewide databases (e.g., birth records, preschool disability records, public school records, lead exposure...

Brian D. Doss, Ph.D.



(305) 284-1101
Dr. Doss is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the OurRelationship program.  His research focuses on ways to use digital technologies to improve couples’ romantic relationships – with a special focus on low-income couples and couples in which one member is a veteran or active-duty service member. Dr. Doss has...

Jennifer S. Durocher, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor of Clinical
Clinical Director, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (C.A.R.D.)


(305) 284-6557

Jill Ehrenreich-May, Ph.D.

Assistant Chair for Academic Affairs (Psychology Department)
Director, Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment Program


(305) 284-6476
Dr. Jill Ehrenreich-May is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami with expertise in the treatment of emotional disorders in youth and the development and evaluation of evidence-based therapy protocols for children and adolescents with anxiety, depression and...

Spencer Evans

Asst. Professor


(305) 284-3765
Dr. Spencer Evans is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, affiliated with the Child Division and the Clinical Program. His research focuses on irritability and aggressive behavior in children and adolescents, including interests in developmental processes, assessment, and intervention. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed...

Daryl B. Greenfield, Ph.D.



(305) 284-9181
Dr. Greenfield is a professor of Psychology & Pediatrics. His work is positioned at the interface of research, policy and practice at the international, national, state and local level broadly focused on school readiness with at- risk and dual language learners, with a more specific focus on early science education. He served as a member of...

Anibal Gutierrez, Jr., Ph.D.

Research Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-6837
Dr. Anibal Gutierrez is an Associate Director at the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) and Research Associate Professor at the University of Miami. He is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with experience in the assessment and treatment of problem behavior and in the...

Melissa N. Hale, Ph.D.

Asst. Professor of Clinical
Associate Director, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)


(305) 284-2350
Dr. Melissa Hale is an Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychology. Her primary clinical and research interests focus on the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. She serves as an Associate Director for UM-NSU CARD and she teaches graduate coursework in the Applied Behavior Analysis master’s program.

Lynne F. Katz, EDD

Research Associate Professor
Director, UM Linda Ray Intervention Center
Director FDLRS-University of Miami Multidisciplinary Educational Services Center


(305) 325-1818 x307
Dr. Lynne Katz is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology with Secondary Appointments in Pediatrics and the School of Education and Human Development (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Miami.  She is the Director of the University's Linda Ray Intervention Center for high risk children, ages 0-3, who...

Annette M. La Greca, Ph.D.

Director of Clinical Training
Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics
Cooper Fellow and Provost Scholar


(305) 284-9146
I am a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics and the Director of Clinical Training for the Department’s APA Accredited Clinical Program.  I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from Purdue University after completing a clinical internship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  I then joined...

Yanerys Leon, Ph.D.

Research Asst. Professor


Dr. Yanerys Leon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with experience in the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders. In her role as faculty in the ABA Master’s program, she teaches graduate courses in Applied Behavior Analysis and supervises Master’s students completing their practicum training at the...

Lynn K. Perry, Ph.D.

Asst. Professor


(305) 284-8481
Dr. Lynn K. Perry is the principle investigator and faculty advisor of the Object and Word Learning Lab. She is an Assistant Professor in the Child Division of the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami. Her research investigates language, categorization, and social interaction in children and adults from typical and atypical...

Rebecca Bulotsky Shearer, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-8439
I am a child clinical and school psychologist and have worked both as a practitioner and researcher with very young children and families living in impoverished urban areas for the past 15 years. My research is guided by a "whole child" developmental-ecological systems perspective which is child-centered and considers both proximal and...

Elizabeth A. Simpson, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor
Director, Social Cognition Laboratory


(602) 571-9697
Dr. Simpson's research focuses on understanding infant social cognitive development, including the ultimate and proximate mechanisms that shape individual differences in social perception. She longitudinally studies human and nonhuman primate infant development, including studies of imitation and face perception.  With a National...

Saneya H. Tawfik, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical
Director of Psychological Services Center
President-Elect of the Association of Psychology Training Clinics (APTC)


(305) 284-1755
Dr. Tawfik, a licensed Psychologist, is the Clinic Director and Director of Assessment Services at the Psychological Services Center (PSC). She graduated from the Child Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the University of Denver. She completed her Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology and Postdoctoral Felllowship in Pediatric...