Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Florida Institute of Technology School of Psychology
Dr. Chavez's clinical experience focuses on issues related to children and families, such as parenting children with behavioral, emotional, and medical problems. She possesses a strong clinical background in early child development and extensive experience in doing therapy with maltreated children. She has revieved extensive training and experience in pediatric psychology, behavioral medicine, and neuropsychological testing. Research Interests include pursuing a program of research reflecting issues of family functioning as seen through parent-child interactions, child behavioral outcomes, parental disciplinary strategies for rearing children, as well as parental psychological well-being and maritial quality. Equally of interest is how issues of culture affect parenting and family funcitioning.
Amanda is currently the Associate Director of Building Blocks. She has been a part of Building Blocks since Fall 2011, where she worked as a Parent Clinician for two years. In Fall 2012, she transitioned to a Teacher Clinician for Project Play. She became Lead Clinician for Project Play in Fall 2013. Amanda has extensive experience working with children and families in both outpatient and inpatient treatment settings. She is currently a 5th year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology, Psy.D. program of Florida Tech; her concentration is Child and Family Psychology. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology from Florida Tech in Spring 2010. Amanda is currently working to complete her doctoral research project where she seeks to explore the alcohol drinking behaviors of college students in relation to social support, religiousness, and spirituality.
Kathryn Fleming, M.A., M.S. is a third year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Florida Institute of Technology. She earned a Master’s degree in Developmental and Therapeutic Play from Swansea University in the UK, which provides her with a strong theoretical and applied background in child development and using play in clinical practice. She has worked with the PCIT team as a child therapist and peer supervisor. Upon graduating from FIT, Kathryn intends to continue providing services for children and families, as well as providing assessment and diagnostic services for childhood disorders.
Tari Abbott earned her Bachelors of Science degree from Florida State University, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Communications. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, at FIT, with an interest in Child Psychology. Her research interests include bicultural and multiracial ethnicity identity development and family training.
Anna Brenner-Shuman earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Finance from University of Stockholm, Sweden. She completed her undergraduate Psychology curriculum at University of Central Florida, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an interest in Family and Child Psychology as well as Neuropsychology. Her research interests are in the area of cognitive development and educational psychology, as well as child and family therapy.
Joe completed PCIT training in 2014.
Mickela Engelsen started as a student-clinican with PCIT and TCIT in 2013, working with two different schools. Her research interests include children and early detection of diagnosis/problem. She is also interested in research regarding alternative treatments for ADHD in the place of medication.
Billine Jourdan completed her Bachelor’s of Science Degree at Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida. She went on to complete a year of generalist training in the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Central Florida. She is currently completing her second year in the Psy.D. program at Florida Institute of Technology. Her main concentration is in areas of children and families. Ms. Jourdan has training in Teacher Child Interaction Therapy (TCIT), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), in addition to other general areas of clinical modalities. Ms. Jourdan thoroughly enjoys working with children and their families in order to help them reach their full potential.
Christina Eguizabal Love earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Florida Southern College and obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. She was a parent and child clinician with the PCIT team in 2013. Her current research interests include neuropsychological performance and quality of life of children with epilepsy. She is completing clinical practicums conducting pediatric neuropsychological evaluations and therapy for children under inpatient crisis stabilization. She has a strong interest in Hispanic issues, particularly in working with Spanish-speaking families for both assessment and therapeutic services.
Lauren earned her B.S. from Ball State University. She is currently a Psy.D student at FIT, with a concentration of Child/Family. Her research interests include assessment of self-knowledge, dementia, sexuality research. Currently she is focusing on examining the test-retest reliability of the Scale of Accurate Personality Predication, and examining dysfunction in executive functioning in an elderly population with Diabetes Mellitus
I am currently attending Florida Institute of Technology to obtain a doctoral degree in Clincal Psychology. I obtained my Masters of Arts in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University and Bachelor’s of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently, I am child therapist for The Family Learning Program and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. My research interests include family therapy, marital therapy and integrated behavioral health in the field of pediatrics. Also, I currently am researching prevalence of mental illness in parents with chronically ill children.
Saloni Taneja is a Masters’ in Applied Psychology from India. Before joining the Psy.D program at the Florida Institute of Technology, she worked in India with young adults with schizophrenia, disability and adolescents with mental health difficulties within the framework of human and mental health rights. In the current PsyD program, her interests are working with child victims of sexual abuse and violence at home through a systems approach. She is also a clinician at the Family Learning Program at Florida Tech.
Angela completed PCIT training in 2014.
Angela Arteaga graduated from Brevard Community College with a two year degree and is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology. She plans on pursuing a graduate degree and hopes to work in the education field. Her interests include educational psychology, abnormal psychology and autism.
Jackie McGriff is currently a student at Florida Institute of Technology. She is pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Meteorology. She is currently working under Dr. Chavez as a research assistant. She wants to chase tornadoes as part of research while pursuing her Ph.D. She would like to research methods for getting tornado data, learning about them, and, thus, creating a better tornado warning system.
Almamarina Robles earned her Doctorate of Psychogy degree from FIT in 2010, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Saint Leo University. Currently her research interests are in Forensic assessment, particularly Personality assessment and its relation to Termination of Parental Rights and Child Custody Evaluations.
Amber Hasty-Mills earned her Doctorate of Psychology degree from FIT in 2013, and has a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Alabama. Her current research interest is eating disorders in adolescents. She currently is a Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow at the University of Tennessee.
Apryl Alexander earned her Doctorate of Psychology degree from FIT in 2012, and received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech and her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Radford University. Her current research interests are in sexual abuse and domestic violence, trauma, and forensic psychology. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at Auburn University.
Christine M. Salinas, PsyD is a clinical neuropsychologist at Florida Hospital for Children with specialty training in lifespan neuropsychology (pediatric focus). Her primary responsibilities include providing inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological services for children with intractable epilepsy. She has significant training and experience in conducting bilingual Spanish/English assessments. Professionally, Dr. Salinas has been active in clinical research with several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as national presentations. Her research interests broadly include the neurobehavioral consequences of sports related concussion and epilepsy. She is interested in integrating advanced technologies such as fMRI, DTI and MEG in her research. Dr. Salinas is active in several professional organizations and she currently serves as Member-At-Large for the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society.
Deborah Gambles earned her Psy.D from FIT in 2009, and her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at Grambling State University in Lousiana and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. Her current research interests are in family therapy, trauma,specifically Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Forensic Assessment. Deborah is currently a Licensed Psychologist in the D.C. area, and Founder/CEO of her private practice, Gambles & Associates.
Donna Burrowes earned her Psy.D from FIT in 2009, and her undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies at the University of Central Florida and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology at the Citadel. Her current research interests are in children and family, specifically treating victims of abuse and trauma. Currently, Donna in the greater Boston area, and is working with the United States Air Force as a Clinical Psychologist.
Helen completed her undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she majored in history and psychology. She holds a Masters degree from Florida Institute of Technology and is currently on her internship year at Southeast Human Psychological Services in Fargo, North Dakota as part of the fulfillment of the requirements for her doctoral degree. She has a concentration in forensics. As a PCIT clinician Helen has held the role of technician as well as parent therapist. Her research objectives include the role of parenting and attachment in incarcerated adults.
Jessie Giglio earned her Psy.D from FIT in 2012, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Sciences and Psychology from Florida State University. She is interested in working with children and families with a variety of difficulties and is currently beginning research in the area of child sexual abuse and the perceptions of these victims by other people.Currently, Jessie is in New York City, working as a Licensed Psychologist at Astor Services for Children & Families.
Kristi Day earned her Psy.D. from FIT in 2010, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida where she graduated with honors in the major. For the past five years, she has been implementing programs for verbal behavior and skills development for children with autism and related disorders. Her current research interests include public perception of the therapeutic relationship and its impact, and children and families. Kristin is currently has a Private Practice, and is working as a Liscensed Psychologist in Maryland.
Maria Silva earned Psy.D. from FIT in 2012, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology from Florida State University. Her current research interests include Family and Child Therapy, in addition to Marriage and Couples Therapy. She has worked with children and teens who have been sexually abused. She is currently working in a Private Psychiatric Practice in Indiatlantic, Fl.
Rebekah Travis, Psy.D., completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and English at Vanderbilt University, then received her Masters of Social Work degree with a concentration in Mental Health at the University of Kentucky. She completed her clinical psychology doctorate degree at Florida Institute of Technology with a concentration in Family/Child Psychology. She is currently completing her postdoctoral clinical/research fellowship in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Medicine. Following her postdoctoral training year, Rebekah will be an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern: Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Current research and clinical interests include early assessment and treatment of children with developmental disabilities.
Sarah Schewitz earned Psy.D from FIT in 2013, and her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Child Development and Family Studies from University of Maine. She earned her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. Sarah's current research and clinical interests include parent-child interaction therapy, marriage and sex therapy, and family therapy. Sarah also has experience working as a behavioral therapist for families with autistic children. Currently Sarah is working as a health coach and the owner of Dreamspire Wellness, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA..