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Clinicians & Staff

 

http://pcit.org/

Felipa Chavez, Ph.D.
Certified Level 1 Parent-Child Interaction Trainer
Assistant Professor of Clinical 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 received 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 marital quality. Equally of interest is how issues of culture affect parenting and family functioning.

Faculty Profile

Lauren Price, M.S.
Associate Director

Lauren Price, M.S., is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her Master’s degree from Marymount University as well as from the Florida Institute of Technology. Her research and career interest are in forensics, particularly wanting to focus on personality assessment, report writing, and expert testimony. Lauren’s favorite quote is from Oprah Winfrey and it reads: “The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance — and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”

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Erika Pobee-Mensah, M.S.
Lead Clinician

Erika Pobee-Mensah, M.S., is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her Bachelor of arts degree from North Carolina State University and her Masters from Florida Institute of Technology. Erika has the research and career interest of minority populations, underserved communities, PTSD, and childhood trauma. Her favorite quote comes from Incubus and it reads: “I suggest we learn to love ourselves before it's made illegal”.

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Lauren Stroker, M.A.
Lead Clinician

Lauren Stroker, M.A., is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. Lauren has the research and career interest of the Impact of Illicit Drug Use on Prescribed Psychotropic Medication, Training Staff to Implement Pre Session Pairing, Evaluating Computerized Math Performance Using Progressive Ratio Schedules in Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and in pediatric Integrated Behavioral Health. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her favorite quote comes from Stephen King and it reads: "A tree with strong roots laughs at storms."

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Tenasia Wynn, B.A.
Lead Clinician

Tenasia Wynn, B.A., is a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Florida Institute of Technology, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Tenasia has research and career interest in working with children and families. She particularly wants to focus her attention on the low socioeconomic status (SES) and trauma population. Tenasia’s favorite quote comes from the Holy Bible and it reads: "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7

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Callie Rose Teufert, B.S.
Lead Clinician

Callie Rose Teufert, B.S., is a second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lehigh University. Callie has research and career interest in Integrative Behavior Health (IBH), Adolescents, and Crisis Intervention. Her favorite quotes come from Jane Austen and it reads: “It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”

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Symone Calhoun, M.A.
Lead Clinician

Symone Calhoun, M.A., is a second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, and her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. Symone has research and career interests of adolescent assessment and treatment, particularly in outpatient/hospital settings. Her favorite quote comes from Maya Angelou and it reads: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

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Miriam Khiari, B.A.
Lead Clinician

Miriam Khiari, B.A., is a second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and theatre from the University of Miami. Miriam has the research and career interests of Interpersonal conflict in families with psychopathology, coping strategies and resilience factors in families with psychopathology, the effects of trauma on attachment styles, post-traumatic growth, parenting, behavior management, and autism spectrum disorder. Her favorite quote comes from Dr. Bruce D. Perry and it reads: "Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love".

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Child Clinicians

Madeline Trahan, B.S.

Madeline Trahan, B.S., is a second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loyola University in New Orleans. Madeline’s area of interest is in the field of pediatric psychology. Her favorite quote comes from Jane Austin and it reads: “It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, it’s what we do.”

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Alyssa Barsky, B.S.

Alyssa Barsky, B.S., is a second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in psychology with a minor in Social Work from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Alyssa has the research and career interests in trauma treatment and eating disorders. Her favorite quote comes from Eckhart Tolle and it reads: "Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation of all abundance."

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Ilenia Perez-Palen, B.A.

Ilenia Perez-Palen, B.A., is a 1st-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Pace University in New York City. Ilenia has a career interest in Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) and the research interest in minority especially Latino/Hispanic and African American studies.Her favorite quote comes from Maya Angelou and it reads: "Nothing can dim the light that shines from within"

Michelle Sibol, B.A.

Michelle Sibol, B.A., is a 1st-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience from Boston University. Michelle has the career interest in workingwith children andadolescents in a neuropsychology setting. Her research interests align with her career interests of children and neuropsychology. Her Favorite quote is "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live".

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Rachel Davenport, M.A.

Rachel Davenport, M.A., is a 1st-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her Master’s of Arts degree in Psychology from West Chester University and her Bachelor’s of arts degree from Millersville University. Michelle has the career and research in children, families, and couples. Her favorite quote comes from The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien and it reads: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us”.

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Samantha Leaner

Samantha Leaner, is a junior at Florida Institute of Technology majoring in Clinical Psychology with a Minor in Communications. She is pursuing her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree here at the Florida Institute of Technology. Samantha has the career and research in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) & Teacher-Child Interaction Therapy (TCIT). Her favorite quote comes from Walt Disney and it reads: "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths"

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Chelsea Suarez-LaRoca

Chelsea Suarez-LaRoca is a junior at the Florida Institute of Technology majoring in Psychology. She is pursuing her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree here at the Florida Institute of Technology. Chelsea has interests in the field of Pediatric Psychology. Her favorite quote comes from Jane Goodall and it reads: “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make”

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Megan Richards, A.A.

Megan Richards, A.A. is a senior at Florida Institute of Technology majoring in Applied Behavior Analysis. She earned her Associate of Arts Degree from Eastern Florida State College. Megan will receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spring 2020. She has a career interest of becoming a Behavior Analyst working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Her favorite quote comes from Maya Angelou and it reads: "If you're always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be ".

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