New MCCD LEND Trainees
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                    Mailman Center Newsletter
                                          Special Issue
September 2015

Welcome New Fall 2015 LEND Trainees!

Nawara Alawa, MD/MPH Candidate at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine.  Ms Alawa graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology & Immunology and Religious Studies in 2013.  After graduating, she moved to Washington, DC to work.  She is currently conducting her field experience for her MPH at the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office in Cairo, Egypt where she is conducting a situational analysis of bioethics in the region.  Alawa hopes to pursue a career in pediatrics with a global health focus.

Brittany James, Au.D. Candidate is a 4th year audiology intern and clinical doctoral candidate from the University of Iowa.  She obtained her Bachelors of Art in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Appalachian State University in the spring of 2012.  Brittany has obtained audiology-related clinical practicum experience at the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic, the Iowa City VA hospital, Center for Disabilities and Development, Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency.  Brittany’s greatest interest is in working with children and their families who have a myriad of social, emotional, and diagnostically significant conditions.

Sierra Lawrence, Au.D. Candidate in the accelerated three-year program at Pacific University in Hillsboro, OR.  She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Texas in Austin, TX, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics in May 2011.  Following that she studied Speech Language-Pathology at the University of Houston before discovering her passion in audiology.  During graduate school, Sierra has obtained clinical experience in a variety of audiologic settings including educational, private practice, and the veterans’ affairs healthcare system, but her primary interest lies in pediatrics. She is very excited to be completing her last year residency at the Mailman Center.

Elitane Rinville, MSW Candidate,
is currently in her last semester at Barry University in the Social Work Master’s program.  She graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work in May 2015, and a minor in Psychology where she remained on the Dean's Honor Roll throughout her studies.  Eli is honored to intern at University of Miami's Pediatric Mobile Clinic and to serve diverse communities.  Eli is interested in being the voice for the younger and older generations of multicultural populations to advocate on their behalf.

Naif Alrudian, MPH Candidate
at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  He earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia in 2011.  He was a Teaching Assistant in Family Medicine at Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University from 2011 - 2014.  Naif is interested in disease prevention and health promotion, specifically in neurodevelopmental disabilities.  Currently, he is doing his Field Experience and Capstone Project at the Mailman Center for Child Development.  Naif research focuses on health education and socioeconomic influences on service delivery, family-centered practices, and culturally competent care among children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.

Kristin Niel, PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she also completed her M.S. in Clinical Psychology in 2011.  Kristin is excited to begin her Clinical Internship at the Mailman Center for Child Development, as her ultimate career objective is to practice pediatric psychology in a medical setting.   In many ways, her clinical and research interests correspond.  Kristin hopes to understand ways in which children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions cope with the biopsychosocial stressors that illness may have on daily living, medication adherence, health-related quality of life, and physiological health outcomes.

Kendalese Rose, MSW Candidate at Barry University's advanced standing social work program, where  she also earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in May of 2015.  She was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success, a standing member of the NASW-Fl. chapter, and pledge Pi Gamma Mu.  Kendalese interned at the University of Miami Hospital cystic fibrosis clinic and is now placed at the Pediatrics Immunology and Infectious Disease, Miami Family Care program. Her future plans are to provide social work services for children and their families in a clinical setting to help establish a healthy model in respect to their care.   
Armando Alvarez, MD/MPH Candidate at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine.  He graduated with a BS in Health Sciences in 2013 at the University of Miami.  After  graduation, Armando taught at his alma mater, Westwood Christian School.  He taught elementary physical education, high school chemistry, and weight training.  Armando is honored to attend the UMMSM to pursue his passion to become a MD/MPH to serve the community.  He is interested in Pediatrics and Preventive Health for underserved communities.

Daniel Lee
Daniel Lee, PhD Candidate, is currently a sixth-year clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).  He received his B.A. in psychology at the University of Michigan, M.A in clinical psychology at UNC, and a minor in quantitative psychology at UNC.  Daniel is passionate about defining and differentiating culturally protective mechanisms to lay the foundation for the development of culturally-informed interventions that will promote the mental health of racial and ethnic minority youth.

Christian Gentile, AU.D Candidate, is currently in his fourth year from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.  He graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2010 and continued to receive a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program with a specialty in Deaf Education.  Christian was enticed to become an audiologist, specifically for the 90% of deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH) children born to hearing families.  Christian is driven to help families communicate in whatever modality they choose and raise expectations for what can be accomplished with an appropriate, consistent language model.
Tasha Brown, PhD Candidate,
is currently completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at DePaul University.  Tasha holds a Master’s degree with distinction in Clinical Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.  Her research interests include parenting, race and ethnicity as they relate to parenting, mental health care in early childhood, and community collaboration.   Her dissertation looks at the experiences of mothers and daughters who participate in a Mother-Daughter group intervention aimed at preventing depression in African-American girls living in urban poverty.  Tasha is currently completing her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Mailman Center for Child Development in the Early Childhood Specialization.

Tess Drazdowski, PhD Candidate in the combined clinical and developmental psychology program at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She graduated from the accelerated BA/MS program in clinical psychology at Loyola University Maryland.  Her clinical and research interests include developmental risk and protective factors and diversion from the criminal justice system.  Tess' dissertation is focusing on the motivations for why young adults abuse prescription drugs.  She is completing her internship at the Mailman Center for Child Development in the Early Childhood Interventions rotation. 

Bridget Davidson, PhD Candidate in the Clinical Psychology program and the Child Development in Context Laboratory at the University of Texas.  She received her M.A. in Psychology in 2012.  Bridget has worked with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities since 2005.  Her doctoral research is focused on exploring parent-child interactions and prodromal symptoms in infants at elevated risk for Autism. Bridget will be completing her clinical psychology predoctoral internship in Autism/Neurodevelopmental Disabilities as a LEND trainee at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Lismerys M. Toledo
, MSW Candidate at the Ellen Whiteside McDonell School of Social Work at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.  She earned her baccalaureate from Florida International University in May 2015, where she graduated Cum Laude.  Ms. Toledo is also the Legislative Chair for the National Association of Social Workers, Miami-Dade Unit.  Upon completion of the trainee program she plans to utilize her passion for helping children and families to the United States Navy under the Health Services Collegiate (HSCP) scholarship program.  Once recruited, she hopes to continue working with clients as well as continue advocating for the rights of marginalized populations.
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