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                                                               September 2016

Welcome Fall 2016 LEND Trainees!

Rachel Mehringer, Au.D. Candidate, is in the accelerated three year program at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.  She completed her undergraduate studies at Indiana University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in speech and hearing sciences.  During graduate school, Rachel has obtained a variety of clinical experiences in locations including educational, private practice, and Otolaryngology offices.  It was in the Indianapolis Public Schools where she realized her love for pediatric audiology.  She is thrilled to be completing her final year at a location as diverse the Mailman Center.

Caroline Ehrlich, PhD Candidate,
is currently completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami, where she received her M.S. degree in 2014.  Her research interests include risk and resilience factors in youth exposed to stress or trauma.  Her dissertation examines the effects of peer victimization on adolescents' academic functioning during the high school years.  Caroline is currently completing her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Mailman Center for Child Development specializing in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

Whitney Gealy, PhD Candidate,
is completing her Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of Houston.  Whitney also holds a master’s degree in counseling, with a focus on marriage and family therapy from the University of Miami.  Clinically, she is interested in assessment and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. She is also invested in parent training for caretakers of children with ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders. Whitney’s dissertation project focused on students’ perceptions of training within their psychology doctoral programs and identifying predictors of student success. Whitney is completing her psychology pre-doctoral internship in Autism/Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the Mailman Center for Child Development.

Christina Nicolais, PhD Candidate
at the University of Miami's child clinical psychology program.  She earned her Master's in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2014.  Christina earned her Bachelor's at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Psychology in 2011.  Christina's clinical and research interests focus on issues pertinent to children and adolescents with chronic illness, including mental health, treatment adherence, transition from pediatric to adult care, and patient-provider communication.  Christina's dissertation aims to identify common behaviors in communication between adolescents with cystic fibrosis and their physicians.

Pascale Iheme
Pascale Iheme, MSW Candidate, is pursing a Master’s degree in Social Work at Florida International University.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in May 2005.  She decided to study social work after 10 years’ experience with working in the social services field.  She has worked as a mental health counselor and vocational Rehabilitation counselor assisting individuals with mental health and disabilities.  Her future plan is to work in the school systems in order to help children with disabilities. 

Jairo Arana, Self-Advocate,
likes to think "in pictures", which is why he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Science in the Double Majors of Motion Pictures and Creative Writing, from the University of Miami, in 1996.  He's an American who's lived abroad, in Latin America.  He's worked as a production assistant for Telenovelas, co-created the pilot to a TV show with a childhood from of his, dedicated to extreme sports - not "greenlit" into production - and worked briefly for an advertising agency; and written three unproduced screenplays and several self-published several short stories on Amazon.
In 2012, it all finally made sense.  Jairo was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  He immediately joined the UM-NSU's CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) and the Social Cog.  After receiving an email from UM-NSU CARD, he inquired about and joined UM SALT (Self­ Advocacy Leadership Training) Program.  Since then, he's been a SALT instructor, traveled to Washington D.C. for the 2016 Disabilities Policy Seminar, co-written the SALT train-the-trainer manual, and been a SALT instructor and consultant.
He's now joined the LEND program as a self-advocate.  Jairo also hates writing in the third person and has a great sense of humor.

Adriana Escarpita, OD Candidate, an occupational therapy student at the MGH Institute of Health Professions (MGHIHP) in Boston, MA.  Her class was the inaugural class for the OTD program at MGHIP and she is honored to carve the way for other classes to come.  Adriana loves to travel, meet new people, and learn about new cultures.  As an OT student she had the opportunity to complete a course in Helsinki, Finland last summer, "It was wonderful to work with healthcare students from different parts of Europe and the U.S." she said.   Adriana also recently completed her first fieldwork experience at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills, CA in their outpatient Neurology Clinic.  She is passionate about promoting diversity in the healthcare field and providing compassionate care for all patients.  She is very excited to complete her fieldwork experience at the Mailman Center and work with children, their family, and caregivers from different backgrounds.

Vanesa Ringle, PhD Candidate, is currently completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami.  Vanesa holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.  Her research interests include understanding and increasing the implementation of evidence-based assessment and treatment in community settings, and consumer mental health and evidence-based practice literacy.

 Brittany Cuevas, PhD Candidate, is currently a fourth year extern and clinical doctoral student at the Northeast Ohio Au.D Consortium.  Brittany completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Akron where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. She is passionate about the field of audiology, not only because she wants to help others, but because she has a personal connection to this field as she herself has a hearing loss.  She is interested in working with pediatrics because she can connect with them and share in the experiences they will go through. She looks forward to her time at the Mailman Center and to gaining a valuable experience.

Amanda Cheung, PhD Candidate, is currently a sixth-year clinical psychology doctoral student at The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin).  She received her B.S. in psychology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and M.A. in psychology at UT-Austin.  Amanda's doctoral research focuses on the reciprocal associations between a child's environment (e.g., parenting quality, socioeconomic status, etc.) and early development (i.e., language skills, cognitive functioning, psycho-motor skills, and social-emotional adjustment).  Amanda is passionate about understanding the development of emotional and behavioral maladjustment, particularly juvenile delinquency, and helping underprivileged youths pursue healthier outcomes.

Sergio Naser, MSW Candidate, is currently enrolled in Florida International University (FIU) for his Masters in Social Work.  Sergio holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature.  Following his 2012 BA graduation, he branched out to the field of education, as a high school teacher, where he learned the importance of the person in environment model and the pertinence it has to clinical approach.  Currently, Sergio is completing his MSW internship at the Mailman Center's Child Protection Team.  Upon completing his Masters in Social Work degree, Sergio plans on perusing his LCSW, combining his real world experience on system's theory, in conjunction with the latest clinical approach, in order to motivate himself and his fellow man towards a more conscious human experience.

Sadie Hasbrouck, PhD Candidate in the combined Clinical and School Psychology program at the University of Virginia.  She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Spanish.  Her clinical and research interests revolve around early childhood development and using assessment data to inform treatment/practice.  Sadie is completing her internship at the Mailman Center for Child Development in the Early Childhood Interventions rotation. 

Areti Vassilopoulos, PhD Candidate, is currently a third-year clinical psychology doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University (NSU).  She obtained her Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology at the Honors College of Florida Atlantic University in the spring of 2014.  Areti gained psychology-related clinical practicum experience at the Psychological Services Center at Nova Southeastern University working with children and families in the ADHD Assessment, Consultation, and Treatment Program (AACT).  Her interests include working with families and children with internalizing and externalizing difficulties, as well as with various health-related conditions.

Lucia Walsh, MS/PhD Candidate, is currently completing her Master's degree as a part of a doctorate program in Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami.  Her research interests broadly include the implementation of evidence-based practices into community settings, including the role of therapist experience and burnout in implementation efforts, organizational factors affecting evidence-based assessment use, and factors associated with consumer knowledge of evidence-based practices.  Clinically, Lucia is passionate about treating youth with post-traumatic stress disorder, especially those from low-income and minority backgrounds.
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