Doctoral Students

Doctoral students working with Dr. Stephens take on leadership roles in the HDCI Research Lab. They supervise and mentor undergraduate Research Assistants working on their projects. There are additional Doctoral Students from other departments and institutions affiliated with our research lab. Please see the Affiliated Graduate Students link below

Alexa Barton
Developmental Psychology Doctoral Student

Alexa entered the Developmental Psychology Program at FIU in the Fall of 2017.Her research focuses on the ways in which community based violence exposure and engagement affects sexual health, substance use, and mental health outcomes in Latin American communities both here and abroad.

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Brittany Boyd
Developmental Psychology Doctoral Student

Brittany's research examines the ways cultural contexts and partner availabity influence high SES and education (e.g. graduate school) Black women's decision making processes and sexual health outcomes. She is also interested in the ways in which the effectiveness of sexual health education is culturally informed.

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Elsa Bravo
Developmental Psychology Doctoral Candidate

Elsa joined our lab in Fall 2018. Her research examines gender identity, cultural norms, and familial values influence on Latinx's academic goals.

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Eduardo de la Vega
Developmental Psychology Doctoral Student

Eduardo entered the Developmental Sciences Doctoral program in Fall 2019. His research examines the ways in which culture informs ideas about masculnity, and how these shape men's perceptions of help seeking and leadership behaviors both in the United States and Colombia.

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Claire Helpingstine
Developmental Psychology Doctoral Student

Claire entered the program in the Fall of 2017. Her research examines the ways in which gender, race and cultural perceptions inform perceptions of human trafficking. Claire is also interested in identifying the familial and social network processes that shape the experiences and decision making processes of trafficked victims .

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Jacqueline "Jackie" Moses
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate

Jackie’s research interests center on the leveraging of naturally- occurring, culturally- relevant resources and protective factors as a means of facilitating positive youth development. She examines these phenomena within ethnic minority and underserved adolescent populations. Jackie also conducts clinical assessments with marginalized populations.

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Ana Lucia Rodriguez
Developmental Psychology Doctoral Candidate

Ana utilizes network analysis methods to identify the multi- layered relationships between belief systems, interpersonal interactions and health inequity outcomes. She is interested identifying the intersecting relationship of social networks and decision making in the context of STI and IPV in global contexts. Ana has already conducted reseach that engages Indian and Colombian popuplations.

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Affiliated Graduate Student: Sandra Kiplagat
Robert Stemple School of Public Health- Epidemiology

Sandra Kiplagat entered the FIU School of Public Health Epidemiology Doctoral program in fall of 2018. Her major professor is Dr. Diana Sheehan.