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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Gequesha "GQ" Collins
Developmental Psychology Doctoral Candidate

GQ joined our lab in Fall 2021. Her research examines mental health, intersectionality, LatinX cultural values, and stigma.

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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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Juan Sebastian Castillo Perez
Health Promotion Doctoral Student

Juan joined our lab in Fall 2021. His research examines masculinity, intersectionality, LatinX cultural values, and mental well being.

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Affiliated Graduate Student: Hector Peguero
Robert Stemple School of Public Health- Health Promotion

Hector is completing his Masters in Public Health, with a focus on transgender LatinE experiences in South Florida. He is coordinating this project for his required practicum under the direction of Dr. Stephens. .

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