Program: Behavior Analysis
Izzy is a fourth year PhD student in Behavior Analysis working with Dr. Iser DeLeon. She received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Health Science from Drake University. Her research focus is in behavioral pediatrics, specifically improving health-related behaviors of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is her second year as a PGSO representative.
Program: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
Julianne is a fourth year PhD student with Dr. Sara Jo Nixon. She received both her B.A. in Psychology and Criminology and her M.S. in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas, Dallas. Julianne conducts clinical research in the field of alcohol and substance use disorders (ASUD) and behavioral addictions. Specifically, her dissertation work is examining the link between ASUD-related neurocognitive deficits and peripherally circulating neuroendocrine hormones. This is her first year as a PGSO representative
Juliana is a third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Area working with Dr. Laurie Mintz. She graduated from UF with a B.S in Psychology and also received her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from UF. Her research is currently focused on female sexual function and sexual response. This is her first year as a PGSO representative.
Program: Developmental Psychology
Shubam is a fourth-year doctoral student in Developmental Psychology working with Dr. Susan Bluck. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Psychology and minors in Statistics and Human Development and Family Science. She obtained her M.S. in Psychology from UF. Her research investigates the factors that promote resilience among individuals who face significant life challenges or adversity. This is her first year serving as a PGSO representative.
Program: Social Psychology
Samantha Douglas is a second year graduate student in Social Psychology working with Dr. Colin Smith in the Attitudes and Political Cognition lab. She is also a member of Dr. Kate Ratliff’s Attitudes and Social Cognition Lab. Her primary research interests include understanding what factors contribute to gender discrimination in the workplace and developing programs to mitigate such discrimination. Her research centers around measuring people’s implicit and explicit attitudes towards women. She previously graduated from Azusa Pacific University where she received a BA in Psychology with honors.
Dr. Devine is a Professor of Psychology, Director of the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience program, and serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Psychology. Dr. Devine’s research focuses on the neurobiological basis of aberrant behaviors in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders. Children with these disorders frequently exhibit co-morbid sensory processing disorder, motor incoordination and balance problems, pathological anxiety, and self-injurious behaviors. Dr. Devine is using rodent models to dissect the origins of these problems, to track their etiology, and to investigate underlying neurobiological mechanisms that confer vulnerability for behavioral pathology.