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Meet the researchers and students who work in our lab

Lab Director

Adela C. Timmons, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical and Quantitative Psychology
Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology Program
Florida International University Center for Children and Families 
(305) 348-4538
Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Adela Timmons is the director of the Technological Interventions for Ecological Systems (TIES) Lab. Dr. Timmons’ research examines how childhood stress, trauma, and adversity become biologically embedded and impact stress reactivity and emotion regulation capacity in the context of interpersonal relationships. She is particularly interested in coregulation processes, or how people in interpersonal relationships share in their moment-to-moment physiological and emotional states. To conduct her research, she uses both laboratory-based and ambulatory assessment methods to capture relationship dynamics as they naturalistically unfold. She is also interested in the development of new technologies and measures for automatically and passively capturing and quantifying interpersonal functioning in real-life contexts. She is currently developing just-in-time adaptive mobile health interventions using machine learning and wearables, with the goal of improving mental health outcomes for children, couples, and families. Her research is interdisciplinary, spanning across clinical psychology, quantitative psychology, and engineering domains. 

Dr. Timmons received a combined Ph.D. in Clinical and Quantitative Psychology from the University of Southern California in 2018 and completed her predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the University of California, San Francisco in 2018. She obtained a combined M.A. in Clinical and Quantitative Psychology from the University of Southern California in 2013 and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Behavioral Sciences Research Methodology from the University of Kansas in 2011. She joined the faculty at Florida International University as an Assistant Professor of Clinical and Quantitative Psychology in 2018. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings in psychology and engineering outlets and has received multiple national awards and fellowships, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the American Psychological Association Dissertation Award, the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Basic Psychological Science Grant, and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Junior Scientist Fellowship. She holds two pending patents for inventions relating to mobile health machine learning applications for couple and family therapy. Her work has been featured in various international media outlets, including BBC, NBC, Yahoo News, CNET, and TechCrunch. Visit our research page to learn more about Dr. Timmons' work. 


The TIES team actively collaborates with a number of researchers in psychology, data science, and engineering domains. Here is a sample of our most frequent research collaborators:

Gayla Margolin, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics
University of Southern California
Visit Dr. Margolin's website

Matthew Ahle, M.S. Student

Applications Developer
Data Science, Computational Data Analytics Track
Florida International University Center for Children and Families

Theodora Chaspari, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University
Visit Dr. Chaspari's website

Shrikanth Narayanan, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Southern California
Visit Dr. Narayanan's website

Postdoctoral Researchers

If you are interested in joining our lab as a postdoctoral researcher, check out our join us page.

Doctoral Students

If you are interested in joining our lab as a doctoral student, check out our join us page.

Lab Managers

Adriana Mejías Fernández
Psychology Major
My future goal is to complete a graduate program in clinical psychology. My interests include children, families, behavior, education, and technology.

Alyssa Del Campo
Psychology Major
My future goal is to attend graduate school to obtain my Ph.D. in psychology. Some of my interests are child and family mental health, depression, anxiety, mindfulness, and technological interventions.

Research Assistants

If you are interested in joining our lab as a research assistant, check out our join us page.

Gabriella Morey
Psychology Major, Biology Minor
My goal is to go to medical school to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor specializing in cardiology. I would also like to start an organization that raises awareness of the equal importance of physical and mental health.

Graciela Hernandez
Psychology Major, Pre-Physical Therapy Track
My goal is to be admitted into a DPT program and obtain my licensure for physical therapy. I wish to specialize in pediatrics and treat children with conditions related to neurological and genetic disorders.

Megan Michel 
B.S. in Biological Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, 
Chemistry and Psychology Minors
My goal is to become a pediatrician. I also hope to join Doctors without Borders and open my own free clinic that provides mental health services.

Pablo Gomez
Psychology Major, Biology Minor
My goals are to go to medical school and specialize in the field of neurology. I hope to pursue clinical research involving numerous types of neurological disorders.

Sierra Wendling 
Psychology Major, Education Minor
My goal is to complete a Psy.D. program. I want to become a clinical psychologist specializing in children, families, mental health, and eating disorders.