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Meet the researchers and students who work in our lab

Lab Director

 

Adela C. Timmmons, 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

Ph.D., Clinical and Quantitative Psychology, University of Southern California
M.A., Clinical and Quantitative Psychology, Univeristy of Southern California
B.A., Psychology; Minor, Quantitative Psychology, University of Kansas

atimmons@fiu.edu 
(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. 

Collaborators

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

VP and CTO, Colliga Apps Corporation
M.S. Student, 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

Jonathan S. Comer, Ph.D.

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Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Florida International University
Visit Dr. Comer'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. 

 

Jacqueline Duong, M.A.

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M.A., Psychology, San Diego State
B.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

jduong@fiu.edu

Jacqueline Duong is a first-year doctoral student. She obtained an M.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is broadly interested in examining how children and families, especially those from ethnic/racial and at-risk backgrounds, can positively respond to stress, trauma, and adversity. She is also interested in exploring the clinical use of mobile health tools to examine the impact of parental psychopathology on child wellbeing.

Lab Manager

 

Natalia Simo Fiallo

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B.A., Psychology; Minor, Criminal Justice Studies; Florida International University

I aspire to attend graduate school in clinical psychology and contribute to the field through research and clinical practice. I am committed to providing psychoeducation as preventative care and counseling as an intervention for children, couples, and families.

Research Assistants

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

 

Jamila Floyd

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Psychology Major
I plan to attend graduate school in marriage and family therapy. My research interests include the social-emotional development of families and the social skills of children with mental disorders. 

Pablo Gomez

Psychology and Natural & Applied Sciences Major; Biology Minor
My goals are to go to medical school and specialize in the field of neurology. I hope to pursue clinical research.

Miguel Ramirez

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B.A., Biology
My goal is to attend medical school and pursue my prime mission of my life, which is becoming a doctor specializing in neurosurgery. I would like to not only treat different neurological disorders but to emphasize the mental health of patients.

Gabriella Morey


B.A., Psychology; Minor, Biology
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.

Rozeena Taylor

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Psychology Major
My goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology to research the impact of acculturative stress in immigrant and POC communities.

Jessica Castro 

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Psychology Major; Women’s & Gender Studies minor; Queer Studies Minor
My goal is to attend graduate school for clinical psychology. My dream is to become a certified sex and marriage counselor while raising awareness for comprehensive sex education in Miami-Dade County.

Wheddy Laguerre

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B.A., Psychology; Minor, Biology
My goal is to attend medical school and one day become a cardiologist. I plan to improve the lives of marginalized populations through medicine and service.

Theodore Lee IV

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Psychology Major
My goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and enter the Air Force as a clinical psychologist. My research interests include suicidal ideation among minority groups and associated protective factors.

Kamryn Chow

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Chemistry Major; Biology Minor
My goal is to attend graduate school and obtain an M.A. in physician assistant studies. I am interested in the research process as a whole, especially the field of psychology and mental health.

Elizabeth Gallego

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B.A., Psychology; Minor, Music
My goal is to attend graduate school and obtain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. I am interested in working with children and adolescents with emotional disorders and their families.