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Congratulations to Dr. Comer on receiving the Theodore Blau Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology from the APF and the Society of Clinical Psychology, as well as the Division 37 Diane J. Willis Early Career Award! These prestigious awards are given once annually to a psychological researcher, and the CCF faculty and staff congratulate Dr. Comer on these well deserved honors.

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CSCAP Student Receives NIMH Dissertation Grant

Congratulations to Michele Bechor, M.S., and her mentor, Dr. Pettit, on receiving funding for her grant, "Neural correlates of attention training in children with anxiety disorders"! NIMH fellowships are among the most competitive funding opportunities for graduate students in the country, and we congratulate Michele for her outstanding work and dedication.

CSCAP Student Wins FIU Provost Award for Outstanding Paper

Congratulations to Sarah Helseth, M.S., and her mentor, Dr. Stacy Frazier, on her UGS Provost Award for Graduate Student Outstanding Paper or Manuscript! One graduate student paper is selected from amongst the entire university each year, and CSCAP is proud of Sarah's excellent work and well-deserved success.

CCF Faculty Receive Grant Funding

Congratulations to Drs. Pelham, Sibley, Comer & Bagner on recent good news concerning grant applications! The CCF now exceeds $10,000,000 in annual funding. Details of individual awards will follow.


Find CCF On Facebook, Twitter and Youtube!

The CCF recently launched several social media accounts to help spread the word on available CCF programs and helpful information for families and professionals around child mental health. Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at and see helpful videos on our Youtube channel at

"Congratulations to Drs. Jon Comer, Kat Hart, and Jeremy Pettit on being honored as one of the 2015 FIU Top Scholars! All 3 CCF faculty received this award for their continued commitment to scholarship and the recognition of the importance of their work and were honored at a reception today at the FIU MMC Campus."

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Grad Student Appreciation Week saw CCF Student Sarah Helseth awarded the Provost Award for Outstanding Student Paper, and Dr. Leslie Frazier, Director of Graduate Programs for Psychology, receive the Outstanding Graduate Program Director Award. Congratulations to both! A full write-up and photos are available by following the link.

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CCF Student Receives APS Honorable Mention

Congratulations to Kat Crum, CCF grad student in clinical science, on being recognized with Honorable Mention for her upcoming poster at APS entitled "Physiological and behavioral responses to others' distress among children with conduct problems"!

CCF Students Sweep Social Sciences Presentations at GSSF

CCF graduate students Alina Nazareth, Carla Abad, and Andrea Arndorfer, took first, second, and third place in the social sciences oral presentations at the annual Graduate Student Scholarly Forum--an outstanding showing for Developmental students and the CCF! Michele Bechor also received third place for her health and psychology poster at GSSF. Congratulations to all of our amazing students!

CCF Student Wins World Ahead Graduate Award

Our congratulations to Dr. Aparajita Biswas Kuriyan, Clinical Science's first graduating Ph.D. student, and the winner of FIU's Worlds Ahead Graduate Award! Dr. Tuma has been a model student throughout her tenure at FIU, and this award recognizes her excellent work and the strength of all of our CCF students. Well Done Dr. Kuriyan!

CCF Faculty Receives NIMH CHIPS Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Raiker on receiving this highly competitive fellowship! The Child Intervention, Prevention & Services Fellowship supports promising early career researchers in children's mental health. Dr. Raiker joins other recipients from Yale, Harvard, Michigan, UCLA, Columbia, and other leading institutions for this year's fellowship.


If your teenager has ADHD, they may be eligible for a new study that helps them understand what ADHD medication is for and improve their motivation to take their medication. Click the link above to download the complete flier for more information.

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Isabel Rodriguez, one of our clinicians here at the CCF, will be presenting at a parenting panel at the Kaballah center Thursday, June 25th, 2015, from 7-9 PM. For more information, please view the above link. The cost is $32. Topic: Successfully Surviving Summer: a guide for parents and families adjusting to summer vacation’s resulting increase of parental responsibilities and shifts in family and home dynamics.

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In recognition of the CCF's continued leadership in the field and positive impact on the community, the State Legislature recently approved an addition $1.5 million in funding for the CCF as part of the FIUnique initiative. On behalf of the faculty, students and staff of the CCF, we'd like to extent our heartfelt thanks to the legislature for their continued support and recognition!

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The CCF will be hosting a camp for children heading back to school to improve their organizational skills! Space is limited, so early signup is encouraged. More information can be found at the link above.

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Dr. Asia Eaton recently spoke with South Florida Public TV on the topic of transgender identity and Caitlyn Jenner. The interview, which originally aired Friday, 6/5/15 and gives an excellent overview of the topic, can be seen online at the link above.

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CCF Student Recognized as Worlds Ahead Graduate

Congratulations to Dr. Alina Nazareth, student of Dr. Pruden, on being recognized as a Worlds Ahead Graduate for summer commencement! This marks two Worlds Ahead graduates from CCF programs in as many commencements!

Drs. Pelham and Comer were recently featured in the APA Monitor feature story on whether or not children are being overmedicated. To read the complete article, follow the link above.

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CCF Student Receives FIU Fellowship

Randi Cheatham-Johnson, CSCAP doctoral student with Dr. Kat Hart, recently received the FIU Equal Opportunity Programs and Diversity to receive the Delores Auzenne Fellowship. Congratulations to Randi and Dr. Hart!

Congratulations to Dr. Jami Furr, head of CCF's Brave Bunch program, and to all the Brave Bunch staff on their recent feature in the Times Health section! The article, which discusses selective mutism, the CCF programs, and interviews CCF staff and patient families, can be read by following the link above.

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Nely Garcia, a CCF Clinical Science Student, recently received the Division 54 Student Poster Award for her work, amily-centered intervention for behavior problems in young children with traumatic brain injury, at the APA Annual Conference. Congratulations to Nely and her mentor, Dr. Bagner!

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Daniella Vaclavik, a clinical science student mentored by Dr. Pettit, received the MBRS-RISE Fellowship from FIU! The Minority Biomedical Research Support - Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS RISE) Program at FIU is sponsored by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. The goal of the RISE program is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in biomedical and behavioral research who enter into and successfully complete Ph.D. programs in these fields.

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Dr. Joseph Raiker, CCF Clinical Science faculty member, recently received the NASRAD Young Investigator grant. We congratulate Dr. Raiker on receiving this long-standing and prestigious mental health grant!

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Congratulations to Dr. Raul Gonzalez, CCF Assistant Professor and Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology faculty member, for receiving a 12.7 million dollar ABCD grant from NIH to study drug addiction and adolescent brain development. More information can be found by following the link above.

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CCF Faculty Interviewed by CNN Espanol

Dr. Raul Gonzalez, CCF and clinical science researcher at FIU, was interviewed recently by CNN for a segment entitled "Vive la Salud con la Dra. Azaret." The interview aired on 12/5/15.