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January

Dr. Bethany Reeb-Sutherland is honored with the 2017 International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Award!

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“The legalization and commercialization of cannabis has allowed marketing to get ahead of science,” says Raul Gonzalez, a psychologist at Florida International University in Miami who reviewed the report before publication. While the report highlights possible medical benefits, Gonzalez notes that it also underscores negative consequences of regular cannabis use. These include certain respiratory and psychological problems.

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February

On average, 11,636 babies are born every Valentine’s Day in the United States. For two-thirds of couples, this new addition causes increased conflict and an overall decline in the quality of their relationship. FIU psychologist Lisa Arango believes a way for a relationship to survive and thrive through a transition into parenthood is to identify the challenges that lie ahead and stay connected with your partner. She provides some tips on how to baby-proof your relationship.

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Teenagers were the most prone of all age groups to experience psychological trauma after the bombing. The researchers found that the more internet news and social media contact they had about the bombing and manhunt, the more severe were their PTSD symptoms, which ranged from intrusive flashbacks to emotional numbing. What’s more, even if 87% of parents believed that online exposure to the crisis could be damaging, very few restricted their children’s access to it.

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Children are active and noisy. They make messes and sometimes break your favorite things. You can count on kids to give you plenty of reasons to lose your cool, react reflexively and dole out punishment. But is this the best way to handle things? Child psychology experts say when it comes to improving behavior, being positive is your best asset — a parenting method known as positive reinforcement.

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March

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five children nationwide suffers from a mental health disorder. The most common is ADHD. The Center for Children and Families at FIU is committed to improving the lives of those affected by mental health problems, like ADHD.

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Nearly 500 mental health professionals from all across the world recently convened in Miami for the Miami International Child & Adolescent Mental Health (MICAMH) Conference hosted by the FIU Center for Children and Families. Researchers presented the latest findings for child mental health problems including ADHD, anxiety, autism, suicide and depression, trauma and obsessive compulsive disorder.

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"The most important way to prevent tantrums is to praise your toddler when he or she remains calm in a situation that typically leads to a tantrum," shares Daniel M. Bagner, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Florida International University. This way your child knows what behavior is expected to them and will come to emulate it in order to recreate the praise they receive.

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April

Margaret Sibley, a licensed clinical psychologist and an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral health at the Florida International University Center for Children and Families, who is also a co-author of both studies, says there’s “probably a 50-50 chance that childhood symptoms will continue to be severe enough to meet ADHD criteria as an adult.”

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Psychologist Bethany Reeb-Sutherland never lets anything get in the way of helping those who depend on her. Not even cancer. Mother. Wife. Educator. Mentor. Researcher. She navigates each relationship with a calm, quiet demeanor that can be deceiving. Under her gentle exterior is a strength of will and loyalty that is unwavering.

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