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Conducting research can require a great deal of financial support. Below are active grants that may provide a means for funding to help you reach your goal.

  • Active Grants

    Active Grants

    Early Childhood Behavioral and neurobiological profiles in the prediction of obsesity: The role of self-regulation and the caregiving environment.

    • Sponsor: National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease
    • Award Number: R01DK119814
    • Dates: ; Total Project Amount: $2,735,305
    • Co-Principal Investigators: Paulo Graziano, Ph.D., Anthony Dick, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This project seeks to investigate the extent to which children's early self-regulation skills and parenting predict the development of obesity.

     

     

    Enhancing IEPs of Children with ADHD

    • Sponsor: Institute for Education Sciences and University at Buffalo
    • Award Number: R324A180175
    • Dates: 9/1/18 – 8/31/23 ; Total Project Amount: $1,722,029
    • Principal Investigator: William E. Pelham, Jr. Ph.D., ABPP
    • Co-Investigators: Erika Coles, Ph.D., Nicole Schatz, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This purpose of this study is to provide evidence for the efficacy of using a daily report card intervention (DRC) as a means of linking the child with ADHD's IEP goals and objectives to his/her daily functioning in the classroom environment.

     

    The role of the nucleus reuniens in the temporal organization of memory and behavior

    • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: R01MH113626
    • Dates: 5/10/18-2/28/23; Total Project Amount: $1,825,848
    • Principal Investigator: Timothy Allen, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The major goals of this project are to determine the roles and contributions of the nucleus reuniens of the thalamus (and specific reuniens projections to the hippocampus and prelimbic cortex) in sequence memory, elapsed-time memory, and interval timing.

     

    Háblame bebé: Helping Hispanic families reduce the word gap and promote bilingualism

    • Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration
    • Award Number: N/A
    • Dates: 5/1/17-10/31/19; Total Project Amount: $75,000
    • Principal Investigator: Melissa Baralt, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: Háblame bebé is the first mobile application that promotes Spanish-English bilingualism and reduces the Word Gap for low-income Hispanic children using five unique features and empowering their parents to promote bilingualism.

     

    A Summer Program and Afterschool Program for Elementary Aged Children at Risk for Serious Behavior Problems

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Award Number: YAS XX14-7561
    • Dates:8/1/18 – 7/31/23 ; Total Project Amount: 6,541,500
    • Co-Principal Investigators: Erika Coles, Ph.D. and Joseph Raiker, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The Summer Treatment Program (STP) an the Afterschool Treatment Program (ATP) at the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University are a comprehensive summer program and an afterschool program for youth (ages 5-12) with, or at risk for, behavioral, emotional, and learning problems. Parents take an active role by participating in parent training sessions where they develop the skills needed to change their child's behavior in the home environment and to foster generalization of the child's therapeutic gains. Our program appears on the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

     

    • Expanding Community Access to Evidence Based Parenting Programs
    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Award Number: PAR XX10-7562
    • Dates: 8/1/18-7/31/23; Total Project Amount: $750,980
    • Principal Investigator: Erika Coles, Ph.D.Purpose: This project proposes to train CCF clinicians in an evidence based parent training program with the goal of expanding clinical services that are available to the community.

     

    RAPID: Leveraging the ABCD Study to Examine the Effects of Hurricane Irma Exposure: The Disaster and Youth, Neural and Affective Maturation in Context (DYNAMIC) Study

    • Sponsor: National Science Foundation
    • Award Number: #1805645
    • Dates: 1/15/18 – 12/31/18 ; Total Project Amount: $179,982
    • Co-Principal Investigators: Anthony Dick, Ph.D., Jonathan Comer, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigators: Raul Gonzalez, Jr., Ph.D., Matthew Sutherland, Ph.D., Stefany Coxe, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This research project will study how natural disasters affect brain, thinking, and mood.

     

    Mechanisms of Skill Uptake and Maintenance in Psychosocial Treatment for Adolescent ADHD

    • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: R21MH116499
    • Dates: 6/19/18 – 4/30/20; Total Project Amount: $402,875
    • Principal Investigator: Margaret Sibley, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The goal of this project is to conduct detailed coding of therapy audio tapes to detect parent, adolescent, and therapist speech codes that predict practice of therapy skills at home between sessions, as well as long-term maintenance of effects after treatment termination.

     

    Integrative Data Analysis of Psychosocial Treatment Studies for Adolescent ADHD

    • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: R03MH116397
    • Dates: 5/7/18 – 3/31/19 ; Total Project Amount: $146,500
    • Co-Principal Investigators: Margaret Sibley, Ph.D., Stefany Coxe, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This project is an Integrative Data Analysis of mediators and moderators of response to psychosocial treatment for adolescents with ADHD.

     

    Sleep-dependent negative overgeneralization in peri-pubertal anxiety

    • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: 1R01MH116005
    • Dates: ; Total Project Amount: $3,654,721
    • Co-Principal Investigators: Dana McMakin, Ph.D., Aaron Mattfeld, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The overarching goal of this project is to advance understanding of the mechanisms that link sleep and emotional health during this sensitive period of peri-pubertal development, and to identify proximal targets for early intervention.

     

    Perceptual and decisional processes underlying face perception biases in clinical depression

    • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: R21MH112013
    • Dates: 9/5/17-8/31/19; Total Project Amount: $429,019
    • Principal Investigator: Fabian A. Soto, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This project will use computational modeling to study how early and late processing of face dimensions is affected in depression.

     

    Advancing cancer prevention pricing interventions across the UK and US: Optimising message framing

    • Sponsor: University of Glasgow
    • Dates:10/1/17 – 3/31/9 ; Total Project Amount: $6,360
    • Principal Investigator: Elisa Trucco, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: Ultimately, this project will advance the use of a highly effective population-level intervention into the policy arena related to cancer prevention.

     

    Antecedents and Consequences of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems in Underrepresented Youth subproject of main project "FIU Center for Reducing Health Disparities in Substance Abuse & HIV in South Florida

    • Sponsor: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    • Award Number: U54MD012393
    • Dates: 9/20/17-6/30/22; Total Project Amount: $2,238,105
    • Principal Investigator: Eric Wagner, Ph.D.
    • Co-Principal Investigators: Elisa Trucco, Ph.D.; Matthew Sutherland, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) at Miami-Dade’s Florida International University (FIU) will focus on developing and sustaining a national clinical and behavioral research program addressing health inequities and disparities associated with substance use problems and HIV for underrepresented minorities.

     

    Biosignatures of Executive Function and Emotion Regulation in Young Children with ADHD

    • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: R301MH112588
    • Dates: 9/1/17-8/31/21; Total Project Amount: $2,626,213
    • Co-Principal Investigator (s): Paulo Graziano, Ph.D., Anthony Dick, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator (s): Stefany Coxe, Ph.D., William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., Erica Musser, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The project seeks to examine the feasibility of creating a risk index based on multiple biosignatures (based on functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging, pathophysiological markers) that may aid in the identification of behavioral/neuropsychological phenotypes of ADHD.

     

    Adaptive Response to Intervention (RTI) for Students with ADHD

    • Sponsor: The Institute of Education Sciences
    • Award Number: R305A170523
    • Dates: 7/1/17-6/30/21; Total Project Amount: $3,298,918
    • Principal Investigator: William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP
    • Co-Investigator (s): Nicole Schatz, Ph.D., Stefany Coxe, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The purpose of the proposed project will be to assess whether behavioral interventions following an adaptive Response to Treatment (RTI) framework, results in better outcomes for students with ADHD than the types and sequences of interventions typically available in school.

     

    A novel examination of the cognitive and neurobiological deficits underlying increased reaction time variability in children with ADHD

    • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: R21MH112002
    • Dates: 7/1/17-4/30/19; Total Project Amount: $402,875
    • Co-Principal Investigators: Joseph Raiker, Jr., Ph.D., Aaron Mattfeld, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator (s): William E. Pelham, Jr. Ph.D., ABPP, Stefany Coxe, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The proposed investigation is an attempt to more fully elucidate the underlying neurobiological and neurocognitive mechanisms that underlie the attention deficit in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

     

    Mental Health Services for Infants/Toddlers Receiving Part C Early Intervention

    • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: R34MH110541, R34MH110541-02S1 Diversity Supplement
    • Dates: 4/1/17-1/31/20; Total Project Amount: $905,754
    • Co-Principal Investigators: Daniel Bagner, Ph.D., Stacy Frazier, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This project proposes to develop and examine a mental health service model for families of infants/toddlers with developmental delay that reduces risk for mental health problems and, in turn, enhances readiness for preschool.

     

    Heterogeneity in ADHD: Autonomic, Behavior, Emotion, and Treatment Response

    • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: R03MH110812
    • Dates: 7/8/16-6/30/19; Total Project Amount: $140,360
    • Principal Investigator: Erica Musser, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: In order to better understand the variability in behaviors, symptoms, and treatment response observed in children with ADHD, the proposed study will examine the associations among specific symptoms, specific emotional and regulatory patterns, and specific biological processes related to cognition and emotion in ADHD, as well as response to stimulant medication. 

     

    A meta-analysis of social and behavioral outcomes for ADHD in school settings

    • Sponsor: The Institute of Education Sciences and University at Buffalo/SUNY
    • Award Number: R324A160133
    • Dates: 7/1/16-6/30/19; Total Project Amount: $199,387
    • Principal Investigator: Nicole Schatz, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator (s): William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP
    • Purpose: This proposal will identify, retrieve, code, and analyze the results from the entire literature on treatments for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Notably, youth with ADHD are significantly at-risk for special education placements and also comprise a sizable amount of the children included in the Other Health Impaired, Emotionally Disturbed, and Learning Disabled special education categories.

     

    Trauma-informed Screening & Treatment in Community University Clinic – Parents & Youth

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Dates: 5/1/17-7/31/20; Total Project Amount: $864,942
    • Principal Investigator: Nicole, Fava, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator: Erika Coles, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The main goal of this project is to extend an evidence-based trauma-specific intervention to more youth and families in Miami, FL.

     

    Behavioral Assessment Team

    • Sponsor: Nova Southeastern University and The Children’s Trust
    • Dates: 7/1/18-6/30/19; Total Project Amount: $30,250
    • Principal Investigator: Erika K. Coles, Ph.D., David Reitman, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The purpose of the project is to provide behavior management support and training to programs funded through the Children’s Trust. The activities include training, observations, feedback, and development of individual behavioral interventions plans in collaboration and consultation with providers.

     

    Harnessing Technology to Extend the Reach of Supported Care for Families Affected by Early Child Social Anxiety

    • Sponsor: Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety
    • Dates: 3/1/16-2/28/19; Total Project Amount: $100,000
    • Principal Investigator: Jonathan Comer, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The goal of the study is to evaluate the efficacy of an Internet-delivered format of an evidence-based CBT treatment for early child social anxiety disorder in which therapists and families meet in real-time via videoconferencing and parent-child interactions are broadcast from the family’s home via a webcam while therapists provide bug-in-the-ear coaching from a remote site.

     

    The Utility of Cognitive Subgroups in Predicting Treatment Response to Methylphenidate in Children with ADHD

    • Sponsor: Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
    • Award Number: 23822
    • Dates: 1/15/16-1/14/19; Total Project Amount: $70,000
    • Principal Investigator: Joseph Raiker, Jr., Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The current proposal has two important goals for improving our understanding of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Specifically, this study will attempt to replicate the identification of neurocognitively impaired subgroups (e.g., working memory, behavioral inhibition) within a sample of children with ADHD. In addition, this study attempts to evaluate whether the identification of these subgroups has utility for predicting response to methylphenidate based upon baseline neurocognitive test performance.

     

    FIU-ABCD: Pathways and Mechanisms to Addiction in the Latino Youth of South Florida

    • Sponsor: The National Institute on Drug Abuse
    • Award Number: U01DA041156; U01DA041156-0
    • Dates: 9/30/15-5/31/20; Total Project Amount: $12,967,357
    • Principal Investigator: Raul Gonzalez, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator: Mario De La Rosa, Ph.D., Angela Laird, Ph.D., William Pelham, Ph.D., Eric Wagner, Ph.D., O. Dale Williams, Ph.D., Anthony Dick, Ph.D., Mathew Sutherland, Ph.D., Stefany Coxe, Ph.D., Elisa Trucco, Ph.D., Anthony De Caprio, Ph.D., Andres Gil, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This project is a site for a nation-wide project (The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study) that is designed to understand environmental, psychosocial, genetic, cognitive, and neurobiological differences that make some children more likely to use drugs and develop substance use disorders. The FIU-ABCD site proposes to recruit 900 Latino children and families to better understand what causes Latino children to use drugs and develop addiction, as well as to understand how it affects their health and neurobiological functioning.

     

    COACHES - Enhancing Father Engagement to Promote Social, Behavioral and Academic Outcomes

    • Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences
    • Award Number: R305A150230
    • Dates: 9/1/15-8/31/19; Total Project Amount: $634,000
    • Principal Investigator: William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP.
    • Purpose: This investigation will aim to develop a father-focused intervention for children with ADHD to make it suitable for use in educational settings.

     

    Developing a Peer to Peer Behavioral Intervention for High School Students with ADHD

    • Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences
    • Award Number: R305A150433
    • Dates: 9/1/15-8/31/19; Total Project Amount: $1,378,988
    • Principal Investigator: Margaret Sibley, Ph.D.
    • Co Investigators: William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP, Stefany Coxe, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This project aims to partner with M-DCPS to develop and pilot a behavioral intervention for ninth grade students with ADHD and related impairments that is delivered by academically successful 11th and 12th grade peers under the supervision of a high school faculty sponsor.

     

    Environment, Genes and Temperament on the Development of Alcohol Use Disorder

    • Sponsor: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    • Award Number: K08AA023290
    • Dates: 9/1/15-8/31/20; Total Project Amount: $837,745
    • Principal Investigator: Elisa Trucco, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This training grant has two major goals. The first is to redress gaps in the current Alcohol Use Disorder literature by advancing an interdisciplinary program of research on genetic, social environmental, and temperamental factors underlying adolescent alcohol use using two large longitudinal datasets. The second is to enhance the investigator’s knowledge base and research skills, especially as it pertains to molecular genetics and biostatistics.

     

    Internet Treatment for Behavior Problems in Preschoolers

    • Sponsor: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    • Award Number: R01HD084497
    • Dates: 9/1/15-5/31/20; Total Project Amount: $2,500,541
    • Principal Investigators: Daniel Bagner, Ph.D, Jonathan Comer, PhD.
    • Purpose: The goal of this study is to evaluate, via a randomized controlled trial (RCT), the incremental utility of an Internet-delivered parent-training program for externalizing behavioral problems in traditionally underserved young children with developmental delay. Specifically, we are interested in the impact of Internet-delivered Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (I-PCIT) on child externalizing behavior problems, parenting stress, and early academic skills relative to traditional referrals as usual (RAU) for behavioral problems, among youth aging out of Part C early intervention (EI) services. A secondary goal is to evaluate mechanisms that explain under which circumstances, for whom, and through which mediating pathways I-PCIT is most effective for young children with developmental delay.

     

    Effects of Social Cues on Learning and Memory during Early Infancy

    • Sponsor: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    • Award Number: R03HD082636
    • Dates: 9/1/15-7/31/19; Total Project Amount: $145,000
    • Principal Investigator: Bethany Sutherland, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The proposed experiment examines the modulatory effects of social cues on both learning acquisition and memory retention of the learned response and the associated underlying neurobiology of such processes in infants during the first months of life.

     

    Reading Explorers Program

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Award Number: 1715-7560
    • Dates: 5/1/18-4/30/19 ; Total Project Amount: $882,168
    • Principal Investigator: Katie C. Hart, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The purpose of the Reading Explorers Program is to overlay evidence-based small-group reading interventions in select Trust-funded summer programs for rising kindergarten and rising first grade children. 1300+ children participate annually.

     

    Effectiveness of MI Enhanced Behavior Therapy for Adolescents with ADHD

    • Sponsor: The National Institute of Mental Health
    • Dates: 5/1/15-4/30/19; Total Project Amount: $1,741,609.91
    • Award Number: R01MH106587
    • Principal Investigator: Margaret H. Sibley, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator(s): Paulo Graziano, Ph.D., Stefany Coxe, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This trial tests the effectiveness of the STAND intervention for adolescents with ADHD delivered in a community mental health setting. To examine whether the intervention improves academic and family functioning.

     

    Intervention for Teens with ADHD and Substance Use

    • Sponsor: The National Institute on Drug Abuse
    • Award Number: R01DA034731; R01DA034731S1
    • Dates: 9/9/14-8/31/19; Total Project Amount: $2,905,978
    • Principal Investigator: William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP.
    • Co-Investigator: Nicole Schatz, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The goal is to conduct a controlled examination of the efficacy of a brief, early intervention for substance use with more intensive interventions (for insufficient responders) modified for adolescents with ADHD in order to inform practice regarding how to intervene with ADHD teens with emerging substance use.

     

    Neural Correlates of adult outcomes of childhood ADHD: affect, reward and control

    • Sponsor: The National Institute of Mental Health and University of Pittsburgh
    • Award Number: R01MH101096
    • Dates: 7/10/14-5/31/19; Total Project Amount: $193,202
    • Principal Investigator: Brooke Molina, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator: William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP.
    • Purpose: The proposed study will be unique in the adult ADHD neuroimaging literature due to its emphasis on these potentially interacting “cool” and “hot” EF systems in adults with well-characterized childhood histories prospectively tracked into adulthood with collateral report.

     

    The Development of Alcohol Use and Abuse in ADHD Adolescents and Young Adults

    • Sponsor: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    • Award Number: R37AA011873
    • Dates: 9/1/13-8/31/19; Total Project Amount: $1,105,196
    • Principal Investigator: William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP.
    • Purpose: The purpose of the study is to learn more about the development of these individuals and to answer major questions in the field about the outcomes of children diagnosed with ADHD. Some of the areas we are interested in include school or work functioning, social and family relations, drug and alcohol use, and the extent to which childhood problems may or may not have persisted into adolescence and young adulthood. A unique feature of the study is the ability to answer questions about healthy functioning in adulthood as a function of childhood characteristics, such as severity of problems in childhood or treatment history.

     

    Examining Tolerance to CNS Stimulants in ADD

    • Sponsor: The National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: R01MH099030
    • Dates: 4/17/13-2/28/19Total Project Amount: $3,327,436
    • Principal Investigator: William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP, James Swanson, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The goal is to examine if therapeutic tolerance occurs with CNS stimulants and to examine the impact of drug holidays for improving long term outcomes in ADHD.

     

    The Impact of Cannabis Use on the Neuropsychological Functioning of Individuals with HIV/AIDS

    • Sponsor: The National Institute on Drug Abuse
    • Award Number: R01DA033156
    • Dates: 8/1/12-3/31/19; Total Project Amount: $2,210,750
    • Principal Investigator: Raul Gonzalez, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator: Madhavan Nair, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The goal of this study is to investigate how using or not using marijuana affects the thinking and health of people with and without HIV.

     

    Decision-Making and Episodic Memory in Trajectories to Cannabis Addiction

    • Sponsor: The National Institute on Drug Abuse
    • Award Number: R01DA031176
    • Dates: 4/15/12-3/31/19; Total Project Amount: $2,383,653
    • Principal Investigator: Raul Gonzalez, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator: Eric Wagner, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The goal of this study is to examine how marijuana affects thinking abilities of teens. We will be looking for teens that use or have used marijuana and teens who not use.

     

    Intersensory Processing, Developmental Trajectories, and Longitudinal Outcomes

    • Sponsor: The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    • Award Number: R01HD05776
    • Dates: 6/15/13-3/31/19; Total Project Amount: $1,670,625
    • Principal Investigator: Lorraine Bahrick, Ph.D.

     

    Intersensory Perception in Children with Autism

    • Sponsor: University of Miami
    • Award Number: 1322-7290
    • Dates: 2/1/06-1/31/19; Total Project Amount: $83,300
    • Principal Investigator: Daniel S. Messinger, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator (s): Lorraine Bahrick, Ph.
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    After-school support program for youth at-risk for behavior problems

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Award Number: 1614-7561
    • Dates: 8/1/1-7/31/18; Total Project Amount: $316,678
    • Principal Investigator: Joseph Raiker, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: Adapted by faculty at the Florida International University Center for Children and Families from the award winning Summer Treatment Program, the ATP integrates intensive contingency management strategies into evidence-based reading and literacy, recreational, life skills, and homework planning and management activities in order to reinforce the acquisition of new behaviors in a naturalistic school-based, peer setting. We expect that participation in this program will improve grade-level achieve and behavior and interaction with peers, teachers, and family members.

     

    Reading Explorers Program

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Award Number: 1715-7560
    • Dates: 5/1/17-4/30/18 ; Total Project Amount: $882,168
    • Principal Investigator: Katie C. Hart, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The purpose of the Reading Explorers Program is to overlay evidence-based small-group reading interventions in select Trust-funded summer programs for rising kindergarten and rising first grade children. 1300+ children participate annually.

     

    Comprehensive School Readiness Summer Treatment Program for Pre-Kindergarteners with Behavior Problems (STP-PreK)

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Award Number: 1612-7561
    • Dates: 3/1/18-8/31/18; Total Project Amount: $218,241
    • Principal Investigator: Paulo A. Graziano, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This grant supports the delivery of a comprehensive school readiness program (STP-PreK) consisting of both parent training and a school-based summer program for preschoolers with disruptive behavior problems.

     

    FIU Summer Academy: School Readiness Summer Program for Young Children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities from High-Risk Community Settings

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Award Number: 1612-7560
    • Dates: 3/1/18-8/31/18 ; Total Project Amount: $159,923
    • Principal Investigator: Kat Hart, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This grant operates a comprehensive school readiness summer program for young children (ages 3-5) who are, or are eligible to receive services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) from high-risk community settings in Miami-Dade County, specifically the Liberty City community.

     

    A Summer Program for Elementa8ry Aged Children at Risk for Serious Behavioral Problems

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Award Number: 1614-7562
    • Dates: 3/1/18-8/31/18; Total Project Amount: $601,005
    • Principal Investigator: Erika K. Coles, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator (s): William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This project will help to fund the Summer Treatment Program, an evidence-based treatment summer camp for children with disruptive behavior disorders, learning problems, and other psychological disorders.

     

    Healthy-Lifestyle Parenting Program (HLPP): A pilot study

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Dates: 1/1/17-6/30/18; Total Project Amount: $49,281
    • Principal Investigator: Paulo Graziano, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The purpose of the project is to evaluate the feasibility and promise of a school based implementation of the Healthy-Lifestyle Parenting Program (HLPP) based on an evidence-based curriculum designed to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and weight management in young children who are overweight/obese (OV/OB) and their parents.

     

    Biosignatures of Executive Function and Emotion Regulation in Young Children with ADHD

    • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: R56MH108616
    • Dates: 9/10/16-8/31/18; Total Project Amount: $713,466
    • Co-Principal Investigators: Paulo Graziano, Ph.D., Anthony Dick, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: A major barrier to improving long-term treatment gains in young children with ADHD is that current definitions of the disorder rely solely on symptom ratings. This project seeks to examine the feasibility of creating a risk index based on multiple biosignatures (based on functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging, pathophysiological markers) that may aid in the identification of behavioral/neuropsychological phenotypes of ADHD.

     

    Comprehensive School Readiness Summer Treatment Program for Pre-Kindergarteners with Behavior Problems (STP-PreK)

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Award Number: 1612-7561
    • Dates: 3/1/17-8/31/17; Total Project Amount: $172,088
    • Principal Investigator: Paulo A. Graziano, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This grant supports the delivery of a comprehensive school readiness program (STP-PreK) consisting of both parent training and a school-based summer program for preschoolers with disruptive behavior problems.

     

    FIU Summer Academy: School Readiness Summer Program for Young Children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities from High-Risk Community Settings

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Award Number: 1612-7560
    • Dates: 3/1/17-8/31/17 ; Total Project Amount: $96,923
    • Principal Investigator: Kat Hart, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This grant operates a comprehensive school readiness summer program for young children (ages 3-5) who are, or are eligible to receive services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) from high-risk community settings in Miami-Dade County, specifically the Liberty City community.

     

    A Summer Program for Elementary Aged Children at Risk for Serious Behavioral Problems

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Award Number: 1614-7562
    • Dates: 3/1/17-8/31/17; Total Project Amount: $481,005
    • Principal Investigator: Erika K. Coles, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator (s): William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This project will help to fund the Summer Treatment Program, an evidence-based treatment summer camp for children with disruptive behavior disorders, learning problems, and other psychological disorders.

     

    Exploring the Neural Mechanisms of Physics Learning

    • Sponsor: The National Science Foundation
    • Dates: 8/15/14-7/31/17; Total Project Amount: $594,547
    • Principal Investigators: Angela R. Laird, Eric Brewer, & Shannon Pruden
    • Purpose: This project will examine undergraduate students enrolled in introductory physics classes, including those enrolled in a traditional lecture course and those enrolled in a flipped-classroom (i.e., modeling physics course). We will investigate learning of physics concepts and associated neural mechanisms with learning using fMRI.

     

    Attention Bias Modification Training in Youth with Subthreshold Impairing Anxiety

    • Sponsor: The National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: UH2MH101470
    • Dates: 5/1/14-6/30/17; Total Project Amount: $413,602
    • Principal Investigator: Jeremy Pettit, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The purpose of this project is to evaluate a computer administered attention training program as a brief, low intensity intervention for children and adolescents who experience some problems with fear, anxiety, or worry but do not have a diagnosable anxiety disorder.

     

    Episodic memory and suggestibility in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    • Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver national Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    • Award Number: R03HD077161
    • Dates: 4/10/14-8/31/17; Total Project Amount: $137,399
    • Principal Investigator: Lindsay Malloy, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The goal of this study is to compare ADHD and typically-developing children’s memory reports of a staged laboratory event to arrive at implications for developing effective interviewing strategies for children with ADHD.

     

    Reading Itinerant Service

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Award Number: 1615-7650
    • Dates: 5/1/15-4/30/16 ; Total Project Amount: $692,168
    • Principal Investigator: Kat Hart, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The purpose of the Summer Reading Explorers Program is to overlay evidence-based small-group reading interventions in select Trust-funded summer programs for rising kindergarten and rising first grade children. 1300+ children participate annually.

     

    Reading Explorers Program

    • Award Number: 1615-7560
    • Dates: 5/1/16-4/30/17 ; Total Project Amount: $692,168
    • Principal Investigator: Kat Hart, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The purpose of the Summer Reading Explorers Program is to overlay evidence-based small-group reading interventions in select Trust-funded summer programs for rising kindergarten and rising first grade children. 1300+ children participate annually.

     

    Comprehensive School Readiness Summer Treatment Program for Pre-Kindergarteners with Behavior Problems (STP-PreK)

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Award Number: 1612-7561
    • Dates: 3/1/16-8/31/16; Total Project Amount: $172,088
    • Principal Investigator: Paulo A. Graziano, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This grant supports the delivery of a comprehensive school readiness program (STP-PreK) consisting of both parent training and a school-based summer program for preschoolers with disruptive behavior problems.

     

    Facilitating children's event reporting and emotion regulation after stress exposure

    • Sponsor: American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41)
    • Award Number: N/A
    • Dates: 1/1/15-12/31/16 ; Total Project Amount: $5,000
    • Principal Investigator: Jessica Klemfuss, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: During the course of this study we will experimentally manipulate the emotional or factual focus in interviewer-child conversations about a stressful laboratory experience in order to examine effects on children’s emotion regulation, emotion content, and factual completeness and accuracy.

     

    FIU Summer Academy: School Readiness Summer Program for Young Children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities from High-Risk Community Settings

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Award Number: 1612-7560
    • Dates: 3/1/15-8/31/16 ; Total Project Amount: $96,923
    • Principal Investigator: Kat Hart, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This grant operates a comprehensive school readiness summer program for young children (ages 3-5) who are, or are eligible to receive services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) from high-risk community settings in Miami-Dade County, specifically the Liberty City community.

     

    Facilitators and Barriers to Higher Education Access among Foster Youth

    • Sponsor: Fostering Panther Pride
    • Award Number: N/A
    • Dates: 5/1/15-4/30/16; Total Project Amount: $5,500
    • Principal Investigator: Miguel Villodas, Ph.D.

     

    A Novel Approach to Stimulant Induced Weight Suppression and its Impact on Growth

    • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: R01MH083692
    • Dates: 6/29/10-4/30/16; Total Project Amount: $3,068,525
    • Principal Investigator: William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP, James G. Waxmonsky, M.D.
    • Co-Investigator(s): Daniel A. Waschbusch, Ph.D.., Adrianna Campa, Ph.D.., James Jaccard, Ph.D.., Hugh Humphery, M.D.
    • Purpose: The goal of this study is to investigate the long-term effects of once a day stimulant medications, now the most commonly prescribed treatment for children with ADHD, including their effects on growth.

     

    Behavioral Assessment Team

    • Sponsor: Nova Southeastern University and The Children’s Trust
    • Dates: 7/1/15-6/30/16; Total Project Amount: $33,000
    • Principal Investigator: Erika K. Coles, Ph.D., David Reitman, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The purpose of the project is to provide behavior management support and training to programs funded through the Children’s Trust. The activities include training, observations, feedback, and development of individual behavioral interventions plans in collaboration and consultation with providers.

     

    Children's Recantation of Adult Wrongdoing: In the Field and In the Lab

    • Sponsor: The National Science Foundation
    • Dates: 2/15/13-7/31/16; Total Project Amount: $170,909
    • Principal Investigator: Lindsay Malloy, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The goal of this study is to examine the frequency with which children will disclose and then recant (i.e., take back) an adult's minor act of wrongdoing (breaking a toy in the lab) and the role of parent supportiveness in children's decisions.

     

    After-school support program for youth at-risk for behavior problems

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Award Number: 1614-7561
    • Dates: 8/1/16-7/31/17; Total Project Amount: $225,767
    • Principal Investigator: Feion Villodas, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator (s): Miguel Villodas, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: Adapted by faculty at the Florida International University Center for Children and Families from the award winning Summer Treatment Program, the ATP integrates intensive contingency management strategies into evidence-based reading and literacy, recreational, life skills, and homework planning and management activities in order to reinforce the acquisition of new behaviors in a naturalistic school-based, peer setting. We expect that participation in this program will improve grade-level achieve and behavior and interaction with peers, teachers, and family members.

     

    Development of Strategies to Increase Teacher Integrity in a Daily Report Card (DRC) Intervention for Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    • Sponsor: The Institute of Education Sciences and Ohio University
    • Award Number: R324A120272
    • Dates: 7/1/12-6/30/16; Total Project Amount: $696,983
    • Principal Investigator: Erika K. Coles, Ph.D., Julie S. Owens, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator (s): William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP.
    • Purpose: The goal of this project is to develop new models of professional development training for teachers to facilitate the use of high quality behavioral intervention strategies for children with ADHD.

     

    Development of a Kindergarten Transitional Program for Preschool Students Identifies as Being at High-Risk for Behavioral Disorders

    • Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences
    • Award Number: R324A120136
    • Dates: 7/1/2012-6/30/2016; Total Project Amount: $1,497,831
    • Principal Investigator: Paulo A. Graziano, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator (s): Katie Hart, Ph.D., William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP
    • Purpose: The goal of this study is to develop and evaluate a novel transitional program designed to improve the transition to kindergarten for preschool children who are at-risk, or may already be experiencing, significant behavioral problems.

     

    Optimizing Psychosocial Treatment Models for Adolescents with ADHD

    • Sponsor: Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation
    • Award Number: N/A
    • Dates: 7/1/14-6/30/16; Total Project Amount: $60,000
    • Principal Investigator: Margaret H. Sibley, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The goal of Dr. Sibley’s work is to increase treatment utilization for adolescents with ADHD to improve their functional outcomes. One future direction of this research is the development of a stepped care and treatment-matching model that maximizes contact with existing health care systems.

     

    Improving Medication Adherence in ADHD Adolescents

    • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: R01MH097819
    • Dates: 1/15/14-6/30/16; Total Project Amount: $1,384,269
    • Principal Investigator: William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP.
    • Purpose: ADHD children are at risk for a variety of negative outcomes in adolescence, including school dropout, delinquency, and substance abuse. Stimulant medication is the most widely used ADHD treatment and has documented acute benefits for adolescents. The purpose of this project is to test the efficacy of a psychosocial intervention to increase stimulant medication adherence and therefore improve outcomes in adolescents with ADHD.

     

    Emotional Reactivity, Regulation, and Reward in Child ADHD and Obesity

    • Sponsor: American Psychological Foundation
    • Award Number: N/A
    • Dates: 4/10/14-3/31/16; Total Project Amount: $1,000
    • Principal Investigator: Erica Musser, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The goal of this study is to understand possible mechanisms underlying the associations between ADHD and overweight/obesity and in particular, to determine whether emotion-related factors help explain the association between childhood ADHD and overweight/obesity.

     

    Treatment Development Targeting Positive Affect Function in Adolescent Depression

    • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: K23MH092400
    • Dates: 1/01/16-5/31/17; Total Project Amount: $70,188
    • Principal Investigator: Dana McMakin, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The proposed research and training aims to incorporate neuroimaging and behavioral data to refine a treatment module for adolescent depression that enhances reward processing.

     

    Attention Bias Modification Training in Youth with Subthreshold Impairing Anxiety

    • Sponsor: The National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: UH2MH101470
    • Dates: 5/1/14-6/30/17; Total Project Amount: $413,602
    • Principal Investigator: Jeremy Pettit, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The purpose of this project is to evaluate a computer administered attention training program as a brief, low intensity intervention for children and adolescents who experience some problems with fear, anxiety, or worry but do not have a diagnosable anxiety disorder.

     

    After-school support program for youth at-risk for behavior problems

    • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
    • Award Number: 1614-7561
    • Dates: 8/1/15-7/31/16; Total Project Amount: $225,767
    • Principal Investigator: Feion Villodas, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator (s): Miguel Villodas, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: Adapted by faculty at the Florida International University Center for Children and Families from the award winning Summer Treatment Program, the ATP integrates intensive contingency management strategies into evidence-based reading and literacy, recreational, life skills, and homework planning and management activities in order to reinforce the acquisition of new behaviors in a naturalistic school-based, peer setting. We expect that participation in this program will improve grade-level achieve and behavior and interaction with peers, teachers, and family members.

     

    Attention Bias Modification Training in Child Anxiety CBT Nonresponders

    • Sponsor: The National Institute of Mental Health
    • Award Number: R34MH097931
    • Dates: 4/1/13-2/28/17; Total Project Amount: $622,915
    • Principal Investigator: Jeremy Pettit, Ph.D., and Wendy K. Silverman, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The purpose of this project is to evaluate a computer administered attention training program as an augment for children with anxiety disorders who do not respond to cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).

     

    A Summer Preparatory Program for Middle and High School Students with ADHD

    • Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences
    • Award Number: R324A120169
    • Dates: 3/1/12-8/31/16; Total Project Amount: $3,478,637
    • Principal Investigator: William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP
    • Co-Investigator (s): Margaret H. Sibley, Ph.D. and Erika K. Coles. Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The goal of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of a Summer Preparatory Program on rising 6th and 9th grade students with ADHD.

     

    Increasing Academic Success in Middle School Students with ADHD

    • Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences
      • Award Number: R34MH092466
      • Dates: 4/23/12-1/31/16; Total Project Amount: $3,478,637
      • Principal Investigator: William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP
      • Co-Principal Investigator (s): Margaret H. Sibley, Ph.D.
      • Co-Investigator: Erika K. Coles. Ph.D.
      • Purpose: This project tests the efficacy of a joint parent- adolescent intervention to address academic impairment in middle school students with ADHD. 

     

    An Evidence-Based Parent-Child Relational Intervention for Young Children At-Risk for Abuse and Neglect

    • Sponsor: Florida Department of Children and Families
    • Award Number: N/A
    • Dates: 6/1/15 – 5/1/2017; Total Project Amount: $60,000
    • Principal Investigator: Miguel Villodas, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator (s): Daniel Bagner, Jr., Ph.D., Feion Villodas, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: The proposed research aims to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of disseminating an evidence-based parent-child relational intervention (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy; PCIT) to a Community-Based Care (CBC) provider agency for the prevention of child maltreatment among families considered “Safe, but at Moderate to High-Risk.”

     

    SCCAP/APA Div. 53 Dissemination Initiative

    • Sponsor: The Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (APA Division 53)
    • Dates: 7/1/10-6/30/16; Total Project Amount: $547,600
    • Principal Investigator: William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP
    • Purpose: This grant from the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology funds filming of keynotes for professionals, parent-focused talks, and professional-directed workshops in evidence-based practices for child and adolescent mental health.

     

    Emotional Reactivity, Regulation, and Reward in Child ADHD and Obesity

    • Sponsor: American Psychological Foundation
    • Dates: 9/11/15-9/10/16; Total Project Amount: $1,000
    • Principal Investigator: Erica Musser, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: For the proposed study, 120 ADHD children will undergo an intake procedure to enter the 8 week Summer Treatment Program (STP). The proposed study will ask enrolled participants of the Summer Treatment Program, as well as 80 community-recruited controls (over the course of two summers) to complete a protocol examining the roles of emotion reactivity, regulation, and reward/punishment factors in ADHD and overweight/obesity. 

     

    Facilitating children's event reporting and emotion regulation after stress exposure

    • Sponsor: American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41)
    • Award Number: N/A
    • Dates: 1/1/15-12/31/16 ; Total Project Amount: $5,000
    • Principal Investigator: Jessica Klemfuss, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: During the course of this study, we will experimentally manipulate the emotional or factual focus in interviewer-child conversations about a stressful laboratory experience in order to examine effects on children’s emotion regulation, emotion content, and factual completeness and accuracy.

     

    Leaders@ Play for Chicago's Youth: Professional Development toward Youth Employment

    • Sponsor: Charles E. Marks, Jr. Charitable Trust
    • Award Number: N/A
    • Dates: 7/1/2015-12/31/2016; Total Project Amount: $57,322.29
    • Principal Investigator: Stacy Frazier, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: This project will integrate Leaders @ Play into the Chicago Park District’s newly developed Youth Program Quality Initiative targeting approximately sixty 13 to 15 year old youth. The goal is to provide early opportunities for youth to acquire professional skills and knowledge to initiate stable, healthy, and productive career trajectories.

     

    Evaluating the Feasibility of Internet Delivered Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

    • Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
    • Award Number: K23MH090247
    • Dates: 8/19/13-12/31/16; Total Project Amount: $472,450
    • *Principal Investigator: Jonathan Comer, Ph.D.
    • Purpose: Despite advances in the evidence-based treatment of early childhood behavior problems, geographic barriers to care interfere with the broad availability of supported treatments for a large proportion of families in need. This randomized clinical trial is evaluating the utility of an Internet-based videoconferencing format for the delivery of a supported intervention that coaches parents in real time through the use of webcams and Bluetooth earpieces in strategies to navigate difficult child behaviors.

     

    Looking Ahead: Previous Gaze Durations Predict Next Gaze Durations in Infancy

    • Sponsor: National Science Foundation and University of Miami
    • Dates: 9/15/13-8/31/16; Total Project Amount: $29,908
    • Principal Investigator: Daniel S. Messinger, Ph.D.
    • Co-Investigator (s): Lorraine Bahrick, Ph.D.

     

    Intersensory Perception of Social Events: Typical and Atypical Development

    • Sponsor: The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    • Award Number: K02HD064943
    • Dates: 7/1/10-5/31/17; Total Project Amount: $671,281
    • Principal Investigator: Lorraine Bahrick, Ph.D.