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Individual Differences in the Development of Spatial Skills: Role of Hippocampal Function and Structure

  • Sponsor: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • Award Number: R01HD098152
  • Dates: 8/8/19 – 7/31/23; Total Project Amount: $2,474,018.91
  • Co-Principal Investigators: Shannon Dick, Ph.D., Bethany Sutherland, Ph.D.
  • Co-Investigators: Aaron Mattfeld, Ph.D., Anthony Dick, Ph.D., Timothy Hayes, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: This project seeks to examine individual differences in the development of spatial skills and whether these differences can be explained by developmental changes in hippocampal function and structure.

A Naturalistic Study of Functional Impairment for Individuals with ADHD in the Early Morning and Late Afternoon/Evening Hours

  • Sponsor: Adlon Pharmaceuticals
  • Award Number: 3110041675 | PR No.: PR60380 | Code: A371507
  • Dates: 5/5/20 – 5/4/21; Total Project Amount: $233,909
  • Principal Investigator: Gregory Fabiano, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: The study design is a between group comparison on functional outcomes between the clinical (ADHD) and non-clinical (non-ADHD) adolescents/young adults.

Training Program in Adolescent Substance Use Disorders and Co-Occurring Mental and Behavioral Disorders

  • Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Award Number: T32DA043449
  • Dates: 7/1/19 – 6/30/24; Total Project Amount: 1,591,156
  • Principal Investigator: William E. Pelham, Jr. Ph.D., ABPP
  • Primary Mentors: Daniel Bagner, Ph.D., Jonathan Comer, Ph.D., Mario R. De La Rosa, Ph.D., Raul Gonzalez, Jr, Ph.D., Aaron Mattfeld, Ph.D., Wasim Maziak, Ph.D., Dana McMakin, Ph.D., Jeremy Pettit, Ph.D., Joseph Raiker Jr, Ph.D., Matthew Sutherland, Ph.D., Elisa Trucco, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: The proposed Florida International University T32 training program will include a diverse range of research faculty with considerable expertise in mentoring, administration, and research in adolescent Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and related disorders and serve as a national example of a training ground for young investigators in this field.

Emotional Systems in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
  • Award Number: K23MH117280
  • Dates: 3/1/19 – 2/28/23; Total Project Amount: $706,695
  • Principal Investigator: Erica Musser, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: The general aim of this proposal is to examine the individual and combined effects of emotional systems across the domains of negative emotion reactivity, positive emotion reactivity, and emotion regulation in ADHD.

Child regulation and parent scaffolding of emotion in youth with ADHD: Roles of ethnicity and culture

  • Sponsor: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Award Number: U54MD002266 Subproject
  • Dates: 5/1/19 – 4/30/21; Total Project Amount: $49,999
  • Principal Investigator: Erica Musser, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: The proposed study seeks to examine individual and combined effects of child emotion regulation (i.e., autonomic nervous systems) and parental scaffolding of emotion, as well as examine the roles of ethnicity and culture in these associations.

I-Corps: Technology-Facilitated Intervention System for Improving Child Mental Health

  • Sponsor: National Science Foundation
  • Award Number: 1930019
  • Dates: 5/1/19 – 11/30/20; Total Project Amount: $50,000
  • Principal Investigator: Adela Timmons, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: This project uses data collected from smartphones and wearables to serve as proof-of-concept for the ability to use mobile devices to automatically and passively detect interpersonal states relevant to psychological functioning in daily life.

Examining the Executive Function and Stress Loop and its Association with Student Outcomes: Implications for Middle Schoolers with or At-Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

  • Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences
  • Award Number: R324B190030
  • Dates: 8/1/19 – 7/31/23; Total Project Amount: 537,028
  • Principal Investigator: Michelle Cumming, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: Understanding potential mechanisms through which behavior and academic problems develop and escalate has significant implications for programming for students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) who, despite school-based services, experience persistent negative outcomes (e.g., school dropout, delinquency).

Helping nurses coach Spanish-speaking caregivers in Language Nutrition

  • Sponsor: Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC)/Johns Hopkins University
  • Award Number: UD5MC30792 Subaward No. 2004328592
  • Dates: 8/15/19 – 6/30/21; Total Project Amount: $25,000
  • Principal Investigator: Melissa Baralt, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: This project proposes to refine and test a Language Nutrition coaching program based on our evidence-based app, Hablame Bebe (Talk With Me Baby), into the Nurse-Family Partnership program in Miami-Dade County.

Helping nurses coach Spanish-speaking at-risk mothers in Language Nutrition

  • Sponsor: Baptist Health South Florida
  • Award Number: Agreement
  • Dates: 5/19/20 – 5/18/21; Total Project Amount: $53,401.14
  • Principal Investigator: Melissa Baralt, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: The Home Visitation Applied Research Collaborative, or HARC, was created with the goal of creating partnerships to learn how home visitation can better tailor services for families.

Multisensory Development: New Measures and a Collaborative Database

  • Award Number: R01HD094803
  • Dates: 4/1/19-3/31/24; Total Project Amount: $3,939,782
  • Principal Investigator: Lorraine Bahrick, Ph.D.
  • Co-Investigators: Shannon Dick, Ph.D., James Todd, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: The Multisensory Data Network brings together 13 experts in developmental science to create a shared database of more than 1600 3-60 month old children. Capitalizing on advantages of large datasets, the project will derive the first preliminary norms for multisensory attention skills across 3-60 months and, using cutting-edge, SEM-based analyses, develop models characterizing developmental cascades from multisensory attention skills to more complex language and social capabilities that rely on this foundation and then develop portable protocols, expanding potential applications to classroom and home settings.

Intersensory Processing, Developmental Trajectories, and Longitudinal Outcomes

  • Award Number: R01HD053776
  • Dates: 4/1/19-3/31/24; Total Project Amount: $4,286,328
  • Principal Investigator: Lorraine Bahrick, Ph.D.
  • Co-Investigators: Shannon Dick, Ph.D., Bethany Sutherland, Ph.D., James Todd, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: Using two new exciting individual difference measures we created, this research will assess child development of attention and intersensory processing skills that form key building blocks for social, cognitive, and language development. Performance on these measures across age, from 3-72 months, will be used to predict the child’s social, language, self-regulation and school readiness outcomes. These findings will provide a wealth of important new information about typical developmental patterns for these fundamental skills at a level of detail that is novel and necessary for identifying the emergence of atypical developmental patterns in disorders such as autism, and for guiding the development of interventions.

Triple P - Universal Parenting Education

  • Contract No: 1910-7563
  • Dates: 3/1/19-7/31/24; Total Project Amount: $2,267,795
  • Principal Investigator: Erika Coles, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: This project seeks to provide universal parenting awareness and strategies to all families living in Miami-Dade County. This will be accomplished though several strategies including media campaigning, mailings and flyers, and parenting seminars offered throughout the county, both in person and through webinars.

MDCPS Provision of Mental Health Services

  • Award Number: Agreement
  • Dates: 12/20/18 – 10/19/21; Total Project Amount: up to $6,000,000 for 12 providers
  • Principal Investigator: Erika Coles, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: This proposal is in response to a call from the Miami Dade School District to increase access to mental health services to their student population. If successful, the contract will provide MDCPS a direct referral source to CCF.

MDCPS Mental Health Services to MDCPS Students

  • Award Number: Agreement# PO#9000299517
  • Dates: 10/1/18 – 6/30/20; Total Project Amount: $24,000
  • Principal Investigator: Erika Coles, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: Provide consultation and support on the development and implementation of an individual behavior program for a student.

Reading Explorers Program

  • Contract Number: 2015-7560
  • Dates: 10/1/19-09/30/24; Total Project Amount: $4,410,840
  • Principal Investigator: Katie Hart, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: The reading enhancement services to be implemented and evaluated will include: 1) A response to intervention approach to support young children attending community-based program during the summer prior to entering kindergarten, first, and/or second grades, at approximately 70 exiting program sites across Miami-Dade County, including reading assessments, small group tutoring services, and parent involvement activities; and 2) On-site coaching and technical assistance support for community-based Trust-funded afterschool program staff in support of effective design and implementation of high quality, evidence based differentiated reading instruction.

Summer Academy / Summer Treatment Program for Pre-kindergarteners (STP-PreK)

  • Contract Number: 2012-7560
  • Dates: 3/1/19-8/31/24 ; Total Project Amount: $2,412,175
  • Co-Principal Investigators: Paulo Graziano, Ph.D., Katie Hart, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: This grant supports the operation of a comprehensive school readiness summer program for young children (age 5 as of September 1st) 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.

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: 9/20/18-5/31/23; 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: $2,015,048
  • Principal Investigator: Gregory Fabiano, PhD.
  • Co-Investigators: William E. Pelham, Jr. Ph.D., ABPP, 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: $1,932,808
  • 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.

KIDS FACE FEARS: Face-to-face vs. Computer-Enhanced Formats Pragmatic Study of Anxiety

  • Sponsor: PCORI/Boston Medical Center
  • Award Number: PCS-2017c2-7588 |Act. # 0568602 |ID 7121
  • Dates: 12/1/19-11/30/24; Total Project Amount: $3,380,774
  • Co-Principal Investigators: Jonathan Comer, Ph.D.; Dana McMakin, Ph.D.
  • Co-Investigators: Stefany Coxe, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: The proposed KIDS FACE FEARS (KIDS Face-to-face And Computer-Enhanced Formats Effectiveness study for Anxiety and Related Symptoms; n=3,140) will employ an adaptive SMART (Sequential, Multiple Assignment, Randomized Trial) of face-to-face and web-based delivery of evidence-based, CBT treatment for anxiety.

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

  • Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Award Number: N/A
  • Dates: 5/1/17-10/31/20; 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.

Háblame Bebé: Improving health information access for low-income Hispanic children’s early language environments

  • Sponsor: National Library of Medicine
  • Award Number: G08LM013183
  • Dates: 8/1/19-4/30/22; Total Project Amount: $433,846
  • Principal Investigator: Melissa Baralt, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: The proposed project seeks to develop health information resources in our first mobile application (Háblame bebé) that promotes Spanish-English bilingualism to improve the delivery and design of health information so that it better meets the needs of low-income Hispanic families.

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.

Incredible Years- 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.

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

  • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
  • Award Number: R21MH116499
  • Dates: 6/19/18-4/30/21; 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.

Sleep-dependent negative overgeneralization in peri-pubertal anxiety

  • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
  • Award Number: 1R01MH116005
  • Dates: 3/3/18-2/28/23; 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.

As Safe As Possible (ASAP): A Balanced, 2x2 Design to Test Conjoint and Unique Efficacy of an Inpatient Intervention and An Emotion Regulation/ Safety Planning App in Preventing Suicide Attempts Post-Discharge

  • Sponsor: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Award Number: GMO-190602 | 00000001780 |STR-0-0006-17
  • Dates:12/1/19-11/30/20 ; Total Project Amount: $16,533
  • Principal Investigator: Dana McMakin, Ph.D.
  • Purpose: We propose a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to examine the effects of a novel intervention for suicidal adolescents, As Safe As Possible (ASAP), as well as an emotion regulation/safety plan phone app (BRITE).

Perceptual and decisional processes underlying face perception biases in clinical depression

  • Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
  • Award Number: R21MH112013
  • Dates: 9/5/17-8/31/20; 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.

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: 7/1/17-4/30/21; 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: 4/1/17-1/31/21; 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.

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

  • Sponsor: The Children’s Trust
  • Dates: 8/1/19-7/31/24; Total Project Amount: $1,274,415
  • 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.

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

  • Sponsor: The National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Award Number: 2U01DA041156-06
  • Dates: 4/15/20-4/14/27; Total Project Amount: $16,192,499
  • Principal Investigator: Raul Gonzalez, Ph.D.
  • Co-Investigator: Angela Laird, Ph.D., William Pelham, Ph.D., Ph.D., Anthony Dick, Ph.D., Mathew Sutherland, Ph.D., Elisa Trucco, Ph.D., Patria Rojas, Ph.D., Mariana Sanchez, 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.

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

  • Sponsor: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Award Number: K08AA023290
  • Dates: 9/1/15-8/31/21; 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: 9/1/15-5/31/21; 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.

Effectiveness of MI Enhanced Behavior Therapy for Adolescents with ADHD

  • Sponsor: The National Institute of Mental Health
  • Dates: 5/1/15-4/30/21; 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: 9/9/14-8/31/20; 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.

Intersensory Perception in Children with Autism

  • Sponsor: University of Miami
  • Award Number: 1322-7290
  • Dates: 2/1/06-1/31/21; Total Project Amount: $83,300
  • Principal Investigator: Daniel S. Messinger, Ph.D.
  • Co-Investigator (s): Lorraine Bahrick, Ph.D.