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End of Semester Gathering, Spring 2018
Semester Kick-off Gathering, Spring 2019

Director, Youngmee Kim, Ph.D.Dr. Kim
Youngmee Kim is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and a Member in the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center on Aging. She is also a Fellow of Society of Behavioral Medicine, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, Association of Psychological Science, and American Psychological Association. She has served Associate Editor of Quality of Life Research and Translational Behavioral Medicine. Her research focuses on various aspects of quality of life of cancer survivors and their family members and close friends, such as psychological and spiritual adjustment, coping with caregiving stress, gender, relationship quality, cancer preventive behaviors, and co-experiences of cancer between adult patients/survivors and their adult family members/caregivers. She enjoys the time with friends, Tntn, and Jahng.


Graduate Research Assistant, Hannah-Rose Mitchell, MPHHannah-Rose Mitchell
Hannah-Rose Mitchell is a fifth year graduate student in the Department of Psychology's Health Clinical track. She is currently doing her predoctoral internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Hannah received her Master of Public Health with a concentration in social and behavioral sciences from Yale in 2013 and worked for two years as a research coordinator in the Yale HEROS pediatric cancer survivorship clinic. Hannah is interested in the dyadic effects of disease-related stress and health related quality of life in cancer survivors and their caregivers. Her dissertation aims to establish a sound measurement of cancer-related posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) among colorectal cancer patients and their family caregivers, which then be used to identify psychosocial predictors of and neuroendocrine markers associated with PTSS. In her spare time, she enjoys running and trying new restaurants with friends.


Graduate Research Assistant, Amanda Ting, BSAmanda Ting
Amanda Ting is a fourth-year graduate graduate student in the Department of Psychology’s Health Clinical area of study. Originally from Boston, she graduated from University of Miami in 2012 with a BS in Psychology and previously worked as an undergraduate RA in the FAMILY Lab. Prior to returning to UM, she worked as a research coordinator in the gastroenterology department that investigated the gut microbiome in inflammatory bowel diseases at BIDMC, Harvard Medical School. She received her Master of Science from the Department of Psychology’s program in 2019. Amanda is interested in dyadic experiences and health, specifically sleep outcomes between cancer patients and their caregivers. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and her dog, Jax, as well as practicing photography.


Graduate Research Assistant, Patricia Pedreira, BSPatricia Pedreira
Patricia is a first-year graduate student in the Department of Psychology’s Health Clinical area of study. She is originally from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and graduated from Boston College in 2015 with a BS in Psychology. Prior to graduate school, she was a Project Coordinator for the FAMILY Lab. Patricia is interested in understanding how sociocultural factors influence the mental and physical health of cancer patients and their caregivers. In the future, she hopes to develop culturally-tailored psychosocial interventions for cancer patients and family caregivers. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling to visit her family, and going to barre fitness classes.


Project Coordinator, Valeria Castanos, BA
Valeria Castanos
Valeria is the Project Coordinator for the FAMILY Lab. She was born in Peru but was raised in Miami, FL. She graduated from Florida International University double majoring in Psychology and Philosophy in 2018. Prior to her post at UM, she worked as a Learning Assistant in the Mastery Math Lab at Florida International University facilitating mathematical debate among undergraduates. Valeria has a passion for mental health and helping others. She hopes to make mental health care more accessible for everyone and aspires to pursue a graduate degree in counseling or clinical psychology. In her spare time, Valeria enjoys discovering new music for her playlist-making hobby, journaling, and practicing mindfulness.


Project Coordinator, Melanie Leon, BSMelanie Leon

Melanie Leon joined the FAMILY Lab in July, 2019. She is originally from Miami, FL, and graduated from Penn State in 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology-Neuroscience. During her undergraduate career, she explored different fields and was able to obtain a minor in Sociology, Biochemistry, and Theatre. Her undergraduate studies also allowed her to travel to Cambodia where she advocated for childhood education and was able to immerse in Cambodia’s rich culture and history. She is passionate about healthcare and her long-term goals include pursuing a graduate degree in Psychology, with hopes of better understanding the sociocultural influence in individuals’ coping with chronic illnesses. In her spare time, she loves to go to the gym, travel to new places, spend time at the beach, and watch movies with her friends and family.


Project Coordinator, Emma Madigan, BAGabriella Grau
Emma Madigan is a Project Coordinator for the FAMILY Lab. She is originally from Montreal, Canada, and has relocated to Miami in the summer of 2019. She graduated from Concordia University in 2018 with a BA in Psychology. During her undergraduate degree, she completed her Honors Thesis on the impact of depression in subjective cognitive impairments in insomnia patients. Prior to the current position, Emma worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University, and volunteered in an addiction treatment center. Emma looks forward to pursuing a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology in the future. In her spare time, she loves to run, read books, and travel with her friends and family.


Current Undergraduate Research Assistants:

  • Kaitlin Hahn
  • Gabriela Lee
  • Belen Hervera
  • Shiyi Wang
  • Kaylie Cohen
  • Ana Beatriz Ferreira Alves
  • Dominique Phillips
  • Sagar Desai
  • Paloma Baker
  • Katherine Darrow

Former Members (Selected)

  • Olajide Bamishigbin, PhD. Assistant Professor, Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
  • Stephany Giraldo, Graduate Student, Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, FL
  • Stephanie Guedj, Graduate Student, Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, FL
  • Kadeja Kahn, Graduate Stidemt. Medicine, University of Miami, FL
  • Merica Lang, Graduate Student, Psychology, Florida Atlantic University, Davie, FL
  • Janice Leon, MD, Resident, Neurology, Miller School of Medicine, FL
  • Caroline Mazzer, Graduate Student, Hofstra University, NY
  • Alexis Milton, Graduate Student, Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, TX
  • Mark Oppenheimer, Post-baccalaureate fellow, NIMH
  • Cara Patete,Graduate Student, Medicine, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
  • Stefania Pinto, Graduate Student, Psychology, University of Florida, FL
  • Xenia Rodriguez, Florida Department of Health, FL
  • Kelly M. Shaffer, PhD. Assistant Professor and Director of Training for the Center for Behavioral Health and Technology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Tava West, Graduate Student, Howard University, DC
  • Sierra Winings, RN, New York- Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, NY