Clinical Science Doctoral Student

Juliana Acosta


I joined the Clinical Science Program at FIU in 2016. Prior to that, I received a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. I am broadly interested in how sensitive periods of development can be leveraged to create the most durable and impactful changes in youth’s mental health trajectories. More specifically, my interests include transactional dynamics between parenting practices and sleep health in peri-pubertal youth, and the unique influence of sleep health on youth’s emotional and behavioral functioning. For my dissertation, under the mentorship of Drs. Dana McMakin and Justin Parent, I developed a measure of nighttime parenting practices to examine their influence on youth’s sleep health. Additionally, we also developed and implemented a parenting treatment component to address youth’s sleep problems through a family systems lens and as a preventative strategy towards entrenched psychopathology in adolescence.

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Center for Children and Families
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, AHC4 458
MIami, FL 33199