Clinical Research Staff

CAMAT Team

Jill Ehrenreich-May, Ph.D.Jill Ehrenreich-May, Ph.D.

Dr. Ehrenreich-May is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment (CAMAT) program at the University of Miami. She is also a Professor in the Child Division of the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami with research and clinical expertise in the treatment of emotional disorders in youth. Dr. Ehrenreich-May is a Miami native that received her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and her Ph.D. at the University of Mississippi in 2002.  She completed a clinical internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center and until August 2008 was a Research Assistant Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Child Program in the Center for Anxiety and Disorders at Boston University.  In addition to the development and evaluation of evidence-based treatment approaches for emotional disorders in youth, Dr. Ehrenreich-May is particularly interested in the transportability and implementation of effective treatments in environments that maximize their impact and benefit for children, including educational, pediatric and recreational settings.  Dr. Ehrenreich-May is the author or co-author of over 120 journal articles, book chapters and other publication relating to this work.  Dr. Ehrenreich-May's current research is supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and other funding agencies.

As a way to extend her research in the CAMAT program to the community, Dr. Ehrenreich-May provides workshops and presentations to parents, educators and clinicians on the assessment and treatment of emotional disorders in children and adolescents.  She is available for both training in the Unified Protocols for the Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents and consultation related to this approach. Please note: Dr. Ehrenreich-May does not personally provide any assessment or therapy services at CAMAT at the present time.

Dr. Ehrenreich-May is accepting doctoral student applications for Fall 2020.


Amy Beaumont, Psy.D., BCaBAAmy Beaumont, Psy.D., BCaBA

Dr. Amy Beaumont is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst. Dr. Beaumont received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and completed internship at the May Institute and National Autism Center in Massachusetts.  Dr. Beaumont has over 15 years of experience providing evidence-based treatments for individuals and families, parent training, social skills groups, consultation with schools and medical professionals, and psychological assessment to children and adults.  She currently serves as Coordinator of the University of Miami's Autism Spectrum Assessment Clinic (ASAC), which specializes in assessment and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.  Dr. Beaumont sees clients for therapy and testing, as well as supervises practicum students and doctoral students within CAMAT and ASAC.  She also serves as a consultant to autism and anxiety-related research projects at the University of Miami.  She has written and presented at numerous local and national conferences on topics related to autism, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).


Cristina del Busto, Ph.D.Cristina del Busto, Ph.D.

Dr. del Busto is a licensed clinical psychologist who works as part of a multidisciplinary team of providers in the Coral Gables area. Dr. del Busto has extensive clinical training in evidence-based assessment and treatment of childhood disorders, with a specialty emphasis in anxiety disorders. Dr. del Busto received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a Concentration in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from Florida International University, and completed her clinical internship training at Citrus Health Network, a federally qualified community mental health center serving a diverse clinical population. During her postdoctoral fellowship at FIU, she served as the clinical director of the MINT Program at FIU Center for Children and Families, where she supervised student trainees and provided weekly and intensive treatment programs in English and Spanish for children with early anxiety and/or behavior problems, and specialty programs for youth with selective mutism and other anxiety-related problems. She has written and presented at numerous local and national conferences on topics related to anxiety, selective mutism, parenting, and cultural considerations in working with diverse groups. Currently, Dr. del Busto works in private practice seeing patients for therapy and psycho-educational testing, as well as supervises doctoral students within CAMAT.


Niza Tonarely, M.A.Niza Tonarely, M.S.

Niza Tonarely is a fifth-year graduate student in the child clinical psychology program at the University of Miami.  She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Boston College and her MA in psychology from Boston University.  After graduating she spent several years as a research coordinator in the Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Section at the Joslin Diabetes Center. Her research interests include the development and dissemination of evidence-based treatments for pediatric mood and anxiety disorders. Specifically, she is interested in exploring the developmental risk factors and protective processes that influence these disorders in order to inform effective treatment development.


Dylan Braun, B.S.Dylan Braun, B.S.

Dylan Braun is a third-year graduate student in the child clinical psychology program at the University of Miami.  He received his undergraduate degree in clinical psychology and child development from Tufts University.  Before coming to Miami, he was the research coordinator of the Pediatric Anxiety and Mood Research Clinic at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. Broadly, his research interests include the development of effective treatments for youth with anxiety and mood disorders. He is also interested in research related to improving access to evidence-based treatments in community settings. 


Elizabeth Halliday, B.S.Elizabeth Halliday, B.S.

‌Elizabeth is a first-year graduate student in the child clinical psychology program at the University of Miami.  She received her undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in biology from the University of Miami. After graduating, she was the research coordinator for the CAMAT Program. Her research interests include development of evidence-based treatments for depression and anxiety in youth. Specifically, she is interested in the personalization of treatment to provide optimally effective and efficient therapy to enhance treatment engagement and reduce drop-out.

 

 


Dominique Phillips, B.S.

Dominique Phillips, B.S.

‌Dominique Phillips is a first-year graduate student in the child clinical psychology program at the University of Miami. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and minor in human development from the University of Maryland. After graduating, she worked as a research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in the Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience, primarily focusing on the etiology and treatment of child anxiety disorders. Her research interests include the development of culturally informed, family- and community-oriented interventions for anxiety and depression in children. Specifically, she is interested in the cultural, familial, and environmental dynamics that promote or protect against the development of internalizing disorders in youth, with the hopes of establishing effective evidence-based treatments tailored to address the circumstances of diverse communities.


Rinatte Gruen, B.A.Rinatte Gruen, B.A.

Rinatte Gruen is a first-year graduate student in the child clinical psychology program at the University of Miami.  She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Boston University. After graduating, she participated in the Fellowship in Translational Developmental Neuroscience at the Yale Child Study Center. She is interested in the development and implementation of evidence-based interventions to support families living in poverty and children who have experienced trauma.

 

 

 


Ashley Karlovich, B.A.

Ashley Karlovich, B.A.

Ashley Karlovich is the research coordinator for the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment (CAMAT) Program at the University of Miami. She received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Arkansas. During her undergraduate career, she was a research assistant in the Anxiety Research Program, where she studied the relationship between mother and adolescent psychopathology, as well as the effect of sleep deprivation on approach and avoidance behaviors. She intends to pursue a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology, and her research interests include the devevlopment and implementation of evidence based treatment for children and adolescents with anxiety and depressive disorders. 

 

 


Alexia Hir‌lemann, B.A.

Alexia Hir‌lemann, B.A.

Alexia Hirlemann is the research coordinator for the Community Study of Outcome Monitoring for Emotional Disorders in Teens (COMET) at the University of Miami. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Miami. During her undergraduate career, Alexia was a research assistant for the Program for Anxiety, Stress, & OCD (PASO) in the adult division of the UM psychology department. She intends to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology, and her research interests broadly include identifying risk factors that can facilitate treatment and early intervention in mental health patients. 

 


Lauren Gispert, B.S.

Lauren Gispert, B.S.

Lauren is a third-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Nova Southeastern University, where she also earned her undergraduate degree in psychology.  Her interests include psychological evaluations, treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, and research with Hispanic populations. Specifically, she is interested in working with children, adolescents, and families.

 

 

 


Amanda Alvarez, M. S.

Amanda Alvarez, M.S.

 

Amanda is a third-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Nova Southeastern University. She was born and raised in Miami, and received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Her clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders, as well as trauma in children and adolescents. 

 

 

  


Danielle Polikar, M. S.

Danielle Polikar, M.S.

Danielle Polikar is a fourth-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Nova Southeastern University.  She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Florida International University and her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Her clinical interests include mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. More specifically, she is interested in the implementation of evidence-based interventions in treating children and adolescents with these disorders. She is also particularly interested in the bi-directional role of the family unit on one’s mental health. 

 

  

Selected Former Staff and Students

Ashley Shaw, Ph.D.
Ashley M. Shaw, PhD is a former Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellow at the CAMAT Program. She is currently the Clinical Director of the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Program and a Post-doctoral Associate at the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University.

Jamie Sherman, Ph.D.
Jamie Sherman is a former graduate student with the CAMAT Program. She is currently completing post-doctoral training at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Rebecca Grossman, M.S.
Rebecca Grossman is a former graduate student with the CAMAT Program. She is currently completing internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute, a Johns Hopkins University affiliate, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Colleen Maxwell, B.A.
Colleen Maxwell is the former research coordinator for the COMET Study. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Temple University.

Stefania Pinto, B.A.
Stefania Pinto is the former research coordinator for the CAMAT Program. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in child clinical psychology at the University of Florida.

Emily Becker-Haimes, Ph.D.
Emily Becker-Haimes is a former graduate student in the Child Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Miami. Presently, she is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Mental Health Policy & Services Research.

Emily Bilek, Ph.D.
Emily Bilek is a former graduate student with the CAMAT Program. Presently, she is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan.

Kathleen I. Diaz, B.A.
Kathleen Diaz was a research coordinator for the CAMAT Program. She is now pursuing her Ph.D. in child clinical psychology at the University of Kansas.

Sarah Kennedy, Ph.D.
Dr. Sarah Kennedy is a former graduate student with the CAMAT Program. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Erin Girio-Herrera, Ph.D.
Dr. Erin Girio-Herrera was a post-doctoral Psychology Fellow in the CAMAT program at the University of Miami. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Towson University.

Elizabeth Penela, Ph.D.
Dr. Elizabeth Penela was a post-doctoral fellow in the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment (CAMAT) program at the University of Miami, and a graduate of the University of Miami Ph.D. program. She is currently a licensed Clinical Psychologist at Pediatric Psychology Associates. Dr. Penela specializes in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to children and adults struggling with anxiety, OCD, and related disorders. For more information, visit her website located here.

Lindsay Stewart, Ph.D.
Lindsay Stewart was a former post-doctoral fellow with the CAMAT Program. Currently, Dr. Stewart is a licensed Clinical Psychologist based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Stewart specializes in cognitive behavior therapy for children, teens, adults, and couples in South Florida. For more information, visit Dr. Stewart's website located here.

Cara Remmes, Ph.D.
Cara Remmes is a former graduate student with the CAMAT Program. Currently, she is a clinical psychologist at Quad Prepatory School in New York City and a private practitioner at Manhattan Psychology Group (hyperlink to: https://manhattanpsychologygroup.com/our-team/staff/cara-remmes-phd/).

Alex Queen, Ph.D.
Alex Queen is a former graduate student with the CAMAT Program. He is currently a Lecturer at Tufts University, and coordinates fieldwork placements for clinical psychology majors at the school.