Clinical Research Staff

CAMAT Team

 

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

Dr. Jill 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 and Associate Chair 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 was previously 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 140 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.

Amy Beaumont, Psy.D., BCaBA

Amy 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-Busto, Ph.D.

Niza Tonarely-Busto, Ph.D.

Dr. Tonarely-Busto is a postdoctoral associate and Clinical Director of the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment (CAMAT) Program at the University of Miami. Dr. Tonarely-Busto received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Boston College, her master's degree in psychology from Boston University, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Miami. She completed a clinical internship at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, serving a diverse clinical population. Dr. Tonarely-Busto also serves as the postdoctoral associate at the Autism Spectrum Assessment Clinic (ASAC), which specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. She has expertise in evaluating and treating youth with a range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive, tics/Tourette, and disruptive behavior disorders. She is a certified therapist in the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents (UP-C/A) and in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She also has experience providing training and consultations and is a certified UP-C/A trainer. Dr. Tonarely-Busto's research focuses on evaluating the efficacy of transdiagnostic treatments for youth emotional disorders, with a particular interest in identifying the strategies most efficient and effective in addressing distress tolerance in youth.

Elizabeth Halliday, B.S.

Elizabeth Halliday, M.S.

‌Elizabeth is a 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, M.S.

Dominique Phillips is a 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, M.S.

Rinatte Gruen, M.S.

Rinatte Gruen is a 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. 

Hannah Grassie, B.A.

Hannah Grassie is a graduate student in the child clinical psychology program at the University of Miami. She received her undergraduate degree from New York University, where she studied psychology with a concenrtation in child and adolescent mental health. Following graduation, Hannah completed a post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health studying the pathophysiology and treatment of severe irritability in youth. Her research interests include the development and implementation of clinical interventions for pediatric mood and anxiety disorders. Specifically, Hannah is interested in leveraging quantitative methods and technology such as ecological momentary assessment to probe the mechanisms of change of evidence-based interventions. 

Sandra Cepeda, M.S.

Sandra is a 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 Florida State University. After graduating, Sandra worked as a research coordinator at the USF Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry, and then was the manager of an OCD and anxiety research lab at Baylor College of Medicine. While working at Baylor, Sandra also received her MS in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include the development and implementation of culturally informed interventions for OCD, anxiety, and mood disorders in youth. Specifically, she is interested in exploring more cost-effective approaches to delivering evidence-based treatment and improving the accessibility of services for traditionally underserved populations.

Lauren Milgram, B.A.

Lauren Milgram is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Miami. Lauren worked in the CAMAT Program as an undergraduate research assistant before graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami in 2020. Lauren then completed her post-baccalaureate research training at Brown University Medical School, where she conducted research and delivered cognitive behavioral treatment to children with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Lauren has since returned to the University of Miami to continue her study of anxiety, OCD, and related disorders. She is particularly interested in examining mechanisms of change during and predictors of response to cognitive-behavioral interventions for these disorders.

Celia Romero, B.S.

Celia is a third-year graduate student at the University of Miami. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Miami where she studied Psychology and Biochemistry. Following graduation, she became lab manager for the Brain Connectivity and Cognition Lab using functional magnetic resonance to study brain networks that support flexible behaviors in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She is interested in investigating the impact bilingual experience has on typical and atypical cognitive development. 

Angelica Gonzalez, B.A.

Angie is a graduate student in the mental health counseling program at the University of Miami. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Florida International University. She is currently a practicum mental health counseling trainee for the CAMAT Program. She is also a research associate for the SERL Lab, where she is responsible for coordinating classroom and child observations across various preschool sites in underprivileged communities. Her research interests include providing interventions to improve outcomes for children and adolescents with different emotional dysregulation disorders.

 

Jordana Roth, B.A.

Jordana Roth is a graduate student in the clinical psychology program at Nova Southeastern University. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, where she studied psychology and disabilities in society. Throughout her doctoral training, Jordana has worked with children and adolescents completing comprehensive psychological evaluations for those with mood disorders, learning disorders, neurodevelopment disorders, and more. In addition, her therapy experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual and group formats. Her interests include working with children and adolescents presenting with mood disorders and providing interventions for youth from underserved communities. 

Laura Ballesteros, B.S. 

Laura Ballesteros is a candidate for the Clinical PsyD program at Nova Southeastern University. She is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, where she obtained a psychology degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. She later specialized in child and adolescent clinical Psychology at the Sabana University, where she conducted supervised evidence-based therapy for emotional and behavioral problems with children, adolescents, and their families. Later, Laura participated in research labs focusing on language and social development, as well as mood and anxiety problems in children and adolescents at the University of Miami. Recently, Laura completed her first practicum at the Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Program, at Nova Southeastern University, where she provided individual and family therapy in English and Spanish to children, adolescents, and families with histories of traumatic stress utilizing primarily cognitive behavioral interventions. Her research interests include evidence-based interventions for emotional and behavioral problems in childhood. Specifically, she is interested in the study and implementation of effective interventions with adopted children and their families.

Stephanie Talavera, B.S.

Stephanie is a third-year graduate student in the clinical psychology program at Nova Southeastern University. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Nova Southeastern University. After graduating, Stephanie worked as a Behavior Technician implementing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, she has experience conducting developmental assessments for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Stephanie is interested in working with children and adolescents with anxiety and mood-related disorders and her current research interest includes exploring the effectiveness and feasibility of implementing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with parents of pediatric oncology patients. 

Jocelyn Meza, B.A.

Jocelyn Meza is a graduate student in the clinical psychology program at Nova Southeastern University. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and global studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating she practiced Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy with children with autism spectrum disorder. Her interests involve working with immigrant and refugee youth and their families. She is also interested in providing practical and cost-effective interventions to youth who belong to other ethnic minority groups, live in low-socioeconomic status households, and are from underserved urban and rural communities.

Veronica Cortez Abreu, B.A. 

Veronica is a master’s student at the University of Miami’s Mental Health Counseling program. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Criminology at the University of Miami. Her interests include providing therapy to children and adolescents who have gone through immigrational trauma, paying close attention to the stresses of adapting to a new culture, and how the family plays a role in their overall mental health. She is interested in pursuing a doctorate degree with a focus towards immigrational stress, trauma, and the developing of appropriate coping mechanisms for young children and their families.

 

Nicole Torek, M.S., RMHCI

Nicole Torek is a clinical and research coordinator for the CAMAT Program at the University of Miami. They are also a registered mental health counselor intern working toward licensure in the state of Florida. Nicole received their undergraduate degree in English from the University of Miami, and their master’s degree in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. During their clinical internship, Nicole worked with youth on the autism spectrum, as well as with mandated adolescent clients. Their research areas of interest include LGBTQ+ adolescent mental health; the etiology and course of hoarding disorder, especially in immigrant populations; and inclusive approaches to improving access to therapy for marginalized groups. 

Aileen Kangavary, B.A.

‌Aileen is a Research Coordinator for the CAMAT Program at the University of Miami. She manages studies funded by The Children's Trust Fund, including Project EMPOWER and The ABC Project. As well as the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD), including Project COPE. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Honors Psychology in Spring 2021 and is completing a post-baccalaureate fellowship funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her research interests include developing and improving evidence-based interventions for youth with emotional disorders. Additionally, she aims to implement and disseminate culturally competent treatments and prevention strategies to improve clinical outcomes in diverse communities.

Rachele Angiolini, B.A.

Rachele is a Research Coordinator for the CAMAT Program at the University of Miami. She manages studies funded by The Children's Trust Fund investigating virtual reality (VR) as a modality for delivering exposure therapy to youth with phobias or social anxiety, with and without cooccurring autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Psychology and Chemistry in Spring 2022 and is completing a post-baccalaureate fellowship. Her research interests include examining psychiatric medication as a moderator of treatment effectiveness for youth with emotional disorders.

 

Selected Former Staff and Students

Ashley Karlovich, B.S.
Ashley Karlovich is a former research coordinator with the CAMAT Program. She is currently pursuing Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Miami.

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 post-doctoral training at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CU-CARD) in Manhattan, New York. 

Colleen Maxwell, M.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, M.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. For more information, visit Dr. Remmes' website located here.

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.