Hi! My name is Blanca Melero and I started the School Psychology Psy.D program in the fall of 2019. I was born and raised here in Hollywood, FL. I earned my Bachelors in Psychology at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). My directed study topic is Giftedness and its relationship with psychiatric disorders. My career interests are working in lower income elementary and high schools and eventually becoming a professor.
In my free time I love to work out, hang out with friends, go to animal sanctuaries, and just de-stress the best way I can! My advice for students entering the program is to have your arms wide open, take on challenges, and be open to new opportunities. This program is great for finding out what you love and the faculty loves helping everyone out, so do not be afraid to explore!
Raquel began the doctoral program in school psychology (Psy.D.) program in 2019. She graduated from Florida International University (FIU) with a Bachelors in Psychology. While at FIU, she worked at a research assistant in several psych labs that focused on children, emotional regulation, and ADHD. After graduating from FIU, Raquel completed two years of service as an Americorps Member with the City of Miami. She worked with high-school students who were at risk of dropping out and supported them with academic interventions and behavior mentoring. She spent the next two years teaching math in a high need middle school where she was able to combine her love of psychology and education to help her students learn and grow. She is excited to be working toward her Psy.D in School Psychology and continue to make an impact in children’s lives.
My name is Laurie Pope, and I began the School Psychology Psy. D. Program in 2019. I’m a Palm Beach County native, from the small town of Pahokee. I am a graduate of Florida State University, with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Criminal Justice. I am bilingual and speak English and Spanish.
My research interests include crisis intervention and grief. My goal as a future school psychologist is to make the educational experience of students a positive one. During my free time I enjoy going to the beach, traveling, and binge watching Outlander. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.
Hi! My name is Pamela Hirsh and I started the Specialist Program in School Psychology in 2016, then applied for and was admitted to the Doctoral Program in 2019. I was born and raised in South Florida but resided in Orlando for a few years as I completed my Bachelors Degree in Psychology at the University of Central Florida. My research interests include crisis prevention, intervention, and postvention specifically in the areas of suicide and school violence.
My career goals include working as a psychologist in the schools and then eventually working in private practice and becoming a faculty member at a university. In my free time I enjoy baking, traveling, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.
Hello! My name is Aline Milfort and I am doctoral student in the School Psychology program. I am Haitian-American and was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL. My career interests include working with children and families from low SES communities, immigrant and English language learning children and families, and addressing mental health in the black community.
My directed study involves investigating how to address mental health issues among Black males. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the beach, trying new restaurants, and serving at my church and community. I look forward to speaking to prospective students and answering any questions!
My name is Victoria Lavinio. I came to Nova Southeastern University in the Fall of 2019 to start the school psychology Psy.D program. I was born and raised in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. In 2014, I moved to Miami, Florida to earn my Bachelor of Arts in psychology at the University of Miami. Currently, my career goals are to work with children with autism in a medical setting and eventually open a private practice. When I have free time, I enjoy Pilates, music, art, and exploring different parts of Miami with my friends! My advice for students entering the program is to have an open mind and to take advantage of the wonderful faculty and practicum opportunities because they are very unique! Cannot wait to meet you!
My name is Kelley Aucello and I started the School Psychology Psy.D. program in 2016. I am a native South Floridian and my career interests are working with elementary school children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. My current research area for my directed study is music therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
In my free time, I enjoy DIY crafts, sewing, baking, and dancing. I was a competitive Irish Step dancer for 10 years, and I have been a ballerina since age 4. My advice for students entering the program is to find an educational niche that you love, and to make free time during your studies to pursue your hobbies and interests outside of school.
Hello! My name is Alyssa Boltson and I started the School Psychology Psy.D. Program in the fall of 2018. I was born and raised in South Florida but moved from Palm Beach County to Broward in 2014 to start my academic career at NSU to obtain my bachelor’s degree and now doctorate! My career interests are working with low-income at-risk students in an elementary school or with at-risk children in a nonprofit organization. My directed study involves ways to promote resilience in youth. I love exploring coffee shops, traveling, and cooking! If I could give you any advice, it is, do not feel the need to compare yourself to anyone else. Find out what you love in the field, and work hard to get yourself in the position to be there, regardless if others around you are doing something different!
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My name is Maria Barroso Cue and I began the doctoral program in School Psychology in 2018. I was born in Cuba but have lived in South Florida for over 20 years. My research interests vary but I am particularly interested in the area of childhood cancer and school reintegration protocol and procedures. As a result, my directed study will be focusing on identifying how childhood cancer affects children across multiple domains and how this impacts the school reintegration process.
I am a dog mom to two amazing border collies that know how to keep me busy. In my free time, I practice yoga, run, and enjoy spending time with my family. My advice for incoming students to the program is to take advantage of the multiple opportunities available for professional development and to explore potential areas of interest which may include attending state and national conferences, workshops, and other opportunities offered by the university.
My name is Juliette Hubbard. I am a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. I was born and raised in Homestead, Florida with a brief stint in Massachusetts to earn my Bachelor's degree from Boston University. I’ve worked with children of all ages and my favorite part of the program is providing individual and group psychotherapy. My major research interest is how technology impacts adolescent social-emotional development.
Hi! My name is Catherine Ivey and I began the doctoral program in school psychology in 2018. I am from Columbia, South Carolina, where I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in studio art! My interest in psychology sprung from a love for people and a passion for wanting to educate others on the importance of mental health. After graduation, I aspire to work with school systems and young adults on the importance of mental health in a collegiate setting. In my free time you can find me painting, cooking, or traveling!
My name is Julia Nucolo and I am a PsyD. School Psychology student in the College of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. I am originally from Connecticut, but moved to Florida to further my graduate studies. My professional interests concentrate on addressing educational and mental health disparities in at-risk youth. Currently I am working on my directed study that discusses strategies to reduce the achievement gap.
My name is Morgan Oldham and I began the school psychology Psy.D program in 2018. I was born and raised in Pittsboro, North Carolina and earned my Bachelor of Arts in psychology and public health at Elon University. My research interests include counseling self-efficacy among school psychology trainees and strategies to foster counseling self-efficacy. My career goals are to work as a university professor and to start my own private practice.
In my free time, I enjoy baking, running, and going to the beach! My advice for students entering the program is to explore your interests within school psychology and be open to all experiences! It is also important to schedule free time for yourself during your studies!
Hello! My name is Natalia Ramírez and I am a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. I have lived in South Florida for most of my life and even remained local during my undergraduate studies at the University of Miami. Currently, my directed study area of interest is in providing school psychological services to students who are hospitalized or homebound. In my free time, I like to read, crochet, go to the beach, and play Pokémon Go! I am very excited to speak to prospective students and would love to answer any questions.