Meet The Team

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DAINELYS GARCIA, PHD

Program Director

Dainelys is a child psychologist at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami. Dainelys received her PhD in Child and Adolescent Clinical Science from Florida International University. She specializes in the development and implementation of evidence-based interventions for disruptive behavior in young children. Dainelys’ research and clinical expertise has focused primarily on interventions targeting young children with developmental delays and disabilities, or conditions that increase risk for disability (including children with traumatic brain injury), and identifying effects of child, parent, and family factors on child behavior and development.

 

Dr. Garcia has extensive experience providing clinical services to families of young children from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and working collaboratively with community partners to improve access to care for historically underserved families

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JASON JENT, PHD

Co-Director

Jason Jent, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He currently serves as the Director of Innovation and Community Engagement for the Mailman Center and the Director of Training for the Mailman Center for Child Development’s clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral training programs. He completed his doctoral training at Central Michigan University and completed a T32 fellowship in health disparities in minority populations at the University of Miami in 2007. He is a licensed psychologist in Florida and joined the faculty of the Mailman Center in 2007.

 

Dr. Jent’s research and training specialty focuses on reducing disparities related to access and the efficiency of behavioral interventions for children’s disruptive behaviors through the use of neighborhood-based, technology-based solutions, and telehealth services. Dr. Jent is the PI of multiple grants designed to provide free evidence-based parenting programs to young children and professional development, consultation, and coaching to teachers, allied health professionals, and other parenting program providers.

ANGELA BLIZZARD, MS

Project Manager

Angela is a Project Manager at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami. She obtained a M.S. in Child and Adolescent Clinical Science from Florida International University and is passionate about increasing access to and quality of mental health services for children and their families. Angela has expertise in the implementation of evidence-based programs in community settings and providing professional development support to child-serving workforces.

DREW ROTHENBERG, PHD

Program Associate

Drew is a Clinical Associate at the Mailman Center for Child Development. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Drew is passionate about developing and delivering evidence-based interventions to help families with children experiencing aggressive or disruptive behaviors, and difficulties with mood. He has expertise partnering with community organizations to create and implement evidence-based interventions for families who are medically underserved or who have difficulty meeting their economic needs. Drew has partnered with over 15 community providers in multiple states and 3 nations to implement evidence-based interventions thus far.

 

He has also served over 400 families in clinical practice, and is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters. He was recently recognized by the National Institutes of Health with the Matilda White Riley Early Stage Investigator Award, which is awarded to young researcher and clinician who demonstrates exceptional potential to enhance life, lengthen life, reduce illness, and reduce disability with their work.

NATALIE ESPINOSA, PSYD

Program Associate

Natalie is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami. She received her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Albizu University in Miami, Florida and completed her internship at Applewood Centers in Cleveland, Ohio. Natalie is passionate about delivering evidence-based interventions to minority families with children experiencing disruptive behaviors and creating systems to improve the quality and reach of community programs. She has expertise in delivering Parent Child Interaction Therapy and working with community partners to implement evidence-based interventions for underserved families.

CRISTINA DEL BUSTO, PHD

Program Associate

Dr. del Busto is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami. 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. 

ELANA MANSOOR

Program Associate

Dr. Mansoor is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and licensed psychologist the University of Miami. Dr. Mansoor has been a member of the Department of Pediatrics Perinatal C.A.R.E. Program since 2004 and during the past 15+ years has fulfilled various roles on federal, state and locally-funded research and service projects involving at-risk minority infants, children, and families. She is the Director of the UM Families First Program, a community-wide program funded by The Children’s Trust that offers free evidence-based parenting groups to parents and caregivers of children birth to 3 residing in Miami-Dade County. Dr. Mansoor is also the Director of Evaluation of the UM Jasmine Project, a HRSA-funded Healthy Start initiative to reduce Black infant mortality and morbidity in high-risk areas of Miami-Dade County. 

 

Dr. Mansoor has extensive experience developing, delivering and evaluating community-based preventive interventions with at-risk multi-cultural families and has significant maternal-child health programmatic and research experience. She has published peer-reviewed papers in the areas of prenatal cocaine exposure, parenting, and service integration and has presented on maternal-child health topics at national, state, and local conferences and meetings.  

ROSELYNE ANTAO

Content Developer

Roselyne holds a BA in psychology from Queens College, and a Local Area Network (LAN) Certificate from New York University. She worked at the United Nations for 13 years in the fields of Information Technology, and Human Resources. Ever since she came to the Mailman Center some 12 years ago, she has been providing advocacy, support and trainings to special needs children and their families. Roselyne worked on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant, a study designed to prevent childhood obesity and on the Early Reading First grant, which evaluated professional development of pre-k teachers and its impact on the enhanced literacy capacity of bi-lingual four year-olds. Lastly, she managed the Oral Health grant which provided dental hygiene trainings throughout Florida to professionals.

 

Currently, as the Family and Community Education Sr. Coordinator, she manages professional trainings and conferences, the ArtAbilities program, builds online courses, assists with the leadership pipeline programs, and creates MCCD’s triannual newsletter, Connection.

AMANDA TURZI, BA

Research Associate

Amanda is a Research Associate at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology. Amanda previously worked at the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment (CAMAT) Program where she developed a passion for the research and implementation of evidence-based therapies for children with mood and anxiety disorders. In addition to this, Amanda's interests include reducing disparities related to behavioral healthcare access and professional development support for community mental health providers.