Ph.D. Students

Jasmine Banks

Jasmine is a Ph.D. Psychology student at the University of Michigan working with Dr. Isis Settles, Monique Ward, and Myles Durkee. Her research interest includes community engagement and intervention, poverty solutions, race and inequality, and online racial discrimination.

Nina Dours

Nina is a student in the ASCP Ph.D. program. She graduated from Chapman University with a B.A in psychology and a B.F.A in screenwriting, and then pursued a Master’s degree in applied social psychology at Claremont Graduate University. She hopes to use a feminist research lens to understand the influence of gender, sexuality, and monogamy within intimate relationships.

Linned (Lulu) Gomez

Lulu is a Ph.D. student in IO Psychology. Throughout her undergraduate career she used an interdisciplinary approach when conducting psychology research, incorporating feminist and gender theory, philosophy theory, and technology theory. During her PhD she will continue to call for cooperation between disciplines to accurately conduct IO research and create effective change in the labor sphere.

Sarah Jackson

Sarah is a Ph.D. student studying I/O Psychology at FIU. Her research interests include using feminist theories and frameworks to understand the experiences of marginalized individuals at work. Currently, she is examining the effect of racialized dialect on perceptions of candidates in phone interviews.

Abbey Miller

Abbey is a Ph.D. student in the ASCP program at FIU. Abbey’s research interests include the use and misuse of culturally specific products, ideas, and systems as they relate to Middle Eastern and North African populations. She is involved in research projects related to cultural appropriation motivations and harms as well as social media whitewashing.

Randi Spiker

Randi is a Psychology Ph.D. student studying Developmental Science. Her research uses feminist theory to examine gender roles and norms, and how these social constructs inform the responses to, and perceptions of, sexual violence among emerging adults.

Michael Spooner

Michael is a Ph.D. student in the I/O Psychology program. His research interests include the experiences of minoritized individuals in educational and athletic settings and the influence of community organizations on the communities they serve.

Zharia Thomas

Zharia is a Ph.D. student in Developmental Science, whose research interests include factors that influence Black women’s sexual health, such as health disparities, stereotypes, and cultural norms of femininity. She plans to continue to examine Black women’s sexual health by analyzing the role stereotypes have on their sexuality.

Natasha (Havi) Tran

Havi is a Ph.D. student in IO Psychology and a Presidential Fellow. Her research focuses on marginalized experiences within the workplace and how this may affect employee mental health. This work stems from Intersectionality Theory as well as her Mental Health Counseling background.

Research Assistants

Kevin Artiles Delgado

Kevin Artiles Delgado’s journey is a fusion of dental aspirations, pathological inquisitiveness, a passion for bridging generational divides, an unrelenting fascination with plants, and a fervent commitment to driving social change and upholding human rights.

Josh Ash

A recent graduate of an I-O psychology Master’s program, Josh’s research lies at the intersection of leadership and DEI. Josh conducts pro-bono consulting work with non-profit organizations and is currently assisting a data analysis company in their pursuit to provide shelters for domestic violence victims in Quebec.

Ava Bonny

Ava is a senior undergraduate student at Florida International University, majoring in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue her Ph.D. in I/O Psychology. Ava’s research interests include how race and gender influence experience in the workplace.

Letizia D’Avenia

Letizia is a junior majoring in psychology with an Industrial-Organizational track and a certificate in Team Management. Her research interests include leadership development in women, employee selection, and diversity and inclusion. After completing her B.A., she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Aitana Dorrego

Aitana is a senior at FIU majoring in Psychology and Natural and Applied Sciences, with a pre-medical track. Her research interests include factors which affect access to care, relationship dynamics, and cultural perceptions of mental health. After completing her degree, Aitana plans to attend medical school.

Sarah Dunne

Sarah is a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Virginia. She is intending to major in Leadership and Public Policy, with a focus in Educational Development. After receiving her bachelors, she hopes to attend law school, and eventually work in education policy. Her research interests include social psychology regarding the intersection of gender and sexuality, educational injustices, and leadership.

Nathalia Holt

Nathalia Holt is a junior majoring in Psychology at FIU, with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. They are passionate about using psychology and  to help women, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented populations. Nathalia hopes to attend graduate school to become a counselor.

Amanda de la Noval

Amanda is a senior student at FIU majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Labor Studies and a certificate in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. After completing her bachelors, she intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis in Social Psychology.

Nicole Pabon

Nicole is a senior undergraduate student at FIU, majoring in Psychology. After completing her bachelor’s degree she will pursue a master of science in Psychology with a major in Professional Counseling Psychology. Her research interests include sexuality, gender norms, and culture and their influence on mental health. After completing her degree she plans to work as a professional Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Luz Brea Polanco 

Luz is a Junior at Florida International University majoring in Political Science. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she intends to attend law school to obtain a Juris Doctor degree and ultimately become an attorney. Her research interests include social injustice, inequality in hospitals and in the workforce as well as beauty standards.

Natalia Ustinov

Natalia is a senior undergraduate student at FIU majoring in Psychology and the current PWR Lab manager. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she plans on pursuing higher education and receiving a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Her research interests include developmental psychology, mental illness, and social psychology involving sexuality, relationships, and women’s studies.


Dr. Asia Eaton

Dr. Eaton is a Professor of Psychology at FIU, Director of the Applied Social and Cultural Psychology program, a core faculty member in the Developmental and I-O Psychology Programs, and an affiliated faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies. She conducts feminist research on how gender intersects with other identities (e.g., race, sexual identity) to affect individuals’ experience with and access to power.