2023 Spotlight Scholar
University of Florida
Emily is entering her third year of the Clinical and Health Psychology Ph.D. program with a specialization in Neuropsychology at the University of Florida. Broadly, Emily’s research focuses on the intersection among biomarkers, cardiovascular risk factors, and cognition in Alzheimer’s and related dementias across diverse populations. She hopes that her research will help improve early detection of atypical cognitive decline and better predict disease progression to allow for earlier treatment planning and improved quality of life for individuals with dementia. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors with her dog and going scuba diving in the Florida springs!
2023 Spotlight Scholar
Danielle Sarah Mahon Memorial Fund
Carlos Rocha is entering his second year of the Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology, with a specialty in substance abuse and addictive behaviors, at the Carlos Albizu University. He is currently working in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing access to psychotherapy for an underserved population. He is interested in promoting an integrative care approach to increase treatment effectiveness. He is collaborating with psychiatrists and other health professionals to mitigate the damage caused by the increasing opioid epidemic that affects our society. In his free time, Carlos enjoys hiking and exploring nature trails.
2023 Continuing Scholar
Florida State University
Margaux Herrera is a third-year graduate student pursuing her Master of Social Work at Florida State University. She plans to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) to practice mental health therapy focused on developmental disorders, particularly autism and ADHD, and the challenges those populations face in adulthood. Her goal is to provide financially accessible autism evaluations for adults in the South Florida area. As part of her training, she has worked with the University of Miami's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities's Teens & Adults division. Margaux will spend her final year doing her field placement with the University of Miami's Mailman Center Lifespan Program, focusing on providing clinical services to adults with developmental disorders. When not thinking about neurodivergence, Margaux spends her time organizing fandom spaces and reading as much fiction as possible.