University of Florida | Department of Psychology



Melissa Cervantez
Program: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

Melissa is a fifth year PhD student in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience working with Dr. Neil Rowland. She received her Bachelors and Masters at San Diego State University. Her research uses steady state visual evoked potentials to measure visuo-cortical engagement during decision-making between rewards. This work may provide support for a mechanism that underlies choices behavior and decision-making among healthy and obese individuals. This is her second year as a member of PGSO.

Melissa Gluck
Program: Counseling

Melissa is a third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Area working with Dr. Martin Heesacker. She graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA with a B.A in Psychology and received her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from UF. Her research is currently focused on rape myth acceptance in college students, precarious manhood and the dark triad of personality. This is her second year as a PGSO representative.

Christine Vitiello
Program: Social Psychology

Christine is a second year PhD student in Social Psychology working with Dr. Kate Ratliff. She received her B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Georgia Southern University. Her research focuses on implicit attitudes. This is her second year as a PGSO representative.

Kaitlyn Erhardt
Program: Developmental Psychology

Katie is a third year PhD student in Developmental Psychology working in Dr. Farrar’s Language and Cognitive Development Lab. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Middle Georgia State University. Her research is currently focused on word learning and learning from videos. She also studies theory of mind and language development. This is her second year serving as a member of PGSO.

Izzy Schieber
Program: Behavior Analysis

Izzy is a third year PhD student in Behavior Analysis working with Dr. Iser DeLeon. She received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Health Science from Drake University. Her research focus is in behavioral pediatrics, specifically improving health-related behaviors of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is her first year as a PGSO representative.

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Darragh Devine
Program: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

Dr. Devine is a Professor of Psychology, Director of the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience program, and serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Psychology. Dr. Devine’s research focuses on the neurobiological basis of aberrant behaviours in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders. Children with these disorders frequently exhibit co-morbid sensory processing disorder, motor incoordination and balance problems, pathological anxiety, and self-injurious behaviours. Dr. Devine is using rodent models to dissect the origins of these problems, to track their etiology, and to investigate underlying neurobiological mechanisms that confer vulnerability for behavioural pathology.