• Dr. Dana McMakin is Chair and Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University. She also holds a dual appointment at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital as a licensed clinical psychologist with board certification in child and adolescent clinical psychology. Dr. McMakin leads an interdisciplinary research team that aims to leverage new insights about social, emotional and neural development to improve how we understand and treat mental health concerns that rise steeply in adolescence (e.g., anxiety, depression). Accordingly, the team’s work moves between multi-method experimental designs that characterize symptom dimensions of interest, to clinical or quasi-clinical trials that examine the use of targeted strategies to impact these dimensions during sensitive periods of development. Currently, a major focus of her team's work is on sleep and emotional health. There is a tremendous untapped opportunity for translational clinical science to optimize sleep health and/or capitalize on sleep-related learning and plasticity to improve mental health trajectories in adolescence. The National Institutes of Health and several foundations (e.g., Jacobs) have generously funded this work since 2005. Dr. McMakin serves the profession as grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, an associate editor of Sleep Advances, a member of the editorial board of Behavior Therapy, and a scientific advisor for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention

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  • Sleep, developmental affective neuroscience, anxiety, depression, adolescence

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  • Dana Mcmakin


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