15408441849_1da075b404_oDr. Anthony Dick, Laboratory Director

Office: AHC4 454; DCN Lab: DM 248

Dr. Dick is Associate Professor of Developmental Science and Cognitive Neuroscience. He is Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience program in Psychology, and the interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience, at FIU. He received baccalaureate degrees in Music and Psychology from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia. Following his Ph.D., he received additional training as a NIDCD NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Neurology at The University of Chicago. He researches brain development, with particular emphasis on language and executive function. Dr. Dick has been funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders, the National Institute of Mental Health, and by the National Institute of Drug Abuse to conduct his research.

Graduate Students


Left to Right: Dea Garic, Carolina Vias, Anthony Dick, Iris Broce, Kristafor Farrant

Carolina Vias is a graduate student in Cognitive Neuroscience studying the cerebellum and language development following pre- or perinatal stroke using functional and structural MRI. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida International University.


Dea Garic, M. A. is a graduate student in Developmental Science studying the neurobiological development of executive function using diffusion-weighted imaging. She also has a Masters from Florida Atlantic University.

Kristafor Farrant, M.A. is an incoming graduate student in Cognitive Neuroscience. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Huddersfield (UK) and a Masters from University of York (UK). He is interested in the functional neuroimaging of brain development, especially with respect to executive function development and to developmental disorders like ADHD.

Graduate Student Alumni

Iris Broce, Ph.D. is a former graduate student in Developmental Science. She studied the development of speech and literacy in typical young children using functional and diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). She received her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University, San Diego, CA. She begins a post-doc this year at University of California at San Francisco.

Undergraduate/Post-Bac Research Assistants

Valentina Linocci is enrolled in the graduate certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience and would like to attend a PhD program in Cognitive Neuroscience.




Image-2Jairo Munoz is a biology major with a chemistry minor researching the cerebellum’s role in language recovery. He plans on attending graduate school to pursue a career in Cognitive Neuroscience.




IMG_1506Jefferson Salan is an undergraduate psychology major. He has been working for the DCN lab since summer 2015 on the cerebellar contributions to language in pre and peri-natal stroke patients, specifically on the development of a semi-automated procedure for cerebellum parcellation. He ultimately hopes to study cognitive neuroscience in graduate school to one day have a research lab of his own. Outside of school, he enjoys reading and following all kinds of competitive sports.


ImageSophia Tchir
is an undergraduate Biology major. She has an Associate of Arts Degree and is a National Hispanic Merit Scholar. In 2013, she pariticpated in NSU’s Behavioral Neuroscience Training Program and has been working on the Cerebellum project in the DCN lab since spring 2015. Her future goal is to become a neurologist.


Snapchat-5047074841845212587-1Heidy Zetina studies fiber pathways supporting the development of speech, language, and executive function. She is interested in a career in Neuropsychology.