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 (NIDCD), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct his research.

Left to Right: Andrea Bejarano, Armando Torres, Alexandra Lutz, Hector Borges, Carolina Vias, Dr. Anthony Dick, Dea Garic & Sophia

Graduate Students

Alexandra Lutz

Cognitive Neuroscience – Doctoral Student

Research interests: The development of executive function and fiber pathways supporting that development in young children.


Andrea Bejarano

Lab Coordinator – Clinical Mental Health Counselor Grad student

Education: Florida International University, B.A. in Psychology (Major) and Criminal Justice (Minor)

Fun fact: I sing in worship and I’m a huge animal-lover.

Carolina Vias

Cognitive Neuroscience – Doctoral student

Education: Florida International University, B.A.

Research interests: Studying the cerebellum and language development following pre- or perinatal stroke using functional and structural MRI.

Dea Garic

Developmental Science – 5th year doctoral student

Education: University of Florida, B.S., Florida Atlantic University, M.A.

Research interests: Neurobiological development of executive function using diffusion-weighted imaging. Specifically, the microstructural properties of frontal lobe regions and how they may predict children’s development of attention and inhibition.

Fun fact: I love hiking and I’ve been to 15 national parks so far.

Undergraduate/Post-Bac Research Assistants

Armando Torres

Fun fact: Outside of class he likes to read, go to the gym, and hangout with friends.


Hector Borges

Education: Florida International University, B.S. in Biochemistry, B.A. in Liberal Studies, and Psychology (Minor). Currently pursuing B.S. in Biological Sciences.

Research interests: ADHD, Neurodegenerative Disorders, Toxicological DoA Hair Analysis, and Mass Spectrometry.

Fun fact: The Office and Money Heist are my favorite shows!

Rina Badran

Education: Junior at Florida International University, Biology Major

Research interests: Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience

Fun fact: I love doing yoga and my favorite type of food is middle eastern!

Sophia Lehrman

Education: Junior at Pine Crest High School in Fort Lauderdale

Research interests: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neurocriminology

Fun fact: I have a secret language with my brother called hashesquaredlulo.

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 is currently in a post-doc at University of California at San Francisco.

Research Alumni

Heidy Zetina – Graduated 2017 with a psychology degree

Jairo Munoz – Graduated 2017 with a biology degree

Jefferson Salan – Graduated 2017 with a psychology degree

Sophia Tchir – Graduated 2017 with a biology degree