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.

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. S. is a graduate student in Developmental Science studying the neurobiological development of executive function using diffusion-weighted imaging. Specifically, she is interested in the microstructural properties of frontal lobe regions and how they may predict children’s development of attention and inhibition.

Kristafor Farrant, M.A. is a 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.

Alexandra Lutz is a graduate student in Cognitive Neuroscience. She is interested in the development of executive function and fiber pathways supporting that development in young children.

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.

Undergraduate/Post-Bac Research Assistants

Hector Borges is an undergraduate Biochemistry major and Psychology minor. He is also a bedside buddy volunteer at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and a General Biology PLTL leader. Outside of class, he loves to listen to alternative rock music and play video games. He holds an interest in neurodegenerative disorders and plans to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience.

Armando Torres is an undergraduate psychology graduate and will be attending graduate school next year in neuroscience. Outside of class he likes reading, going to the gym, and hanging out with friends.

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

Research Assistant Alumni

Image-2Jairo Munoz graduated in 2017 with a degree in biology.

IMG_1506Jefferson Salan graduated in 2017 with a degree in psychology .

ImageSophia Tchir graduated in 2017 with a biology degree and will be attending graduate school next year.


Snapchat-5047074841845212587-1Heidy Zetina graduated in 2017 with a degree in Psychology.