Dr. Garcia's CV
Developmental Psychology, Florida International University, 2007
Dissertation: Investigating Group Processes in a
Positive Youth Development Program for Multi-Problem Youth,
Mentor: William Kurtines, Ph.D. (Fall 2003 – Fall 2007)
M.S. Psychology (specialization in Mental Health Counseling & Research), Florida
International University, 2005
Thesis: Promoting Positive Youth Development: Using
Within-Regression Analysis to Estimate Group Process Growth Curves
as Mediators of Intervention Change in Multi-Problem Youth,
Mentor: William Kurtines, Ph.D., Co-Mentors: Lisa Lewis-Arango,
Ph.D., LMHC & Marilyn Montgomery, Ph.D., LMHC (Spring 2002 – Spring
B.A. Psychology; Minor in English, Florida International University, 2001
(Fall 1998 - Fall 2001)
Undergraduate Research Fellowship,
American Psychological Association (APA, NIGMS) Office of Ethnic
Minorities, Psychology Research Initiatives Mentorship Experience
(PRIME: Summer 2001 - Fall 2001)
Areas of Interests
Some of my areas
of interest and
research are Teaching & Learning, Student Persistence & Motivation, Outreach Research/Community
Supported Interventions, Adolescence &
Emerging Adulthood Psychosocial Development, Family Development, and
Scholarly, I am a Developmental Psychologist.
My specialization is in Applied Developmental Science (ADS), which
the use of research and application to promote positive development
across the lifespan. Applied developmental scientists adopt the view
that positive individual development and family functioning is a
combined and interactive product of biology and the physical and
social environments that continuously evolve and change over time.
The applied developmental science orientation emphasizes a focus on
systematic and successive changes within human systems that occur
across the lifespan (per program description).
decade, I developed a strong research background in adolescent
psychosocial development and community-based research intervention
programs from both my graduate education and clinical work
experiences. My research examined adolescent psychosocial
development, specifically in the promotion of positive domains such
as identity and intimacy. For the last 13 years, I have been
teaching undergraduate and graduate students.
I am a Licensed Mental
Health Counselor and Qualified Clinical Supervisor in the State of Florida with clinical experience in a variety
of settings ranging from hospital, community mental health centers,
university-affiliated centers, elementary and alternative high
schools, and private practice.
Refereed Journal Articles
Eichas, K., Albrecht, R. E.,
Garcia, A. J.,
Ritchie, R. A., Varela, A., Garcia, A., Rinaldi, R., Wang, R.,
Montgomery, M. J., Silverman, W. K., Jaccard, J., Kurtines, W. M.
Mediators of positive youth development intervention change:
Promoting positive and problem outcomes? Child and Youth Care
Forum, 39(4), 211-237.
Kurtines, W. M., Ferrer-Wreder, L., Berman, S. L.,
Cass-Lorente, C., Briones, E., Montgomery, M. J., Albrecht, R.,
Garcia, A. J., & Arrufat, O. (2008). Promoting positive
youth development: The Miami youth development project (YDP).
Journal of Adolescent Research, 23(3), 256-267.
Kurtines, W. M., Montgomery, M. J., Eichas, K., Ritchie, R.,
Garcia, A., Albrecht, R., Berman, S., Ferrer-Wreder, L., & Cass-Lorente,
C. (2008). Promoting positive identity development in troubled youth:
A developmental intervention science outreach research approach.
Special Issue: New Directions for Identity and Intervention,
Identity: International Journal of Theory and Research, 8(2),
Fall 2015 Semester - Nicaragua Backpack
Donation Drive - GOAL: 350
2014-2015: Grass-roots Initiatives - "The
Nicaragua Sustainability Project" (housed under The Psychology Club)
Co-Curricular Service Immersion Initiative in Managua, Nicaragua: May
3-minute video trailer or
Student Video Journal
50-minute MDCTV Show!
Outside the warehouse buying the new
mattresses for the orphanage:
Miami Dade College, North Campus has
established itself as a leader in the promotion of co-curricular and
intentional learning opportunities which promote life-long learning
and global citizenship awareness. The purpose of the initiative, led
by Dr. Arlen Garcia, Associate Professor of Psychology and Student
Life Skills and Prof. Jaime Anzalotta, Instructor of Social Work and
Student Life Skills, was to involve students in meaningful
contributions beyond the classroom. Specifically, students who had
successfully passed or were
enrolled in CLP 1006 - Psychology
of Personal Effectiveness and/or HUS - 1001 Introduction to Human
Services and/or were active officers or club members in the
Psychology Club and/or Aspira Student Leadership Organization. These
students were exposed to field experience in their future respective
fields within a global context/perspective and concurrently offer
opportunities for leadership enhancement, co-curricular involvement,
cultural enrichment, and community/civic immersion.
The target country was Nicaragua, the largest of Central American
nations and the second poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. The
target populations were orphaned children as well as residents of
surrounding rural communities.
By participating in
this initiative students made memorable and long-lasting impacts in
children's lives. For example, students assisted in delivering much
needed ESL (English) lessons, purchased mattresses for all children
who live in the orphanage, donated funds to repair the roof and
painted a mural in both, a third and pre-kindergarten class.
Moreover, anti-bullying workshops, educational groups with residents
from the local communities and schools, offered students the
intentional co-curricular learning opportunities. Importantly, the
immersion of day-to-day experiences, such as frequent power outages,
no running water, scarcity of basic needs, allowed students to gain
life-long learning lessons that ultimately support student development
fully supported Miami Dade College’s Ten Learning Outcomes agenda which
provide multiple, varied, and intentional learning experiences to
facilitate the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and skills in the
development of attitudes that foster effective citizenship and
Native Americans of the Plains
If you enjoy learning
about Native American history, especially the Pawnee, Ponca and
Omaha tribes, I invite you to visit this site. I participated in
this National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar
program (Summer 2012) in Nebraska & Kansas and it was truly eye opening -- a memorable
American Psychological Association
(APA) Style Resource
Purdue OWL - Modern
Language Association (MLA) & American Psychological Association (APA)
Style Format Resource
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and
professional organization that represents psychology in the United
Psychological Science (APS) -
Association for Psychological Science (APS) is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology
and its representation at the national and international level.
Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5)
PSYCHOLOGY: SCIENCE IN ACTION - Great resource page for Career
information from the APA!
Skills to Increase Your Marketability - From APA'S PSYCH
LEARNING CURVE: Where Psychology and Education Connect
Careers in Psychology - From APA - Undergraduate students
Self-Assessment: Individual Development Plans (IDP) - Resource
from APA - Undergraduate and Graduate students.
APA Developmental Psychology
Division - Overall info. about this specific field of study
New website sponsored by 7 APA divisions -
Divs. 7, Developmental Psychology, 15, Educational Psychology, 16,
School Psychology, 37, Society for Child and Family Policy and
Practice, 43, 53, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent
Psychology, and 54, Society of Pediatric Psychology.
Society for the Study of Human
Society for Research on Adolescence
Society for Research on
Identity Formation (SRIF) - All about Identity Development !
Society for Research in Child
Development (SRCD) -
Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is a professional
organization that seeks to promote multidisciplinary research in the
field of human development, to foster the exchange of information
among scientists and other professionals of various disciplines, and
to encourage applications of research findings.
The Developing Child
- Harvard University Research
Interpersonal Relationships Lab (AIR) - University of Michigan
(UM) Adolescent Research Lab directed by an old friend, Dr. Rona
Carter, Ph.D. Find them in
Facebook, if you
wish to be a participant in current research studies.
The Visible Embryo - Find
out exactly what happens every week of prenatal development
MDC Library Guides -
Human Growth & Development - Research Links, Topics and more...
American Counseling Association
American Mental Health Counselors
Florida Mental Health
Counselors Association (FMHCA)
call to make an appointment -
For MDC students Only.
to find local resources
The 5 Love Languages -
Dr. Gary Chapman - Take the Quiz and find out yours !
National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy -
- More prevention resources from the National Campaign...
Go Ask Alice! -
The Gottman Institute -
A research-based approach to creating stronger relationships.
Human Rights Campaign
Rape, Abuse & Incest National
Positive Psychology/Positive Development & Community Outreach
Give Yoga a Try -
September is National Yoga Month
Dr. Brene Brown - Brene Brown studies human connection -- our
ability to empathize, belong, love. Specifically, the human
connection constructs she studies include vulnerability, courage,
authenticity, and shame. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston,
she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a
personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. To
learn more about her research
The Conscious Parent
- Dr. Shefali Tsabary
Student Life Skills (SLS)
Career Coach - Local
Information on Earnings, Education & Training, Job Postings +
more... (Look for it on the right hand side Quick Links
Optimal Resume - For MDC
students only - Customized program just for the MDC student
looking to create a Resume, Letters, Portfolios, Personal Webpage +
MDC Social Sciences Department - Career Corner - Resume
resources, Career Planning
Math Study Resource
Study Skills Center
I enjoy traveling, especially to places where I can connect with
nature. The pictures on the
left and bottom side are just some I have taken of favorite places
I've visited over the years.
Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing
grass, I can appreciate persistence. -- Hal Borland
If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of
grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the
simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice,
for your soul is alive. -- Eleanora Duse
The Milk Carton Kids
Tiny Desk - NPR
Molly Fisk - I
learned about this poet by accident and just enjoy her work. Maybe
you'll enjoy her work too !
The New Yorker.
The Miami Poetry
Collective - Local Efforts to spread Poetry everywhere. Remember
April is National Poetry Month.
For us "Foodies"
amateur "foodie" means I not only enjoy eating
a delicious, interesting meal, but love to learn about the origins of
food and the art and science behind it. Here are some great links
that explore just that:
Diary of a Foodie
- This was a PBS series by Gourmet. It is a food, culture, and travel
series that dives into the diverse realm of the world's greatest
cuisine, sounds yummy just reading about it !
Check Please! South Florida
- You can find restaurant information and reviews just for our
South Florida area. It is a great resource when you are looking for
that new dish to try.
The Splendid Table
- This is a talk show through National Public Radio (NPR).
Be Inform &
Helping Feels Good -
In our own South Florida community - check it out :)
National Public Radio - There is
always something new to learn !
Personal Therapy - This is my friend's international private
practice home-based in Marbella, Spain.
What would be the point of life, if we
didn't let it change us.