Department of Educational and Psychological Studies

Tania Frederic Abouzeide



(305) 284-1316

Soyeon Ahn



(305) 284-2929
Soyeon Ahn received her Ph.D. in Measurement and Quantitative Methods in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education at Michigan State University in 2008. She joined the EPS faculty in August, 2008. Ahn’s current research focuses on the application of the existing data analytic techniques in resolving the...

Dina Birman



(305) 284-3460
My interests and expertise focus on the process of acculturation and adjustment of immigrants and refugees, and community-based interventions designed to improve their mental health and well-being. I have conducted research and written extensively on acculturation and adaptation of adolescent, adult, and elderly refugees, including those from...

Lydia Pearl Buki

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-2230
Lydia P. Buki, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Director of Training of the Counseling Psychology program. She earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University in 1995. She joined the University of Miami in January 2013, with previous appointments at the University of Illinois and Colorado State University.Dr....

Scotney D. Evans

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-4142
I am a community-engaged researcher working to understand and support the role of community-based organizations, networks, and coalitions in building collective power to promote community wellbeing, social change, and social justice. I utilize an action research approach with community partners in order to uncover injustice and build community...

Blaine J Fowers



(305) 284-5261
Dr. Fowers used an Arsht Ethics Initiatives Distinguished Ethics Faculty Award (2011-12) to work on a book, The Evolution of Ethics: Human Sociality and the Emergence of Ethical Mindedness, published by Palgrave/Macmillan in April 2015. The book places cutting edge evolutionary theory in dialogue with Aristotle’s systematic and deep...

Kathi Lynn Kern



Kathi Kern joined the University of Miami in July 2022, as the inaugural Vice Provost for Educational Innovation and is responsible for designing the University’s strategy in leading and executing the educational revolution. She leads the Platform for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (PETAL), which supports teaching...

Laura Kohn Wood

Dean, School of Education and Human Development


(305) 284-6474
Dr. Kohn-Wood is currently a Professor and Dean of the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami (UM). Dr. Kohn-Wood previously served as chair of the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, the founding program director of the Master’s in Community & Social Change program and, with...

Debbiesiu L Lee

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-6160
Debbiesiu L. Lee joined the University of Miami faculty in August 2006. Lee’s research focuses on examining how individuals (racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT) cope with discrimination and the impact of discrimination on mental health, physical health, educational, and employment outcomes. She is also exploring issues related to...

Maite P Mena

Research Asst. Professor


(305) 284-8852
Dr. Maite Mena is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Research Assistant Professor. She has extensive experience in working with minority populations experiencing health disparities and in implementing programs and evaluating their outcomes. Specifically, Dr. Mena has collaborated in developing and testing a culturally informed family therapy...

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Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences

Maggie Aldousany

Associate Professor of Professional Practice


Dr. Magda Aldousany is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences. A certified athletic trainer and licensed physical therapist, Magda received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2013. She also holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Miami...

Brian Arwari

Assoc. Professor Prof Practice


(305) 284-5418
Brian Arwari joined the University of Miami faculty in 2008. Brian completed his Ph.D. in Psychophysiology, Cognitive Psychology, and Personality Psychology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Dr. Arwari returned to the University of Miami, after having spent a year here as a Ph.D. exchange student in 2004.Dr. Arwari was...

Brian D Biagioli

Asst. Professor Prof. Practice


(305) 284-6772
Dr. Brian Biagioli currently serves as the Graduate Program Director for Strength and Conditioning in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Science at the University of Miami. Dr. Biagioli has authored three college text books; most recently the foremost book on advanced sports performance to support the graduate work being performed at the...

Windy Dees



(305) 284-8345
Dr. Windy Dees is a professor and graduate program director in Sport Administration. She joined the faculty in 2010 and now serves as associate chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences in the School of Education and Human Development. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her doctoral degree in Sport...

Moataz Eltoukhy

Associate Professor


(305) 284-1110
Dr. Eltoukhy received his Bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt. He then received his Master’s degree from the same university in the field of mechatronics utilizing the skills he gained during his research work at Bremen University, Germany, as part of the...

Kysha Harriell, Ph.D.

Professor of Clinical
Executive Director-Office of Academic Enhancement


(305) 284-3201
Dr. Kysha Harriell is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Sciences and the Associate Dean of Race, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the School of Education and Human Development. Dr. Kysha Harriell also serves as the Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education for the Office of Academic Enhancement, and she...

Kevin A Jacobs



(305) 284-6194
Kevin Jacobs joined the faculty at the University of Miami in 2004. He completed his Masters in applied exercise physiology at San Diego State University in 1993 and worked as a research physiologist at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego until 1995. He earned his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from The Ohio State University in 2000 and...

Tywan G Martin

Associate Professor


(305) 284-1168
Tywan G. Martin joined the University of Miami in the fall of 2010 and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences. Previously, Martin worked at Indiana University and earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees.Martin’s primary research focus is on the...

Erin L. McNary

Clinical Associate Professor


(305) 284-5141
Prof McNary joined the University of Miami faculty in August 2017. Prior to joining the Sport Administration faculty, she was at Indiana University-Bloomington (IUB) where she taught in the Sport Marketing and Management program. After receiving her doctorate degree at IUB, she worked at two different universities in St. Louis, MO (USA) where...

Susan P. Mullane

Professor of Professional Practice


(305) 284-6250
Dr. Susan Mullane, a 3-time UM alumnus, received her Ph.D. in Higher Education/Sport Administration from the University of Miami, and also holds her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from UM in the School of Education and Human Development. A former student-athlete, All-American diver, and one of the first women in the country...

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Department of Teaching and Learning

Chakeia J Andrews

Asst. Professor Prof. Practice


(305) 284-8572
Dr. Chakeia Andrews joined the faculty at the University of Miami in 2022. She attended the University of Miami where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and African American Studies. She went on to Nova Southeastern University and earned a Master of Science degree in Reading Education and a doctorate degree in...

Mary A Avalos

Research Professor


(305) 284-6467
Mary A. Avalos is a Research Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Her research interests include teacher development and professionalism and literacy/language development for multilingual learners using Systemic Functional Linguistics as a tool for language teaching. She has worked with teachers to develop interventions that...

Bruce D Baker



Bruce Baker is Professor and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning. Professor Baker is widely recognized as the nation’s leading scholar on the financing of public elementary and secondary education systems. His research spans public education finance and policy, postsecondary education finance and policy, teacher and...

Mary Beth Calhoon

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-4149
Mary Beth Calhoon, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Special Education from the Peabody College, Vanderbilt University in 1999. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami.Her primary area of expertise focuses on literacy, mathematics, peer-tutoring, and Date-Based...

Matthew Deroo

Asst. Professor


(305) 284-5217
Matthew R. Deroo is Assistant Professor of Digital Literacies for Multilingual Students in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami. In his research, Matt seeks to learn with and from youth and their communities. His interdisciplinary research interests include the social and cultural contexts of immigrant and refugee...

Batya E Elbaum



(305) 284-4218
Dr. Elbaum, Professor in the Departments of Teaching and Learning, Psychology, and Pediatrics, is a developmental psychologist and special education researcher whose scholarship and policy work focus on improving outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and their families. Her current research employs a combination of advanced sensing...

Scott Grapin

Asst. Professor


(305) 284-0762
Scott E. Grapin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Broadly, Dr. Grapin’s research centers on equity and justice for multilingual learners in K-12 education, particularly in content classrooms. His current research focuses on curriculum, teaching, and assessment for multilingual learners and their...

Jennifer B. Kahn

Asst. Professor


(305) 284-3820
Jennifer Kahn Thorne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. As a Learning Scientist, her research examines interdisciplinary, technology-rich activities to support youth and community learning. Her design-based research program focuses on how individuals learn to build models and tell stories with large, complex...

Jennifer Lee Krawec

Assoc. Professor Prof Practice


(305) 284-1308
Dr. Jennifer Krawec joined the University of Miami faculty in 2012 as a Research Assistant Professor. Prior to this, she was an Assistant Professor at Missouri State University’s Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education. Dr. Krawec is the Principal Investigator of the IES Mathematics and Science Special Education...

Jason Dylan Mizell

Asst. Professor


(305) 284-4842
Jason D. Mizell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning.  Dr. Mizell completed his M.A. at the University of Connecticut (CT), and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia (GA) in language and literacy education with an emphasis in TESOL and world languages. Dr. Mizell’s teaching and school...

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