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The Early Childhood Behavior Lab is under the direction of Dr. Daniel M. Bagner. Research in the lab is conducted under the auspices of the Center for Children and Families and the Department of Psychology at Florida International University, as well as support from the National Institutes of Health. Graduate students in the lab work toward doctoral degrees in pursuit of academic research careers.

The main goal of the lab is to develop and examine interventions for families of infants and young children with behavioral and developmental problems. We conduct studies on the effectiveness of parent-training interventions, such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), with a variety of at-risk and underserved populations, including infants and children with developmental disabilities and low-income families. We also collaborate closely with colleagues at FIU and at other academic institutions on a variety of related research projects.

Lab members pose together

From left: Brynna Heflin, Daniel Bagner, Frances Martinez, Perrine Heymann, Shayl Griffith, Mary Hagan

People

Daniel Bagner

Daniel M. Bagner, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Bagner is the Director of the Early Childhood Behavior Lab and Professor of Psychology at Florida International University. A licensed and board-certified clinical child psychologist, Dr. Bagner studies interventions for at-risk infants and young children and their families and etiological models of early childhood behavior problems. He has published more than 60 scientific papers and chapters on these topics and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the past 14 years (totaling over $4 million in funding) to conduct his research. Dr. Bagner currently serves as a member of the NIH Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention (PDRP) study section, and he is associate editor for Education and Treatment of Children and on the editorial board for six other journals. He also is involved in several professional and community organizations, including his role as Chair of the Research Task Force for PCIT International and the FIU representative to the board of directors for The Children’s Trust, an organization with a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to fund strategic investments that improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County. View Dr. Bagner's CV

  • Ph.D., Psychology (Clinical): University of Florida, 2007
  • Master’s Degree, Psychology (Clinical): University of Florida, 2004
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology and Philosophy: Washington University in St. Louis, 2001


View Dr. Bagner's profile in the CASE Directory

Research

In the Early Childhood Behavior Lab, we conduct innovative research that helps infants and young children and their families while also advancing science. Specifically, our research focuses on understanding behavior and related constructs in early childhood, as well as developing and testing interventions to improve outcomes for children and their families, particularly among at-risk and underserved populations.

Our work is shared with other experts in the field via scientific articles that are published in peer-reviewed journals and books, as well as presentations at scientific conferences. Our research is also funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health.

  • Current Projects

    Internet Treatment for Behavior Problems in Preschoolers with Developmental Delay (R01HDHD084497)

    Co-Principal Investigators: Daniel M. Bagner, Ph.D., ABPP and Jonathan S. Comer, Ph.D.
    Co-Investigator: Stefany Coxe, Ph.D.

    Sponsor: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

    Dates: 09/01/15-06/30/20

    We are interested in the impact of Internet-delivered Parent-Child Interaction Therapy on child disruptive behavior problems, parenting practices, parental distress, and early academic skills relative to traditional referrals as usual for behavioral problems among youth aging out of Part C Early Intervention services. For some additional information, visit the study website. - SITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION - WHAT'S PLANNED?

    Mental Health Services for Infants/Toddlers Receiving Part C Early Intervention (R34MH110541)

     Co-Principal Investigators: Daniel M. Bagner, Ph.D., ABPP & Stacy L. Frazier, Ph.D.

    Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health

    Dates: 2017-2020

    Our goal is to develop and examine a workforce support and mental health service model for families of infants/toddlers with developmental delay to reduce risk for mental health problems and enhance readiness for preschool.

    Diversity Supplement to Mental Health Services for Infants/Toddlers Receiving Part C Early Intervention (R34MH110541S1) 

    Principal Investigator: Frances Martínez-Pedraza, Ph.D.
    Co-Primary Sponsors: Daniel M. Bagner, Ph.D., ABPP & Stacy L. Frazier, Ph.D.

    Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health

    Dates: 2018-2020

    We build on our established partnerships with Early Intervention stakeholders to infuse mental health screening and progress monitoring with the goal of supporting and informing clinical decision making and catalyze action around mental health concerns (e.g., autism, externalizing, and internalizing behaviors).

  • Completed Projects

    Effect of Parent Emotion-Related Talk on Infant Behavior and Regulation (F31HD088084)

    Principal Investigator: Nicole E. Barroso
    Mentors: Daniel M. Bagner, Ph.D., ABPP, Lorraine Bahrick, Ph.D., Paulo A. Graziano, Ph.D, and Susanne Denham, Ph.D.

    Sponsor: National Institute of Child Health and Development

    Dates: 2017-2019

    A Cross-Discipline Approach to the Design of Culturally-Relevant Parent Training for Children with Language Delay and Behavior Problems

    Co-Principal Investigators: Melissa Baralt, Ph.D. & Daniel M. Bagner, Ph.D., ABPP

    Sponsor: Florida International University Faculty Research Support Program (FRS) Pilot

    Dates: 2017

    An Evidence-Based Parent-Child Relational Intervention for Young Children At-Risk for Abuse and Neglect

    Principal Investigator: Miguel T. Villodas, Ph.D.
    Co-Investigator: Daniel M. Bagner, Ph.D., ABPP

    Sponsor: Florida Institute for Child Welfare, Florida State University

    Dates: 2015-2016

    Behavior Problems in Infancy: A Preventive Intervention (K23 MH085659)

    Principal Investigator: Daniel M. Bagner, Ph.D., ABPP

    Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health

    Dates: 06/01/10-12/31/15

    Language Changes among Infants Receiving Home-Based Behavioral Intervention

    Principal Investigator: Daniel M. Bagner, Ph.D., ABPP

    Sponsor: Florida International University Center for Children and Families Intramural Award

    Dates: 2014-2015

    Developing an Intervention for Behavior Problems in Infancy

    Principal Investigator: Daniel M. Bagner, Ph.D., ABPP

    Sponsor: Florida International University Summer Faculty Development Award

    Dates: Summer 2010

    A Randomized Controlled Trial for Disruptive Behavior of Children Born Premature (F32 HD056748)

    Principal Investigator: Daniel M. Bagner, Ph.D.
    Mentors: Barry M. Lester, Ph.D., Stephen J. Sheinkopf, Ph.D., and Betty R. Vohr, M.D.

    Sponsor: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 

    Dates: 09/01/07-08/31/09

    Parent Training for Children with Co-Occurring Mental Disorders (F31 MH068947)

    Principal Investigator: Daniel M. Bagner, M.S.
    Mentor: Sheila M. Eyberg, Ph.D.

    Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health

    Dates: 09/30/04-08/30/06

    Parent Training for Children with Mental Retardation

    Principal Investigator: Daniel M. Bagner, M.S.

    Sponsor: Children's Miracle Network, Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL

    Dates: 2004-2005

Clinical Services

Concerned about your young child’s development?

The Early Childhood Neurodevelopmental Program at FIU’s Center for Children and Families provides comprehensive evaluations for children birth to 5 years of age with developmental, social, emotional, and/or behavioral concerns, including concerns for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Evaluations include:

  • Comprehensive developmental testing, including: (a) assessment of thinking and problem-solving skills, language, and/or motor development, and (b) gold-standard diagnostic and behavioral testing (e.g. for ASD, ADHD), where appropriate.
  • A detailed report
  • Diagnostic feedback
  • Recommendations for future testing and/or intervention.


Pricing: $1,750 for full evaluation (includes report and feedback session); sliding scale and/or payment plans available 

For more information, contact the Center for Children and Families.

Opportunities

Undergraduate students interested in receiving research experience in the field of clinical child psychology can apply to work as a research assistant for course credit. Undergraduate research assistants may be involved in any of the following activities:

  • Data entry and database maintenance
  • Transcription and coding of parent-child interactions
  • Recruitment and screening of research participants
  • Assistance with treatment sessions and/or evaluations
  • Other tasks involved in conducting clinical research


To apply for our lab, please complete the application and return it to ecbl@fiu.edu.

News

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