Dr. Lupas is an assistant professor of school psychology with the Department of Counseling, Recreation and School Psychology, and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Children and Families at FIU. After pursuing her undergraduate degree in biological sciences, Dr. Lupas completed a yearlong Fulbright Fellowship in the Netherlands, using fMRI to examine reward processing in children with ADHD. When she returned to the U.S., Dr. Lupas' research focus shifted, and she began pursuing a doctoral degree in school psychology at the University of Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York. This shift represented her renewed interest in applied research, particularly interventions provided in the school context for children with challenging behaviors, including those with ADHD and autism. Since finishing her PhD, Dr. Lupas has continued her work on school- and clinic-based interventions, and currently helps oversee two federally-funded research projects in the schools. She is passionate about advocating for the rights and well-being of children with disabilities, and identifying the best treatments to help them succeed at school and home.
Dr. Lupas' research focuses on identifying effective interventions for children with disabilities, providing training and support to those who implement these interventions, and measuring intervention impact. Her work is particularly targeted towards early and middle-childhood (4-12) for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism. Although the majority of her work focuses on the school context, she is also regularly engaged in projects examining the home, including modifications to behavioral parent training, the unique role of male caregivers, and the provision of clinical services in pediatric settings.
- Postdoctoral Fellow (School Psychology), 2019, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Buffalo, NY
- PhD (School/Counseling Psychology), 2018, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Buffalo, NY
- PhD Internship (School Psychology), 2017, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Buffalo, NY
- BS, 2011, Biological Sciences, Ohio University, Athens, OH