Dana McMakin

Professor; Chairperson


Office: AHC4 458

Phone: 305-348-0042

Email: dmcmakin@fiu.edu


Dr. McMakin (she/her/hers) is Associate Professor of Clinical Science and Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University. She also holds a dual appointment at the Brain institute in the Department of Neurology at Nicklaus Children's Hospital (formerly Miami Children's Hospital).

Dr. McMakin directs REMEDY (Research Exploring Motivational and Emotional Development in Youth), an interdisciplinary research group that uses conceptual models and tools (e.g. fMRI) from developmental neuroscience to inform interventions for adolescents with, or at risk for, problems related to controlling emotion and behavior (e.g. suicide, depression, anxiety). REMEDY conducts work at both FIU and Nicklaus Children's Hospital, with the goal of bridging research with clinical practice, and vice versa.

Research Areas

Dr. McMakin is currently exploring two areas that she has identified as having high translational potential: 1) enhancing reward processing during the sensitive window of early adolescence to observe potential impacts on the onset, maintenance, and recurrence of depression, and 2) examining sleep as it relates to emotional processing (including emotional memory consolidation during sleep) and neurodevelopment in adolescents with, or at risk for, anxiety or depression. A key aim of this work is to identify opportunities to develop interventions that capitalize on neural plasticity to positively influence socio-emotional development.


  • NIMH and NICHD Postdoctoral Fellowships in Developmental Affective Neuroscience, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Clinical Internship, UCLA, Child/Adolescent Track, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
  • Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychology (Concentration in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience), University of Denver
  • M.A., Clinical Child Psychology, University of Denver
  • B.A., dual degree in Psychology and Spanish, The Schreyer's Honors College at Penn State University