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.
- 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.
Scholarly & Creative Works
Other Scholarly Work
principal investigator on
- Sleep-dependent negative overgeneralization in peri-pubertal anxiety awarded by National Institute of Mental Health 2018 - 2023
- Dr. Dana McMakin's Clinical Work with Nicklaus Children's Hospital awarded by Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialist 2016 - 2022
- As Safe As Possible (ASAP): A Balanced, 2x2 Design to Test Conjoint and Unique Efficacy of an Inpatient Intervention and An Emotion Regulation/ Safety Planning App in Preventing Suicide Attempts Post-Discharge awarded by American Foundation for Suicide Preventi 2019 - 2021
- Treatment Development Targeting Positive Affect Function in Adolescent Depression awarded by National Institute of Mental Health 2016 - 2017
co-principal investigator on
- Identifying Person-Specific Drivers of Adolescent Depression via Idiographic Network Modeling of Active and Passive Smartphone Data awarded by National Institute of Mental Health 2021 - 2023
- Examining the Influence of Parenting Practices on Youths Sleep Health During a Sensitive Developmental Period. awarded by Child Health and Human Development 2020 - 2022
- Dana Mcmakin
- https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6954-4204 (confirmed)