How Our Efforts to Cope During the Pandemic Shifted into a Sustainable and Inclusive Networking Opportunity


Maria Reid
Julia Parker
Arlene Garcia
Rachel Ritchie


Personal Narrative
Author Biographies

Maria Reid, Florida International University

Dr Maria Reid is a Developmental Psychologist and Licensed Mental health therapist, who has lived and worked in multiple countries and cultures. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Florida International University, where her current research centers around fatherhood, marital relationships, teaching and learning. Dr. Reid spends much of her time mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and has received honors and awards for teaching and student engagements.

Julia Parker, Florida International University

Dr. Julia Parker is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Florida International University, where she teaches Statistics and Research Methods, Introductory Psychology, and The Psychology of Adolescence. She earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Arizona State University. Her research focuses on integrating undergraduate learning assistants in active learning classrooms, as well as learning outcomes associated with elementary school student-teacher relationships, and sleep physiology and functioning among children and youth with anxiety disorders.

Arlene Garcia, Florida International University

Dr Arlene Garcia earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Florida International University, where she is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor.  Her current research focuses on removing systematic barriers to increase student success in higher education, as well as positive psychology, and group therapy processes.

Rachel Ritchie, Florida International University

Dr. Rachel Ritchie is Director of Undergraduate Studies and an Associate Teaching Professor with the Department of Psychology at Florida International University where she completed her undergraduate and graduate training. She is passionate about teaching and her research centers on integrating learning assistants to promote active learning, the impact of teaching modalities on student learning outcomes, and well-being and risk behavior in college students.