Clinical/Evaluative Programs : Pediatric Health Behavior Research Lab

About Us

Alan Delamater, Ph.D
Alan M. Delamater received his Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia in 1981. He is currently a professor of Pediatrics and Director of the division of Clinical Psychology in the department of pediatrics at the University of Miami, where he has been since 1991. Dr. Delamater has received many research grants and has published widely in the field of pediatric psychology, focusing on the psychosocial aspects of diabetes and obesity. Dr. Delamater reviews regularly for research journals, is active as a teacher and clinician, and is board‐certified in clinical health psychology.


Elizabeth Pulgaron, Ph.D
Dr. Pulgaron is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics. She has worked on various research studies for families of children with diabetes and/or obesity and has conducted inpatient and outpatient assessments for these families. Dr. Pulgaron has supervised interns and practicum students’ clinical cases. She also conducts neuropsychological assessments for adolescent candidates for bariatric surgery. Dr. Pulgaron serves as a consultant to the City of Hialeah on a 5-year childhood obesity initiative sponsored by the Blue Foundation. Most recently, she is working on a diversity supplement to a multisite NIH funded study of Latino youth. Her research is focused on the role of grandparents in health outcomes for Hispanic children.

Dr. Daigre
Amber Daigre, Ph.D
Dr. Daigre is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with research interests in the psychological outcomes of childhood chronic illness. Dr. Daigre completed her undergraduate education at Duke University, received her Ph.D from Vanderbilt University, and completed her clinical internship at the Miami Children’s Hospital. She is currently the primary psychologist and supervisor for the Pediatric Endocrinology clinic at the Mailman Center for Child Development.


Sara M. St. George, PhD
Dr. St. George is a Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include developing and testing theoretically-based obesity prevention interventions which integrate multiple influential systems to promote positive health behaviors in ethnic minority adolescents. She was recently awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine for her work conducting a family-based behavioral skills and positive parenting intervention for improving physical activity, sedentary behavior, and dietary habits in African American adolescents and their primary caregivers.


Ashley Marchante, B.A.
Ashley is a second-year Graduate student in the Pediatric Health track of the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Miami. She received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. She is primarily interested in the interactive role of peers, family, and culture on youth mental and physical health outcomes. Currently, Ashley is working on her master’s thesis which explores risk and resilience factors associated with acculturative stress and internalizing symptoms in Hispanic/Latino youth.

Yaray Agosto, MPH
Yaray became a research associate for the FITastic Health study in July 2013. Yaray graduated from the University of Miami with her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, and has recently completed her Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Miami.


Lucy Bloise, MPH
Lucy is a research associate who manages and coordinates the Green Light Study, one of the projects of the lab, in which Dr. Delamater is the Principal Investigator. She studied Psychology at Florida International University and recently went on to receive her Master’s degree in Public Health here at the University of Miami. In the future, she plans to pursue a Ph.D in Public Health at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.

Maria Toro, B.A.
Maria is a Post-Baccalaureate Research Associate who manages and coordinates nearly all of the recent and ongoing research projects of the Delamater lab. Maria received her B.A. from Wellesley College and plans to pursue graduate study in the areas of mindfulness meditation and child development. Maria aspires earn a Ph.D from the University of Miami and become a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with research specialization in the development of mindfulness-based coping methods for children and adolescents with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Kevin Ramseur II
Kevin is an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Pediatric Health Behavior Research Laboratory. He is currently a student at the University of Miami pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with minors in Exercise Physiology and Philosophy. Kevin aspires to earn a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Sports Psychology and the effects of mental health on exercise and health performance.