IIFC Staff

Listed below are the supervisors and staff in the IIFC. All of our supervisors are licensed psychologists in the state of Florida.

Dulce Jane
Dulce M. Jané, Ph.D.

Dr. Jane received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami. She also has a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from Barry University.

Dr. Jane is the Outpatient Coordinator for the Institute for Child and Family Health, Inc. (ICFH), a non-profit organization that provides counseling services to low income families. She is a practicing psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of childhood trauma. Her focus is also on helping adoptive parents understand the potential psychological sequelae of early childhood trauma so that they can learn how to manage challenging behaviors and foster a positive emotional relationship with their child. Dr. Jane is also involved with the Clinical Training Department at ICFH where she supervises master’s and doctoral level students.

Annie Khan
Annie Khan, Psy.D.

Dr. Annie Khan’s therapeutic style allows for the development of a trusting and positive relationship and provides an individual with a safe and comfortable space within which presenting concerns can be addressed. Through her personal experiences, training, and practice, she has gained a unique insight into the adjustment faced by individuals who feel culturally, socially, or philosophically isolated. This experience with a wide range of backgrounds forms the foundation of her work with others. Dr. Khan completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Adler School of Professional Psychology and works with a wide range of concerns such as: depression, anxiety, major life changes, and couples and familial issues.

In addition, Dr. Khan’s areas of focus include:

* Cultural Integration: As a Caribbean female Dr. Khan has an intimate understanding of the challenges faced by cultural minorities in society; adapting, integrating and succeeding in a different society, while maintaining one’s own cultural identity and the value it has.

* LGBTQ: Dr. Annie Khan considers herself an ally for the LGBTQ community. She has experience with the identity and family related challenges of coming out. Dr. Khan has also been trained in the field of couples counseling, and has developed her own unique understanding of the challenges faced by LGBT couples in particular.

In addition to these main areas of expertise, Dr. Khan also offers a Mindfulness Meditation workshop which focuses on accepting the present; a valuable skill in our face-paced society. For more information regarding Dr. Khan’s work feel free to contact her at axk825@miami.edu.

Maite Mena
Maite Mena, Psy.D.

Dr. Mena has a Doctorate in Psychology and is a Research Assistant Professor at the SEHD, University of Miami. She was the recipient of a NIDA funded Diversity Grant that provided additional training on clinical research and evidence-based treatments. Her expertise includes study design, coordination and implementation within randomized clinical trials. Dr. Mena has contributed to the writing of treatment implementation manuals and standard operating procedures for recruiting, assessment, training of interventionists and intervention delivery. She has led the successful execution of three complex treatment protocols in the roles of co-investigator on two studies with Hispanic adolescents and their families and as Co-PI and project director in a randomized trial for substance-abusing adolescents and their families.

Dr. Mena has played a central role in making cultural adaptations to family-based treatment models, has worked on the integration of Motivational Interviewing into family based treatments, and has led efforts to measure treatment adherence/fidelity in complex interventions. A current Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant has led Dr. Mena to acquire expertise in the training and dissemination of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), an evidence based practice. As the Project Director for this SBIRT training grant, Dr. Mena has organized training events in classrooms (at UM and FIU), at healthcare practice sites (University of Miami Hospital, Saint John Bosco Clinic, and ConnectFamilias), and at regional trainings across Florida. Dr. Mena works collaboratively with a community organization which focuses on reducing health disparities in the Hispanic community. As a result of her work in the community, Dr. Mena received an award for Excellence in Partnership from the community organization in 2013.

Psychologist Manuela Menendez
Manuela Menendez, Psy.D.

Dr. Menendez received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from The Wright Institute and a Masters of Counseling from Loyola University. She is currently a candidate at the Florida Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Menendez currently operates a private practice in Coral Gables, Florida providing psychodynamic therapy to adolescents, adults, couples and families. Additionally, Dr. Menendez works in the Counseling and Student Health department at the New World School of the Arts College in Downtown Miami.

Dr. Menendez also serves as the chapter director for ‘A Home Within,’ which provides free therapy to foster youth. Dr. Menendez is experienced in Cognitive Behavioral psychotherapy, short term psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She speaks English and Spanish and specializes in working with inpatients, incarcerated people, adolescents, The LGBT population, minorities, those with chronic illness, and the elderly.

Psychologist Robert McMahon
Robert C. McMahon, Ph.D.

Dr. McMahon received his Ph.D. in Counseling and Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed post-doctoral work at the University of Missouri. He is currently a member of the core faculty in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Miami.

Dr. McMahon is ABPP certified and has been serving as a clinical supervisor at the IIFC for several decades. In addition to his clinical supervision duties, Professor McMahon teaches and conducts research in the area of psychological intervention. His research focuses on developing and evaluating interventions for various high risk groups including those with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems.

Psychologist Lauren Miller
Lauren Miller, Psy.D., J.D.

Dr. Miller is a graduate of Florida State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and assisted with neuroscience research in learning and memory.  She went on to attend a dual-doctorate program at Widener University, achieving a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and a Juris Doctor degree.  She completed an APA-accredited internship with rotations in adult outpatient community mental health and psychological assessment of children receiving services through state agencies.  Dr. Miller also completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in forensic neuropsychology and assessment psychology in Miami, Florida.  She has over ten years of clinical experience providing psychological assessment and treatment services to individuals of all ages. Dr. Miller enjoys training and supervising students and clinicians in the principles and techniques of psychological assessment.

Marcelo Esteba
Marcelo Esteban, Ph.D.

Marcelo Esteban, Ph.D. graduated from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed his graduate degree at the Universite d’Aix-Marseille II, France. He completed a Master degree from University of California, San Diego and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology, Berkeley, California where he was Adjunct Faculty. He moved to Mexico where he was professor at the Universidad Autonoma BC, Mexico. He later became research assistant at the San Francisco State University School of Education, San Francisco, California and he worked at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, University of California, San Francisco.

Upon moving to Miami, he became Clinical Director of the Institute for Child and Family Health (former Children’s Psychiatric Center). He has been Clinical Supervisor and lecturer for the APA approved internship for pre-doc psychological interns at ICFH where he also provided clinical supervision to master level students and clinicians. Dr. Esteban is a practicing clinical psychologist in both community based organizations and in private practice for individual, couples, and families with diverse cultural and linguistic needs. He has worked with victims and perpetrators of violence and HIV or AIDS-affected individuals. He works with clients with dual diagnoses and with children, adolescents and their families affected by emotional and behavioral problems.

Regina Mendoza
Regina Mendoza, Psy.D.

Dr. Regina Mendoza earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Miami and Psy.D. from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Mendoza completed her post-doctoral residency in clinical psychology at Citrus Health Network Community Mental Health Center in Hialeah, Florida. Prior to that, Dr. Mendoza completed a pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at Cornell University/Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in New York City.

Specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Dr. Mendoza provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults in both English and Spanish. Dr. Mendoza also provides psychological testing evaluations. She is on the medical staff of Baptist Hospital in Miami in the Department of Pediatrics where she works primarily with pediatric oncology patients and their families. Dr. Mendoza also works full-time in private practice in Coral Gables. She is a member of both the American Psychological Association and the Florida Psychological Association.

Clinic Director

Psychologist Lissette Perez-LimaLissette M. Perez-Lima, Ph.D.

Dr. Perez-Lima received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Counseling Psychology and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami. She currently serves as the Director of the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling at the University of Miami. Dr. Perez-Lima also maintains a private practice in Coral Gables where she primarily works with children, adolescents and their families.

Dr. Perez-Lima is also an executive board member of the Melissa Institute and is an active member of both the Association for Psychology Training Clinics Directors and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Perez-Lima speaks English and Spanish and specializes in program development, consultation-liaison services and prevention and intervention services for children and families experiencing health conditions.

Office Manager

Jackie OjedaJackie Ojeda

Jackie is the office manager of the IIFC. She runs the day to day operations of the clinic and is the first contact for clients coming into the clinic. Jackie has over 20 years of customer service and management experience in the community and corporate America. Her people skills have made a large impact on our clients and the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling. She brings a high level of professionalism and excellence to the IIFC.


Graduate Assistant

Zamira Castro Jiménez
Zamira Castro Jiménez, M.S.Ed.

Zamira Castro Jiménez is a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D program in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami. Zamira holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Latin American & Latino Studies and a Master of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling. In her research and clinical work thus far Zamira has centered on the psychological well-being of people of color broadly and their unique sub-groups specifically, namely that of Latinos, LGBTQ individuals, and the intersection of these two populations. Zamira employs feminist, multicultural, and relationally-based approaches to conceptualizing cases and providing psychological treatment that is culturally-competent and congruent with client’s value systems. As a holistic practitioner, Zamira incorporates ethnic psychology principles, mindfulness-based strategies, and social justice-informed approaches to facilitate psychological well-being in her client’s lives. Additionally, she provides psychotherapy in both English and Spanish and has experience working with adolescents, adults, and families. Zamira currently serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling where she lends administrative support to the office manager and clinic director.