HANDS Logo

HANDS Team

Click on the buttons inside the tabbed menu for details.

Current FIU undergraduate students interested in joining HANDS can download the research assistant application. Save it to type into the fillable PDF.

Note: Applications are not accepted from candidates who have already graduated with their bachelor's degree.

Prospective graduate students interested in joining HANDS should email Dr. Nelson directly. The deadline to apply is Dec 1 annually.

Note: Dr. Nelson is not recruiting graduate students for Fall 2022.

Lab Director

Eliza L. Nelson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

Education and Training

Graduate Students

Kaityn Contino, B.A.
Cohort: Fall 2020

Education and Training


Atefeh Karimi, B.Sc.
Cohort: Fall 2021

Education and Training


Kate L. Long, B.A., M.S., OTR/L #22098
Cohort: Fall 2021

Education and Training


Research Assistants

Stephanie Chavez (Major: Psychology)
Antonella Mini (Major: Behavioral Neuroscience)
Vivian Vazquez (Major: Biology)

Lab Alumni

Emily R. Boeving, Ph.D. (2020)

HANDS Masters Thesis (published in American Journal of Primatology)
HANDS Dissertation (published in American Journal of Primatology; Symmetry)

Sandy L. Gonzalez, Ph.D. (2019)

HANDS Masters Thesis (published in Behavioral Sciences)
HANDS Dissertation (published in Developmental Psychology; Frontiers in Psychology)

Megan A. Taylor, M.S. (2018)

HANDS Masters Thesis (publication undergoing invited revision)


Get in Touch

hands@fiu.edu | 305-348-4032 | Deuxieme Maison (DM) 269A

Find us on social media.



Copyright (c) 2022 Eliza L. Nelson, Ph.D. Powered by w3.css.