Current Scholars

Danna Demezier

Danna Demezier is pursuing her Ph D in Counselor Education at Florida Atlantic University. Her research interests are help seeking behaviors of Haitians living in South Florida, evidence-based practices for minority and ethnic groups, and unhealthy relationships and counseling implications. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida (UF) and a Master of Science in Psychology from Carlos Albizu University (CAU). Danna has 10 years of professional experience in community mental health and the non-profit sector. She is currently a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and worked as the Lead Mental Health Consultant at her last place of employment. In her professional career, Danna has provided individual and family counseling to children and adults, parenting education for new parents, conflict resolution for high conflict families, and supportive services for Court-mandated clients and individuals impacted by domestic violence. As a research assistant, Danna has explored case conceptualization skills and gender issues in counseling students and professionals. In her personal life, Danna is an active volunteer who provides mentorship and hosts presentations on life issues and mental health concerns for youth and young adults in her church. She also volunteers on two committees of subdivisions for the American Counseling Association, serves as a mentor in the Mentorship Project at FAU, and is a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Counselor Education. In addition to being the recipient of scholarships at UF and CAU, Danna is a Holmes Scholars and received scholarships from Student Government and the COE's James Woodruff, Jr. Scholarship Fund at FAU.


Shanett Dean

Shanett Dean is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Florida Atlantic University. Her research interests include the school-to-prison pipeline, critical pedagogy, technology integration and critical literacy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of South Florida and a Master’s degree from New York University. Shanett has 10 years of experience as a literature, philosophy and research instructor and has facilitated professional development sessions on the implications and implementation of technology in the secondary classroom. She has presented her research at several national conferences including the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. For her innovation in the classroom, Shanett was a recipient of the Broward Education Foundation Teacher Grant for her work with Micro-Narratives and Project Based Learning. In addition to being a Holmes Scholar, Shanett was a 2018-2019 provost fellow.


Adriana Labarta

Adriana Labarta is pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Florida Atlantic University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Masters and Specialist degrees in Counselor Education with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. Adriana is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has experience treating adolescents and adults with mental health concerns in various treatment settings. Her research interests include eating disorders, LGBTQ+ issues, transdiagnostic treatment, and multiculturalism/social justice in counseling. Recently, Adriana co-authored a book chapter on prevention and treatment strategies in community settings in Dr. Kelly Emelianchik-Key and Dr. Amanda La Guardia's Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Throughout the Lifespan: A Clinician's Guide to Treatment Considerations, which was published with Routledge. Adriana is an active member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society. She aspires to create positive change in the counseling profession by advocating for marginalized populations through her work as a counselor educator.


Eleanor Su-Keene

Eleanor Su-Keene is pursuing her Ph.D. in the Educational Leadership School Leaders program at Florida Atlantic University. Her research interests include social justice leadership as a praxis, addressing deficit thinking amongst school staff, and creating culturally appreciative education in American public schools. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Biochemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). She also has a Master of Science in Molecular Ecology from UNR with a focus in teaching and learning in secondary science. Her combination of research experience and educational foundations made her a unique fit as a teacher. Her five years of teaching in Title I middle schools and high schools across two states has given her profound experience and solidified her advocacy for equitable education. She has co-authored several peer-reviewed articles in both education and science. In addition to being the recipient of FAU College of Education’s Harry Harmes Memorial Scholarship, she is also a Heather Heyer Foundation scholarship recipient to further social justice in memory of Heather and the Charlottesville protest in 2017.


Jennifer Amador

Jennifer Amador is currently a doctoral student at Florida Atlantic University pursuing her Ed.D. in Exceptional Student Education. Her research interests include understanding the specific behaviors children exhibit that lead to suspension and expulsion from Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs and the policy and process administrators and teachers implement prior to suspending and expelling young children. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management at Broward College and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Early Childhood Education (ECE) at Florida Atlantic University. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of Early Care and Education in roles ranging from Teacher to Director. She also teaches ECE courses as an adjunct instructor at Broward College. She is a strong advocate for young children and actively serves on the board for the Broward Chapter of the Florida Association for the Education of Young Children. She has presented at several conferences including the National Association of Education for Young Children and the Division for Early Childhood. In addition to being a HOLMES scholar, Jennifer was a recipient of the Toppel Family Early Childhood Doctoral Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year.


Paul Massy

Paul Massy is currently pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at Florida Atlantic University. His research interest is Arts in Education as an educational tool for Social Transformation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master’s in Education degree from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Paul has twenty-three years as an arts educator and more importantly, seven of those years as a Curriculum Officer in the Visual and Performing Arts. He has presented his research at national and regional conferences in the Caribbean and contributed his expertise to a myriad of festivals and workshops. In addition, to be being a Holmes Scholar, he is also the recipient of a scholarship and 2019-2020 provost fellowship. Paul is presently a Graduate Research Assistant in the department of Curriculum Culture and Educational Inquiry and a member of the Florida Atlantic University College of Education Kappa Delta Phi Chapter.