Christian Garcia

Mentor: Dr. Sara Jo Nixon
College of Medicine
"It was not until my spring semester freshman year when I took my introduction to psychology course, that I learned what it really felt like to have a strong interest in something. After changing my major and focusing on psychology, I have worked diligently to in the field through volunteer work, research, and honorary societies. I became fascinated with research highlighting behavioral abnormalities, illnesses, and public health disparities focusing on the neurological basis of cognition and maladaptive behaviors associated with substance abuse and addiction."




Family, Youth, and Community Scienes

Research Interests

  • Substance Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Health Disparities

Academic Awards

  • University Scholar 2015 - Current
  • University of Kentucky Summer Training in Alcohol Research Fellow 2014
  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award 2014
  • Bright Futures 2012 - Current


  • Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students - Co Vice President
  • Tau Sigma Honors Society
  • UF Psychology Club/ Psi Chi


  • Neurocognitive Laboratory Research Assistant
  • Hospice Care of South Florida
  • Arts for Autism/ Spectrum Dance Therapy

Hobbies and Interests

  • Research
  • Reading
  • Movies
  • Food

Research Description

Substance use Trajectories Among Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations in North Central and Northeast Florida
My thesis investigates substance use trajectories among racial/ ethnic minority populations (race dependent "telescoping") in North Florida. My goal is to characterize potential differences in substance use milestones and progression among minority populations.