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Luna, Aniuska M., PhD

Title: Research Coordinator

Office: AHC4 280

Phone: 305-348-9076


Department(s): Psychiatry & Behavioral Health

Dr. Luna is the Research Coordinator for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Florida International University. She has a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CAR) from Nova Southeastern University. She is a peer reviewer with several academic journals focused on conflict and peace studies, and qualitative methodologies. As an independent researcher her interests include dehumanization, peace, and qualitative methodologies. In the past, she has also presented and raised awareness on the dynamics of war and modern day slavery.

Education and Training:

  • Grant Writing Certificate, Miami, FL
  • PhD, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL
  • MA, Cross-disciplinary Studies, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL
  • Graduate Certificate, Peace Studies, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL
  • Graduate Certificate, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL
  • BA, Spanish, Florida International University, Miami, FL
  • Undergraduate Certificate, Latin American Studies, Florida International University, Miami, FL


  • Recognizing Inspirational Superior Effort (RISE) Teamwork Award at Florida International University - 2018
  • SHSS Friends Memorial Scholarship. Nova Southeastern University- 2012
  • Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF). Subject: Dehumanization and discrimination in war iconography.Social Science Research Council. - 2010
  • First Place, Undergraduate Student Paper Competition. Paper: Beyond the military dictatorship: Argentina and its democratic consolidation since 1983.Annual Florida Student Conference in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Latin American and Caribbean Center, Florida International University and Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Miami - 2003


  • Castellanos, D., Capo, M., Valderrama, D., Jean-Francois, M., & Luna, A. (2018). Relationship of peer specialists to mental health outcomes in South Florida. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 12.
  • Luna, A. (2018). Relevant associations in understanding meaning and identity in dehumanization through non-human codes in the testimonies of Holocaust survivors. In P. Bray & M. Rzepecka (Eds.), Communication and Conflict in Multiple Settings(pp.113-148). Brill.
  • Luna, A. (2018). Cultural dehumanization in Holocaust testimonials. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 24(2), 250-254.
  • Luna, A. (2016). The non-human code in anecdotes where dehumanization is present: Relevant associations. In A. Ocaña (Ed.),Clashing Wor(l)ds: From International to Intrapersonal Conflict. net Press.
  • Luna, A. (2015). Redefining and delineating dehumanization towards an inclusive assessment model. Peace Studies Journal, 8(2), 34-58.