Education, Training, Professional Career
Ever since I was young I have been interested in learning about and helping people. This interest led me to receive my Bachelor of the Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology at Boston University. I subsequently received my Master's (M.A.) and Doctorate (Psy.D.) degrees in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
I completed an APA-Accredited pre-doctoral internship at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, where I worked with individuals recovering from traumatic experiences and adjusting to a variety of medical challenges in settings including primary care, physical medicine and rehabilitation, extended hospital stays, and palliative care. I conducted psychological assessments to determine whether people were appropriate for bariatric surgery as well as neuropsychological assessments to determine the presence or absence of neurodegenerative disorders. I then completed my postdoctoral fellowship at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where I worked on several healthcare teams including Home-Based Primary Care, Oncology, Spinal Cord Injury, Sleep Medicine, and Memory Clinic programs. In these settings I provided individual psychotherapy, group therapy, shared medical appointments, and neuropsychological assessments. Prior to my internship and fellowship training I worked with children and adolescents in schools addressing bullying and adjustment to life stressors. I also worked at Kaiser Permanente where I assessed children for Autism Spectrum Disorder and led a social skills training group for children and adolescents on the spectrum.
My diverse experiences have led me to specialize in working with adolescents, adults, and older adults with a wide range of presenting problems, including depression, anxiety, adjustment to life transitions, health challenges, sleep disorders, and trauma recovery.