I am a licensed clinical psychologist with 12 years of experience providing individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults of all ages. I have worked with individuals from diverse ethnic, spiritual, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
I completed an undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science and Law at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Afterward, I participated in two clinical research programs in the then relatively new field of Behavioral Medicine at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Washington before beginning graduate studies at the University of Miami. Behavioral medicine is an interdisciplinary field that combines both medicine and psychology with an integration of knowledge in biological, behavioral, psychological, and social sciences that is relevant to health and illness. At Miami, I earned Masters and PhD degrees in Clinical Psychology with emphases in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. I completed an APA-accredited internship at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA at the College of Health Professions and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston.
Throughout my training, I have worked with individuals with a wide variety of medical and psychological issues. I have participated in a array of Specialty clinics and practica including individual therapy at the Psychological Services Center at the University of Miami, insomnia treatment and sleep apnea management at the Miami VAMC Sleep Disorder Clinic, bariatric surgery evaluations and weight loss therapy at the Center for Obesity Education and Research at Temple University, Psychiatry Consult and Liaison Services at Temple Hospital, supportive therapy at the Pediatric Spinal Cord Unit at Shriner’s Hospital (Philadelphia), psychology services program development at the MUSC Main Hospital Medical-Surgical Unit, and chronic pain therapy and pre-surgery evaluations (bariatric surgery, organ transplant, spinal cord stimulator placement) at the MUSC Behavioral Medicine Outpatient Clinic.
In addition to private practice, I currently work with individuals at skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities. In this work, I provide supportive therapy to elders and their families adjusting to long-term care placement and decline in health and function. A portion of my time is spent providing education and motivation for individuals participating in a comprehensive outpatient rehab program after illness, stroke, or major surgery. When requested, I employ testing to evaluate cognitive functioning and decisional capacity. I find this work very rewarding.
I am a member of the National Register Health Service Psychologists. I am licensed and insured in Texas (PSY 35130).