After graduating from Rice University with honors as an English major, I studied creative writing at the University of Washington, became a published poet, and was a teacher for five years. I taught literature, composition, creative writing, reading comprehension, and speed reading. I loved working with students and their families, but I often noticed that my students and their parents needed assistance with emotional and behavioral issues that impacted school performance. Such work was beyond my purview as a teacher, however, so I was inspired to become a psychologist. While pursuing my doctoral degree, I continued to work with students and their families as a private tutor, successfully tutoring students with ADHD, learning disorders, behavioral and emotional problems, and personality issues. I found the combination of my teaching background and my psychotherapy skills to be very effective in this work.
Education and Clinical Training
My Ph.D. in psychology was granted by the University of Miami, where I received two awards for outstanding academic achievement. My formal clinical training also began at the University of Miami, under the supervision of top-notch psychologists with many years of experience. I was fortunate to work with a culturally diverse group of clients. I also prioritized working with people in each developmental stage and with a variety of presenting problems because I am committed to understanding the full range of human experience. To this end, my clinical training was broadly focused and included the provision of psychotherapy and psychological testing to children, adolescents, adults, families, couples, and the elderly. I trained in many different settings, including community mental health centers, residential treatment centers, the foster care system, and the VA hospital.
As a psychology intern, I trained at Harvard Medical School, placed at Cambridge Hospital. There, I worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families and trained with renowned experts in psychotherapy and psychological testing.
After internship, I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at a VA hospital in Bedford, MA, where I provided individual and couple’s psychotherapy (often focusing on trauma and PTSD), parent training and consultation, and clinical supervision.
In total, I have been providing clinical psychological services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families for over six years. I am excited to be back in my home state at last, working with clients in such a vibrant and diverse city!
I study the relationship between goal pursuit and well-being in adolescence and emerging adulthood. I am interested in how people at these critical developmental stages go about choosing and pursuing their goals, how others (like parents and peers) influence them, and ultimately what meaning, purpose, and direction their goal pursuit gives to their lives. I continue to collaborate with my colleagues at the University of Miami to publish our findings.