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My Story

I am a psychotherapist, researcher, and activist. 

 

I started my professional life as an anthropologist. After getting my master’s degree I did fieldwork in the Amazon Basin and soon realized the career wasn’t for me. My professional introduction to psychology happened at Princeton University while working as a research assistant under a renowned social psychologist. With her incredible team I co-designed an adolescent bullying prevention initiative that we successfully implemented across the state of New Jersey. By far my favorite part of the job was interacting directly with the kids and hearing their stories. I decided to switch careers to psychology.

 

I took foundational psychology courses at the University of Pennsylvania while employed as a research coordinator at the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center (since renamed the Penn Center for the Prevention of Suicide). It was there, spending over two years listening to the vibrant stories of people who had recently attempted suicide, that I found the power of human connection to shine a light on the darkest moments of life. This inspired me to become a therapist and support people through those moments.

My PhD is in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. This unique program emphasized seeing the big picture of mental health: how people's wellbeing is affected by their life experiences, genetics, families, communities, and societal expectations. While completing my degree I trained rigorously in psychotherapy and assessment, working at inpatient substance rehabilitation facilities, medical clinics, and community mental health centers. I completed my predoctoral internship residency at the Durham VA Medical Center with rotations in behavioral medicine, integrated primary care, older adult services, post-deployment adjustment, and general mental health. During my postdoctoral fellowship I worked intensively with trauma cases. Throughout my training I completed supervised practice in interventions for complex trauma, insomnia, pain, chronic illness, anxiety, OCD, and suicide prevention, among others. My clinical specialty is the intersection of trauma, emotional intensity (such as anxiety, anger, and interpersonal problems), and health.

 

The dual doctoral degree also prepared me to support healthcare organizations and community agencies as a community psychologist and implementation scientist. You can see some of my research publications on these topics here. Beyond my clinical practice I am a researcher with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In both my personal and professional life I feel strongly about addressing inequities, leading with an anti-oppressive stance, and advocating for social justice. I also have a growing professional and personal interest in climate adaptation and resilience and am a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance of North America. 

I am originally from the Midwest. I now live outside Raleigh with my partner, daughter, overgrown garden, and a couple of backyard chickens. 

Education

Ph.D., Clinical - Community Psychology, University of South Carolina (APA-accredited)

M.A., Anthropology, University of Missouri

B.A., Anthropology & Human Biology, Temple University

Credentials & Training

North Carolina Psychology license #6477

National Register of Health Service Psychologists credential #71965

National Provider Certification in CPT for PTSD from the National Center for PTSD

APA-Accredited Psychology Internship, Durham VA Medical Center

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Affiliation

Research Investigator & Implementation Scientist

Center for Clinical Management Research

Health Services Research & Development

US Department of Veterans Affairs

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