I am a licensed psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and their families. I earned my Ph.D. in clinical psychology (child specialization) from West Virginia University in 2007, where my training focused extensively on helping children cope with a wide variety of fears, anxieties, and related concerns (i.e., mood symptoms, behavioral concerns). I also received comprehensive training in helping parents and other caregivers manage the behavior of young children. Following my doctoral degree, I completed a two-year fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and became a licensed psychologist in Ohio in 2010.
I treat children and adolescents presenting with a variety of mental health concerns, but have a specialization in and passion for treating child anxiety. I also have a particular interest in working with children demonstrating attention difficulties and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity (including ADHD) and related concerns, and have worked with many families to help them alleviate the impact of these symptoms at home, at school, and in other environments.
Since moving to Northeast Ohio, I have been not only a clinician, but also have held academic and medical staff positions at several academic medical centers and universities. I have many years of experience as a clinical child and pediatric psychologist providing outpatient psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and their families, and also have supervised several medical students and psychology graduate and undergraduate students in their clinical and research projects.
I take a collaborative approach to treatment, working closely with children and families (and other medical providers and school personnel, as appropriate) to help them achieve their treatment goals. Further, I use evidence-based treatments routinely throughout my practice, to help achieve each child's and family's treatment goals in an effective and efficient manner.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching and attending sporting events, spending time outdoors, and cooking.
B.A. (1999, Psychology) Wake Forest University
M.A. (2000, Psychology) Boston University
M.S. (2004, Clinical Psychology - Child Specialization) West Virginia University [APA-Accredited]
Internship (2007, Child Clinical Psychology): Medical University of South Carolina [APA-Accredited, NIMH-Sponsored]
Ph.D. (2007; Clinical Psychology) West Virginia University [APA-Accredited]
Fellowship (2009): University of Mississippi Medical Center, Fellow in Clinical Child Psychology, Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior [APA Accredited, NIMH-Sponsored]
2015-2016 Clinical Psychologist/Program Director, Center for Anxiety and Mood Management, Akron Children's Hospital
2011-2015 Pediatric Psychologist, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychology, University Hospitals/Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
2011-2015 Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University
2009-2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy
2009-2011 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Kent State UniversityDepartment of Psychology
2009-2011 Clinical Psychologist, Center for the Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress (CTSTS), Summa Health System
American Psychological Association (APA)
APA Division 53—Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Ohio Psychological Association (OPA)