I’m a pediatric psychologist who specializes in helping families cope with and adjust to their child’s medical condition. My goal is to promote effective communication and partnership between families and their medical teams.
I am the clinical director of the Transitional Care Center Behavioral Health Program and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Behavioral Health Program at Cincinnati Children’s. In these roles, I provide evidence-based psychotherapy to children and families. In 2020, I was honored to be awarded the divisional Innovation Award acknowledging my program development work within the Transitional Care Center.
Growing up watching my parents advocate for my sibling with a chronic illness motivated me to pursue a career helping families. Seeing them navigate the complexities of the medical system inspired me to become a pediatric psychologist and help children and families cope with serious medical issues.
In my practice, I believe that strong relationships are the foundation of good patient care. The hospital setting can be overwhelming. My role is to help families identify their personal goals of care, to process and cope with their experiences, and to support them in reaching those goals with their care team. When families feel globally supported by their care team, they are able to make thoughtful, value-driven decisions about their child’s care.
I’m also dedicated to supporting medical providers by helping them cope with secondary trauma, providing education about human behavior and generally offering resources to help them do their jobs well.
In addition to patient care, I conduct research that focuses on inpatient program development. I’m working to identify opportunities to improve patient care and staff support within the hospital setting. I’m also interested in factors that impact medical adherence and family functioning.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dogs.
Adherence to treatment in CF; parent coping and adjustment; adolescent and child coping and adjustment; communication in the medical setting; resilience in medical providers
Family functioning in chronic illness; psychosocial variables influencing pediatric adherence; quality improvement
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics