I am a clinical psychologist specializing in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities (DD). I provide both individual and group outpatient treatment to address a range of difficulties, primarily behavioral challenges. I also provide psychological assessments for children and adolescents with suspected ASD or DD.
I was motivated to pursue further study and training in ASD and DD after experiences providing in-home support to young children with ASD in college. Each of these children and their families was unique and inspiring, and the children and families I work with today continue to inspire me.
In my clinical practice, I strive to use a patient- and family-centered approach. Collaboration and shared decision-making are essential features of my clinical practice. I am also actively engaged in program development and review for both individual and group outpatient services. I have a strong interest in quality improvement (QI) work to enhance our systems and processes for our patients, families, caregivers and staff. I serve as the QI lead for The Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s, which is a member of the Autism Speaks – Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN) and the Autism Learning Health Network (ALHN).
As the safety lead in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, I am very involved in the development of safety processes for the delivery of clinical care for patients, families, caregivers and staff. I am also interested in clinical research. I am fortunate to have opportunities to participate in a range of clinical research projects in ASD/DD as a clinical provider.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and watching my kids’ many games and activities. Running, exercise, being outside and reading are my favorite ways to relax.