I am passionate about working with youth and their families facing acute psychiatric crises, serious mental illnesses and complex behavioral challenges.
As a clinical child psychologist, I specialize in working with children, adolescents and families experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties. I am passionate about working with youth and their families facing acute psychiatric crises, serious mental illnesses and complex behavioral challenges.
Successfully achieving safety and stability from crisis requires close collaboration with providers from multiple disciplines, gaining collateral information from outside sources, and providing evidence-based recommendations for hospitalization goals and disposition. As a faculty psychologist at College Hill, I work with an interdisciplinary team to develop, implement and evaluate interventions and programs of care to provide a unified, comprehensive approach to treatment within an acute psychiatric inpatient setting.
I am driven by a desire to promote growth and development for children, adolescents and families. When providing short-term intervention for a crisis, I’m inspired by seeing youth demonstrate affective, emotional and behavioral change to the point where they begin to act like kids again.
My treatment approach is trauma-informed. My clinical care is guided by tenets of cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral practices. Additionally, I believe successful outcomes are achieved when broader contextual and family systems grow in tandem with the youth experiencing a crisis. As such, my approach to care also emphasizes family system involvement to achieve stabilization from crisis and increase safe behaviors.
I also have expertise in conducting multidisciplinary assessments evaluating children suspected of having autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other related neurodevelopmental disorders.
My research interests focus on understanding and implementing interventions for children and adolescents in acute psychiatric inpatient settings to promote stabilization and recovery.
In my free time, I enjoy traveling to visit my friends and family, exercising, watching professional sports, cooking and exploring new foods to eat.