I am a pediatric psychologist who specializes in working with children, teens and young adults with cystic fibrosis. I help them balance the demands of their treatment regimen with living a life that is really meaningful to them. I also specialize in treating preschool children with emotional and behavioral concerns, including tantrums, anxiety, sleep and toileting.
Helping support family wellness, fun and connection has always been meaningful and rewarding for me. I partner with my patients and families to help them build the skills that will be theirs to keep, and allow them to be the healthiest family they can be. My care is grounded in the importance of building healthy and enduring parent-child bonds early in life. I help parents understand what we would expect for the child's development and life experiences, and how best to teach, model and build skills needed to meet expectations and thrive. We actively set goals and track progress toward these goals. We work hard together and have fun while building important skills that can last a lifetime.
In addition to my clinical care of patients, I lead and partner with others on research. My research focus is broadly in early intervention to improve the health and wellness of children and their families, including emotion and behavior, nutrition and school functioning. Much of my research is in chronic illnesses such as cystic fibrosis and obesity, and is focused on wellness, education and care improvement. I also educate medical trainees in behavioral healthcare.
I find balance in listening to music, cooking, enjoying art, and being with friends and family.
Behavior management in toddlers and preschoolers; adherence to treatment in chronic illness (CF and obesity); coping and adjustment; child anxiety; toileting
Early intervention; adherence to treatment in chronic illness (CF and obesity); development and testing of brief behavioral interventions; quality improvement
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Behavioral Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Cystic Fibrosis, Clinical Psychology