As a clinical psychologist, I specialize in psychological assessment and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. These include autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disabilities and genetic disorders. I’m also a parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT)-certified therapist and clinical trainer. My clinical practice focuses on the treatment of families and children in the areas of anxiety, trauma, behavioral parent training and family adjustment.
As far back as I can remember, I have loved working with children. Throughout my years of education and additional experiences with children as a preschool teacher, supported employment coach and therapist in applied behavior analysis, I saw the significant impact a psychologist could have for children and families. This led me to complete my doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in health psychology.
As a psychologist at Cincinnati Children’s since 2010, my role is to partner with families to help them achieve their goals. Family-centered care within an integrated medical setting means helping families achieve success by providing education regarding their child's specific concerns, then helping caregivers set goals that match the family’s needs. I work with Cincinnati Children’s CHECK Foster Care Clinic and within the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics to provide multidisciplinary developmental assessments. However, I am most energized when working with families to provide live parent coaching with evidence-based behavioral and social-emotional strategies, or running the Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) parent group.
In addition to caring for patients, I serve as the clinical treatment lead for the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Psychology. I am also a clinical supervisor for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, as well as for the Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship program, where I train future psychologists to be certified PCIT therapists. Finally, my research efforts center on developmental outcomes for children at risk for neurodevelopmental disabilities.
In the community, I served as a board member for the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) from 2010-2017 and continue to serve on OPA committees. I am also the past president and a board member of the Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology.
BS: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
MA: Clinical Psychology, Spalding University, Louisville, KY, 2002.
PsyD: Clinical Psychology with a Health Psychology Emphasis, Spalding University, Louisville, KY, 2006.
Pre-Doctoral Internship: Wright State University SOPP Consortium (WSU Center for Counseling Services and Dayton Children's Medical Center), 2004.
Post-Doctoral: Dayton Children’s Medical Center.
Licensure: Ohio State Board of Psychology, 2007.
Autism spectrum disorders; learning disabilities; ADHD; anxiety and childhood trauma
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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