As a pediatric psychologist, I help children and adolescents with a wide variety of medical conditions by tailoring evidence-based treatments to fit their individual and family situations. Some of my areas of specialty include feeding, pediatric obesity and bariatrics. I also counsel patients who have weight-related medical conditions, including type 2 diabetes and non- alcoholic fatty liver disease.
I was drawn to pediatric psychology because I wanted to help children and adolescents with acute and chronic medical conditions, along with their families, overcome emotional, behavioral and/or thinking barriers that were keeping them from living the life they want to live.
In addition to helping patients, I also do research that focuses on improving outcomes for children and adolescents with obesity.
In my free time, I like to read, run, travel, and spend time with family and friends.
Adjustment and coping with medical illness; pediatric obesity; pediatric feeding concerns; anxiety; depression; adherence concerns
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics