I’m a pediatric psychologist who helps patients and families being treated within the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute. I am the primary psychologist for patients with solid tumors and a portion of our sickle cell patients. I use psychological interventions to help them cope with the challenges of these conditions.
I was raised by people who were all helpers in some capacity, which led me to a helping profession. I consider it a privilege to help children, adolescents and families develop skills that can be beneficial to them now and throughout their lives.
It is normal for kids, teens and families to need support, especially when coping with a medical condition. Psychological interventions can help with many of the ways that these conditions impact patients and families. These impacts can be psychological such as anxiety, mood disturbances and irritability, and physical, such as pain, changes in sleep and eating challenges.
In my practice, I invite patients and families to allow me to learn what is important to them and what makes them unique. This understanding helps us partner as we work together toward their goals.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outside and taking my dog kayaking.
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Behavioral Medicine, Sickle Cell and Hemoglobin Disorders, Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations