As a pediatric psychologist, I work with children to help them adjust to chronic illnesses such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease and congenital anorectal malformations. I also help kids with urinary and fecal incontinence and toilet training resistance.
I have always been interested in serving children and their families and helping them adapt to difficult conditions. I offer behavior therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to provide them with skills that can lead to greater psychological flexibility. My goal is to help my patients learn to live a meaningful life in spite of dealing with difficult medical, behavioral and emotional circumstances.
I am actively involved in the O’Grady Pediatric Psychology Residency Program, and I supervise two residents per year on a six-month gastrointestinal training rotation. I was nominated as Teacher of the Year by the 2018-2019 class.
In my spare time, I enjoy working as a “pretend farmer” on my property in eastern Tennessee with my wife and our dog. I have fun driving my tractor as we attempt to grow pumpkins, watermelon and sweet potatoes.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) application to children with IBD and their families
The development of child and parent self-report measures of experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion related to IBD
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Behavioral Medicine, Inflammatory Bowel Disease IBD, Clinical Psychology