As a clinical child psychologist, I care for adolescents and young adults (AYA) in a primary care setting where I provide mental health prevention, brief mental-health assessments and interventions.
As the primary-care team in the Teen Health Center, we care about your health as a whole person, and this includes your emotional and mental health. Everyone experiences emotions every day, and finding ways to manage emotions like sadness, anxiety and anger is possible. Understanding and managing emotions is a skill every patient can learn and improve – and I love helping patients do this.
I’m passionate about working with teens to address their overall well-being and mental health. I’m always impressed by what teens are capable of when adults take them seriously and I continually learn from my patients. Adolescence is a fascinating and fraught stage of development. Teens are just starting to figure out who they are and who they want to become, so it’s an important time for the right interventions to optimize their trajectory.
Previously, my research focused on the emotional development and teenagers. Now that I am part of the Integrated Behavioral Health Program (IBH), I’ve turned my attention to quality improvement projects and ways to apply clinical best practices for all patients in the Teen Health Center.
In my free time, I enjoy baking sweets and sourdough bread. I also like birding and hiking with my high-energy dog.
Adolescence; depression; anxiety; health psychology
Emotion development; adolescence; depression; anxiety
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Adolescent Medicine