My path to becoming a child and adolescent psychologist began in high school when I took a psychology course as an "easy" elective and fell in love with the topic. Before this, I was convinced I wanted to be a veterinarian, but my interest quickly switched from animals to people after being exposed to the world of psychology.I was also interested in working with kids, and I sought out training experiences throughout undergraduate and graduate school that would allow me to learn more about treating childhood disorders. Being a child and adolescent psychologist is a passion of mine. I believe it is what I was created to do.
As a child and adolescent psychologist, I am a generalist trained in the evaluation and treatment of various childhood and adolescent disorders. I treat:
- Anxiety disorders
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- General adjustment concerns and anger management
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Oppositional defiant disorder and other disruptive behaviors
- Tourette syndrome and tic disorders
I have a strong commitment to providing comprehensive, family-focused interventions through multidisciplinary collaboration within Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Liberty Campus and providers and agencies in the community. I work primarily from a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) perspective, which may include exposure therapy and relaxation training, depending on the child or adolescent’s concern. I also incorporate elements of play therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and positive psychology.
I enjoy getting to know my patients and their families to provide evidence-based treatment specifically tailored to their needs. I provide very practical and applicable strategies that can be easily generalized to multiple settings, such as school or home.
In 2020, my colleagues and I were presented with an award for collaboration during the Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology Division-wide Connect Meeting. This award was given for collectively working with the Liberty team to provide the best patient care.
During my free time, I enjoy traveling, outdoor adventure (camping, boating and hiking) and spending time with family and friends. I engage in volunteer work through my church, and I am an active member of the women's ministry. I do community outreach through the "Ages and Stages" parent workshops offered through Cincinnati Children’s to increase mental health awareness and empower parents with information and helpful tips for raising kids in today's times.