As a pediatric psychologist in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP), I specialize in supporting children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability. I provide diagnostic assessments, as well as treatment services for behavioral feeding disorders and disruptive behavior utilizing principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA).
I feel passionate about developing innovative ways to support patients in DDBP. In 2020, my colleague and I were granted an award from the Jack H. Rubinstein Foundation to expand upon a pilot program focused on short-term, intensive skill building for very young children with ASD.
In terms of my care philosophy, I am just a regular person with a heart dedicated to helping others. In my practice, I try to be real and authentic when interacting with patients and families because I would expect nothing less from them! I want every patient and family to leave with smiles on their faces. Being authentic also means having raw, vulnerable, and sometimes challenging conversations. It’s important to meet families wherever they are in the journey.
In addition to my clinical practice, I serve as the outreach and education lead in DDBP. In this role, I collaborate with clinicians and community agencies, all with the common goal of supporting local families and educating on various topics related to developmental disabilities. Learn more about DDBP’s outreach and parent education programming.
In my free time, I love spending time with my family, walking our dogs, and checking out local breweries and restaurants. I also love reality TV and true crime, and I’m not afraid to admit it!
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Autism