I am a pediatric psychologist who specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with chronic pain. I treat children with headaches, abdominal pain, joint pain, sickle cell disease and other conditions.
I was inspired to pursue a career in pediatric psychology by my love for working with children. I want to help children and adolescents who are dealing with chronic health conditions live full lives and reach their goals.
In my practice, I use a cognitive behavioral approach to help children learn how their thoughts and feelings are related to pain and other physical symptoms. I care about the unique abilities of each child, and I tailor my treatments to meet the needs of the child and family.
In addition to helping patients, I’m involved in research. I am seeking to learn more about ways to help children and adolescents cope with having chronic headaches.
I’m a member of the Pain Quality Improvement team that is part of a hospital-wide initiative aimed at integrating quality improvement science.
In my spare time I enjoy sports, music and spending time with my family.
Behavioral pain management; coping with chronic illness; psychosocial adjustment to transplant
Family adjustment to chronic illness; child adjustment to chronic pain
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Behavioral Medicine, Liver Transplant, Headache Medicine