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.
PhD: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2007.
Internship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Certification: Licensed Psychologist.
Behavioral pain management; coping with chronic illness; psychosocial adjustment to transplant
Behavioral Medicine, Liver Transplant, Headache Medicine, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Family adjustment to chronic illness; child adjustment to chronic pain
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Biopsychosocial treatment response among youth with continuous headache: A retrospective, clinic-based study. Headache. 2023; 63:942-952.
Predictors of Improvement in Pediatric Chronic Migraine: Results from the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Amitriptyline Trial. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 2022; 29:113-119.
Clinic-based characterization of continuous headache in children and adolescents: Comparing youth with chronic migraine to those with new daily persistent headache. Cephalalgia: an international journal of headache. 2020; 40:1063-1069.
Migraine in children: presentation, disability and response to treatment. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 2018; 30:775-779.