As a psychologist, I specialize in assessing and treating children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as those with cognitive delays and disruptive behavior.
I was inspired to work with this population during my first practicum rotation, in which I assisted in comprehensive evaluations to assess for autism spectrum disorder and other developmental delays. This work grew my interest in learning more about the presentation of autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan and how ASD affects every child and family differently. Since this first experience, I have continued to gain experience in multiple setting to refine my ability to use assessment results to develop appropriate treatment plans to target areas of most concern for families.
My passion for working with these children and their families grew after learning and implementing evidence-based behavioral interventions. I noticed significant improvements in the child's behaviors and skills and also parental well-being and stress levels. I take a family-centered approach to care. I believe parental well-being is essential as parents are a vital component of their child's care team. Providing parents with skills to manage their child's behaviors is one way to build self-efficacy in parenting a child with special needs and ultimately reduces stress levels. I want parents and families to know how much I enjoy coming to work everyday and how much time and energy I spend making sure I positively impact their lives!
After graduating from Mercer University College of Health Professions, I received the Dean's Excellence Award for excellence in scholastic accomplishments, professional leadership and commitment to community service in 2021.
In my free time, I like exploring Cincinnati with my rescue pup, Sparkies. I also enjoy visiting family and friends in Michigan, cooking new recipes and watching reality television.
Assessment and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays; parent management training; feeding treatment; family-center intervention
Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology