ABOUT ME

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are my personal and professional values. These values permeate my work as a teacher, researcher, and clinical psychologist.

 

Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at The Illinois Institute of Technology, in Chicago. I conduct research on health, broadly. I teach classes related to diversity, health, and psychotherapy. I also have a clinical psychology Private Practice, working both with individuals and also those in couples/relationships. I have office locations in downtown and in Edgewater.

 

I was born in the western suburbs of Chicago, growing up both there and in southwestern Michigan. I attended the University of Michigan, earning my B.A. in Psychology; the University of Illinois at Chicago, earning my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology; and, The Family Institute at Northwestern University, as a Postdoctoral Fellow specializing in couple/relationship therapy. I've trained in Veterans Affairs hospitals for two years, and I also have experience working with athletes related to Sport Psychology.

I am a tennis player and a plant lover - with over 150 plants and trees in my home. 

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Diversity, Equity, and Antiracism

Health consequences of laws and policies, racism, oppression, and stigma

Health Behaviors and Psychological Health

Treatment adherence, exercise, sex, 

substance use, depression, anxiety

Health within Romantic Relationships

Health of individuals in long-distance relationships, health behaviors within sexual and gender minority (SGM) relationships

Health Research Methodology

Recruitment, retention, under-represented research populations, community-based participatory research

CLINICAL WORK

Empirically Supported Treatment

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and integrative approaches that are research-based. 

Specializations

Mood, anxiety, substance use, trauma, health, relationships, sex, intimacy

Populations

Individuals, partners, sexual and gender minorities (SGM), sex workers, veterans, athletes