I am an educator, researcher, and clinical psychologist. I was born in the western suburbs of Chicago, and grew up 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 therapy. During my training, I worked in Veterans Affairs hospitals for two years.
Currently I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at The Illinois Institute of Technology, in Chicago. I conduct research on health behaviors, and health in relationships. I also have a clinical psychology Private Practice, seeing both individuals and couples. I have two office locations - downtown, and in Edgewater.
I am a Cubs fan, tennis player, and plant lover.
Health Behaviors and Psychological Health
Sex, treatment adherence, exercise, diet,
substance use; depression; anxiety
Empirically Supported Treatment
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Integrative approaches that are research-based.
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
Mood, Anxiety, Substance Use, Body Image, Trauma, Health, Relationships, Sex, Intimacy
Individuals, Partners, Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM), Veterans