My approach to case conceptualization, evaluation, and treatment planning is primarily based on cognitive-behavioral and behavioral theory, as well as, strength based approaches.

EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

Psychology
  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh , Oshkosh , WI

Graduate Degree

  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee , 2007 , Milwaukee , WI

Graduate Degree

PhD, Education & Counseling Psychology
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee , 2012 , Milwaukee , WI

Internship

  • Children's Hospital of Orange County/UCI Medical School , 2012 , Orange County , CA

Fellowship

  • Children's Hospital of Los Angeles/USC Medical School , 2014 , Los Angeles , CA

Philosophy of Care

My approach to case conceptualization, evaluation, and treatment planning is primarily based on cognitive-behavioral and behavioral theory, as well as, strength based approaches. As an adolescent, I always had an appreciation for different cultures and therefore, immersing myself in travel. I chose graduate training that would expand my multicultural competencies and prepare me to work in an urban context with diverse populations. I gained a key understanding of how contextual factors influence a person’s experience and illness expression. I sought experiences working with clients with a vast array of medical and mental health issues. My approach to case conceptualization, evaluation, and treatment planning is primarily based on cognitive-behavioral and behavioral theory, as well as, strength based approaches. These theories have allowed me to integrate a cultural and developmental framework developed through my worldview, training, and working with children and their families from various backgrounds. Furthermore, I believe that an active systems intervention is needed when the problem resides not only within the individual, but also from a problem of societal forces. When choosing interventions, I examine the relevant literature to identify empirically supported treatments that can be appropriately modified both culturally and developmentally.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

While working with clients, I found consistency, warmth, structure and a focus on positive coping skills essential in their care. More importantly, all these experiences reinforced my belief in the practice of a strength based treatment approach. My clinical interests evolved from treating children with co-morbid medical and mental health conditions and their families. I found adjustment to illness/injury to be an important factor in finding treatments that balance psychosocial and medical well-being. Furthermore, I gained an appreciation for the multidisciplinary team approach, learning the importance of utilizing all members’ knowledge and skills through collaboration and communication for the comprehensive management of children with medical problems. These experiences further shaped me as a pediatric psychologist working in a hospital setting.

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness in Children and Adolescents. Otol Neurotol. 2021 Sep 01; 42(8):e1093-e1100. View abstract
  2. Specialty-Specific Diagnoses in Pediatric Patients With Postconcussion Syndrome: Experience From a Multidisciplinary Concussion Clinic. Clin J Sport Med. 2021 Feb 16. View abstract
  3. Peer crowd affiliation, adherence, perceived support, and metabolic control in T1DM youth. J Child Health Care. 2021 06; 25(2):240-252. View abstract
  4. Adolescents and type 2 diabetes mellitus: a qualitative analysis of the experience of social support. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 Dec; 51(12):1130-9. View abstract
  5. Parents' initial perceptions of multidisciplinary care for pediatric chronic pain. Pain Res Treat. 2012; 2012:791061. View abstract
  6. Experiencing type 2 diabetes mellitus: qualitative analysis of adolescents' concept of illness, adjustment, and motivation to engage in self-care behaviors. Diabetes Educ. 2012 Jul-Aug; 38(4):543-51. View abstract
  7. Practitioner perceptions of peer relationships in adolescents with chronic pain. J Child Health Care. 2011 Mar; 15(1):50-8. View abstract
  8. Improving adherence in social situations for adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM): a pilot study. Prim Care Diabetes. 2010 Apr; 4(1):47-55. View abstract