A licensed psychologist in Minnesota, I currently see families in private practice as a member of Anxiety Treatment Resources, a Twin Cities group of psychologists specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders. I am a professional member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the International OCD Foundation, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and APA's Society of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology.
I received my Ph.D. in child clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development, advised by Dr. Dante Cicchetti. My educational and research background is in developmental psychopathology, or how mental health problems develop over time. This perspective holds that genetics, physiology, social interactions, relationships, environmental stressors, and cultural context can all affect a child's development, resulting in both helpful and not-so-helpful thoughts, feelings and behaviors such as excessive worry or avoidance.
Because of this range of influences that can sway the development of anxiety and other mental health difficulties, I take an individualized approach to treatment and will work with families to tailor the best evidence-based anxiety treatments to a child or teen's specific needs.