If you're interested in learning more about my background, below is a summary of my clinical training and expertise, teaching experience and research interests.


Clinical

My clinical education has focused on evidence-based, culturally sensitive evaluation and treatment of anxiety in children, adolescents and young adults. I have completed training within the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania’s Child and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich, and Anxiety Group, and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Areas of expertise include:  

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Specific Phobias

  • Panic Disorder

  • Selective Mutism

  • Separation Anxiety Disorder

  • Skin Picking, hair pulling, tics and other body-focused repetitive behaviors

  • Difficulties that commonly present with anxiety, including sleep problems, school refusal and food selectivity (e.g. "picky eating")

I also have experience treating a number of issues that frequently co-occur with anxiety disorders and can influence treatment outcomes, including depression, attention problems, and disruptive behavior, as well as background working with children with chronic medical conditions where anxiety or other mental health concerns are getting in the way of optimal medical treatment. Training experiences that have provided me with my foundation in evidence-based practice in these areas include my time within the Child and Adolescent Mood Program, the Center for Management of ADHD, the McNeeley Pediatric Diabetes Center, the Pediatric Transplant Center and training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) by a Level-1 trainer. 


Teaching

I very much enjoy working closely with undergraduate students in both a teaching capacity and through supervision of student research, clinical work and scholarship.  I have designed and taught a number of courses at the University of Minnesota and have served as an adjunct professor at Hamline University and Macalester College. 

Courses I have taught include:

  • Introduction to Psychology

  • Introduction to Child Psychology

  • Adolescent Psychology

  • Child Development Across Cultures

  • Behavioral and Emotional Problems of Children

  • Research-based study abroad program in northern Uganda

I also regularly give professional talks, workshops and invited lectures within institutional, professional and educational settings.  Recent sites have included Groves Academy, Anoka-Hennepin School District, Apple Valley School District, Eastern Michigan University, University of Minnesota, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Praestan Health, University of St. Thomas, the Minnesota School Psychologists Association, and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.  For a more details, please see my Writing and Speaking page. 


Research

My research examines psychological, social and cultural factors that influence how children respond to and recover from trauma as well as the impact of violence and aggression on children’s mental health and development

My latest work in northern Uganda focuses on cultural and gender differences in aggression, including how forms of aggression and victimization influence mental health outcomes in children whose communities have been heavily impacted by the recent conflict with the Lord's Resistance Army.  I also serve as an ad-hoc reviewer for the peer-reviewed research publications Development and Psychopathology and PLOS One.