I’m an explorer at heart. Before settling down in Atlanta, I spend a majority of my adult life traveling and relocating. I enjoy new experiences, culture, and people. It is no surprise that the field of psychology was the right fit. I can think of no other career that I could love more.
Education and Work
Since 2007, I have worked in mental health care, with children, students, adults and the elderly. After graduating from the University of Mass-Boston in 2001 with my bachelors, I worked in Obstetrics and Gynecology research at the University of California, San Francisco. I relocated to New York City and began working in homeless outreach. I then took a position in the Department of Anesthesiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell coordinating research on maternal health and pain management. Later, I transferred to the hospital’s Department of Psychiatry to manage a National Institute of Mental Health project on the genetics of anorexia and a clinical trial focused on treating binge eating disorder.
I received my doctorate in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University, where I focused on a variety of individual and group interventions for adults. There I received the Dean’s Leadership Award as well as a grant to complete my dissertation on acceptance of the HPV vaccine within the Latino community.
I completed my internship at SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2011, where I furthered my training in adult clinical interventions and supervised medical students in psychiatry. My post-doctoral work was completed at Hobart and Williams Colleges. As the alcohol and drugs (AOD) coordinator, I created and developed an AOD assessment, intervention protocol and was responsible for training faculty and students in crisis intervention.
In 2014, I joined the private practice team The Highland Psych Collaborative. I treat a variety of mood disorders and help people with life transitions. I also returned to my reproductive health interests and was certified in Ali Domar’s Mind Body Program for Fertility. I currently serve on the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Mental Health Professional Group’s Continuing Education Committee. As reproductive psychologist, I provide counseling, consultation, and assessment for donors, gestational surrogates and intended parents seeking fertility treatment. I specialize in diverse families who are starting their family building journey.
Interests: Social justice, travel, chocolate, softball, podcasts and documentaries. I also serve as adjunct facility for Mercer University’s doctorate health psychology program.