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
In 2014, I relocated to Atlanta and joined The Highland Psych Collaborative. Although I treat a variety of mood disorders, life transitions and relationship difficulties, my specialty is in reproductive health psychology. Each year, I travel to conferences to further and update my education within reproductive health and third party reproduction. I am certified in Ali Domar’s Mind Body Program for Fertility as well as completed a 12-month Fertility Counseling Postgraduate Course.
I attended the University of Massachusetts-Boston where I studied psychology and sociology, minoring in women’s studies. Upon completion, I worked in the Obstetrics and Gynecology department at the University of California-San Francisco doing research on a prenatal testing tool and assessing quality of life in women with severe menstrual pain and bleeding. I relocated to New York City, taking 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. 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. My findings exposed another facet of racial inequality within healthcare.
I completed my internship at SUNY-Upstate Medical University, 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.