Psychologist. Yoga Teacher. Speaker.

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I began my professional life with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Davis. As an undergraduate, I spent a year abroad at the University of Ghana where I studied community development and international policy. I wrote an honor’s thesis about children living on the streets of Accra and earned my psychology degree with highest honors.

After completing my BA, I worked for several years in health education. I eventually got around to graduate school. I went to the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary where I earned a PhD in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in theology. My clinical interests and research took me to Ghana, Guatemala, China, and El Salvador.  Most of  my research and clinical work has focused on violence exposure, trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and adverse childhood experiences.

After completing my dissertation, I went on to a predoctoral fellowship in clinical-community psychology at the Yale University School of Medicine. I worked in the Division of Prevention and Community Research and had opportunities to work on projects under the supervision of amazing mentors (Cindy Crusto, PhD, Christian Connell, PhD and Derrick Gordon, PhD). I spent a lot of time thinking about how psychologists can promote wellness in struggling communities.

After an incredible year at Yale, I stuck around New England for a  postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for PTSD  in Boston. This site of the National Center is a partnership between the Boston VA and Boston University School of Medicine. The National Center for PTSD is one of the premier places in the world for the study and treatment of PTSD. I was the project coordinator for Strength at Home, a randomized controlled trial working to prevent family violence among recently returned veterans with PTSD. My job was to oversee recruitment, research procedures, dissemination, budget, and project staff. Mentors: Casey Taft, PhD and Patty Resick, PhD

After a few New England winters, I headed back to California. I served as the Director of Clinical Training at House Psychiatric Clinic where I supervised the doctoral and postdoctoral trainees that staff our low-fee clinic. I also had a caseload of individual clients and ran yoga-inspired relaxation groups.

I am now running my practice via teletherapy. This gives me the flexibility to work with people around the state in the privacy and convenience of their homes and offices.

I am an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco (Fresno campus). I am also an adjunct professor at the Seminary at Fresno Pacific University, and at the California School of Professional Psychology housed within Alliant International University.