I have a background in the humanities, particularly literature and creative writing. Prior to becoming a psychologist, I worked as an editorial assistant, a writing coach, and an adult literacy teacher. In fact, I was drawn to psychology after hearing the life stories of my literacy students, several of whom were learning to read in their 50s and 60s. Their stories piqued my curiosity about how humans continue growing throughout our entire lives.
I earned my doctorate in clinical developmental psychology from Bryn Mawr College, where I focused my graduate research on well-being throughout the lifespan, particularly during and after major life transitions. Through both my research and clinical training, I have come to appreciate human resilience in all its forms. I completed my pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital/University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia. I have had the honor of working in many settings, including hospitals, community clinics, and schools. Before opening my practice, I served on the faculty at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, and as a staff psychologist at the Villanova University counseling center.
Commitment to Professional Development
I believe it is important to pursue learning and growth throughout my career. I am currently studying at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia.
Commitment to Service
I am actively involved with several organizations supporting wellness, justice, and access to mental health care:
- Insight for All provides free therapy for people who have experienced homelessness, in partnership with Project HOME (therapist member)
- Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (board member)
- Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility (board member)
My office building sits on land that is part of the traditional and unceded territory of the Lenni-Lenape people. As a way of acknowledging this history, I choose to pay annual land tax to the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania. I offer respect to Lenape peoples past, present, and future, and their continuing presence here and throughout the Lenape diaspora.