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 a cancer center, medical hospitals, outpatient and community clinics, and schools. Before opening my current office, I served as a psychiatry faculty member at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, and as a staff psychologist at the Villanova University counseling center.
I love learning, and I am currently enrolled in the two-year Foundations of Relational Psychotherapy program at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia (IRPP).
I am actively involved with several organizations and communities supporting mental health:
- Insight for All – a Philadelphia organization providing free, long-term therapy for formerly homeless people, in partnership with Project HOME (therapist member)
- Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (board member)
- Section IX – a community within APA Division 39 promoting social responsibility and social justice (board member)
- Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology, Division 39 of the American Psychological Association (member)
- Coronavirus Online Therapy – an organization offering free and low-cost therapy for people working on the front lines of the virus pandemic (therapist member)