Background and Training in Psychology

506 Seceond Avenue, Suite 1400  Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 582-5125

After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Washington with a B.S. and honors in psychology, I attended the University of Albany, SUNY, where I obtained my M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology. During my graduate studies, I gained extensive training in behavioral and cognitive-behavioral assessment, case formulation and treatment of adult and adolescent psychological problems. I completed my clinical internship at the University of Washington Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, a generalist training program, where I treated individuals with a variety of psychological problems in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Following internship, I accepted a postdoctoral fellowship position at Boston University in the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), a world renowned psychological research and treatment center, where I continued to develop and refine my expertise in evidence-based treatments for anxiety, mood and eating disorders. After completing this fellowship, I  accepted a second fellowship position at the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle (EBTCS) in the DBT Center of Seattle where I developed an expertise in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for difficulties with emotion regulation. 

Upon completion of my second fellowship, I  was hired Staff Psychologist in the DBT Center of Seattle and the Eating and Weight Disorders Center of Seattle where I enjoyed working with individuals with a variety of difficulties including adults and adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders, impulsivity, substance use disorders, eating disorders, self-harm and suicidality, trauma, difficulties with emotion regulation and personality disorders. I was additionally promoted to Associate Director of Research of EBTCS. Within this role, I assisted in the development of an outpatient reseach program and supervised and trained both postdoctoral fellows and undergraduates interested in a career in psychology. In 2012 I set out on my own and currently have a private practice in downtown Seattle (Pioneer Square). In addition to having my own practice, I have published several peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, presented professional presentations at national and international conferences and assisted in several grant-funded studies related to the treatment of eating disorders and emotion regulation. I also hold a clinical faculty position at the University of Washington where I provide supervision to graduate students in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in addition to lectures for psychology and psychiatry residents.