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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Areas of Expertise

My clinical and research interests focus on promoting well-being among children and adolescents, with a special emphasis on working with children from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and developmental experiences. In particular, my research teams work to improve dissemination and treatment practices among children who have experienced childhood maltreatment and trauma, come from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and who are impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Courses Taught

  • Assessment (Children, Adolescents, Emerging Adults)
  • Intervention/Therapy (Children, Adolescents, Emerging Adults)
  • Cultural competency/Diversity
  • Ethics and legal issues in professional psychology

Teaching Philosophy

The role of a faculty member in professional psychology is complex, multi-faceted, and exciting. As a faculty in school and clinical psychology we hold many roles inside and outside of the classroom that are unique, often times challenging, but critical to the development of future school or clinical psychologists (e.g., research mentor, clinical supervisor, etc.). In terms of teaching, my overarching goal when teaching courses is to get my students to independently ask key questions, analyze difficult scenarios, and undertake action when necessary to demonstrate the upmost competency as students and aspiring professionals. As a faculty member, I believe it is my responsibility to teach the critical concepts, competencies, and skills that can foster effective clinical and school psychologists. Above that, my personal teaching philosophy is driven by a desire to cultivate reflective psychologists, who are critical thinkers and lifelong learners, always driven to better understand the interplay of diversity and well-being in all realms of functioning. Often, this involves sharpening problem-solving skills by tackling real-life examples, and giving students opportunities in the Socratic tradition to read, discuss, and debate empirical and popular reports or trends in the field. This practical application differentiates memorization and regurgitation of material from deeper understanding.