Education and Experience
I graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan with a BA in Economics and Psychology. Before attending graduate school I worked at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center as an assistant on research studies of cocaine abuse and dependence. After this experience I entered graduate school at St. John's University, from which I earned my PhD in clinical psychology. During graduate school and my subsequent internship year I was trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and psychodynamic therapy. I provided therapy to children, adolescents, and adults both individually and in groups, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and performed psychological and cognitive testing. After graduate school I completed a post-doctoral fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute. I then went on to become a research scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center, working on studies of depression and suicide. In this role I developed expertise in diagnostic assessment and in assessing suicide risk. During this time I also trained intensively in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and provided DBT to individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, as well as provided relaxation therapy to individuals with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. I also co-authored a paper on suicidality in families. Since 2010 I have been in private practice, where I am able to apply my extensive education and training to help adults with a variety of concerns.