About Me

Welcome to my website! I am a licensed psychologist with over fifteen years experience working with children, families, and adults.

I use evidence-based interventions to help individuals manage stress related to anxiety, depression, and experiences of trauma. I have expertise in supporting children and adolescents with autism. 

I also teach parents strategies to support their children's learning and development. I coach parents to manage behavior issues and give their children opportunities to thrive. 

I have a strong background in comprehensive psychological evaluation. I specialize in autism assessment for toddlers, children, and adolescents, and adults.

 

MY PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I have broad experience providing psychological services in clinical and research settings. Before moving to New York, I was the Director of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Center at Kaiser Permanente in San Jose, California, where I provided evaluations and managed clinical services. In Emeryville, California, I started a school-based behavioral health program for a combined public elementary and middle school. At the UCSD School of Medicine Autism Center of Excellence, I coordinated clinical research for children under 5 years of age. I also provided developmental and intellectual evaluations for children and adolescents at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

 

As a licensed psychologist in New York, I established Research Reliability on the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, the gold standard for assessing autism). I provide training and consultation for cognitive and achievement testing for research at Rutgers University. I also provide the ADOS-2 for research at both NYU and Rutgers. 

 

MY TRAINING

After receiving my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from University of San Diego, I was trained as an Educational Coach and provided specialized tutoring for students with learning disabilities. In graduate school, I trained with a specialization in child and adolescent development. I earned my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Child/Family Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies in 2010.

 

My doctoral training included:

  • Early Intervention for toddlers at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland (since renamed UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland) in Oakland, CA

  • Social Skills & Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy at the Counseling Enriched Education Program and Outpatient Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic of Oakes Children's Center in San Francisco, CA

  • ADOS Introductory Training for Clinicians & ADOS Advanced Training for Researchers at University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Center in Ann Arbor, MI, 

  • Psychological & Educational Assessment at Virginia Beach City Public Schools in Virginia Beach, VA

I have specific training in evidence-based evaluation and intervention, including the following: 

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), with Research Reliability established on ADOS-2

  • Rorschach Performance Assessment System® (R-PAS®)

  • DIR/Floortime intervention model

  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

  • The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma (developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

  • Recovery First Coaching, California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals