About Me

Welcome to my website! I am a licensed psychologist with over fifteen years experience working with children and teens. I provide evaluation and therapy for young people with: 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • ADHD

  • social and communication difficulties

  • anxiety 

  • attention and behavioral challenges

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

 

I provide cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and trauma-informed treatment, based on interventions supported by scientific research.

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. I am Pediatric Psychologist at Montefiore, a premier academic medical center and the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Additionally, I am a volunteer with the New York City Medical Reserve Corps

 

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 (DIR/Floortime) 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)