Biography

I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Working as a Boulder model clinician scientist, I had held clinical, teaching, and research appointments over the past 22 years. I was a teaching fellow at Boston University's Psychology Department, and a research therapist/assistant at Boston University's Department of Psychology and School of Social work. I worked as a bicultural/bilingual psychologist at South Cove Community Health Center in Boston, in the Division of Family and Behavioral Health and Family Life Center.

Upon completion of Boston University's Clinical Psychology program (at that time acknowledged to be the premier psychoanalytic/ psychodynamic graduate program), I was found in a nation-wide search to be a tenure-tracked Assistant Professor at the School of Psychology, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. I had served as an Assistant Adjunct Professor and Research Director at University California San Francisco or UCSF's School of Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital's Department of Psychiatry. I was a founding staff member of the Trauma Recovery Center (TRC), assisting victims of crime to access much needed psychosocial services in order to facilitate healing and recovery. Along with a team of founding staff members, I implemented a large-scale randomized clinical control trial at the TRC and managed research and clinical staff in enrolling over 800 SFGH outpatients out of 2,300 referrals.

I continued my commitment to educating the next generation of clinicians in my role as an Assistant Clinical Professor on the clinical faculty at the Department of Psychiatry, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. I am interested in a range of mental health outcomes associated with violence risk assessment, trauma and intimate partner violence, and resilience. I am also interested in evidence-based, empirically validated, and cognitive-behavioral treatments of psychiatric disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, agoraphobia with panic attacks, substance abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

My research studies were conducted with a focus on cross-cultural factors: gender, sexual orientation, cultural membership and acculturation, and disparities in mental health services. I published peer-reviewed research articles in the renowned Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Psychiatric Services, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Journal of Traumatic Stress, and was contributed invited book chapters to Handbook of Effective Psychotherapy and Violence in Intimate Relationships, as well as presented at nation and international professional conferences (e.g., American Psychological Association, Midwestern Psychological Association, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, etc.) to disseminate research findings about evidence-based treatment practices. As clinician and administrator, I am committed to providing high quality, community-based health care and programs which are accessible, affordable, as well as linguistically and culturally competent services for the uninsured and under-served individuals in the public and private sectors.

In my various roles over the years, I have infused this deep commitment in my clinical work, teaching, supervising, and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, practicum students, and pre-doctoral and post-doctoral psychology and social work interns.

Currently, I maintain a private psychotherapy, and psychological assessment and consultation practice in Boise, Idaho.