I am a licensed clinical psychologist and serve as the Associate Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania (http://psychology.sas.upenn.edu/graduate/resareas/cppp). I hold a secondary appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Community Health in the Dental School at Penn. I am a Fellow and Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (academyofct.org). I am also proud to have served as the Chair of the Academic Training Committee for ABCT and as a frequent program committee member for both the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT.org) and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA.org).
On the academic side, I conduct research in the cognitive and affective bases of depression, anxiety disorders and chronic GI disorders. As a clinical scientist, my emphasis is on translating basic psychological science into treatments that are effective, acceptable, and accessible to patient populations. In particular, I focus on identifying and correcting the underlying patient factors (e.g. distorted cognitions and avoidance) that lead to reduced quality of life, impairment and distress, particularly factors that exacerbate chronic health problems and make them harder to cope with.
In addition to my work at Penn, I also have an active private practice in clinical psychology in which I specialize in cognitive-behavioral treatment of mood, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, trauma and borderline personality disorders as well as with patients with chronic GI disorders.
I feel very fortunate to have a career in which I am able to combine teaching, supervising young clinicians, doing research and seeing patients. Each aspect of my professional life informs the others and I know that seeing patients makes me a better scientist, and doing research makes me a more effective clinician.
I live in suburban Philadelphia with my beloved husband and kids. I have three children, two wonderful golden retrievers, one of whom often works with me as a co-therapist and research assistant, a cat, a snake and numerous goldfish. When I’m not seeing patients, teaching, or doing research, I train for sprint triathlons, do yoga, cook, make an occasional quilt, read fantasy novels and play with my family and friends.