I specialize in the assessment and treatment of issues common in patients and family members of patients with chronic, life-threatening, or terminal illness focusing on symptom management (e.g., pain, depression, anxiety) and end-of-life issues (e.g., suffering, anticipatory grief, existential angst). Additionally, I have expertise in the assessment and treatment of behavioral and psychological aspects of disability and chronic health conditions with interventions focused on increasing meaning, independence and choice, functional abilities, and social role participation.
I offer clinical training to Duke psychology and psychiatry trainees and am a member of the Durham VA Medical Center Psychology Training Program, supervising psychology residents on the Rehabilitation, Geriatric, Palliative, and Hospice Care Rotation.
Health policy and systems research related to rehabilitation and palliative mental health services
Psychological, sociocultural, interpersonal, and spiritual factors in chronic disease and life-threatening or terminal illness
Prevention of and adjustment to amputation/limb loss