Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Department / Division:
/ Translational Neuroscience
- Doctor of Philosophy (with Distinction) in Clinical Psychology, University of Washington, 2012
- Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, University of Washington, 2008
- Behavioral Medicine and Neuropsychology, University of Washington Medical Center, 2011 - 2012
- Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program, Duke University Medical Center, 2012 - 2015
- Bachelor of Arts, Middlebury College, 2006
During my graduate and post-graduate education, I received excellent training in conducting clinical trials for transdiagnostic and difficult-to-treat psychiatric patients, including those with severe difficulties with managing emotions. I have been involved in, managed, and conducted several clinical trials that examined traditional behavioral interventions for borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance dependence, and mood and anxiety disorders with high emotion dysregulation. Building from these experiences, my research program aims to identify innovative solutions for critical gaps in how we characterize and develop new interventions for problems with emotions across mental health disorders. For example, I have been recently funded by the Brain and Behavior foundation to conduct a pilot trial examining whether neurostimulation can enhance the efficacy of behavioral skills training in reducing problems with emotions in a transdiagnostic clinical sample.
I am a clinical psychologist with a primary interest in outpatient interventions for difficulties managing emotional experiences that interfere with well-being. As a clinician, I specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for adults who report a variety of mental health problems, including personality, mood, anxiety, eating, trauma, stress-related, adjustment, and impulse control disorders. My approach to psychotherapy includes working collaboratively with my patients to identify their unique life and therapy goals and implementing evidence-based interventions to achieve the identified goals. As an educator, I train clinicians nationally and teach graduate students, psychology and psychiatry residents in in how to effectively apply CBT and DBT in their clinical work. As a researcher, I focus on psychotherapy optimization and neuroscience-informed treatment development for emotion dysregulation. My research keeps me up to date with the latest evidence-based approaches to use in my clinical work, and my work with patients strongly influences the research that I do. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, gourmet food, nature adventures, and time with friends with family.