I am a north county San Diego-based clinical and assessment psychologist. I earned my undergraduate degree in psychology from Cornell University and my PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University. I completed postdoctoral training at the San Diego Center for Children (SDCC), specializing in complex psychological assessment and psychodiagnostic testing. I have worked within several levels of care, including outpatient, hospital, academic, and forensic settings. I also also teach at the graduate level and provide lectures on a variety of topics including diagnostics, suicide assessment, and testing.
My clinical work focuses on providing the highest quality of care to underserved populations and incorporating systemic, cultural, developmental, and contextual factors in to each of my evaluations. I provide and supervise assessments for children and young adults presenting with complex mental health needs. These challenges can be chronic or acute, have prevented treatment success, may involve co-occurring or multiple difficulties at once, or have been poorly understood by previous clinicians.
Accurate diagnoses and a thorough understanding of the individual is critical to support and treatment success. I strive to only use evidence-based assessment and approaches to help build a better understanding of folx needs. A good evaluation should be simple, easy to understand, and incorporate multiple areas of an individual’s need and strengths. While an assessment report should be easy for anyone to understand, it is important to provide a thorough evaluation; providing the “big picture” to a client and/or their family.