Ph.D., M.A., Clinical Psychology, Boston University; B.A., Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
Prior to joining Emmanuel College, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the VA Boston Healthcare System, where I conducted research and provided clinical services to veterans with PTSD and co-occurring mental health problems. I also instructed courses in psychology and writing at Boston University and Harvard University. In addition to the teaching and research I do at Emmanuel, I'm also a licensed psychologist. I've worked as a psychotherapist in settings including the Boston VA, the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, and the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT.
What I love About Emmanuel:
The community! I'm excited to be working with such curious, engaged students and love how the small size of Emmanuel allows me to get to know and work with them closely throughout their college careers.
The goal of my research is to improve the understanding and treatment of emotional disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, and posttraumatic stress.
My first line of research centers on the assessment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the factors which affect treatment engagement and effectiveness in veterans. Although evidence-based treatments for PTSD have been developed and disseminated throughout the Veterans Affairs system, research suggests that fewer than 15% of veterans with PTSD receive a minimally adequate dose of psychotherapy in the year after diagnosis, and dropout rates can exceed 40% in those who are referred to evidence-based therapies. In collaboration with colleagues from VA Boston Healthcare System and the National Center for PTSD, I am interested in understanding:
My second area of research seeks to understand the intersection between cognitive control, repetitive negative thinking (e.g., rumination), and emotional disorders. Studies show that individuals with symptoms of depression or other emotional disorders tend to show subtle alterations in cognitive control (such as working memory and inhibitory control), particularly when processing emotional stimuli. These alterations have also been associated with the degree to which one engages in rumination, a well-established vulnerability factor for these disorders. I am interested in using network analysis techniques to more precisely understand the dynamics between cognitive control, rumination, and individual psychiatric symptoms.