I grew up in Denver, and after starting my career in Connecticut, I am happy to be back in beautiful Colorado.  Beyond being a psychologist, I love getting outdoors with my kids and playing in this amazing state of ours.

My work stems from my desire to make sure quality services exist for the kids and parents who need them. I believe there is a significant cost to society as a whole if people, especially adolescents, lose their connection to important people in their lives.  As we have seen too often, this lack of critical support can have tragic consequences.  Much of my therapy work focuses on rebuilding the capacity to make meaningful connections to parents, community, and/or other kids.  Without strong social support, kids can lead risky lives, void of their single most important protective factor.


With evaluations, I am able to assess students and, if needed, aid in the process of securing them the best educational services. Most often, it’s a matter of describing that student’s strengths and weaknesses in a way that helps teachers witness significant gains in academic performance. Of course, such gains usually follow a change in the teaching approach and/or the accommodations available to the student. Such evaluations also address any emotional distress that may exist, so that treatment providers or primary care doctors can engage in the process as well. By approaching every student from each of these angles, well coordinated care can have the greatest impact on academic progress and emotional health.


Ultimately, I am dedicated to what I do because I believe all kids and families are worth it.


Training


I received a doctorate in psychology from the University of Denver in 2008.  My internship and postdoctoral fellowship were completed at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.  During my training, and in the years that followed, I also worked at Connecticut Children's Medical Center as a pediatric psychologist.  My training in neuropsychology comes from a predoctoral internship at National Jewish Hospital, as well as three years of postdoctoral work completing evaluations with Connecticut Pediatric Neuropsychology Associates.


Affiliations


I am a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Allied Health Professional), American Psychological Association, and Colorado Neuropsychological Society.