Tell us more about your professional background and education.
I studied psychology at Bard College in New York when I was an undergraduate. It was during this time that I became interested in working with children, specifically children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. My doctoral level training was at Indiana University in Bloomington. In my time at IU, I received broad clinical training related to working with children with behavioral health and learning concerns. I also focused in on my interest in adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I worked in the Social Skills Research Clinic and my dissertation focused on learning new ways in improve social skills in high schoolers with ASD.
What drew you to behavioral health care?
I started college with the hope of pursuing a degree in biology, but pretty soon realized I liked people better than microscopic organisms! As a psychologist, I am able to use science and data to help children and their families, which is truly the best of both worlds!
Why did you choose to create your practice at CRG at this stage in your career?
I was drawn to CRG because of the variety of ways I am able to serve children, young adults, and their families. As an early career psychologist, I wanted to be able to continue to strengthen my diagnostic and therapeutic skills with a diverse population and in diverse ways. At CRG I work individually with patients and in groups and also have the opportunity to connect with schools and other community agencies across the state.
What days are you at CRG and when do you see patients?
I am at CRG Monday through Friday and started seeing patients in early September 2018.
Tell us more about the kinds of patients you see/plan to see and the types of services you will provide to them. What age ranges?
I am seeing patients for diagnostic evaluations and treatment. I have an interest in working with patients with developmental and behavioral challenges, learning difficulties, and the desire to improve social and communication skills. I also am running social skill groups for adolescents and young adults. I currently see patients ages 2 – 29.
How would your best friend describe your personality?
My best friend and I have known each other since the second grade and here’s what she said: “Funny, easy to talk to, smart, driven, and creative.” I think I will keep her!
Please tell us anything you’d like us to know about your family and what you enjoy doing during your time away from the office.
My extended family lives in Connecticut and I always enjoy visiting them and spending time by the ocean. Here in Indiana I live with my fiancé and our dog, whom we adopted this past spring. We enjoy traveling, exploring the Indianapolis food scene, and spending time with our friends. We also love watching college basketball together, in particular the UConn women’s basketball team!