Tell us more about your professional background and education.
I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University in 2011 with a major in Psychology. I then pursued my doctorate degree at Indiana University in the School Psychology Program. During my final year of graduate school, I was a Pediatric Psychology Intern at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/University of Tennessee Professional Psychology Internship Consortium in Memphis, TN prior to graduating in 2016. I then completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL in order to specialize in Pediatric Neuropsychology.
What drew you to behavioral health care?
From the time I was young, I have been interested in pursuing a career that would allow me to work with children. My mother was a special education teacher at my elementary school and I always enjoyed helping out in her classroom. I believe it was this early experience that inspired my passion to work with children. When it was time to select a college major, it seemed like a natural step to pursue a degree in psychology and, specifically, pediatric neuropsychology along the way through additional coursework and clinical opportunities.
Why did you choose to create your practice at CRG at this stage in your career?
From the time I first met with the partners of CRG I felt comfortable and supported in beginning my pediatric neuropsychology practice. It is wonderful working in an environment with a group of kind colleagues who work together to help each patient receive the care they need. I am happy to be a part of the group.
What days are you at CRG and when will you start seeing patients?
I am at CRG Monday-Friday and will be seeing patients and their families for intake and feedback sessions as well as completing full-day neuropsychological evaluations.
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 plan to see children and adolescents with histories of chronic/complex medical conditions or who have undergone treatment that may have impacted their thinking, learning, or behaviors. For example, patients I have had prior experience working with include those with brain injury (e.g., traumatic brain injury, concussion, stroke), cancers, brain tumors, sickle cell disease, seizures/epilepsy, hydrocephalus, spina bifida, genetic conditions, congenital heart defects, and premature birth. I typically see children and adolescents between ages 18 months to 22 years.
How would your best friend describe your personality?
My best friend has described my personality as kind, caring, and friendly. Hopefully all of which contribute to good clinical care!
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 husband and I are very close with our families and moving back to Indiana (we spent the last three years in Tennessee and Florida due to my internship and post-doctoral fellowship) has allowed us to spend a great deal of time with them. We enjoy getting together on the weekends for dinner or game nights. In my free time, I enjoy going for walks, reading, baking, and watching movies.