I began teaching at Ithaca College in Fall 2012. I teach many counseling courses, as well as some core required courses for our Psychology majors. Some of these courses are listed below:
Family Therapy: Explores different approaches to family therapy, issues to consider when selecting an approach, family dynamics, sociocultural considerations in family therapy. Students explore their own family relationships and apply theories to their own experiences.
Forms of Therapy: Overview of different approaches of individual psychotherapy and perspectives regarding change and symptoms of psychological problems. Over the course of the semester we cover topics in the field of psychotherapy including human connection, empathy, assessment, and methods of evaluating the outcome of treatment interventions.
Internship Supervision (Professional Development in Human Services): Weekly supervision class for students doing human services/counseling internships in the community.
Psychology Capstone: Students explore and discuss connections between their major, integrative core curriculum, CLA, other learning experiences at Ithaca College or abroad, and their future goals, and will reflect on the meaning and value of a liberal arts education.
I also supervise a number of undergraduate student research projects in areas of mental health, therapist preparation, and grief and loss.
Professional Focus and Research
I conduct research on health psychology and health behavior change. One area of interest is adjustment to and coping with chronic illness.
You can see some of my published work here.
I am very involved in doing research, writing, and service related to training mental health professionals to be competent in serving clients from diverse backgrounds.
I have chaired and worked on the American Psychological Association Committee on Continuing Education to review and provide guidance on continuing education for psychologists.
I worked with an incredible group of psychologists on issues surrounding values conflicts in mental health professional training programs. You can read more about that here and see a journal article I authored on the topic here.
More about me and my work:
I believe I am the only member of the Psychology Department who did not study psychology as an undergraduate. I use my own story to talk with students about how a path to a career may not be linear and completely obvious. I studied Francophone literature, gender studies, literary theory, and feminist theory as an undergraduate at a small women's liberal arts college. I did graduate coursework in creative writing, did grant writing for nonprofit organizations, worked in psychiatric hospital, a group home for adolescent boys, a jail, and a university research department before settling on psychology.
As a counseling psychologist, I am trained in both research and clinical work. I was trained as a therapist and a researcher. I love teaching students about approaches to therapy, careers in helping professions, and helping students navigate internships in the community.
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2012
M.S., Counseling Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2009
M.S., Rehabilitation Counseling, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2002
A.B., Comparative Literature and Women's Studies, Northampton, MA, 1995