What specialized training or population-specific expertise do you have?
I became interested in the birth through five population while working on my doctorate. For this reason, I did my clinical internship in a special education preschool program. I have continued working with this age group since that time, as it brings me an incredible degree of joy and satisfaction.
What was your path to becoming a clinical psychologist?
My initial plan was to go to medical school to become either a psychiatrist or a pediatrician. My undergraduate psychology program was very science-based and included animal dissections. Once it became clear that cutting into a living being was not in my wheelhouse, I quickly shifted to thinking about pursuing a doctorate in child psychology.
Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?
Over my many years of working as a psychologist I have seen the benefits of early intervention, and of not so early intervention. Once a child and family can embrace the fact that not all children learn the same way or on the same timeline, there is so much that can be done to help children reach their potential.