I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Washington where I studied borderline personality disorder and Dialectical Behavior Therapy for more than five years under the mentorship of Dr. Marsha Linehan. I completed my predoctoral clinical internship at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology and an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA Healthcare System. Following this fellowship, I was Assistant Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research in NewYork City from 2006-2009 before coming to GSAPP in 2009.
At GSAPP, I teach courses related to cognitive behavioral therapy and DBT. I also direct the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic at Rutgers (DBT-RU) which is a research and training clinic for individuals with the borderline personality disorder and associated problems.
I am a professional member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP), and the American Psychological Association. I am also a founding member of the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association. Furthermore, I am President of the Board of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of DBT (ISITDBT; www.isitdbt.net). I am board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology and in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
I serve as a primary mentor students in both the Psy.D. and Ph.D. programs. In 2017, I was presented with the “Spotlight on a Mentor” award from ABCT.