I am a licensed clinical psychologist and incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology and the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies (CAS) at Rutgers. I am also an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, South Carolina.
Broadly, my research focuses on the development and adaptation of integrated treatments for PTSD and co-occurring substance use disorders (SUD) to historically marginalized populations, such as women, racial and ethnic minorities, and individuals with complex, clinical presentations. My current work is examining how to modify an integrated treatment for PTSD and co-occurring SUD to women with PTSD and opioid use disorder. I am invested in the incorporation of individual identity into the design and implementation of treatments for trauma, PTSD, and SUD. In addition, I collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to study how technological adjuncts can augment PTSD and SUD treatment and the impact of racial trauma on PTSD and SUD symptom presentations and treatment needs. I enjoy, and welcome, new patients and students to clinical research. I received my B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Florida and my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University. I completed my predoctoral internship, NIDA-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship, and was previously a faculty member at MUSC.