My Background

I am a clinical social worker licensed in the state of New York.  I graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and, after two years in the teaching service corps Teach for America, I went on to graduate school at Stony Brook University's School of Social Welfare.  There, I completed my Master's in Social Work (MSW) in 2003 and PhD in Social Welfare in 2008.  In 2017, I completed a Post-Master's Certificate in Child and Family Therapy at NYU.

I am a full-time Associate Professor in the Department of Human Services at SUNY Empire State College.  I teach a variety of courses related to counseling, child and family studies, and human development.  My research has focused on family violence intervention and parental mental health literacy.  I am currently conducting a study on children's experiences with school lockdown drills.

I regularly present to members of the community about child mental health and wellness topics.