As a Clinical Psychologist, I have conducted psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families and groups. Having worked with many types of people, of all ages, in a wide variety of settings (inpatient and outpatient), I was gratified to be able to help them address a range of clinical issues. During my fifth-year pre-doctoral internship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center (Hillside Hospital), I specialized in couples counseling through the Sexuality Center. While working as a counselor at Pace University in Westchester, NY, I received supervision in the use of self-hypnosis techniques and stress management training with clients, and began to conduct workshops on these and other topics. During my post-doctoral work with Project Liberty (FEMA/OMH), I counseled and ran educational workshops for New Yorkers who were struggling with the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, a year after they occurred. These workshop experiences encouraged me to make the transition from full-time clinician to full-time professor. After teaching at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (in Manhattan, 2003-04) and then at Hanover College (in Indiana, 2004-08), I was pleased to be able to join Bridgewater's Psychology Department in beautiful Southeastern Massachusetts. Since 2007, I have continued my professional development by becoming trained in the teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness, at U. Mass. Medical School.
My research interests primarily focus on socio-cultural, relational and discursive aspects of Self development, as well as the impact of suffering (e.g., trauma and loss) on identity and developmental processes. My research focuses on talk about the self in various interactional contexts and I am happy to be able to continue this work at Bridgewater State University. I have mentored students on various quantitative and qualitative research projects, two of which were presented at the 5th International Conference on the Dialogical Self in Cambridge, England.