I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California, with a doctorate from Meridian University. I hold two master’s degrees in learning theory and human development from San Francisco State and Harvard University. My area of clinical research is on the complicated relationship between post-traumatic stress and addiction. During my training I have worked in an intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment center, a community-based mental health agency, a clinic for folks experiencing homelessness and chronic illness, and an urban community college. With these experiences I had the honor of working with a diversity of people and mental health issues. I was awed by the resilience and ingenuity of the human spirit, and the ability to heal from even the most challenging experiences.
I have been an elementary school teacher, an educational researcher at Harvard University and a faculty member at Meridian University’s graduate Psychology program, where I taught core psychology courses and advised students in their dissertation process. As a fiction writer I have published novels and short stories. For the past fifteen years I have studied, practiced and taught Nia, a holistic movement and wellness practice.
The through-line of my life’s work has been the study of how people adapt and develop, understanding what gets in the way of optimal development, and what practices help people to grow into whole, authentic, integrated selves—body, mind and soul.