I started out as a theater major, and I minored in psychology to learn more about what makes people do what they do. Through my first psychology classes, I developed an interest in therapeutic interventions, particularly for children, in order to help people as early as possible.
My clinical and research
interests include the assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I am also interested in
parenting, including how parents think about their children’s behavior and
factors that impact parental decision making, as well as the long-term impact of
parenting strategies on college students.
Currently, my research
includes projects examining the social and emotional functioning of college
students with ADHD, parents’ knowledge and understanding of autism spectrum
disorders, and factors that influence early identification and diagnosis of
autism spectrum disorders. With my colleague, Lisa Newell, I received a Faculty
Professional Development Council Grant to establish a diagnostic clinic in the
Center for Applied Psychology for children suspected of having autism spectrum
disorders. I am the clinical supervisor for the IUP Autism Clinic, which
provides comprehensive evaluations of children’s social, intellectual, adaptive,
and speech-language functioning.
PhD, Oklahoma State University: Clinical Psychology
Licensed in Pennsylvania for the Independent Practice of Psychology
General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology
Psychological Assessment I