Brief Biography and CV

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My undergraduate work includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Wellesley College and Master of Arts degree in Biological Sciences, also from Wellesley. I spent nine years teaching and learning as an Instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wellesley where I was involved in teaching courses in Cell Physiology, Microbiology, Human Physiology and Comparitive Anatomy. In 1987 I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Boston University, and in 1989, moved across the country to begin a PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Southern California. In the course of my studies at USC I completed a year-long clerkship in the Psychological Assessment Clinic at the LAC + USC Psychiatric Hospital, and my internship was done the LA County+ USC Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic. My post-doctoral training included a 4-year appointment with the Department of Family Medicine at USC where I provided psychotherapeutic services to graduate and professional students in the Eric Cohen Student Health Center. I am now licensed to practice in California and Massachusetts.

My teaching background in psychology includes courses in Women’s Studies; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies; Psychological Assessment; and Human Sexuality at the University of LaVerne. In addition, I have been invited to talk about LGBT Adolescents at Children’s Friend and Family Services of Essex County (MA) and Psychotherapy with LGBT clients at Pepperdine University and the Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am interested in the intersections where ideas come together and enrich each other, such as the intersection of biological and psychological approaches to human problems, which is especially important in the current “Age of the Genome.” My approach to psychology and psychotherapy is eclectic with a focus on Relational-Cultural Therapy.

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