Welcome, and thank you for visiting my site. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a faculty member at the University of Miami. At the Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center, I completed a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship focusing on clinical child and adolescent psychology with an additional specialization in child and family traumatic stress. I also trained and worked in New York, NY, having completed a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Wellness from New York University. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Miami, I provided comprehensive psychological evaluations and treatment to children and adolescents at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.
Below, I will share a bit more about my experience and expertise:
My Clinical Background:
I am a clinical psychologist who is licensed in New York and Florida and have been fortunate to train under internationally renowned psychologists who are leaders and pioneers in the field of child traumatic stress, anxiety, and psychological assessment. Having worked within multidisciplinary teams across a diverse array of settings such as inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient community health settings, pediatric emergency rooms, residential treatment centers, family justice centers, and academic medical schools, I have treated a wide array of conditions in a collaborative and wholistic fashion to provide the best and most comprehensive care for children and their families. I have even spent two years responding to acute/crisis situations along with New Haven police officers as part of the Yale Childhood Violent Traumatic Stress team and made joint home visits to families impacted by trauma. As a result of all my experience, I am very comfortable treating mild disorders to very serious emotional and behavioral dysregulation in children and adolescents. Comprehensive psychological assessment has also been a major part of my clinical training and I have conducted psychological and neuropsychological evaluations in the outpatient and inpatient setting.
My Professorial Background:
At the University of Miami, I teach masters and doctoral students enrolled in the counseling and counseling psychology programs. I was also previously the Clinical Director of the University of Miami’s counseling psychology program’s training clinic, where I oversaw the clinical training and supervision of 30 masters and doctoral students. I love being steeped in an academic environment that allows me to keep up to date with state-of-the-art treatment, collaborate with esteemed colleagues, and even create and test novel interventions of my own. I also do not take lightly that I am supervising and training the next generation of therapists and psychologists!
My Research Background:
I have been a member of a variety of research teams that have prioritized qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research methodologies. I have previously overseen a grant-funded, community-based racial and ethnic socialization parenting program which provided me ample experience in the design and implementation of culturally-sensitive and sustainable community-based research programs. At New York University, I was awarded a scholarship for my work using digital photography to enhance the psychosocial development of marginalized youth and domestic violence survivors. Over the years I have given presentations on child and family traumatic stress, ethnic identity, immigration, and developmental psychopathology all over the world in countries such as Jamaica, Canada, Suriname, Haiti, and the United States. I have also published on how to implement culturally sensitive and sustainable mental health programs internationally, and on how to ensure domestic violence survivors with disabilities’ needs are met in shelters in New York City. I am currently the chair of research for the Jamaica Psychological Association where we are currently exploring risk and resilience factors in Jamaican youth, rates of trauma exposure in the Jamaican population, and public health informed approaches to the prevention of trauma. A trained ballet dancer through the Royal Academy of Dance, I also have an interest in combining movement and music in the interest of youth and family mental health and well-being.