I received my B.S. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in developmental psychology, continuing my education at Florida State University where I received my master’s degree and my doctoral degree in child clinical psychology and school psychology. I completed my doctoral internship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and my post-doctoral fellowship at The Kennedy Krieger Institute and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
I have been a licensed psychologist as well as a certified school psychologist in Maryland since 1989. I am also a member of the National Register. I have held positions as the co-director of outpatient services and director of training for the Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute before becoming the director of the Child and Family Therapy Clinic in 1990. I am a member of the APA-approved Internship Training Committee at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and my training program encompasses trainees at the undergraduate (senior year interns), graduate (third and fourth year doctoral practicum students), doctoral (APA-approved Doctoral Internship Program) and post-doctoral levels.
The Child and Family Therapy Clinic’s mission is to provide high-quality evidence-based treatment to children and families exhibiting a wide range of behavioral and emotional problems. Common problems treated in our clinic include disruptive behavior problems, ADHD, executive functioning difficulties, anger-management, aggression, parent-child conflicts, parent-teen communication difficulties, depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, fears, phobias, bullying, impulse-control difficulties, school-related difficulties, adjustment-related problems, stress management, emotion-regulation difficulties, mild self-harm/poor coping, and family transition issues. Families may also present with many unique stressors surrounding concerns regarding their child or adolescent’s behavior that include divorce/separation, bullying, peer conflict, military deployment, transition to a new environment, or lack of social support. The clinic serves children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 20.
My clinic provides various evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help individuals learn techniques involved in appropriate communication and problem-solving; pro-social behavior; compliance with rules; anger and stress, management; and improving peer and family relationships. In addition, our approaches incorporate aspects of applied behavior analysis for a wide range of presenting concerns to help individuals replace unhealthy coping strategies with more adaptive skills for regulating their behavior and emotions. Our therapeutic approaches are applicable to a wide range of mental health diagnoses and are applied in a flexible manner in collaboration with the entire family. Because many behavioral and emotional problems or disorders affect a child’s life at school, our team also provides collaborative assistance to teachers and school systems to address the patient’s behavioral, emotional, and academic concerns.
Group Therapy is also a large component of our clinical practice. Our program consists of three groups:
• Social Skills Groups for Children and Adolescents
• Advanced Social Skills Groups for Children and Adolescents
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group
- Maryland — 02486
- Career and Life Adjustments
- Family Therapy
- School Psychology
- Depression and Other Mood Disorders
- Blue Choice
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Payment and Insurance: Most insurance plans are accepted as well as private pay option.
- Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9:00AM-7:00PM at our Fairmount/Baltimore clinic.
Monday-Thursday 10:00AM-7:00PM at our Harbor East/Baltimore, Columbia, and Odenton locations.
- Preferred Contact Method: Email would be the best option so I may understand concern and direct you to best location to meet your needs. [email protected]
- These offices treat children and adolescents ages 5 to 20.
- Children (3-12 yrs.)
- Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Professional AffiliationsCredentials & Memberships
- Licensed Clinical Psychologist
- Licensed School Psychologist
- Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD