I grew up Southern California and received my PhD in clinical psychology from UCLA. I moved to Pittsburgh in 2017 to complete my clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (now Western Psychiatric Hospital). I am now completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, where I have been gaining specialized training in perinatal health and stress physiology. My program of research focuses on early stress exposure and the development of emotion regulation and risky behaviors. I am particularly interested in the perinatal period as a unique window of opportunity for interrupting stress transmission and promoting pathways of resilience for mothers and their children. In addition to research, I specialize in evidence-based interventions for children and families, and I enjoy teaching and mentoring students in psychological science.
Fun fact: My favorite hobbies are rock climbing and fire dancing, and I have an adorable corgi named Taco!