I am a licensed Clinical Health Psychologist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral approaches to coping with pain, headache and insomnia, as well as anxiety & depression associated with chronic illness. I completed a pre-doctoral residency in Health Psychology at the Phoenix VA Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, focusing on assisting veterans with complex medical challenges and comorbid PTSD symptoms, and postdoctoral work at UCLA’s Orofacial Pain Clinic training residents and helping patients better understand biospsychosocial approaches to chronic pain management. Prior to completing my Ph.D., I also completed a terminal Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology specializing in Addiction and Recovery.
In working with patients, I draw on intensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and related therapies (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Motivational Interviewing & Acceptance & Commitment Therapy). My research interests include psychosocial factors associated with pain and depression in inflammatory disease, personality traits associated with chronic pain conditions, and behavioral approaches to managing insomnia. In addition to private practice, I am also affiliated with the Goldberg Migraine Program through UCLA's Department of Neurology.