I grew up in south Florida and then moved to Tallahassee to complete my undergraduate degree at Florida State University (FSU). I returned to FSU to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas Joiner. As part of my doctoral program, I completed an eating disorder-focused clinical internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center. I then worked as a professor in the psychology department at North Dakota State University (NDSU) for ten years. At NDSU, I mentored graduate students, taught courses on child and adult psychopathology, cultural diversity, and evidence-based treatments, and published research on disordered eating, suicidal behavior, and other mental health topics. I left academia in 2018 to pursue a career as a therapist. I co-host Jedi Counsel podcast, which discusses psychological science through fictional characters, current events, and interviews.
For more details, please see my curriculum vitae.