As an undergraduate, my courses in social psychology and abnormal psychology introduced me to the excitement of psychological research. Luckily, I worked with undergraduate mentors who taught me to appreciate the integration of science and practice. As a graduate student, I was also lucky to work with a mentor who helped guide me toward developing my research program. Since joining UH in 2006, I also aim to help my graduate students carry out important work in their areas of greatest interest. I greatly enjoy helping students discover and develop research programs and clinical training experiences that will give them deep satisfaction and contentment in their careers. Through the mentoring process, my goal is to teach my students to make meaningful contributions to the science and practice of psychology.
- PhD, Clinical Psychology (APA Accredited), Rutgers University, 2002
- MS, Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University, 2000
- BA, Summa Cum Laude, Distinction in Psychology, Yale University, 1996
- PSY 479: Advanced Topics in Adjustment/Treatment/Prevention
- PSY 675: Treatment Research
- PSY 678: Adult Practicum
My primary research interest is in improving the understanding and treatment of eating disorders, obesity, body dissatisfaction, and weight stigma. Additional efforts and interests include examining the stigmatization of obesity in adults and children, and identifying and alleviating its negative effects; understanding and addressing the behavioral and cognitive dysfuntions that maintain disordered eating; body image in obesity and eating disorders; quality of life in eating disorders and obesity; and self-help and continuing care for obesity and eating disorders.