I am a clinical psychologist and mental health services researcher. I have worked extensively with adults in recovery as a mental health provider in a range of clinical settings including outpatient clinics, inpatient settings, community mental health centers, crisis intervention, forensic prisons, and primary care. I also completed specialized training at the Master- and doctoral-level in clinical geropsychology and have worked with older adults and their families in the community, long-term care facilities, and outpatient settings.
My current research and evaluation activities focus on two national studies using Medicaid/Medicare data. I am the principal investigator for a NIMH-funded study using Medicare data to examine the service use patterns, predictors, and outcomes of attempted suicide in older adults seen in the emergency department. I am also assisting with another NIMH project focusing on recovery-oriented care and treatment outcomes for adults with serious mental illnesses. My other research interests include the role of sleep quality in wellness and recovery as well as active self-management programs for chronic illnesses.
Some of my prior mental health services use research has focused on frequent psychiatric inpatient use and perceived barriers to healthcare among adults with serious mental illness. I have also published in the area of the interface between recovery, evidence-based practice, and addiction as well as recovery and remission. For over 15 years, I have also enjoyed teaching a range of psychology, counseling, and research courses to undergraduate and graduate students as an adjunct professor.
Education & Training
|PsyD||Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Clinical Psychology (2006)|
|MS||University of Kentucky, Counseling Psychology (1997)|
|Department of Health and Human Services Training Scholarship in Geropsychology||Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology|
|Certification in Gerontology||University of Kentucky|