I am the Director of Research and Special Projects in the Practice Directorate at the American Psychological Association. As part of the Practice Research and Policy department, we focus on the development and implementation of programs and policies related to expanding opportunities for professional psychology, including increasing outcomes measurement and quality improvement efforts, such as the development of the CMS-approved Mental and Behavioral Health Registry.
I have maintained an active line of research with peer-reviewed articles in multiple journals including Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Law and Human Behavior and the Journal of Traumatic Stress.
As a spokesperson for APA, I have been interviewed by television, radio, print and online media including NBC News, the Today Show, CSPAN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and NPR on a range of topics including stress, politics, discrimination and harassment, trauma, serious mental illness, telehealth and technology, and access to mental health care.
Prior to working at APA, I was the Director of Psychology Training at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, in Washington DC, a publicly funded inpatient psychiatric hospital serving individuals with serious mental illness. I received my PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2007, and am licensed in the District of Columbia.