I am a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. I am also the director of the Child Neurodevelopment Research Lab, the Child Neuropsychology Clinic, and of the WI LEND: Milwaukee Link ASD Diagnostic Clinic.
I completed my Ph.D. in Psychology at Emory University, with specializations in Clinical Psychology and Cognition & Development, and completed an internship in Child Clinical Psychology as well as post-doctoral training in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry. As director of the UWM Child Neurodevelopment Research Lab, my research focuses on the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral characteristics of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. I have published research about the cognitive, adaptive, and personality characteristics of children with Williams syndrome, about the behavioral phenotype of children with 7q11.23 Duplication syndrome, and about the cognitive and behavioral phenotype of children with neurofibromatosis type 1.
Current research projects in the Child Neurodevelopment Research Lab related to Williams syndrome include development of a manualized developmentally-informed cognitive-behavior therapy intervention for the treatment of anxiety and fear in young children with Williams syndrome. Current research related to neurofibromatosis type 1 includes longitudinal examination of cognitive and psychosocial functioning beginning in the preschool years, social, cognitive, and academic outcomes in school-age children with NF1, the reliability and validity of measures of attention in the preschool years, and neural indicators of attention difficulties in children with NF1. We are also beginning a study of a telehealth group intervention to improve the social functioning of adolescents with NF1.
My teaching activities include undergraduate teaching (Online Child Psychology), undergraduate research mentorship, graduate teaching (Foundations of Psychotherapy, guest lectures in Assessment), graduate clinical supervision (primarily within the Assessment Practicum), and graduate research mentorship within the Child Neurodevelopment Research Lab. I also serve as faculty in the Wisconsin LEND (https://wilend.waisman.wisc.edu/): Milwaukee Link program that provides interdisciplinary leadership training to graduate trainees and practitioners from the areas of occupational therapy, speech language pathology, nursing, exceptional education, and psychology, and serve as faculty in the undergraduate Maternal and Child Health Pipeline Program (https://uwm.edu/healthsciences/maternal-and-child-health/) which aims to increase the representation of students from minoritized backgrounds in the field of maternal and child health.