I earned my BA from Miami University (Ohio) in 2004, double-majoring in Psychology and Spanish. I subsequently worked as a case manager for the Early Intervention program in Illinois, serving primarily low-income families of children with developmental delays. This work highlighted to me the need for greater equity in accessibility to empirical information about mental health and motivated me to pursue a path where I could more actively contribute to the science of psychology. I went on to earn my MA (University of Iowa, 2010) and PhD (University of Notre Dame, 2014) in Clinical Psychology.
At Carthage College, I run the CAPS research lab, where my students and I study the assessment, diagnosis, and classification of psychopathology. Our current projects focus on the: (1) identification of transdiagnostic (shared) mechanisms that may help explain why some symptoms are more related to each other than others and (2) development and evaluation of reliable and valid psychological assessment tools. Underlying all of my work is the goal that our results can be accessible and generalizable. As such, I've focused on including at-risk populations and examining our research questions in a range of samples in the US and cross-culturally. My assessment work is collaborative and I work and consult with scholars in the US (University of Iowa, University of Notre Dame, Louisiana State University, Santa Clara University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and in Spain (University of Huelva).
I teach general and clinically-oriented courses and oversee our department's fieldwork experience for students. One of my favorite aspects of my role at Carthage is working with students to pursue their interests and goals and I am committed to supporting all students.
I have clinical training in a range of empirically-supported treatments for individuals and couples. I completed my APA-accredited clinical internship at the Hines VA Hospital in IL and have engaged in clinical work in the Galesburg community.