I earned my undergraduate degree in psychology at New York University and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. While at the University of Tennessee, I taught psychology courses, conducted therapy at the Student Counseling Center, and published research on heterosexual siblings’ acceptance of their lesbian or gay sibling of origin, internalized heterosexism in same-sex relationships, and co-authored a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Multicultural Counseling Psychology on feminist counseling psychology and lesbians, bisexual women, and transgendered persons.
After completing my clinical internship at the University of Delaware’s Center for Counseling and Student Development, I returned to TN where I worked as a licensed psychologist at Sewanee: The University of the South’s Wellness Center. I always loved teaching, however, and so I transitioned to the role of Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at East Tennessee State University’s satellite campus in Sevierville, TN, where I led the program for three years.
Having personally attended a liberal arts college, and with experience supervising counselors in training, I was thrilled when the opportunity arose to teach counseling courses at Maryville College. Courses I teach:
PSYC 331 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 333 Counseling
PSYC 335 Advanced Counseling
PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology
Currently, I am working on a book chapter focused on heterosexual sibling’s experiences of having a lesbian, gay, or transgender sibling and also have an interest in self-compassion interventions with undergraduate students. I live in Knoxville and am a proud co-parent of two fur-babies with my partner, Chris. I love film, TV, theatre, music, podcasts, listening to audiobooks, cooking pizza from scratch, candy, and laughing.