I currently work as the Associate Program Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling program at City University of Seattle. As the CACREP Liaison, I am responsible for coordinating self-studies, collecting and managing data and feedback from students, and keeping faculty updated with smh program modifications. I have taught courses in Practicum and Internship, Career Counseling, Counseling Skills, Group Counseling, Psychopathology, Research Methods and Statistics, and Tests and Measurements. I have published in national peer-reviewed journals and presented at national conferences. I am the current Webmaster for the Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES), President Elect of the Washington Mental Health Counseling Association, and member of the Advancement of Clinical Practice Committee for the American Mental Health Counseling Association. I received my Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision from James Madison University.
My research agenda has three main areas of focus: first, the advancement of clinical practice, including the integration of neuroscience into existing counseling models and the use of data-driven practice, alongside the integration of counseling in primary care and medical settings; second, child, adolescent, and family counseling; third, action research and social justice for under served populations. My dissertation received the 2013 AMHCA Dissertation Research Award.
I provide counseling services part-time in a private practice setting in addition to my academic job, working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I am a licensed counselor in Washington state and Virginia, and a National Certified Counselor. I have nearly ten years of experience working in school, inpatient, and outpatient settings. I completed my residency as a mental health counselor and family therapist at a child and adolescent psychiatric unit in Virginia, where I provided individual, family, and group counseling for children, adolescents, and families as part of a multidisciplinary team.