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Curriculum Vitae

Education  |  Current Employment  |  Professional Experience  |  Research Experience  |  Publications & Presentations

Education

Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program

Arizona School of Professional Psychology
Argosy University
2233 West Dunlap Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021

January 2001 - August 2006

Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology Program

Arizona School of Professional Psychology
Argosy University
2233 West Dunlap Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021

December 2002

Bachelors of Science, Psychology

University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721

June 1995 - December 1999

Current Employment

Private Practice

7120 East 6th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Position:   Licensed Psychologist

Responsibilities:   Employed at a private practice conducting psychotherapy and assessment for children, adolescents, adults, and families. Conducted intake interviews and provided psychotherapy services for clients and their families. Coordinated treatment with other professionals in the provision of holistic care. Specialized in providing treatment for childhood PTSD, victims of abuse and trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, oppositional defiant disorders, conduct disorders, developmental delays, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. Treatment modalities included Non-Directive Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, EMDR, Art Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Filial Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Therapy.

January 2008 - Present

Argosy University/Phoenix

2233 West Dunlap Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Position:   Professor of Practice

Responsibilities:   Primary instructor. Provided instruction for graduate students in the Masters of Forensics Psychology Program and Masters of Counseling Program. Instruction was conducted with a hands-on emphasis in the forms of lecture, guest speakers, a final exam, in-class presentations, and a research paper. Provided feedback on presentations, research papers, and provided guidance in case conceptualizations as it related to the practice of psychology.

Fall 2008

Professional Experience

Arizona Training Consortium
Neuropsychology Assessment Services
Post-Doctoral Resident

Responsibilities:   Employed as a part-time Postdoctoral Resident at a private practice conducting neuropsychological assessments. Participated in intake interviews, administered, scored, interpreted, and wrote neuropsychological assessments. Aided in the training of practicum students on specific assessment tools. Worked with managed care, Medicare, and AHCCSS patients. Patient population diagnoses consisted of stroke, TBI, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain, and various dementias including Alzheimer’s and Vascular dementias. Participated in biweekly didactic trainings focused on issues relevant to the practice of neuropsychology. Participated in monthly Arizona Training Consortium Training Seminars focused on issues relevant to the field of psychology in Arizona.

2006 - 2007

Garden of Hope Counseling
Post-Doctoral Resident

Responsibilities:   Employed as a part-time Postdoctoral Resident at a private practice conducting psychotherapy with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Conducted intake interviews and provided psychotherapy services for clients and their families. Specialized in treating numerous diagnoses such as childhood PTSD, abuse and trauma victims, depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant and conduct disorders, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. Treatment modalities included Non-Directive Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, EMDR, Art Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Filial Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Therapy.

2006 - 2008

Arizona Training Consortium
Childhelp Children's Center
Pre-Doctoral Intern

Responsibilities:   Employed as a full-time Predoctoral Intern at a multi-agency advocacy center whose responsibilities included conducting individual, family, and group therapy treating traumatized, neglected, and sexually and physically abused children and families as well as conducting psychological and psychoeducational evaluations. Also engaged in multidisciplinary case-planning team meetings with other agencies including Child Protective Services, Department of Economic Security, Phoenix and other Police Departments, the Attorney General’s office, St. Joseph’s Hospital, the client’s school and other agencies involved in the care of the families and children. Provided court support and testimony for criminal and permanency planning cases. Conducted CPS consultative services regarding specific cases to make recommendations for caseworkers on high-profile cases. Received supervision in the application of a variety of theories including EMDR, Child-Centered play therapy, Adlerian play therapy, group play therapy, Filial therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Sand Tray therapy, and Systemic therapy among others. Managed long-term and short-term therapy cases using an integrative and prescriptive approach. Participated in conducting didactic seminars for the mental health professionals as well as case consultation groups. Participated in monthly Arizona Training Consortium Training Seminars focused on issues relevant to the field of psychology in Arizona.

2005 - 2006

Riverside School District
Counseling Department Coordinator
Practicum Student (2003 - 2004)

Responsibilities:   Supervision of practicum students in case management. Development and implementation of a solution-focused school-counseling program for a combined elementary and middle school district. Provided brief counseling to students experiencing a range of difficulties from emotional and behavioral difficulties to brief adjustment disorder and classroom behavioral issues. Specifically, treated children with diagnoses of, but not limited to, Asperger’s Disorder, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Developed group curricula including anger management courses, social skills courses, autistic social skills courses, at-risk courses, and support group courses. Provided crisis-intervention for students as well as classroom-based consultation for the teachers. Administered and scored a variety of behavioral checklists. Administered and scored the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence, the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children Third and Fourth Editions, the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – Third Edition, and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Second Edition. Provided clinical/psychoeducational information in IEP meetings, MET meetings, and for the development of Behavioral Intervention Plans for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed students.

2004 - 2005

Clinical Neuropsychology Specialists
Contractual Psychometrist

Responsibilities:   Administration and scoring of psychoeducational instruments including the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence, the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children Third and Fourth Editions, the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – Third Edition, and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Second Edition.

2003 - 2004

Rehab Without Walls
Practicum Student

Responsibilities:   Provided neuropsychological assessment, rehabilitative counseling, and cognitive rehabilitation services in a day-treatment program to brain-injured patients. Managed long-term patient cases in a multidisciplinary team setting, which included speech, occupational, and physical therapists along with nurses and other neuropsychologists. Conducted cognitive rehabilitation services based on theory and empirically validated techniques. Administered, scored, interpreted, and wrote neuropsychological evaluations in order to determine the extent of the injury and the person’s ability to return to their premorbid life-styles. Engaged in individual, couples, and family psychotherapeutic treatment focusing on the rehabilitation of, adjustment to, and coping with their injuries and the associated changes.

2002 - 2003

Academic Advocacy
Contractual Psychometrist

Responsibilities:   Administration, scoring, and report writing for psychoeducational evaluations for charter schools. Provided feedback to school teams regarding evaluation results. Acted as the academic advocate for children and families to obtain services in the school system. Assessment tools included the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Third Edition, the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence – Third Edition, the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Second Edition, the Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive and Achievement Tests, and various Projectives.

2002 - 2003

Spatula Soup
Practicum Student

Responsibilities:   Provided individual and group therapy in a charter school for emotionally and behaviorally challenged children ages 2-12. Managed long-term cases developing implementing treatment plans for the classroom as well as for individual and group play therapy. Co-facilitated social skills groups based on the child-centered theory for emotionally and behaviorally challenged students. Administered, scored, interpreted, and wrote reports for psychoeducational evaluations. Reported results at MET and IEP meetings for those students. Provided teacher and parent consultative services.

2001 - 2002

Youth Development Institute
Psychology Technician

Responsibilities:   In the milieu therapy setting the direct interventions included helping the residents meet their therapeutic goals through the use of behavior modification techniques such as positive reinforcement, shaping, ad modeling. At the treatment center, indirect time was spent acting as the primary contact between the residents and other relevant team members such as the nurse, the psychologist, the counselor, teachers, and the head of the unit.

2000

Research Experience

Doctoral Clinical Research Project
SSCASTS: A School-Wide System Designed to Reduce Violence through the Promotion of Standards-Based Social-Emotional Competencies

Topic:   Developed a school-based social and emotional standards and skill acquisition tracking system regarding violence prevention in order to fulfill the doctoral dissertation requirement for the doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. This system is based on a set of developmentally appropriate and uniform social-emotional learning standards and skills. This system assumes that if a child acquires positive social-emotional skills through direct teaching, there is a decreased chance that the student will engage in aggressive or violent behavior. The acquisition of developmentally appropriate social competencies will be measured quarterly on performance standards in the following areas: Self-Awareness, Social, Coping, and Acceptance Skills. Specifically, the Self-Awareness, Social, Coping, and Acceptance Skills Tracking System (SSCASTS) provides an operationalized method for the measurement of social competency skill acquisition. The data generated will be used by school committees to direct school-wide intervention based on Positive Behavior Supports System. The system provides schools the opportunity to use the social-emotional standards included in the SSCASTS in conjunction with a variety of curriculum-based prevention programs or to incorporate the standards into daily classroom events and school experiences.

2005

Empathic Accuracy Rating
Research Assistant

Topic:   Conducted inter-rater reliability data collection on protocols consisting of empathy testing responses given by students watching a video of a psychotherapy session. Purpose of study was to compare the pre- and post-test responses of subjects after one group had received feedback on their empathic abilities throughout the semester and the control group had received none.

2002 - 2004

Interviews with Battered Women
Research Assistant

Topic:   Entered demographic data, conducted and transcribed structured clinical phone interviews with battered women and their children.

1997

Behavioral Observations of Daphne Zebra Finches in a Cross-Fostering Study
Research Assistant

Topic:   Observed and responsible for care of zebra finch behaviors and song patterns for a graduate thesis project for one semester for three hours three days per week.

1997

Publications & Presentations

National Association of School Psychologists
Poster Session

Topic:   Conducted a poster presentation on the SSCASTS: A Social Competency Skills-Building Tracking System.

2008

Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders
Presentation

Topic:   Conducted a professional presentation on the SSCASTS: A Social Competency Skills-Building Tracking System.

2007

Arizona Training Consortium
Presentation

Topic:   Conducted a one-and-a-half hour presentation on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing to an audience of Predoctoral Interns and Postdoctoral Residents.

2007

Weekly Didactics at Childhelp Children's Center
Didactic Training

Topic:   Conducted weekly hour-long didactic trainings for the mental health department at Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona. Topics included techniques to help parents with their child’s sleep difficulties (night terrors, nightmares, and nighttime enuresis); how to conduct forensically sound intake interviews in an advocacy center; how to teach adolescents good boundaries; training on IDEA and school psychology; how to work with parents and collateral family therapy; treatment planning; forensically sound and sensitive therapy; and treatment options for sexually abused children.

2006

Attachment Theory and Adolescents
Presentation

Topic:   Conducted a co-presentation for the staff of the Child Crisis Nursery on Attachment theory and techniques to build attachment with adolescents.

2005