I earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and pursued training opportunities that would provide me with a depth and breadth of expertise in mild-to-severe psychological problems in both adolescent and adult populations. These training experiences occurred mostly at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and included various clinical settings such as a psychiatric emergency room, a psychiatric inpatient unit, an adolescent partial hospital program, adult and adolescent intensive outpatient programs, a community hospital adult outpatient department, an outpatient psychotherapy clinic, and a college counseling center. My postdoctoral training included five years of advanced training in long-term, psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Program for Psychotherapy at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and one year of training in both psychodynamic psychotherapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy at Two Brattle Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
As an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, I serve on the Psychology Leadership Team at its only publicly funded teaching hospital, Cambridge Hospital/Cambridge Health Alliance. I joined their faculty in 2003, held clinical leadership positions, and am presently the Director of Psychology Practicum Training. In addition, I supervise psychologists-in-training and teach on the subjects of psychodynamic formulation and treatment, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mentalization-Based Treatment, personality disorders, projective testing, and professional development.
Informed by and further informing my clinical work, my research activities have concerned the development and manifestation of personality processes and pathology. I have held research positions within Boston University’s Personality Disorders Research Program, the Yale University Department of Psychology, and the Yale Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.
The American Psychoanalytic Association awarded me with a Fund for Psychoanalytic Research in 1999, a Fellowship in 2002-2003, and the Scientific Paper Award in 2006.