Having called St. Louis, Missouri, Jerseyville, Illinois, and Lincoln, Nebraska "home" throughout my life, I am excited
to now be sharing my Midwestern spirit here in Columbia. I was originally born and raised in St. Louis and have missed
the Cardinals, Ted Drewes Ice Cream, and Gus' Pretzels while attending college in Nebraska. I obtained my undergraduate
degree in psychology from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. While attending Creighton, I developed a clinical and
research interest in at-risk youth, victimization, and trauma. Wanting to address these issues from a prevention perspective,
I entered a graduate program in School Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in order to further
investigate how schools can approach bullying and victimization. During my time at UNL, I worked for five years in the
Empowerment Initiative research lab focusing on reducing bullying and improving students' social-emotional competence
through the use of cognitive behavioral individual and group-based strategies. After receiving my doctorate degree, I
completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute where I delivered therapy and assessment services
through an integrated care model in urban and rural locations.
I look forward to further multi-disciplinary collaboration with school staff and community resources through my
position with the Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition! In my spare time, I enjoy running, watching scary movies,
going to concerts, and playing with my puppy.