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About Me

I am a licensed psychologist and have worked with cancer patients, survivors, and their families for over 15 years. I received my masters and doctoral degrees in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Kansas in 1998, with an emphasis in Psycho-oncology -- the study and practice of the psychosocial aspects of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. I completed my internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Florida, Department of Clinical & Health Psychology, and Department of Medicine, respectively.

For 10 years, I was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Florida Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, doing research to better understand the impact of cancer and cancer survivorship on the quality of life of survivors and family caregivers. I also developed and tested interventions for family caregivers to maximize their coping, resilience, and self-care in the face of their loved-one's cancer.

In 2009, I started a private practice in order to focus on direct care of patients and family members, helping them to maximize the quality of their lives. I continue my affiliation with the University of Florida as an courtesy professor.

Current Positions

Clinical & Health Psychologist (private practice)
Haile Market Therapy and Behavioral Medicine
Gainesville, FL

Research Assistant Professor (courtesy)
University of Florida                            
Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology              
Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Department of Behavioral Sciences and Community Health
Gainesville, FL

Consultant,  BeTheMatch – National Marrow Donor Program, Office of Patient Advocacy, Minnesota, MN
BeTheMatch Caregiver Companion Program



Vassar College              A.B. (1990)                      Cognitive Science
University of Kansas     M.A. (1994)                     Clinical Psychology (Health & Rehabilitation Specialty)
                                          Ph.D. (1998)                   Clinical Psychology (Health & Rehabilitation Specialty)
University of Florida      Intern (1996-1997)        Medical Psychology
                                         Sr. Intern (1997-1998)   Medical Psychology
                                         Fellow (1999-2000)       Psycho-oncology

License, Certifications & Awards

   Licensed Psychologist, State of Florida, #PY 6140; January 2000-present

·   Letter of Commendation for Original and Independent Research,
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke,
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 1992.

·   Outstanding Young Woman of America Award, Outstanding Young Americans,
McLean, VA, 1997.

·   Travel Award, Tandem BMT Meeting, Keystone, CO, 2003.

·   Travel Award, Tandem BMT Meeting, Orlando, FL, 2004.

·   Mortimer M. Bortin Award for Outstanding Clinical Research, Tandem BMT Meeting,
Orlando, FL, 2004.

·   Junior Faculty Research Award, Department of Medicine, University of Florida, 2006.

·   Meritorious Abstract Award, Cancer Survivorship Research Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2008.

Additional Training

     Skill Building in Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL; 2001

Professional Activities

·    Member, Medical Advisory Board, National Bone Marrow Transplant Link, 2010-present.
·   Member, National Marrow Donor Program, Survivorship Working Group,
     Patient Advocacy in Cellular Transplant Therapy, 2008-2009.
·   Member, Health Research and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Council on
    Blood Stem Cell Transplantation, 2007-2009;
    Chair of the Working Group on Confidentiality, 2007-2008;
    Member of the Working Group on Informed consent, 2008-2009.
·   Reviewer, National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP),
     National Cancer Institute (NCI), 2007-2009.
·   Member, Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network,
     Late effects and Quality of Life Committee, 2006-2009.
·   Member, Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR):
     Late Effects/QOL Working Committee, 2000-2009.
·   Member, End of Life Interdisciplinary Curriculum Committee, University of Florida, 2006-2009.
·   Member, Cancer Resource Connections group, University of Florida , November 2004-present.

Professional Memberships

1991-present                        American Psychological Association (APA);
                                                 APA Division 38 -- Health Psychology;
                                                 APA Division42 – Psychologists in Independent Practice
1993-2008                            Society for Behavioral Medicine (SBM); Cancer Special Interest Group

2003-2005, 2009- pres.     American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS); Survivorship SIG
2004-2010                            American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT)
2010-present                       Florida Psychological Association, North Central Florida Chapter.