In the classroom, I foster an intellectual climate that respects students’ accumulated knowledge in psychological theory and practice, and concurrently encourage them to critically examine new material in order to question assumptions and sharpen their understanding of the human condition. Theory and practice in psychology are organically linked, and our graduate students represent the leading edge of change.
In my duties as Associate Director of Training in the Psy.D. program, I place a strong emphasis on mentoring students, focusing on assisting them in developing a cogent professional identity built upon quality, high-impact training experiences coupled with a strong core of clinical competencies.
My scholarly interests encompass several domains, including psychoanalytic metatheory, the intellectual foundations of psychiatry, psychology of religion and spirituality, anti- Semitism, clinical supervision, death anxiety, cross-cultural conceptions of gender, and comparative mythology.
In addition to being core faculty at Adler University, I am Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, as well as part-time faculty at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. I participate in several community-based advisory groups and proudly serves on the Board of Trustees of Akiba-Schecter Jewish Day School as well as Nefesh-Chicago. I also serve on the Ethics Committee of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA), as well as on the Faith-Based Task Force for the National Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Click here to view my personal website.