My areas of professional interest and expertise focus on Professional Ethics (with particular interest in suicide and violence assessment/intervention, mandated abuse reporting, professional boundaries, and risk management), Adult Development and Aging, and Clinical Supervision.
I consider myself to be a lifelong learner. As such, it has been a privilege to build a career in academia where the free flow of ideas is continually energizing. My teaching philosophy, honed over many years in the classroom, and influenced by meaningful teachers in my own life, centers on a number of key principles. First, and perhaps foremost, is the wish to convey my own passion for teaching and learning to my students through building a dynamic connection with them inside and outside of the classroom. I seek to actively engage students in the learning process, knowing that such engagement facilitates optimal learning. I believe that students learn best when they are not only actively engaged, but also encouraged to stretch themselves personally and professionally through ongoing self-reflection and constructive challenge. An additional guiding principle is the importance of infusing attention to multi-cultural diversity throughout the curriculum of my courses. Indeed, I view diversity as an ethical imperative for psychologists in training, as sensitivity to diversity is a key ethical principle in the Ethics Code of our profession. Another key principle in my philosophy of teaching is the importance of considering the developmental level and unique learning needs of each student in the classroom. As such, I aim to reach each student where they are at and to individualize their learning to the extent possible. Finally, a key aspect of my philosophy of teaching is the importance I place on modeling and promoting high academic and professional standards of integrity both inside and outside of the classroom.
I am excited to join the Clinical Psychology Faculty at Adler University and look forward to building meaningful collaborations with students and faculty within the Adler community.