I am very excited to be part of the BACA-Oakland team as the Clinical Director of Intensive Outpatient Programs!
My initial interest in psychology stemmed from my early life experiences. Raised in a large family in San Diego, as a child, I was very curious about how my family’s immigration experience and cultural values intersected with my experiences of growing up in my community. Early on, I observed the differences in the traditions and values of my upbringing from that of my peers’. I became very interested in learning more about how biological factors intersect with life experiences to impact human development and family systems.
My passion for psychology grew dramatically during my undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. I focused my passion for science by pursuing research projects in emotion and psychopathology, treatment outcomes, and diversity issues. I later graduated with honors from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology. Thereafter, I coordinated a longitudinal research study evaluating treatment outcomes for children with ADHD.
To gain a more systematic understanding of human development and psychopathology, I pursued graduate studies at the University of Denver (D.U.), where I completed my Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology. At D.U., my masters and dissertation research focused on understanding components of psychotherapy that lead to improvements in the treatment of adolescent depression. During the last year of my doctoral training, I returned to California to complete my pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University/Children’s Health Council consortium. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University to gain specialized clinical training in comprehensive psychological assessment/evaluation, and the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, autism and developmental disabilities, and eating disorders. I am a licensed clinical psychologist in California.
At BACA, I provide evidence-based treatments, which means that I integrate findings from the newest research on effective psychological treatments with my clinical expertise to provide uniquely tailored care. I am passionate about working with children, teens, couples, and families. I believe it is a gift to be able to work with people to help them reach their goals. I am grateful for a profession that enables me to interact with different kinds of people, and to work on a multidisciplinary team of professionals that feel equally as passionate about providing excellent care. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, hiking, practicing yoga, reading, traveling, and spending time outside.