I graduated from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where I earned a BS in human service counseling. While at UNLV, I became interested in treatment outcome research with difficult to treat clients, while working as a research therapist on a trial examining the efficacy of Family Behavior Therapy on women who have been referred to treatment for child neglect and substance abuse. Receiving excellent behavioral training out of undergrad fostered an interest in researching effective treatments for high risk clients.
While at the University of Washington, I developed an interest in functional outcomes of highly suicidal individuals as it relates to the advancement and improvement of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Eventually, I would like to examine the implementation of DBT in broader populations and settings (e.g. computerization and/or home use).