Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
I am a board-certified naturopathic physician with clinical and research expertise in preventative and integrative medicine, affective and behavioral science, and public health. My research focuses on the role of emotion regulation in resilience and chronic mental and physical disease. I also conduct randomized controlled trials of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) with an eye toward making MBIs more available, accessible, and scalable for patients with a range of chronic diseases and for individuals from socioeconomically disenfranchised and ethnically diverse backgrounds. My research utilizes multiple methodologies including laboratory tasks, experience sampling, behavioral coding, and autonomic nervous system responding.
My career development award (K23) supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is focused on testing the effects of a telephone-delivered mindfulness intervention for patients with co-morbid depression and chronic disease. I am also Principal Investigator of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) supported by the NYU Clinical Cancer Center that tests the effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for reducing psychological distress in female cancer patients in recovery. I am Co-Investigator of two RCTs that focus on adapting and testing a telephone-delivered mindfulness intervention for individuals with chronic disease and elevated psychological distress.
MPH from University of Colorado
ND from National College of Naturopathic Medicine
University of Denver, NIH-F32 Fellowship
NYU School of Medicine, Center for Healthful Behavior Change
Journal of psychopathology & behavioral assessment. 2020 Jun; 42(2):271-280
Epilepsy & behavior. 2019 Jul 29; 106422
Current opinion in psychology. 2018 Oct 11; 28:37-41
Behavior therapy. 2018 09; 49(5):836-849
American heart journal. 2018 Aug; 202:61-67
Mindfulness. 2018 Aug; 9(4):1100-1109