I am a board-certified naturopathic physician with clinical and research expertise in preventative and integrative behavioral medicine and public health. My research focuses on two primary areas of investigation: 1) randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of the effects and mechanisms of mindfulness-based interventions and 2) the influence of stress on psychophysiological reactivity and chronic disease symptomatology. My research utilizes multiple methodologies including laboratory tasks, experience sampling, behavioral coding, and autonomic nervous system responding.
One of the primary goals of my work is to adapt and test mindfulness-based interventions for individuals with comorbid mood disorders and chronic disease, with an emphasis toward making mindfulness-based interventions more available, accessible, and affordable for individuals with diverse backgrounds (e.g., racially and socioeconomically diverse populations). 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.
My degrees include BS (biology) from Whittier College, ND (naturopathic doctorate) from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, and MPH (community and behavioral health) from the University of Colorado. I have completed a postdoctoral fellowship (F32) supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at NIH and a two-year fellowship in behavioral medicine at NYU School of Medicine.
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
University of Denver, NIH-F32 Fellowship
NYU School of Medicine, Center for Healthful Behavior Change
Journal of the American Society of Hypertension : JASH. 2017 Sep; 11(9):581-588.e5
Circulation. 2017 Apr 20; 135(25):2470-2480
THE PROTECTIVE ROLE OF MINDFULNESS IN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PERCEIVED DISCRIMINATION AND DEPRESSION [Meeting Abstract]
Annals of behavioral medicine. 2017 MAR; 51:S833-S834
RELAPSE PREVENTION IN MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER: 24-MONTH FOLLOW UP OF MINDFULNESS-BASED COGNITIVE THERAPY VS. ACTIVE CONTROL [Meeting Abstract]
Annals of behavioral medicine. 2017 MAR; 51:S466-S467
Journal of the American Heart Association. 2017 Feb 8; 6(2):?-?
Journal of human hypertension. 2017 Jan 26; 31(7):474-478
American journal of hypertension. 2016 Aug; 29(8):904-912
Journal of psychosocial oncology. 2016 Jul-Aug; 34(4):259-273