I am an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Center for Early Childhood Health and Development (CEHD) in the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine.
My area of expertise is in developmental psychopathology and parent-based clinical interventions for parents and families of young children. As a clinical psychologist with almost 20 years experience in clinical practice and intervention research, my work is focused on the promotion of social-emotional development and health in young children with the aim of preventing behavioral and mental health problems throughout the life course.
My work is deeply rooted in a strong developmental focus, with the social and emotional development of toddlers and preschoolers a primary focus of attention. In particular, it is the critical role of parents and the impact of aspects of the parent-child relationship (both risks and resources) to the development of young children that guides my work.
My clinical practice is consistent with my training and expertise, and focuses on developmentally-informed clinical work with parents and families of young children (birth to 12 years) with a range of social-emotional and behavioral issues. Consistent with my research and training, the work places the focus of intervention quite intentionally on guiding and modifying parent-child interaction patterns.
Most recently, my focus has expanded to include examining the potential of technology, broadly defined, to reach and connect with parents of young children, particularly underserved low-income parents of color. I aim to examine how to leverage technology and access to digital tools and resources to support parents and improve the lives of families of young children. I am also interested in how human-centered design can support and enhance traditional clinical interventions for parents and young children, be used to develop targeted digital tools for underserved populations, and the potential for cross-collaboration between clinical researchers, clinicians and digital design experts to further social innovations.
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
PhD from University of Virginia
Brown University School of Medicine, Early Childhood Clinical Research Center
Child development. 2010 Jan-Feb; 81(1):290-305
Journal of child psychology & psychiatry & allied disciplines. 2009 Mar; 50(3):235-245
Construct validation of the social competence scale in preschool-age children
Social development. 2008 Apr; 17(2):380-398
Journal of clinical child & adolescent psychology. 2008 Apr; 37(2):386-396
Clinical assessment of preschoolers : special precautions
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder : concepts, controversies, new directions. New York : Informa Healthcare, 2008. p.235-242. (Medical psychiatry ; 37) (3100572)
Archives of general psychiatry. 2007 Oct; 64(10):1172-1179
Journal of clinical child & adolescent psychology. 2007 Jul-Sep; 36(3):442-454
Showing and telling about emotions: Interrelations between facets of emotional competence and associations with classroom adjustment in Head Start preschoolers
Cognition & emotion. 2006 Dec; 20(8):1170-1192