Professional Positions

Summer 2013-Present  Research team co-leader with my research partner Dr. Mudita Rastogi. We have a team of 2 Doctor of Clinical Psychology thesis students who are expanding on our research and 3 Research Assistants who are working on data collection for our work Choosing the Childfree or Parentling Lifestyle.

Summer 2013   Adjunct Faculty, Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University-Schaumburg, Doctor of Clinical Psychology Program. Personally created course: The Psychology and Systems of Reproduction and Family Formation.

January 2013-July 2014 Assistant Director & Creator of the Early Childhood Assessment Clinic at the Center for Psychological Services.  Specializing in the neuropsychological, emotional, social, and intellectual development of children ages 2 and over. I am dedicated to ensuring that your child receives a comprehensive psychological assessment which considers the importance of multiple contexts in understanding your child’s behaviors, emotions, and needs. Each part of the assessment plan is critical in helping us create a rich, clinical picture of your child and providing treatment recommendations

Differential diagnosis of intellectual disability, Autism spectrum disorders/pervasive developmental disorders, speech and language delays, attention and impulse control problems, emotional disorders, conduct disorders and family functioning. I also observe the primary contexts the child exists within to determine that symptoms are in fact legitimate pathology rather than a function of the environment.

To ensure accurate assessment, I observe the child at home with his/her family as well as in the school environment. Frequently, the richest data obtained is from these observations. Additionally, home and school observations are exceptional for targeting interventions for maximum treatment impact. Without realizing it, due to the way human behavior works, adults are actually reinforcing the child’s problematic behaviors. A systemic analysis helps to determine where undesirable behaviors are being reinforced so parents can be trained to stop reinforcing them and begin reinforcing the behaviors they do want is an important part of the assessment process.

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