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About Me


I am a board certified (ABPP) licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Florida. I am also a full-time faculty member at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) where I serve as Director of the NSU Anxiety Treatment Center. My work focuses on teaching, training, and supervising clinical psychology doctoral-level students in culturally-informed, evidence-based practices.


My research focuses on improving the quality of life and life satisfaction of clients seeking psychological care, particularly those from typically underserved communities. I am bilingual in English and Spanish and provide services in both languages. 

I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Florida where I double majored in Psychology and Spanish. I received my Masters of Science and doctorate degree from the University of Miami (Ph.D. in clinical psychology, specialization in Adults). During my time at the University of Miami, I focused on researching and treating individuals with chronic and severe mental illness. I also received training in the treatment of trauma/PTSD, eating disorders, and neuropsychological testing. I then trained at VA Boston (with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine) where I worked in inpatient psychiatry, the PTSD clinic, and residential as well as outpatient alcohol and substance use treatment.


I completed my post-doctoral training at the Miami VA Medical Center where I worked in inpatient and residential psychiatric care as well as outpatient care for individuals with chronic and severe mental illnesses.I have extensive experience providing mental health services at all levels of care including inpatient, medical detox from alcohol and drugs, residential treatment, intensive outpatient, and outpatient settings. 

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