Thank you for visiting my site! I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 and became a licensed psychologist shortly thereafter. I completed additional training at Baylor College of Medicine prior to joining the faculty at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2010. I returned to Baylor College of Medicine in 2016 as a full-time faculty member in the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
My research and clinical practice focus on behavioral health in adults with chronic and serious medical conditions and the delivery of psychological services in medical settings. I have long believed that health care has the greatest potential to enhance patients’ and well being and quality of life when medical and behavioral health professionals work together.
In addition to my research and clinical practice, I participate in several national professional societies and have served on the editorial boards of three peer-reviewed journals. I enjoy speaking to the public, patients, and health professionals about behavioral health.
On a personal note, I am a native Texan and live in Houston with my husband, our two beautiful children, and two dogs. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, cooking, walking/hiking, and playing the piano.