I am primarily responsible for teaching courses in the Clinical/Counseling concentration within the Psychology major. I also coordinate the undergraduate field placement experience in psychology.
I received my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 1984. I worked with adolescents as a residential crisis counselor in the Northern Virginia area for two years before starting my graduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. I received my M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology in 1989, and my Ph.D. in 1993. I have been a faculty member at Averett since 1995 and I have been licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in Virginia since 1996.
I have maintained a quarter-time private practice in clinical psychology since 1997, and am currently affiliated with Counseling and Psychological Services in Danville. My areas of specialization include assessment, holistic wellness, health education and stress management. I am also the Director of the MatchPoint® Chronic Pain Management Program in Danville. In addition to my academic and clinical activities, I have been teaching T'ai Chi Fundamentals at The Center for the past eight years, and my passion for empowering people to embrace healthier lifestyles led me to establish my seminar business LifeCourse Wellness several years ago.
I enjoy t'ai chi as well as hiking and photography. I also enjoy traveling and I love heading to Marco Island, Florida to catch a sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.