I attended Vanderbilt University and majored in Child Development and Cognitive Studies. Afterwards, I completed a master's degree in Risk and Prevention at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I was a Psychology Technician at the Boston VA Healthcare System in the National Center for PTSD with Dr. Brian Marx. Then, I attended the University of California, Los Angeles for a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, working with Dr. Steve S. Lee in the ADHD and Development Lab and receiving co-mentorship from Dr. Nim Tottenham in the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Lab. This training in developmental psychopathology and developmental neuroscience sparked my interest in understanding how early experiences affect later difficulties.
My predoctoral and postdoctoral clinical psychology training was in Infant Mental Health at the Tulane School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. I also continue to collaborate on the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, with primary training from Dr. Charles H. Zeanah.
I completed a second postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, working in the Stanford Neurodevelopment, Affect, and Psychopathology Lab with Dr. Ian H. Gotlib.
In 2018, I joined the Department of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. I direct the SEA (Stress and Early Adversity) Lab, and am a member of the Clinical Science, Developmental Science, and Educational Neuroscience faculty.
I am a mother to three awesome kids (Alice, Winslow, and Juliet) and feel privileged to be able to draw from my lived experiences in our research and clinical work with families.