I am an educational neuroscientist with a masters in education and a background as a certified special education teacher. I taught for eight years in public schools and publicly funded non-profits for youth removed from their families. I have a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan combined in education and psychology, a masters in developmental psychology and have completed post-doctoral training in neuroscience, also from the University of Michigan.
My focus is on student focused education and bringing an understanding of neuroscience into education.
2014 Travel Award, New York Academy of Sciences 2012 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Docent Poster 2007 Dissertation Fellowship, University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School 2005 Barbara A. Oleshansky Award, University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School 2005 Harold and Vivian Shapiro Award, University of Michigan, Packham Graduate School 2005 B. Perry Roberson Award, University of Michigan Psychology Department 2004 Margaret Dow Towsley Scholarship, University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women
Ph.D. Combined Program in Education and Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007 C.G.S. Development of Psychopathology and Mental Health Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2003 M.S. Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2002 C.G.S. Department of Special Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1998 Ed.M. Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1991 B.A. Department of Social Science, Hampshire College, Amherst, 1989
My research interests stem from my first career as a special educator for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders in social service and mental health placements. Most of these youth had child abuse, neglect, poverty and violence exposure backgrounds. I became interested in the role of violence and traumatic experiences on development. My goal is to bring neuroscience into education.