BMI Associate Member
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I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Utah, where I worked with Dr. Sheila Crowell and specialized in the Clinical Child and Family Track of our department. My clinical internship and post-doctoral training years were spent at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. I am thrilled to have been appointed as an Assistant Professor at Western.
My research focuses on interrupting pathogenic factors that contribute to self-inflicted injury (SII), borderline personality disorder (BPD), and suicide. During my time as a graduate student, I developed an interest in the developmental psychopathology perspective as a framework for conceptualizing and studying these complex problems. I study SII and BPD conjointly because they share many phenotypic features, potentiating factors, and often co-occur along a common developmental trajectory. My work builds on existing research that identifies both (a) markers of biological vulnerability to SII and BPD, and (b) environmental risk factors (e.g., coercive family processes, emotion invalidation) that shape vulnerabilities into more advanced and difficult-to-treat patterns of stress reactivity over time. I incorporate biological, self- and informant-report, behavioral, and ecological momentary assessment methods into my research designs.