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I earned my doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997, with externships in clinical psychology, career development psychology, trauma and incest, and neuropsychology, followed by a clinical internship at the University of Maine. I was licensed as a psychologist in Maine in 1998. I spent my first three years post-internship in a community mental health center and began my private practice in 1999.
Research during my doctoral studies focused on the conflict between home and career roles. My master’s thesis findings were published as an article in the journal of “Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development” (1991), and my doctoral dissertation findings were published as a book chapter titled “Work and Family Roles: Finding a New Equilibrium,” in Diversity and Women’s Career Development: from Adolescence to Adulthood, Sage Publications (1997). I have twice presented papers at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. Although I found research fulfilling and enjoyable, I left the academic world to focus on a career in counseling and psychotherapy.
I have taught psychology at the University of Illinois, Parkland College, University of Maine, and Husson University. I assisted in developing the For Kids Sake program, an educational program for divorcing and separating parents, and taught this program in Bangor for 14 years.