My goal is to support each student with creating an individualized training plan that meets their diverse learning goals. As the Director of Counseling Training in the Psychology Department, it is my job to help graduate students with practicum and internship experiences. These active learning opportunities allow students to hone the skills needed for psychological practice after graduation.
As a graduate of APU’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) program in 2009 and APU’s Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology program in 2014, I know what it is like to be a student at this university. Practicum and internship experiences can be stressful! But they can also be exciting and fun. Since I’ve been through the process myself, I am dedicated to creating more positive training opportunities for others. I work hard to support each student with developing new professional competencies.
I fully support Alaska Pacific University’s vision to become a Tribal university and am actively taking steps to decolonize the psychology doctoral curriculum that I teach. While I am not an expert in social justice issues, I constantly work to earn the title of “ally.” It takes ongoing effort to de-colonize my thinking.
It is important to me that our educational system is responsive to the needs of each student, but particularly to the needs of people from rural communities and underserved populations. Alaska needs more Alaskans providing healthcare services.
B.S., University of Rochester, May 2005
M.S., Alaska Pacific University, April 2009
Psy.D., Alaska Pacific University, April 2014
Postdoctoral Certificate in Neuropsychology, Fielding Graduate University, December 2017
Licensed Psychologist # 100245, State of Alaska, May 2014
Certificate of Professional Qualification # 6659, Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, March 2021