- Years Attended: 2012-2016
- Advisor: Gregg Henriques
I completed my doctoral internship with the APA accredited program at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. During my internship year, I elected to work most closely with OEF/OIF veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as depression, anxiety disorders, substance use, and suicidality. Since graduating from JMU in 2016, I have become a licensed clinical psychologist. I am currently working as part of a private practice in Arlington, Virginia. I have maintained my clinical focus on adults with depression, anxiety disorders, and maladaptive personality patterns and have begun to work with couples after completing the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy Level 1 training. Additionally, over the past year I have become involved with the APAGS Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity and volunteered as a personal mentor for two LGBT graduate students in psychology.
During my time at JMU, I worked closely with Dr. Gregg Henriques in exploring practical and theoretical applications of his Unified Theory of Psychology in conceptualizing character functioning and well-being. Together, we developed a comprehensive assessment protocol that was designed to target the growing number of college students who are in psychological distress. My dissertation was entitled The Development of a Psychological Check-Up: Assessing Character and Well-Being via the Unified Approach. Over the course of my time at JMU, I also elected to work with other core faculty members to complete multiple research projects and presented original findings at regional and national conventions. With regard to clinical training, I believe that my experiences were diverse and very growth promoting. I completed therapy and assessment practica at the university counseling and psychological services center, individual and group therapy at the university counseling center, therapy and assessment at an area elementary school, and neuropsychological assessment at a state psychiatric hospital.
My training and experiences with the JMU Combined-Integrated program inspired me to think more deeply and critically. I have learned to approach my cases with the utmost compassion, sophistication, and curiosity. Above all, my experiences with the faculty and students influenced me to become a very self-aware and culturally savvy individual and clinician. Further, my relationship with Dr. Gregg Henriques fostered a greater sense of self-confidence as well as a focus on broader scientific and societal considerations. As a result of my training, I plan to be a leader in improving the treatment and quality of life of those around me with regard to personal and professional endeavors and specifically within my own LGBT community.