I am a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student and a member of the Pain Prevention and Treatment Research Lab, under the supervision of Dr. Frank Keefe and Dr. Tamara Somers. The overall goal of our research is to develop, implement, & evaluate novel approaches to assess & treat persistent pain, symptoms (e.g. fatigue, distress), & the physical psychological demands associated with chronic medical illnesses (e.g. cancer).
Interventions include cognitive-behavioral interventions (e.g. pain coping skills training), smartphone-based mobile health interventions utilizing videoconferencing and web-based delivery, emotional disclosure protocols, mind-body interventions (i.e., mindfulness), & couples-based interventions.
I am a practicum student in the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program rotation.
Before coming to Duke, I was a Senior Research Specialist for the Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles under the supervision of Drs. Jeffrey Gold and Lara Nelson. I coordinated research studies conducted in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit investigating delirium & associated cognitive dysfunction, medical trauma/PTSD, anxiety, & pain. Additionally, I worked with patients to assess the effectiveness of VR in reducing pain & anxiety during painful procedures.
I graduated from Pitzer College with a BA in Psychology (Hons.),minor in Sociology. My honors thesis evaluated the effects of expressive writing on resilience, depression & posttraumatic growth. I was lab manager for Pitzer's Behavioral Health Lab under the supervision of Dr. KaMala Thomas.
Current Research Interests
My research interests include psychosocial and behavioral outcomes of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer, developing, evaluating, & implementing integrative interventions to improve psychological & physiological health outcomes, pain, & quality of life in AYA patients with cancer.
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