Born and raised in Washington DC, I attended Oberlin College in Ohio.
Between college and graduate school I worked for a year at the National Institute of Mental Health as a research assistant on a project about mother-child interaction.
Next I attended Catholic University of America in Washington DC and obtained my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1979. I studied many different approaches to therapy.
During that program I had the privilege of working part time at the Georgetown University Child Development Center where I was immersed in working with children and their families under supervision of some excellent child psychologists.
I went on to do an internship at a community mental health center where I did therapy and testing under supervision. I had the opportunity to take a class in family therapy and to participate in group therapy.
1979 – Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Catholic University of America
- Passed comprehensive exams with distinguished honors
- Psi Chi member
1972 – B.A. Psychology, Oberlin College
Licensed as a Clinical Psychologist by the Virginia Board of Psychology
(license #1284, granted in July, 1985)
Licensed as a Psychologist by the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
(license #03869, expiration date 3/31/21)