Assistant Professor of Psychology
Kanbar Hall - 216
A general introduction to the major concerns of contemporary psychology, including physiological psychology, perception, learning, cognition, language, development, personality, intelligence, and abnormal and social behavior. Recommended for first- and second-year students. Juniors and seniors should enroll in the spring semester.
An overview and analysis of the diverse research methods employed by clinical psychologists. Through reading, analysis, and hands-on experience, students gain an understanding of the relative merits of various approaches to understanding the nature and treatment of mental disorders. Major topics include clinical interviewing and assessment, information-processing approaches to understanding psychopathology, and the principles of behavior change. Class participation culminates with the design and conduct of an original research project.
My research focuses on the anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. In my work I strive to: 1) improve our understanding of the phenomenology of these disorders, 2) understand the boundary between normal and abnormal manifestations of these disorders, 3) identify the cognitive and emotional processes that contribute to the development and maintenance of these disorders, 4) develop and test targeted interventions (e.g., mindfulness-based interventions, cognitive bias modification), and 5) advance the dissemination of evidence-based treatments to providers and the general public.
I teach Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 1101), Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 2025), Laboratory in Clinical Psychology (PSYC 2725), and a seminar on Psychotherapy and Behavior Change (PSYC 3025).
I am a licensed clinical psychologist. I completed my pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining the Bowdoin faculty I was staff psychologist at the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and maintained a small private practice in Cambridge, MA.
Click here for information on some of my peer-reviewed publications.