Assistant Professor of Psychology
Kanbar Hall - 216
An introduction to the phenomenology, etiology, and treatment of mental disorders. Major topics include depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and personality disorders. Current paradigms for understanding psychopathology, diagnosis and assessment, and research methods specific to clinical psychology also discussed.
An in-depth study of the theory, research, and practice of contemporary psychotherapy. Major topics may include theoretical approaches to therapy, methods for studying its efficacy, processes of change, the role of the client-therapist relationship, and challenges to disseminating effective psychological treatments to the general public. Readings and discussion supplemented with video of psychotherapy sessions.
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.
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