My clinical and research interests center on improving care and promoting healthy outcomes for young people with co-occurring mental health and substance use problems, with a particular emphasis on youth and families impacted by trauma and adversity. Additionally, I am strongly committed to teaching students, interns, residents, fellows and involving trainees in all aspects of our team’s work.

Clinical Interets:

  • Evidence-based psychotherapy for child and adolescent mental health problems; Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); adolescent substance use treatment; integrated treatments for co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders.

Much of my research falls into two broad categories. The first set of projects focus on refining our understanding of how co-occurring mental health problems develop in childhood and adolescence, particularly among youth exposed to violence, disasters, and other traumatic and adverse events.

The second set of projects involves developing and testing new intervention models (such as therapies that target multiple problems in an integrative fashion) and technology-based tools (mobile applications, web-based platforms) to make mental health treatments more efficient, accessible, and effective for youth and families.


  • Addiction Research
  • Psychiatric Disorders Research


Past Affiliations

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Medicine (past)

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina (past)
2014 - present

PhD, University of Kentucky, Clinical Psychology, 2012
MS , University of Kentucky, Clinical Psychology, 2008
BA, DePauw University, Psychology, Biology, 2006
addictions alcohol or alcoholism child psychology disaster studies drugs or drug abuse rape or sexual abuse violence substance abuse youth violence clinical psychology cognitive development or processes quantitative psychology psychology of abused children adolescent psychology abnormal psychology adolescent health clinical research or studies psychopathology behavioral problems or disorders mental disorders traumatology, accidents & injury child or adolescent mental health affective disorders posttraumatic stress disorder mood disorders emotional health health of underserved populations mental health services behavioral therapy psychotherapy alcoholism prevention alcoholism treatment drug abuse prevention drug abuse treatment substance abuse prevention substance abuse treatment family therapy telemedicine
American Psychological Association
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Association for Psychological Science
International Society for Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology