Primary Practice Location:University Hospital 2500 N. State St. Jackson, MS 39216
Appointments: (888) 815-2005
Areas of Practice: Children's Cancer, Children's Hematology/Oncology, Psychology
I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida and completed my M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from the University of Kansas. I completed my pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, MS. I was recruited as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the UMMC Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology in 2013, and have a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. My clinical interests include psychosocial adjustment and neurocognitive concerns of children with cancer and sickle cell disease. My program of research focuses on chronic pain and biopsychosocial factors (e.g., mood, sleep, physical activity) that influence pain in children with cancer and sickle cell disease. Other research projects include neurocognitive screening and longitudinal adjustment in pediatric hematology/oncology. I work with students at all levels of training as a research mentor (undergraduates to medical fellows). I also supervise clinical psychology doctoral students in psychological evidence-based interventions.I have been married for 16 years and have two wonderful children, a 10-year old daughter and 7-year old son. I am active in my children’s activities (Girl Scout troop leader and soccer coach) and my community.