Assistant Professor of Psychology
Senior Staff Psychologist with the Personal Counseling Center
At present I have three distinct but related interests: contemporary psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory; the psychology of trauma; and the role that religion can play in coping with adverse experience. In the broadest sense, I want to understand how human beings are affected by adversity, and how faith can affect an individual’s healing and growth.
I primarily am interested in helping college students and young adults deal with the myriad challenges that come their way. While this entails treating such maladies as anxiety, depression and substance abuse, as well as managing crises, it also involves helping them compose a sense of themselves as worthy of love and capable of effecting a life of meaning and purpose. Therefore I am interested in such issues as attachment and loss, mourning and resilience, and faith and hope. I am particularly interested in how the therapeutic relationship can serve as a corrective to previous relationships, and in insuring a safe and benign environment in which healing and growth can occur.