My Background


From an early age, I was curious about the human mind, and eventually, in 1995, earned my Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia, focusing on attachment. 

Through Dartmouth Medical School, I completed an internship and two year-long post-doctoral fellowships including work in community mental health clinics, at the Center for Genetics and Child Development, and in the neonatal intensive care nursery.  For over 15 years, I have also learned psychoanalysis through ongoing personal analysis, reading, and weekly consultation. 

My professional work began at West Central Behavioral Health, where I treated children and families and started an early childhood mental health program. 

In 2000, I began a private practice in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children, families, and adults.  In my practice, I also provide consultation for childcare teachers, early interventionists, and home visitors. 

As Adjunct Assistant Professor at Dartmouth Medical School, I teach psychology interns and pediatric residents about early emotional development.  I am a Fellow of Zero to Three, a member of the World Association of Infant Mental Health, and a working member of the Early Childhood Mental Health Network of the Upper Valley. I'm also a member of the International pre-Autistic Network (ipAn).

Workshops and Articles

I enjoy talking with groups about child development, parenting and mental health.  Over the years, I have spoken with parents and professionals about many topics, including:

  • Getting A Good Night’s Sleep:  Infants, Toddlers and Their Parents
  • The Necessity of Play
  • Red Flags Concerning Young Children’s Social and Emotional Health
  • Why Does My Child Act Like That?  Understanding and Working With Temperament

Please see the Resources page for several examples of my writing.