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Licensed Clinical Psychologist

My pursuit of becoming a clinical psychologist originated at the University of Scranton, where I received my BS in Psychology. I went on to receive my MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Binghamton University (SUNY), Binghamton, NY where I further developed my interests in the psychological contributions to health and wellness. I completed my clinical internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Piscataway, and received further post-doctoral training in behavioral sleep medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Sleep is the golden chain that binds health and our bodies together”
--Thomas Dekker

Sleep is pivotal to our health and well-being. Through my work as a clinical psychologist, I have embraced the discipline of behavioral sleep medicine. The goals of my practice are: a) to help my patients understand the underlying causes, correlates, and consequences of their sleep problem (s); b) to facilitate behavioral and cognitive change that is conducive to healthy and optimal sleep; and 3) to foster sleep education among my fellow colleagues and health professionals, communities, and at risk populations. I have been practicing behavioral sleep medicine, in general, and cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia, in specific, for nearly 20 years. 
In my former position as an Associate Professor, Department of Psychology at Drexel University, I dedicated over 15 years of my career as a mentor, educator, and scholar, and clinician in the area of health psychology. I have co-edited two books, Insomnia Principles and Management and Women’s Health Psychology, contributed seven chapters, most recently a co-authored chapter Etiology and Pathophysiology of Insomnia to the premier 6th edition of Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine. I have over 25 peer-reviewed publications and over 75 presentations in the area of behavioral medicine. I follow a scientist-practitioner model in my practice and I look forward to providing you with the tools that will enable you to reach your optimal sleep health.

Professional Memberships:

American Psychological Society
Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
American Academy of Sleep Medicine

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Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

After completing medical school at Mount Sinai in New York City, I relocated to Philadelphia for my residency in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Since 2005, I have worked in private practice as well as large health systems and my clinical practice has been in full-spectrum, community-based care, treating patients ages 0-99+. In addition to my expertise in primary care, I have completed training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and have completed a Mini-Fellowship for Behavioral Sleep Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. 

So, why my interest in sleep? After four years of medical school and three years of residency, it was only after becoming a parent that I truly grasped what a lack of good sleep can do for our health! The quality and quantity of our sleep informs so much of what we can accomplish in our waking hours! Taking time to focus on improving our sleep health can have lifelong effects on our physical and mental health. I feel passionately about this  after years spent treating the medical, psychological, and social effects of poor and insufficient sleep of my patients. 

There are treatments for sleep issues that are evidence-based and truly effective but not enough people know how to access this information. That's what Behavioral Sleep Medicine Associates is hoping to address, through a mix of programs to groups and individual consultation.

Professional memberships:
American Academy of Family Medicine
Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine
American Academy of Sleep Medicine

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