I am an associate professor in the NASP-approved specialist program in School Psychology at Florida International University in Miami.  My research interests broadly focus on examining the intersection of cognitive (e.g., executive functioning, attention) and cultural factors (e.g., bilingualism, acculturation) in children’s learning and social-emotional outcomes. I also study educational and mental health disparities through risk and resiliency frameworks.

I received my doctoral degree in School Psychology from Michigan State University and completed my predoctoral internship at Virginia Beach City Public Schools with a specialization in child neuropsychology. Subsequently, I pursued a clinical neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship at New York University (NYU) Child Study Center where I was a clinician and instructor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I have dedicated much of my career to working with students, children, and families from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. 

With my colleagues in Special Education, I am co-director of Project SPECIAL (School Psychologists and Educators: Collaborative Interventions for All Learners), a five-year training grant funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (2019-2024) which aims to recruit and train diverse school psychology and special education students in culturally responsive and evidence-based practices.  I am also co-authoring a book (with Dr. Anisa Goforth) on culturally responsive practices under contract by Oxford University Press.

Feel free to learn more about my academic interests and the field of School Psychology!

What is a School Psychologist?*

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