Positions

Associate Professor
Urology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, United States
Associate Professor (secondary appointment)
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States
Clinical Director
Montrose Center
Houston, Texas, United States
Manage a staff of > 50 clinicians and case managers trained at the doctoral, master’s and bachelors level.
Responsible for programs providing general mental health, substance abuse (Including IOP & SOP), trauma recovery, and anti-violence clinical work, along with health education and provider training. Case management for subsidized housing and Ryan White clients.
Grant-writing, public relations, clinical staff supervision & training.
Senior Research Scientist
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Education

PhD from Stanford University
Educational Psychology
MSW from University of Houston
Clinical Social Work
Graduate Certificate at University of Michigan
Sex Therapy
Graduate Certificate at California School of Professional Psychology
Clinical Psychology, APA-accredited Post-Doctral Respecialization Diploma
AM from Stanford University
Education
MS from New Mexico State University
Clinical Psychopharmacology

Certifications

Licensed Psychologist
Texas Board of Examiners in Psychology
Licensed Psychologist
California Board of Psychology
Licensed Master Social Worker
Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners

Honors & Awards

Health Disparities Scholar – National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities Extramural Loan Repayment Program
Fellow, National Institutes of Health Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions
Fellow, Cancer, Culture, & Literacy Program
Member, Phi Alpha
Mu Lambda chapter, University of Houston
Member, Phi Kappa Phi

Professional Interests

  • Quality of life
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Health literacy
  • LGBTQ Health

Professional Statement

I’m a clinical psychologist with expertise in couples and family psychology, cancer survivorship and rehabilitation, and LGBTQ health. Since 2000, my work has focused primarily on psychosocial adaptation to genitourinary cancers, HIV, and other chronic diseases experienced by older adults.

In 2006, I joined the faculty of the Scott Department of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in Psychiatry. In addition to my research, I am the course co-director for two medical student electives: Human Sexuality and LGBTQ Health. My current clinical work focuses couples and individual psychotherapy and is based at the Montrose Center where I am the Clinical Director.

Before joining Baylor, I was with the University of California, San Francisco Department of Urology from 2000-2006.

My research projects have been funded ($1.8 million as Principal Investigator, $8.8 million as Co-Investigator) by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, the Department of Defense Congressionally-Mandated Medical Research Program, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Memberships

American Psychological Association
Association of Oncology Social Work