Positions

Assistant Professor
Psychiatry Research
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US

Education

Graduate Certificate at University of Iowa
Clinical and Translational Investigation
PhD from University of Iowa
Clinical Psychology
BA from American University of Beirut
Psychology

Certifications

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Iowa Bureau of Psychologists
Licensed Health Service Provider
Iowa Bureau of Psychology

Professional Interests

  • Brief Behavioral Interventions
  • Psychiatric and Medical Comorbidity
  • Innovative Treatment Delivery Strategies for Patients

Professional Statement

My interests are in 1) developing innovative and pragmatic psychotherapeutic interventions aimed at improving the mental health and functioning of patients with chronic health problems – with a particular focus on acceptance and commitment therapy as the treatment approach; and 2) identifying the psychological mechanisms of action in effective treatments.

Selected Publications

Funding

One-day Intervention for Depression and Impairment in Migraine Patients
- #1K23MH097827-01A1
Grant funding from National Institute of Mental Health
Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award
This study aims to examine the efficacy of an one-day Acceptance and Commitment Training Plus Illness Management (ACT-IM) verus Illness Management Only (IM) intervention on depression and disability in migraine patients.
Preventing Persistent Post-Surgical Pain & Opioid Use in Veterans: Effect of ACT.
- #R34 AT008349-01
Grant funding from National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
This project evaluates the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a 1-day Acceptance and Commitment Training session for veterans who will undergo orthopedic surgery and are experiencing significant pain and distress.