I was diagnosed with ADHD in graduate school. Looking back, the signs were there early on: innumerable forgotten assignments; comments from teachers and coaches about being “lazy” and “not trying hard enough.” However, as with many children and adolescents, I was able to compensate for my ADHD symptoms for many years--until it finally just got to be too much: academically, functionally, and emotionally.
As such, I understand how important and life-changing a diagnosis can be--
not just because of things like access to resources and academic supports, but also as a way of helping you understand yourself better, making sense of challenges or patterns of behavior you could never quite figure out, and, perhaps most importantly, releasing yourself from the guilt and shame that so often accompanies undiagnosed ADHD.
For this reason, my passion is helping students who are struggling with the same types of issues--whether it’s keeping up in school, managing their time/money/friendships/etc, or experiencing low self-esteem because they just can’t figure out why they have so much trouble with things that seem so easy for other people.
I earned my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX, with a concentration in neuropsychology. I then completed my Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX.
After fellowship, I moved back to my hometown of St. Louis, where I worked as a Neuropsychologist at Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital for several years before transitioning into private practice in order to focus on my true passion: providing comprehensive care for individuals with ADHD.
I am a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Missouri (License #2015042889). I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). I am also very involved in the national ADHD community and am an active member of several ADHD-focused organizations including the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), The American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD), and Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).