I received my BA in Psychology from Vassar College, my MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and my Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. My dissertation examined bulimia nervosa in young women; specifically, I examined the connection between major depressive disorder and bulimia, and the effectiveness of Desipramine on the reduction of bulimic symptoms. At present, I am a Certified Social Worker in New York, a Certified School Psychologist and School Social Worker in New Jersey, and a Certified Alcohol Counselor in New Jersey.


Since I received my Ph.D., I have continued to research bulimia nervosa. Other areas of interest include eating disorders and the addictions, abnormal psychology, children and child development, and psychopharmacology. Presently, I am under contract to write The Essentials of Abnormal Psychology to be published by John Wiley & Sons in the Fall of 2005, as a volume in their series entitled The Essentials of Behavioral Science. I am also in the planning stages of co-authoring with Barry Cohen and Robert Pierro a book entitled So You Want to be a Psychotherapist, which will examine the various helping professions where psychotherapy can be performed.


Member, American Psychological Association
Member, Eastern Psychological Association
Member, National Association of School Psychologists
Member and Faculty Advisor, Psi Chi


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