I am a board-certified psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist and psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 20 years of clinical experience. I have a private practice in Wakefield, Massachusetts where I specialize in women’s mental health. I provide psychotherapy and medication management with special attention to the specific needs of women, particularly pregnant and postpartum women.
In addition to my private practice, I am also a Professor in the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions where I teach courses in psychotherapy and in psychopharmacology in the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program and supervise students in clinical practice and in scholarship. I was instrumental in developing, and I currently coordinate, the Mind Body Spirit Nursing Certificate program, a collaboration between the MGH Institute of Health Professions and the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
I have an active program of research focused on prenatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, parent-infant relationships, and the development of interventions for preventing and treating perinatal depression and anxiety. I have presented nationally and internationally and have numerous research and clinical publications.
I am an alumna of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar Fellowship. I have received several awards for my research and scholarship, including research funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Nursing Research, the American Nurses Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Postpartum Support International, and the Association of Women’s Health and Obstetrical and Neonatal Nurses. I am a Faculty Nurse Scientist at The Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital.
During my tenure as coordinator of the Massachusetts Chapter of Postpartum Support International, I was instrumental in establishing the Massachusetts Postpartum Support Warmline, a resource for women and families seeking clinical and support services for postpartum mental health difficulties. I currently serve as a commissioner on the Massachusetts Special Legislative Commission on Postpartum Depression.
PhD from Boston College
Masters of Science in Nursing from Hunter College, City University of New York, New York
Bachelors of Science in Nursing from North Park College in Chicago
American Psychiatric Nursing Association
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Massachusetts Assoc. of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
My Education and Credentials
My Philosophy and Approach
I utilize a relationship-based, collaborative, and holistic approach to empower women through knowledge, self-awareness, and self-care. I provide both psychotherapy and medication management. My psychotherapeutic work is grounded in psychodynamic, supportive, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based theories and approaches. I work together with my patients to individualize their treatment plan and medication regimen to best meet each woman’s needs. I provide a safe, supportive, confidential atmosphere where each woman can share openly the challenges she is currently facing.
Board Certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
Board Certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Massachusetts
Additional Training and Certifications
Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Newton, MA, Certification in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
University of Massachusetts Boston, MA
Infant-Parent Mental Health Postgraduate Certificate Program
UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, 5-day professional training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for the Prevention of Depression Relapse
Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. University of Massachusetts Medical School, Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Living Inside Participant/Practitioner Perspectives Program
Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, 5-day professional training in The Revolutionary Practice of Mind Body Medicine
Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. University of Massachusetts Medical School,7-day professional training retreat in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Marriage Council of Philadelphia, Certification in Marriage, Family & Sex Therapy