Office: Amat House, Bldg 649, Suite 205
Full Time Instructor, General Counseling Psychology Program Coordinator, Counseling Psychology, Psychology
MA, Counseling, Loyola Marymount University
BA, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley
I am a native Angeleno who joined the U.S. Army as an Infantryman from 1995 through 2002 before giving academics a thought.
After my military service, I attended community college in the Bay Area for two years and transferred to UC Berkeley where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies. After CAL, I earned a Master’s in Counseling from the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University.
As a full-time faculty member and Program Coordinator for the General Counseling Psychology program, I am dedicated to incorporating cultural, social, and developmental factors into my research, teaching, and advising.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, music, family, friends, camping, hiking, traveling, finding “hole-in-the-wall” restaurants, and spending time with my dog Dodger.
I fully enjoy being a member of the graduate psychology faculty – mostly because I get to nerd out about a topic, I enjoy and have the privilege to work with a new pool of intelligent and cool Master’s in Counseling Psychology candidates each year! Just brainstorming with other faculty and graduate students at the Mount is an incredible rewarding experience, and being friends with such great faculty is icing on the cake.
I realize that my own case is special. In many ways, it is a rare privilege to get a faculty position at a place like the Mount, where I can encourage and inspire future generations of change agents. If you asked me what my top three reasons are for liking the Mount, I would say:
- Interacting with grad students who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are excited about their field of interest in psychology;
- Working with experienced, thoughtful, and supportive colleagues; and
- Because the Mount’s mission aligns with my values of service to the community
Research Topics of Interest
With the increasing numbers of U.S. military enlisted service members and officers separating from the military each year, I’m interested in topics relating to veterans who are transitioning from military life into civilian life and taking on new challenges like earning degrees in higher education.
Additionally, I’m interested in topics relating to issues regarding first-generation college students and underserved communities.
Some examples of courses I have taught at MSMU:
PSY 227: Introduction to Counseling
PSY 234: Career Counseling