I am a licensed clinical psychologist (NJ, NY) and have been a professor and practicing licensed psychologist for 17 years. My clinical interest in children and adults intersects with my research interests largely focusing on factors contributing to physical and psychological health among adults and children.
My scholarly focus has been in two areas—aging and child psychopathology. My aging research has received support from the National Institute on Health’s Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR)grant mechanisms and the National Institute on Aging and has led to international collaborations with the German Center for Gerontology in Berlin.My research on children primarily focuses on understanding the internal life of the child. International and domestic scholarly collaborations with researcher sand clinicians who treat children with ADHD and include Dr. Björn Salomonsson from the Swedish Psychoanalytic Society in Stockholm, Sweden and Dr. MarianneLeuzinger-Bohleber, from the Sigmund Freud Institute in Frankfurt, Germany. My research focuses on mechanisms underlying individual differences in affect that will help to understand differential affect expression and regulation. Most of my research explores how adverse situations(ADHD, trauma, caregiving, breast cancer and ethnically disenfranchised group membership) impact an individual's emotional and physical health. These issues are investigated in the context of human development across the lifespan particularly since there are compelling demographics noting the rapid increase in the number of older adults. In adults, my research areas include physical health concerns such as Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer, caregiving issues faced by individuals caring for family members with Alzheimer’s Disease and older adults caring for their grandchildren. Among children, my research has focused on Bipolar Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, chronic stressors and trauma.