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PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Geropsychology

Location

Vilcom Center, Outpatient Clinic

Education

Duke University: Lecturing Fellow, Thompson Writing Program

Duke University Medical Center: Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development

Rush University Medical Center: Post-Doctoral Fellow and Instructor, Geriatric & Rehabilitation Psychology

University of Chicago: Clinical Internship (APA-accredited); Area of Concentration: Neuropsychology

University of Florida: PhD in Clinical Psychology, Area of Concentration: Neuropsychology; Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

University of Florida: MS in Clinical Psychology

Florida A&M University: BA in Psychology, summa cum laude

Summary Statement

As a clinical geropsychologist, my professional and research interests lie at the intersection of four broad areas of inquiry: sociocultural experience (e.g., race & ethnicity, education), cognition, aging, and health. As such, my program of research has two primary objectives: 1) to examine how individual differences in social and health factors influence cognitive aging among African Americans across the lifespan; and 2) to develop and implement behavioral health interventions to reduce dementia risk among African American communities. Clinically, I specialize in neurocognitive assessment of aging adults, as well as psychotherapy for depression, anxiety, grief, and adjustment to normal aging and life transitions. In addition, I have a deep passion for mentoring students and trainees, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds. My aspiration is to both advance health equity among the most vulnerable aging populations and train the next generations of diverse scholars.