Assistant Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion-Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM), faculty member at PolicyLab, Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Fellowship, and medical director of the Young Child Clinic (YCC) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
She is a practicing infant/preschool psychiatrist with research focusing on improving health outcomes for infants and very young children and their families. Recent work has measured the prevalence of mental health symptoms in hospitalized infants’ mothers, with subsequent differences in outcomes, utilization of services for both children and mothers, and cross-cultural differences with goals of identifying targets for preventative interventions.
She completed her undergraduate degree at Columbia University, medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, residency training at University of Pennsylvania PSOM, and CAP Fellowship at the Yale Study Center (YCSC). Further completed the Harris Infant Psychiatry Fellowship, Klingenstein NIMH Research Fellowship and Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at the YCSC, and a Solnit fellowship at ZERO TO THREE (ZTT). She has received research awards from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Eunice Shriver National Institute of Child and Human Development (NICHD), and the University of Pennsylvania Provost Award. Also, received awards for work in the community and teaching including the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at an Affiliated Hospital from the University of Pennsylvania’s PSOM and the Rusty Turner Memorial Award for Excellence from Families as Allies. She is an AACAP Distinguished Fellow.
She is active in multiple organizations including the World Association of Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), ZTT-Academy of Graduate Fellows, Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), including SRCD Black Caucus, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)- Diversity & Culture and Health Promotions & Prevention Committee, and a Deputy Editor the JAACAP, has multiple publications, including a book.