And will you succeed?
Yes! You will indeed!
(98 and 1/2 percent guaranteed.)
Kid, you’ll move mountains!

Dr Seuss

Research and Teaching

I am an educator and researcher at the University at Buffalo, specializing in psychosocial disorders and embodied self-regulation.

Academic Bio

I am a Professor in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology (CSEP) at the University at Buffalo (UB), where I teach courses on mindful therapy, yoga for health and healing, self-care and service, eating disorder prevention and treatment, and counseling with children and adolescents. Presenting nationally and internationally, I use my model of embodied self-regulation to structure discussions on empirical work and practical applications.  Similarly, my research focuses on embodied self-regulation (i.e., yoga, mindfulness, and self-care) and psychosocial disorders (e.g., eating disorders, trauma). My research has been funded by lululemon athletica, the National Science Foundation, and UNICEF.

University at Buffalo

Ph.D., Counseling/School Psychology, APA Accredited, University at Buffalo, 1997

Osewgo State University of New York

M.S., School Psychology, State University of New York at Oswego, 1993

Utica College of Syracuse University

B.S., Pre-professional Psychology, Utica College of Syracuse University, 1989

Research funders include:

Collaboration Research Initiative: Institute for Community Health Promotion
National Science Foundation
Reading Recovery Council of North America
University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education
United University Professions Affirmative Action/Diversity Committee

 Doctoral Program

Since I began at the University at Buffalo in 2002, I have enjoyed my work with my research team and supervisees tremendously. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with extremely bright and passionate individuals. We have done work here in Buffalo, and we have traveled as far as Africa. I am grateful every day for this opportunity; an opportunity that is — by far — the most rewarding and meaningful part of my work.

Awards and Recognition

  • Good Karma Award for Research

    From Yoga Journal (2016)

  • STAR Award for Excellence in Advising

    From the Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo (2015)

  • UB Faculty Recognition

    For outstanding research performance (2008)

  • Recognition by NYSTAR

    For “research examining ways to combat eating disorders” (2008)