About us

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2002 PhD, Health Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA
1999-2000 Psychoanalytic Fellowship I, Greenwich Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, New York, NY
1999-2000 Clincal Psychology Internship, Fifth Avenue Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy, New York, NY * APPIC-approved predoctoral internship in clinical psychology
1997 MS, Health Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, CA
1995 BA, Psychology, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Over 23 years of clinical and research experience

2005-Present "Independent Practice & Consultation. San Diego Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA. Specialties: Pain management, coping with chronic illness, psychological factors affecting a general medical condition, pre- and post-surgical preparation, traumatic life events, stress management, and anxiety disorders."
2005-Present Research Coordinator. Pain Rehabilitation Services, Sharp Healthcare, San Diego, CA.
2005-2006 Project Manager / Consulting Clinical Psychologist. HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine, San Diego, CA.
2001-2005 Psychiatric Coordinator. HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine, San Diego, CA.
2000-2001 Clinical Trials Study Coordinator. Neuropsychiatry & Behavioral Medicine Program, Department of Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine, San Diego, CA.
1999 Medication Management Specialist. MyoPoint Medical Group Inc., San Diego, CA.
1998-2001 Behavioral Pain Treatment Specialist. Pain Rehabilitation Services, Sharp Healthcare, San Diego, CA.
1996-1998 Clinical Health Psychology Practicum & Internship. Pain Rehabilitation Services, Sharp Healthcare, San Diego, CA.
1994-1997 Clinical Research Assistant. UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Services (Gifford Mental Health Research Lab), San Diego, CA.

2006-Present Assistant Clinical Professor. Volunteer clinical faculty. Department of Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine, San Diego, CA.
2005-2006 Associate Research Specialist I. HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine, San Diego, CA.
2003-2005 Assistant Research Specialist III. HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine, San Diego, CA.

2002-2004 Lecturer, Psychiatric Assessment and Clinical Interventions, Neuromedical Staff Education, HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center, San Diego, CA.
1998-1999 Lecturer, The Management of Stress and Related Adjustment Problems in Refugees Seminar Series, Catholic Charities Refugee & Immigrant Services, San Diego, CA.

  • additional languages spoken: Chinese (Taiwanese)
  • biofeedback
  • EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing) Part I
  • medication management & tapering
  • psychological evaluations
  • self-hypnosis & relaxation training
  • structured clinical diagnostic interviews - certified as trainer and interviewer
  • certifications include: CIDI, WMH-CIDI, CONNERS-ADHD, DIS, MINI, SCID, PANAS, PRISM

  • Advisory BAd, American Red Cross, San Diego/Imperial County Chapter, Mental Health Services (2003-2007)
  • American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services
  • Hurricane Katrina, San Diego FAC (2005)
  • Hurricane Rita, DR393 Houston HQ (2005)
  • Southern California Wildfires, San Diego (2007)
  • Assistant Editor, Journal of Child Sexual Abuse (2000-2002)
  • Assistant Editor, Journal of Emotional Abuse (2000-2002)
  • Clinic Task Force, Fifth Avenue Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy, New York, NY (2000)
  • National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium Psychiatric Subcommittee (2001-2006)

  • Ad hoc Journal Reviewer: Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Health Psychology, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Gerontology
  • Advisor, Chi Omega Women's Fraternity, UCSD chapter
  • Women's Committee, San Diego Psychological Association
  • Member: American Pain Society; American Psychological Association, Division of Health Psychology; San Diego Psychological Association; California Psychological Association
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society

  • NIH Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Research (Funding period: June 2003 to June 2005)

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