My initial clinical psychology training was at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. My doctorate was obtained at the University of North Texas in 2002. I completed my clinical internship at the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Cambridge Hospital. After that, I did a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Victims of Violence Program of the Cambridge Health Alliance. My postgraduate training included group psychotherapy and internal family systems therapy.

I have done clinical work with diverse patients in a variety of outpatient settings, inpatient psychiatric units, and private practice. I have published a book and many academic and research articles, mainly in the area of psychological trauma. My work has been presented at national and international conferences. I am an active member of the Massachusetts Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and I am a Disaster Mental Health volunteer with the American Red Cross. I am a Teaching Associate in the Psychiatry Department at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School where I provide clinical supervision.