I am a Research Senior Instructor in the University of Colorado School of Public Health and a Clinical Program Associate in the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program. I am a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and have been a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2004. Over the past 10 years, I have conducted numerous community and clinical based MI workshops and training programs for physicians, patient navigators, peer counselors, professional counselors, and health educators in the Denver metro area and nationally. For three years, I helped to design and implement an in-patient tobacco treatment service at the University of Colorado Hospital where I also provided bedside smoking cessation services to patients. Additionally, since 1995, I have served as a collaborating investigator on eight NIH- and foundation-funded research projects that evaluated the feasibility and/or efficacy of psychosocial and behavioral interventions in cancer prevention, cancer survivorship, and public health. In each study, I provided leadership in intervention design, implementation, staff coaching, and quality assurance.
I received my MA in Counseling Psychology from UCD in 1999; a BS in Human Services from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1990, and studied English at NYU, 1979-1981.
I joined the BHWP team in January of 2015. As a Clinical Program Associate I collaborate on the development of a wide variety of training materials and curriculum. Teaching others about Motivational Interviewing is a passion for me and working with like- minded professionals in the BHWP has been an absolute joy! My research interests include the study of community interventions to improve the health of people living in poverty; motivational interventions in chronic illness management, cancer survivorship, trauma and post-traumatic growth. My favorite way to balance and stay healthy is to spend time in nature. Whether it is making time for quiet reflection or actively engaging in vigorous activity, I prefer to be outside. I also enjoy getting lost (and found) in stimulating conversation, reading and writing poetry.