I grew up near Washington, DC, the youngest of five children, and have lived on the East Coast for just about all of my life. For the last four years, I taught in the Department of Counseling at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Since I am new to Denver, I am very excited to discover all of the wonderful things the city has to offer. I can already tell that people here are friendlier and more laid back than they are in Washington, DC! I also enjoy the fact that I can walk to work.
Being from a large Irish family definitely made me interested in what makes people tick. I have always been fascinated by the power of relationships and the central role they play in our lives. I currently work in the Counseling program, teaching classes in the clinical mental health counseling concentration. I was actually a French major during my undergraduate studies. I wanted to join the Foreign Service and travel the world. But after teaching French for a couple of years, I realized that I was more interested in my students' lives and well-being than teaching them verbs.
I received my PhD from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. I am a history buff, and that area of the country is full of Revolutionary War and Civil War history. Prior to my doctoral studies, I worked as a counselor in the public mental health sector with adults, children, and families. The most challenging and rewarding aspect of my job was conducting civil commitment evaluations. My specializations during my PhD program were family -school collaboration, and addictions. I was also fortunate to direct a family counseling center during that time. The New Horizons Family Counseling Center is the product of a long-standing collaboration between the Counselor Education Program at the College of William & Mary and regional school districts in Williamsburg and the surrounding area. Students in the public school systems are referred for family counseling that is provided by master's and doctoral students who are completing clinical internships in the family counseling emphasis.
My students at University of Colorado Denver:
My students are engaged, curious, and motivated to make a real difference in the lives of their clients. They embrace and appreciate difference in all its forms. They ask tough questions and demand challenging course- and fieldwork-based experiences. I am looking forward to getting to know them better! I am excited to join the School of Education and Human Development because of its focus on social justice issues, and the dedicated faculty who are committed to nurturing community-school-family partnerships.
Classes I teach at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education & Human Development:
- Addictions Counseling - CPCE 5820
- Strategies of Agency Counseling- CPCE 5280
- Theories of Family Counseling - CPCE 5150
At my last university, I taught the following classes: Research Methods and Statistics, Theories and Techniques of Family Counseling, Practicum in Counseling, Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention, and Multicultural Counseling.
My research interests:
- Promoting cultural competence and moral/ethical development in counselor trainees
- Understanding issues of diversity in community mental health
- Addictions counseling and recovery.
I am enjoying the beauty of Colorado, being outdoors, and exploring the vast network of running and biking trails. I have a mini schnauzer who keeps me pretty busy, but in my free time I enjoy training for marathons, and traveling as much as possible.
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