I earned my Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of California, Davis in neuroscience with a focus on behavioral neuroscience. My research focused on developing behavioral methods to evaluate neurodevelopmental disease in rodent models as well as to evaluate neuropathological consequences of the genetic disease.
I have experience working directly with children and adults with the following diagnoses: ADHD (all subtypes), Angelman’s syndrome, autism, Borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, Corpus Callosum Agenesis, Cerebral Palsy (primarily spastic quadriplegia and spastic tetraplegia), Down’s syndrome, 46,XXYY syndrome (one form of Kleinfelter’s), fragile X syndrome, fragile X premutation, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, septo-optic dysplasia, schizophrenia, Timothy syndrome, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, Turner syndrome, 22q11.2 (deletion and duplication syndrome), and William’s syndrome.
Rather than pursuing a University faculty position, I chose to apply my scientific training to directly make a difference in the lives of children with developmental disabilities. To this end, I switched gears and embarked on a career as a special education teacher, wherein I have been focussed on how each student’s disability uniquely contributes to the pattern of academic and behavioral challenges they face. I then develop academic and behavioral plans to build capacity so these students can access their potential.
This site represents my efforts to provide the benefits of my specific scientific expertise and experience directly to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and educators.
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