While in graduate school, my clinical experiences included training and working in:
Predoctoral Internship, VA Long Beach Health Care System
My focus was on behavioral medicine, which relates to the use of psychological principles to prevent and manage medical issues. I used primarily cognitive behavioral techniques to address anxiety and depression in the areas of oncology, HIV, hospice, neuropsychology, spinal cord injury, primary care, and general medical inpatient care. I was also trained in group cognitive behavioral treatment of chronic pain, which included relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness techniques.
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard Medical School Clinical Fellow, Cambridge Health Alliance Behavioral Medicine Program
The fellowship provided extensive education and clinical training in integrating cognitive behavioral techniques with mindfulness, relaxation, biofeedback, and hypnosis. Clinical work focused on clients who presented with issues related to anxiety, depression, chronic pain, weight management, and stress-related disorders.
University of California Irvine, Counseling Center, Staff Psychologist
My specialization was in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and stress. I ran a popular Stress Management Group, provided supervision in cognitive behavioral therapy to psychologists in training, and conducted seminars in cognitive behavioral therapy.
Being at a Counseling Center required a generalist approach, and therefore, individual counseling also involved working with depression, body image dissatisfaction, transitions into and out of college, personal growth, coping with medical illnesses, bereavement, and difficulties in family, romantic, roommate, and friendship relationships all in the context of an ethnically diverse, LGBTQ friendly environment.
Master of Science (M.S.), Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2001)
The clinical psychology program at UMass is based on a scientist-practitioner model and therefore involves both clinical training and the production of original scientific research. My research was in the areas of perfectionism, anxiety, body image, depression, and Asian American issues. My work has been published in scientific psychology journals and as book chapters, and I have presented my clinical and research findings at a variety of professional settings.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), University of California, Irvine (1995)
I participated in research labs in the fields of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning processes in children, and hearing mechanisms in adults.
High School/Jr. High, American School in Japan (1992)
My experiences living overseas, attending an international school, and interacting with other international students has had a great influence on who I am both personally and professionally. The American School in Japan provided solid academic instruction and promoted awareness and respect for other cultures through both academic and experiential learning. This early experience helps make it a natural process for me to utilize cultural sensitivity in my therapy practice.
School of Life
Though not part of my formal academic training, I do consider my year backpacking solo around the world to the Netherlands, Kenya, Rwanda, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, and New Zealand as one of my most valuable learning experiences.
I have also traveled throughout the years to Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, South Korea, Italy, Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, and Canada. In the U.S., I have lived and traveled on both the east coast and the west coast, have driven coast to coast, and have visited the islands of Hawaii regularly since childhood. These travels have introduced me to new lands and new cultures which have broadened my understanding of the human condition.
My experiences as a wife, daughter, sister, and mother of two children have also informed my perspectives and understandings of life.
Teaching is an important skill in cognitive behavioral therapy in that this type of therapy involves providing the client with education about the development, maintenance, and treatment of their presenting problem, and this must be done in a clear and concise manner that is digestible to the client.
Reviewer for research articles from Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and Psychological Assessment. (2005-2006).