Through the years, I’ve listened to the stories of hundreds of women who have faced life-defining issues. Because of my Ph.D. in psychology and specialization in health psychology, they seek me out to deal with transitions stemming from normal aging, as well as those arising from diagnoses of serious illnesses. Working with cancer patients and their families, I’ve helped them develop coping techniques and move towards a more positive outlook.
In my advanced graduate studies in social psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Los Angeles, my work in a rehabilitation hospital and volunteering with the Red Cross, I’ve helped women become more resilient and reframe their responses to traumatic events. Teaching stress management individually in my practice and through public courses, I’ve educated hundreds of women in these strategies.
Recently, I retired from the private practice of psychology and am currently an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. There, I mentor medical students in their professional development and communication skills.
My free time is joyously spent with family – my husband of over 50 years, my sons and their families, our five grandchildren and, our two great-grandchilren. I’m grateful that life has been good to me and I love sharing my gifts.