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Hi there! I am a fifth-year PhD student affiliated with the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Clinic & DBT Team at Hofstra University. My research looks at self-transcendent positive emotions, in particular Awe, and their potential integration into psychotherapy, particularly ACT. More recently, this line of thinking extends to psychedelics. I LOVE collaborating!
July 2022 - present
- Psychology Extern
- Deliver evidence-based interventions for OCD and Bipolar to outpatients as part of multidisciplinary treatment teams. Gaining experience with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD and Interpersonal Social Rhythms Therapy (IPSRT) for Bipolar Disorder.
January 2016 - May 2019
- Classes Teaching/Taught -General Psychology I -General Psychology II -Critical Thinking -Experimental Psychology I -Independent Research Study - Applications of Psychology to Everday Life: Positive Psychology
Reports of psychedelic experiences may contain similarities and differences across cultural contexts, but most current characterizations and quantifications of psychedelic experiences come from Western medical and naturalistic settings. In this article, we begin with a brief history of the diversity of psychedelic use in non-Western settings. We th...
The acute subjective effects of psychedelics are responsive to users’ expectations and surroundings (i.e., “set and setting”). Accordingly, a great deal of thought has gone into designing the psychosocial context of psychedelic administration in clinical settings. But what theoretical paradigms inform these considerations about set and setting? Her...
Given the stigma associated with seeking mental healthcare services for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations, it is important for practitioners working with AI/ANs to adopt culturally sensitive approaches to maximize treatment efficacy. While various domains of cultural competence specific to AI/AN experiences should be considered...
Nonpharmacological approaches to chronic pain are being increasingly sought out by therapists and health-care providers. Cognitive approaches to reduce pain catastrophizing have shown some efficacy; however, interventions used to increase well-being have not been investigated. In this study, we examined a strengths-based approach to reduce chronic...
This study investigates the lived-experience of spiritual life in contemporary USA, India, and China. A qualitative coding frame was constructed based on participant responses to open-ended questions regarding spirituality. Qualitative analysis was facilitated by the use of Dedoose, a mixed methods software. The exploratory approach of this study t...
In most studies on awe, the stimuli used to elicit the emotion involves nature, music, space, or grand theories – but awe elicited by the actions of other people has generally not been studied in depth. In the few cases in which the social component of awe has been acknowledged, the focus has been on charismatic leaders. The current study explores...
The 1214 Foundation’s character building (ARC) and performing arts (NewArts) programs were founded to provide Newtown’s youth with an empowered path forward following the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. This paper is intended to dovetail 1214’s existing programs with the empirically-based tenan...
Introduction: Mind-body practices have increased in popularity over the course of the 21st century, though they have become largely removed from their spiritual traditions of origin. Given the impact of intrinsic spirituality on well-being (Van Cappellen, Toth-Gauthier, Saroglou, & Frederickson, 2016), is a meaningful component(s) neglected when th...