My journey to become a psychologist began when I was in college. As a psychology major, I was fascinated by the complexities of human behavior and how our life experiences impact our personal development. While I was completing my Master's degree, I became interested in women's health concerns and served as a graduate assistant at the Women's Resource Center on campus where I organized campus-wide outreach services that focused on eating disorders, relationship concerns, and personal development. My passion for women's health extended throughout my doctoral studies, and I wrote my dissertation on eating disorders and acculturation. As a licensed psychologist, I focus on women's health concerns with a special focus on prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety, as well as reproductive health concerns. As a therapist, I approach my patients with warmth, honesty and compassion, and I believe that psychotherapy provides an opportunity for people to witness the healing that can occur by way of human relationships.
- 2005-2005: Postdoctoral Fellowship (APA-Approved), University of California, Berkeley
- 2003-2004: Pre-Doctoral Clinical Internship (APA-Approved), University of California, Berkeley
- 2004: Psy.D.(APA-Approved), University of Northern Colorado
- 1999: M.A.(APA-Approved), University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Postdoctoral Education & Training:
- Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Training (Level 1), University of California, San Francisco, Osher Center
- Mindfulness-Based Support For Fertility Concerns with Buffy Trupp, M.A. (based on the work of Dr. Alice Domar)
- Mindful Motherhood Practitoner Training based on the work of Dr. Cassandra Vieten
- Mindful Parenting Training, Center for Reflective Parenting and New Center for Psychoanalysis
- Postpartum Mood Disorders Assessment and Treatment Training, Postpartum Support International
- San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute (SFCP) Early Childhood Development Consultation Program/Training
- PACT Training Level I (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy)
- Attachment & Psychotherapy training with David Wallin
Clincal Training & Consultation:
- Private Practice, Licensed Psychologist (PSY20718)
- Health Educator/Group Facilitator, UCSF Great Expectations Pregnancy Program
- Medical Advisory Board Member & Freelance Writer, BabyCenter
- Adjunct Clinical Faculty, CPMC Hospital, Department of Psychiatry
- Member of the Senior Clinicians Group for Perinatal Wellness at CPMC Hospital
- Former Staff Psychologist, UCSF School of Medicine
- Former Staff Psychologist, UC Berkeley
- Former Consulting Psychologist for the Adoptee Mentor Program (AMP)
- Former Chair of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, UC Berkeley
- Along with my colleauge, Dr. Bindu Garapaty, I presented a workshop addressing the cultural considerations when assessing, diagnosing and treating postpartum mood concerns among Asian and Asian American women.
- In April, 2015, I presented at the APA, Division 39 (divison of psychoanalysis) about the postpartum support group, "The Afterglow" that I co-facilitate for the UCSF Women's Health and Resource Center.
- In April, 2016, I presented at a perinatal education conference for the CPMC Department of Nursing and talked about cultural sensitivity when working with antenatal and postpartum patients.
- I've also talked about new research and treatment for postpartum depression and reproductive health in articles that I've written for The Washington Post, Quartz, Pregnancy Magazine, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, NPR, and Time Magazine.
- 2010: Division On Women Award from the Asian American Psychological Association, Symposium Topic "Postpartum Depression and Culturally Appropriate Birth Plans: Educaton For Practitioners"
- 2007: UCSF Employee Excellence Award
- 2004: Outstanding Graduate Student Award
- Member, American Psychological Association (APA)
- Member, Resolve: National Center for Infertility
- Member, Postpartum Support International
- Member, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California
ASJA, American Society of Journalists and Authors