I am a Clinical Psychologist on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. My education includes a Master’s degree in cognitive psychology from the Universität Regensburg, Germany, a PhD in clinical science from Vanderbilt University, TN, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania & the A.T. Beck Institute, PA. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, I worked in a variety of healthcare settings including the University of Illinois - Chicago, the practice group RICBT & OneCBT, and Allina Health.
In the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, I direct Psychology Education, co-chair the Education Council, oversee clinical psychology training, and direct CBT training for the psychiatry residency program. My education mission centers around empirically-validated team-based patient care, interprofessional learning, and mentorship of trainees across disciplines. I also serve as a certified Crucial Conversations Trainer leading workshops on the art of holding critical conversations well.
- Unipolar and bipolar mood disorders
- Multidisciplinary interventions for mood disorders
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
(for academic support only)
In the Media
- 2023: Quoted in this Minnesota Daily article titled, “Fareed: The loneliness epidemic: a silent crisis.”
- 2023: Featured in this article titled, “Celebrating the many ways that psychologists help us.”
- 2023: Featured in this Minnesota Daily article titled, “Could the Sunshine Protection Act prevent the winter blues?
- 2022: Featured in this Woman’s World article titled, “Expert Advice: How Can I Feel Less Lonely During the Holidays?
- 2022: Featured in this article titled, “Treating seasonal affective disorder as winter looms.
- 2022: Quoted in this Consumer Reports article titled, "Find the Right Therapist for You".
- 2022: Featured in this Detroit Lakes Tribune article titled, "Health Fusion: Don't let SAD drive your bus".
- 2021: Helps us get through the winter blues in this Medical School video titled, "Ask a U of M Expert: Tips for coping with SAD".
- 2021: Featured in this article titled, "5 Tips for Choosing a Psychotherapist".
- 2020: Interviewed by WCCO radio in a piece titled, Mental health experts warn that the holiday season could be "the hardest part" of the pandemic, by KSTP TV, Expert offers tips for those experiencing loneliness during the pandemic, holidays, and by Fox21, Mental Health Experts Concerned About Loneliness This Holiday Season.
As a scientist-practitioner, I dedicate my career to translating scientific research into best practices in mental healthcare. My research interest is in the development and implementation of evidence-based interventions for mood disorders, specifically the integration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with emerging biological interventions. Currently, I serve as site PI for a PCORI-funded empirical study comparing novel depression interventions.
I am passionate about training, teaching, and mentoring psychology graduate students, psychiatry residents, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty in the evaluation and evidence based team-based intervention for mood disorders and in professional development.
I am clinically licensed in Minnesota and certified in CBT by the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. I provide care and consultation in multidisciplinary specialty clinics for Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) and Early-Stage Mood Disorders (ESMD). My clinical practice is rooted in scientific research and integrates CBT with modern empirically- based approaches including Behavioral Activation (BA) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).