Is a licensed Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She completed her Bachelors in Psychology at UCLA and her Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. She completed a Minority Supplement at the Oregon Social Learning Center, and has served as an Associate Research Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute. She has taught Psychology courses at the University of Oregon and Alliant University in San Diego. She is a UCLA certified mindfulness facilitator. She is also trained in Somatic Experiencing, Trauma Focused CBT, Yoga for Mood Management, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Art Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
She created a motivational interviewing intervention for parents of children who have issues with Addictions. She has been involved in several research projects aimed at preventing substance abuse. She has been published in: Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice, The Journal of Public Child Welfare, Treatment for American Indians and Alaska Natives, The Behavior Therapist, Parenting Across Cultures, Science Across Culture Series, Handbook of cultural health psychology, and in the Journal of Community Psychology.