Executive Director at John W. Brick Mental Health
I am a psychologist and clinical researcher specializing in investigating transformative experiences and practices that lead to shifts in identity and worldview, resulting in improved health, greater meaning, purpose, and service-orientation. My research has also focused on development and pilot testing of psychosocial interventions for substance dependence, obesity, mood disorders, improving psychological well-being, and increasing prosocial emotions and behaviors. Over two decades as a clinical researcher, I have developed and tested mindfulness-based interventions for mood and behavioral disorders
- targeting patients from diverse age, socio-economic, racial/ethnic, gender/sexual orientation backgrounds. I have been a leader in establishing empirically-based competencies for mental health professionals in the area of spiritual and religious diversity, including currently serving as co-chair of the Division 36 APA Task Force on spiritual competencies. My recent research has focused on development of virtual reality interventions to and foster development of prosocial emotions such as empathy and compassion.