I spent most of my childhood growing up in rural areas in Texas and Nebraska. I earned my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska, and my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma State University. I completed a pre-doctoral clinical internship in Boston at the National Center for PTSD-VAHSC, including rotations in the Behavioral Sciences Division and Women Health Sciences Division for PTSD treatment, and Acute Inpatient Psychiatry. I completed my postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and then joined the faculty at Miami University.
I came to Miami University in 2000 and established the laboratory that year. My first study at Miami used a prospective design to examine risk factors for sexual revictimization among college women. During that study, we documented, for the first time, that risk perception deficits increased vulnerability for later sexual assault.
Trish Long, Ph.D.
In 1993, I started my Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma State University with Trish Long, Ph.D., my mentor. We studied the long-term impact of childhood sexual abuse on adult women. We published one of the first literature reviews examining the issue of sexual revictimization. Additional empirical papers were some of the first studies to document the phenomenon of revictimization among college women.
Patricia Resick, Ph.D.
After I finished my internship in Boston in 1999, I moved to St. Louis to work with Patricia Resick, at the Center for Trauma Recovery at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. As a post-doctoral fellow at the Center, I conducted research and psychotherapy with victims of rape and other crimes, as well as contributed to clinical research studies testing the efficacy of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), a brand of cognitive-behavioral therapy designed to treat PTSD.
Kundalini Yoga Instructor
In 2016, I took a one-year sabbatical to focus on expanding my research laboratory to focus on mindfulness and yoga. During that time I became a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor.
In 2017, I traveled to Sedona Arizona to learn more about mindful self-compassion, under the direction of Kristin Neff Ph.D. and Christopher Germer, Ph.D. This training was brought back to the lab, and we are currently examining how self-compassion may be a buffer for negative outcomes related to childhood maltreatment.
Hobbies & Interests
I am a lover of animals and all things Harry Potter. I am a Ravenclaw at heart, as I love learning and thinking creatively.
I enjoy nature, particularly walking my dog in the woods in the wee hours of the morning. I also enjoy watching professional tennis (my favorite player is Rafael Nadal), reading (HP of course, anything by Katherine Arden, and historical fiction). Of course, I try to maintain a meditation and yoga practice as well. I don't watch a lot of TV, so I am usually late to the party on popular shows. I did enjoy Big Little Lies and Downton Abbey.