When I graduated from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, in the mid 80's, I vowed to myself, and my many college friends that somehow I would return to my home "on the hill.” I attended every Homecoming thereafter, but that was not enough to satisfy my yearning to be part of a community that I loved deeply. So, after earning two Masters degrees and ten years of working as a professional social worker in Baltimore, I began my doctoral work at Smith College School of Social Work with the goal of someday teaching at McDaniel. I achieved this dream in 1999, and have been living the "good life" ever since.
I love being surrounded by energetic young adults who aim to change the world, not yet realizing that their lives will change in profound ways after a McDaniel College education – as Loren Pope promises in his book, “Colleges that Change Lives.” I enjoy working with all populations of people, although my primary research and professional reputation lies in providing individual, group and family therapy to persons with various mental health conditions, especially eating disorders, persons with physical disabilities, and troubled youth. I appreciate the many classic theories that guide assessment and intervention in clinical practice, although more recently I have immersed myself in better understanding the power of art, music, psychodrama, and animals (especially horses) in the process of healing.