I am an Associate Professor in Psychology and Health Sciences at Rutgers University—Camden, associate member of the New Jersey Cancer Institute, and Adjunct Professor in the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. My program of research focuses on sleep as a modifiable behavior that can be targeted to improve health and quality of life outcomes in children and adolescents. My research has described the bidirectional relationship between pediatric chronic health conditions and sleep in children, adolescents, and young adults with asthma, sickle cell disease, HIV, and cancer. Currently, my lab is working on promoting sleep and health behaviors that support cancer and hematopoietic stem cell transplant recovery as well as understanding how children and families develop sleep habits in early childhood.
I am also a licensed Clinical Psychologist with specialization in Pediatric Psychology. Clinically, I have worked with children, adolescents, and young adults and their families around adjustment to chronic health conditions in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Cancer Center and behavioral sleep medicine in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Sleep Center.