I am a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, a licensed psychologist in Maryland, and a credentialed National Register Health Service psychologist. I have worked in public schools and in independent practice and have served as a college instructor and adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri and Prince George’s Community College. I have presented across the US and internationally, and published dozens of articles and book chapters related to school psychology, school safety, and trauma. I am the editor of Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-Based Professionals, 2nd Edition, and co-author of Applying a Trauma-Informed Framework to The IEP Process: From Referral to Development.
I first became interested in trauma back in 2008 as a school psychologist in a large public school district. I would often receive referrals for students, and initial conversations would yield extremely troubling histories and unpredictable daily routines and environments. I began to realize that the behaviors that had caused concern in school were, indeed, adaptable and predictable based on the student’s context, yet incompatible with school expectations. I began diving into the research, and never stopped.
Perhaps more importantly, I am a proud parent of two wonderful daughters, along with my incredibly talented, witty, and gifted wife Lauren. I enjoy most outdoor activities (even though some make my knees hurt), playing music, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
[And yes, that is indeed a NY Mets hat. While I haven’t lived in NY since 1997 and haven’t watched a baseball game in 25 years, it still makes me think of the joy of watching the 1986 Mets. Don’t hold it against me].