I began serving as the School Counselor and School Psychologist at Moscow Charter School in 2005. It has been my pleasure to work with the dedicated staff, parents, and children. I am a licensed counselor, and nationally certified school psychologist. I have a Ph.D. in Special Education with the emphasis in autism spectrum disorders. My research focuses on reciprocal communication skills with children and adolescents with autism.
I am employed by the University of Idaho at the Child and Youth Study Center where I am currently the interim director. We are part of the Center on Disabilities and Human Development which is a piece of the College of Education. In addition to being the director, I conduct comprehensive assessments with people suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder and supervise practicum and internship students receiving their Master’s Degree in School Counseling and School Psychology and teach coursework focused on autism.
I am also the Idaho State Coordinator for the Utah Regional Leadership Development in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (URLEND) which is a grant funded program of the Maternal and Child Health Care Bureau (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). The aim is to shape future leaders in health care and health policy for the United States. The URLEND encompasses five states: Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota and is housed at six universities with ten different sites. Professionals are trained to move beyond discipline boundaries to provide optimal services to child and adolescents with special health care needs. I am extremely fortunate to be working with nationally renowned individuals who are leaders in their field and have exposure to their dynamic research.
Moscow Charter holds a very special place in my heart. The single best way to describe MCS is “family.”