I have spent the last five years transitioning from my former career in Information Technology to my new career in Clinical Health Psychology. These years have flown by. Through hundreds of hours of clinical training and equal hours in the classroom I feel that I have begun to develop my own unique approach to the field, applying what I brought with me from the world of IT to the challenges that stand in the way of implementation and dissemination of psychosocial interventions. Clinically, my approach to treatment remains grounded in behaviorism and cognitive-behavioral principles, however I strive to remain open to new training and perspectives.
As I have progressed through my training I have tried to expose myself to research at every turn as well. At institutes such as La Salle and Cooper University Hospital as well as an assistant on the SIRC project, an NIH-funded multi-site project with Kate Comtois, PhD, MPH and Cara Lewis, PhD investigating issues related to implementation and dissemination of evidence based practices. Exposure to issues in DI has helped broaden my research perspective, exposed me to new ways of conceptualizing barriers to treatment, and ultimately helped inform the intervention I developed for my dissertation. It remains my belief that while research continues to produce promising interventions, without attention to issues in DI these interventions will go poorly or unused.
My future is commitment to the science and practice of psychology, with dedication to the idea that research and practice are intrinsically tied and that the proper use of technology can help bring these two areas together to provide optimal intervention for those in need.