I started my training in child development at Cedars Sinai Hospital in the Early Childhood Center there. The experience of working with infants, toddlers, and their mothers taught me the importance of developng a theoretical and clincal understanding of how human beings develop into the adults they become.
I earned a Master's Degree and a Doctrate at California Graduate Institute, with a focus on psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory and clinical practice. I wrote my dissertation on the choice of single motherhood, developing a seminar for women considering becoming parents on their own, which I facilitated for ten years and offer periodically.
I continued my clinical and academic work at the Wright Institute, Los Angeles, where I maintained a full practice and academic course of training while a Ph.D. candidate.
After becoming licensed in Los Angeles as a clinical psychologist I received a certificate from the Graduate Center in Child Development, where I expanded on the study and experience I gained as a facilitator and educator at the early childhood center to include the study of adolescence.
My current and past local professional affiliations include Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, the Wright Institute, the Association of Child Development Specialists, Los Angeles Child Development Center, and the Graduate Center for Child Development. My post-doctoral training is extensive, particularly in the areas of attachment, separation, and loss.