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I received my B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. I completed an APA-approved clinical internship at the Palo Alto Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, followed by a National Institute of Mental Health research postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University. After working for four years as a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, I moved to Toronto in 2007 to join the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University. In addition to my position at Ryerson, I hold a research appointment at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital. Much of my research is conducted at the Zane Cohen Centre for Digestive Diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital, where I also hold a scientific research staff appointment.

My research centers on psychological factors associated with adjustment to illness in chronically-ill individuals. Primarily, my work has investigated quality of life, psychological distress, and symptom burden in patients who have been diagnosed with cancer, multiple sclerosis, or gastrointestinal disorders.

At the current time, my lab and its members are in the process of analyzing data from several completed studies with the following populations: gay men with prostate cancer, couples facing colorectal cancer, couples coping with multiple sclerosis, and people with Lynch syndrome. I currently hold research funding from the the Canadian Institute of Health Research. Past research projects have been funded by the U.S. National Institute of Health, Canadian MS Scientific Research Foundation, Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance, and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.