Education and Qualifications
I have a bachelor’s in psychology, master’s in clinical psychology, and a doctorate in public health with a focus on community health. My education and training is from a health psychology perspective with a specific focus on stress and coping and the biopsychosocial process (known as the mind-body connection, whereby the mind can affect the body, and the body can affect the mind). The biopsychosocial model posits that functioning must be viewed not only from the standpoint of the biological (physical) but also the psychological (thoughts, emotions, behaviors) and social (e.g. culture, religion) factors in one’s life, which all interplay in complex ways to result in "dis-ease" or "ease. I have worked since 2000 in the community mental health field at academic institutions, government agencies, and hospitals, most recently as a psychotherapist at a post-acute brain injury facility and an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center. Examples of my past affiliations are:
- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Medicine (Assistant Professor)
- Baylor College of Medicine, Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center (Assistant Professor, currently Adjunct)
- Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (Assistant Director of Research)
- The Transitional Learning Center (Psychotherapist)
- San Antonio Police Department (Psychology Technician)
- Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital (Psychology Technician)
I am a published author in peer-reviewed professional journals and for many years also served as a medical writer of content for websites, pamphlets, grants, and other professional documents for educational and government entities. I'm skilled in all aspects of research including survey design and psychometrics.
I am an experienced presenter at professional conferences and scientific meetings.