I am a counseling psychologist and relationship coach with over 20 years of clinical, teaching and public speaking experience. I'm deeply and passionately committed to helping clients foster healthy love relationships and improve well-being.
My Ph.D. is from Columbia University, where my dissertation on Women’s Mixed Signals about Sexual Decisions was awarded distinction. I've published book chapters for university texts as well as academic and popular magazine articles.
In addition to relationship coaching I'm dedicated to reaching the public to share research-backed information and educational tools for improving well-being and intimate relationships. I have appeared on international, national and local radio and television stations such as CNN/HLN and NPR and have been quoted extensively in newspapers and magazines such as O, The Oprah Magazine, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Working Mother, Ebony, Essence, Self, Men's Health, Prevention, Good Housekeeping and Seattle magazines. My Love In Limbo blog at PsychologyToday.com focuses on the paradoxes of dating and mating.
I also do corporate consulting, workshops and retreats, and speak at universities and community organizations. I partnered with Qwest Communications for several years to talk to media and schools about how digital technologies are changing relationships.
University positions have included Senior Staff Psychologist at Seattle University, Assistant Professor of Psychology at National University in La Jolla, CA, Warren College Psychologist at UC San Diego, and Counseling Instructor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, of the City University of New York.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Association for Relationship Research and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. I serve on the board of directors of the Council on Contemporary Families.
My cultural roots are in New York City, which still holds a special place in my heart, and I've also lived in French Polynesia where island life continues to captivate me. I'm very happily married to my soul mate of 17 years, who constantly inspires me to walk my talk about romantic love!
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