I was a computer programmer in the 1980s, and was present for the birth of the personal computer. However, after many years in tech, I developed a longing for work where affect and cognition were both valued. I had never taken a single psychology class at that time, although I was a weird kid who read Erich Fromm, Karen Horney, and Carl Jung. In 1990 I took a leap into the unknown, moved to California, enrolled in a clinical psychology PhD program, and started learning how to do this wonderful terrifying beautiful amazing work.
Because of my background in math and computer science, I gravitated toward the nerd end of psychology, i.e. statistics and research. That’s how I came to be the PsyD research director here at JFK, and how I took on roles and responsibilities having to do with managing program evaluation data for our APA accreditation. I’ve also found a passion for pedagogy; I love to think about, talk about, and design new ways to teach. I am super-fun at parties. Also, you will always get at least three drafts of my syllabus because I can’t stop tweaking it.
My favorite part of being a psychologist is providing clinical supervision. I have supervised practicum students working in schools and colleges, in LGBT and other community mental health centers, in psychiatric hospitals, and in behavioral health settings. It’s a powerful thing, to be part of helping someone shape their professional identity.
I’m a member of these American Psychological Association Divisions:
- 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics)
- 27 (Society for Community Research and Action: Division of Community Psychology)
- 39 (Psychoanalysis)
- 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues)
- 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues)
That pretty well sums up where you’ll find me: at the intersection of those topics.
Outside JFK, I have a small private practice in east Oakland, where I live with my wife and four cats. I’m an avid reader of science fiction, poetry, and anything by Sara Ahmed. I firmly believe in the Oxford comma. I’m rarely found far from my laptop, and can google anything. I love to cook. Expect me to ask impertinent questions.
- Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision
- Research Methods and Statistics