My clinical, teaching, and research interests fall into several basic areas: a) the development and provision of behavioral medicine services, b) psychotherapy to adolescents, adults and families, c) psychological and neuropsychological assessment, and d) the coordination of predoctoral internship training in clinical psychology within YNHH and YNHPH. The majority of my research interests have focused on the developmental period of adolescence and the impact that traumatic events, such as childhood abuse and the exposure to community violence played in the development and symptomatic expression of psychopathology—specifically as related to adolescent depression, aggression, substance abuse, PTSD, and personality dysfunction. More recently, however, my clinical and research interests have shifted to behavioral medicine and the relationship between physical illness, emotional functioning, and quality of life. Clinically, my colleagues and I have developed a psychological behavioral medicine service that is integrated within the Yale New Haven Hospital Transplantation Center, Cancer Center, and Epilepsy Program. Within these settings, we have initiated several pilot studies to examine the psychological, behavioral, and neuropsychiatric comorbidities among patients facing serious, chronic, and sometimes life threatening illnesses. We are also interested in exploring the feasibility and effectiveness of novel therapies to reduce the risk of adverse stress-related symptoms such as drug and alcohol abuse, depression, anxiety and PTSD in these vulnerable patient populations.