I completed my undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary in 1972, a master's in Special Education in 1973, and a master's in General Psychology in 1975. In 1978 I received a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Virginia and joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Four years later, I returned to the University of Virginia and completed doctoral training in School/Child/Clinical Psychology. I completed an internship at Children's Hospital National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. in 1985.
I have had a private practice in Virginia since 2003. From 1985 to 2008 I served as a Clinical Consulting Psychologist for the Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health at the Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
My professional affiliations include the International Dyslexia Association, Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists, CHADD (an organization that provides information about attention problems), Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources (WISERDC), and Northern Virginia Clinical Psychologists.