I was born and raised in New Haven, CT. I earned my PhD in clinical psychology from SUNY Stony Brook in 2003 and returned to CT, where I worked for several years conducting clinical research in health psychology at the University of Connecticut Health Center. I began teaching as an adjunct at Quinnipiac University in 2004. My primary research interests are in the area of infant attachment and the long term affects of attachment status on adult romantic relationships and coping with chronic illness. I am also interested in the areas of stress and coping with chronic illness, and the pathways connecting clinical depression, stress and diabetes in women. In addition, I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have specific clinical interests in the areas of depression, complicated grief and trauma, and anxiety, stress, and coping with chronic illness.