I am a licensed psychologist working in a bustling urban school district. I spend my work hours at five elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools, counseling students for a variety of family, emotional, and behavioral concerns. I also consult with teachers and parents about emotional and behavioral interventions. I work from a "cognitive-behaivoral" orientation, which means that I focus on how environmental reinforcers and our thinking patterns impact our emotions and behavior. I received my doctorate in school psychology in 2005. At that time psychology and education consumed my world. I had read that after completing a doctoral degree, a woman's chances of marrying decreased by 75%. I was okay with that.
That was until I met my husband in 2007. We were married in 2009 and had a beautiful baby boy in 2011. I had previously taught college-level child development courses, studied parenting and child psychology books, and consulted with hundreds of parents. I thought parenting would be a breeze. I now realize how challenging (and completely fulfilling) it can be! On my blog, "Darlingist Dr. Momsie," I try to combine my training and experience with a good dose of reality. I share the joys of being "Jr.'s" mom, the challenges of being a working mom, and the insights of a psychologist.