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Educational Psychologist | Consultant | Best-Selling Author | Speaker

I'm an educational psychologist with a PhD specializing in emotional/behavioral disorders, a child safety expert, a former special educator, and a survivor of childhood abuse myself. I started my career in K-12 schools working as an interpreter, deaf education teacher, and special education instructional specialist for 10 years. Since then I have worked as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas and as an Adjunct Professor at Texas Woman's University. When I graduated with my PhD, I decided I wanted to make a difference in schools and non-profits through providing direct services. I enjoy research and will always be involved in furthering the research base, but my focus is on helping practitioners make social emotional learning accessible, safe, and fun. 


I founded The Child Safety Collaborative to equip grown-ups as they promote child safety and positive behavior in their own home and organization. Through my research and work with leading safety organizations, such as Kidpower International, I have learned that the development of social, emotional, and physical safety must be taught and practiced. All of my workshops and consulting focus on practical steps adults can take to help children and teens develop and practice skills.


I know creating a safer world for my child, and every child, involves taking intentional action, and I'm here to help you learn to do just that. 

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Here are some of my published works and contributions related to child safety:

Preventing Abuse in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Hands & Voices Parent Safety Toolkit

Child Abuse and Maltreatment Prevention through Safety Skill Development

Accommodating Child Safety Curriculum for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students (Doctoral Dissertation - embargoed pending publication)

Grab a copy of my Bestselling book THRIVing After Burnout: A Teacher's Compassionate Guide!

In my free time you can find me playing with my 3 year old, taking care of my flowers and plants, and taking a stab at hand embroidery. As a part of my own burnout prevention, I am committed to high quality, evidence-based care. You can find out more about that at

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