Here is a little information about me. I grew up in New Jersey and spent many summers at where else? The Jersey shore! That explains a lot right there! I chose University of New Hampshire for my undergraduate school where I designed my own major in Higher Education Administration. I have always wanted to work on a university campus with college students. After a few months working for the welfare board in Newark, New Jersey, I went to University of Georgia (home of the bulldogs) where I completed a masters degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education.
At that point, I had the choice of working at Gordon College in Massachusetts as associate dean of students or coming to Seattle Pacific University as Coordinator of Academic Support Services. I chose the latter and have been in the Pacific Northwest ever since. After 3 years in this position, I began my doctorate at the University of Washington while working half-time in the SPU counseling center. Toward the end of my program, I opened a private practice, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. As time has gone on, my practice has become more generalized. I still enjoy working with eating disorder patients, but have a general practice that also includes people who are survivors of childhood abuse, people who have been targets of workplace bullying, and people who want to integrate faith into their therapy for a wide variety of issues.
I met my husband, Dan Reiff, while completing my doctorate. He also has a doctorate in psychology. We both have practices on Mercer Island. My life is very full between my work at Northwest, my practice, my pets, and being a mom of three children. In my spare time, I enjoy ballet, writing, backyard birdwatching, and, as of this summer’s faculty outing, backpacking.
B.S. University of New Hampshire, 1974
M.Ed. University of Georgia, 1977
Ph.D. University of Washington, 1984
In addition to teaching, I am the Director of Clinical Training for the PsyD program. This means that I am responsible for coordinating the practicum, pre-internship, and internship opportunities for the doctoral students. My twenty plus years in private practice give me a considerable amount of practical hands on experience that works to my advantage when helping students with this aspect of their education. In addition, I am helping with the creation of a community counseling clinic to be housed on the NU campus.
I teach in the PsyD program for Graduate Psychology.
Communications & Counseling in a Multicultural Setting
Professional Practice Seminar
Effectiveness of therapy
Effectiveness of psychotherapy supervision
Workplace bullying particularly in the Christian setting
Christianity and eating disorders