Term: 2017-2020

I have been a member of ERUUF since my wife and I moved to Chapel Hill in 2002. Before that, we were members of the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh (PA), where we met and were married. Our twin daughters Selema and Zoe, now in middle school, grew up at ERUUF. We share our home with Cricket, our basenji, and our two rescue cats, Chloe and Lacey.

I’m a native New Yorker, born and raised outside New York City, although after all these years in the South, I couldn’t tolerate the winters there anymore. I’m a child psychiatrist and a researcher at Duke, and I study the effects of maltreatment and alcohol abuse on brain development in children and adolescents. I hope this work will help people understand how much damage these can do, and help prevent them and reverse some of the harm.

As a member of First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, I was part of the Worship Committee, served as a Coming of Age mentor, and was an active member of several small groups within the church. At ERUUF, I taught RE for several years when my daughters were younger.