About me


Although my parents were from the U.S.A., I was born in Argentina and grew up in Costa Rica. I graduated from the College of William & Mary with a double concentration in philosophy and sociology.  I received my doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. My first job after graduate school was as a staff psychologist for Clemson University’s Counseling & Psychological Services Center.  I then became director of the Counseling Center at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in upstate NY, before moving to California to become director of the Counseling Center at the University of San Diego. After many years working in university mental health I transitioned to my current work in private practice. Over the years I have taught graduate and undergraduate psychology courses, provided workshops for mental health professionals, held leadership positions in various professional organizations, and volunteered in the community.  I have a 22-year-old son; my wife, Dr. Daphne Lurie, is a psychologist and director of Counseling & Psychological Services at Scripps Research.  I enjoy listening to podcasts, playing my Fender Stratocaster, and following the NBA.  You can learn more about my career and background by reviewing my resume.