I hold a Dual Doctorate in Organizational Psychology and Critical Theory from PSP (the Professional School of Psychology) in California, a school that grew out of the groundbreaking work of Nevitt Sanford, primary author of The Authoritarian Personality, the foundational work on the psychological roots of totalitarianism. I earned Masters degrees in Sociology and History from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. I am certified in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy by the Training and Research Institute for Self-Psychology in New York. I am also certified in Ericksonian Hypnosis by the Neuro-Linguistic Programming Center of New York. As a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC-T), I have worked extensively in a clinical setting with opioid-dependent and substance-disordered patients, many of whom have co-occurring mental health issues that range from depression to bi-polar and borderline psychiatric diagnoses.

As an academic, I am the founding director of the Terezin Publishing Project, and editor and co-publisher of the English-language edition of H.G. Adler's "Theresienstadt 1941-1945: The Face of a Coerced Community." (Cambridge University Press, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 2017). I have written on the Jewish encounter with modernity for scholarly journals and nationally-syndicated periodicals in the U.S. and abroad, and I’ve been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture grant for my forthcoming book, "Songs in the Wilderness: Music in the Holocaust and the Betrayal of 'Bildung.'" I am Language and Thinking faculty at Bard College and an associate of Bard’s Institute for Writing and Thinking. As part of my focus on culture and identity, I’ve curated the Music in the Holocaust: Jewish Identity and Cosmopolitanism series for Bard's Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities. I am a longstanding member of both the International Society for Political Psychology and the International Psychohistorical Association.