Dr. Staples received her PhD in clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle, completed an APA-accredited internship at the Durham VA Medical Center, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in LGBT Mental Health at the San Diego VA. Broadly, she is interested in the implications of prejudice and oppression on minority groups. She has published in the areas of transgender minority stress and mental health, sexual dysfunction, sexual risk-taking, and childhood and adult sexual assault. Additionally, she is interested in the adaptation and development of evidence-based treatments for underserved and marginalized populations, and recently completed a pilot study investigating the feasibility, acceptability, and initial efficacy of a DBT Skills Group for transgender Veterans. Her training is grounded in behavioral theories and she utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and social justice approaches in practice.