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  • Mary K. Alvord, Ph.D Psychologist

    Alvordbaker_MALicensed psychologist and Director of Alvord, Baker & Associates, Dr. Alvord has more than 35 years of clinical experience. Her work recognizes the importance of resilience in the framework of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Alvord specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults with anxiety disorders, and with children and teens experiencing ADHD and other emotional and behavioral regulation problems. Treatments are provided through individual, group and family therapy.

    Dr. Alvord holds a position of Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In 1977, she helped to establish a mental health clinic for children and adolescents through the Cheltenham Outreach Program. She served, first as a therapist, and later as the director of psychology training at the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (RICA), a day and residential treatment center. She has served as training coordinator of the Post-Doctoral Institute on Child and Adolescent Psychology sponsored by the Maryland Psychological Association Foundation (2000-2002). Dr. Alvord has given numerous presentations on child and adolescent disorders and on treatment for national and international professional audiences.

    For the past 22 years, Dr. Alvord has developed and refined a resilience-based group therapy model to improve social competence training. She has authored chapters on anxiety and resilience and has coauthored peer-reviewed journal articles on resilience and media ethics. She has made contributions to the American Psychological Association's (APA) public education guides on resilience and stress in children and teens (2003-2012). Dr. Alvord is the past president of the APA Division, Society for Media Psychology and Technology (2013), and also serves as APA's public education coordinator for the Maryland Psychological Association (2007-2013). Dr. Alvord frequently appears in the media; she has been interviewed by media outlets including Woman’s Day, Better Homes and Gardens, and health magazines, CNN, NPR, Washington Post, USA Today and US News & World Report, and local as well as international TV on topics ranging from stress, anxiety, and social competence, to coping with adversity.

    In 2013, Dr. Alvord received the Outstanding Professional Contributions to Psychology award by the Maryland Psychological Association, and also the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Behavioral Science Association. Dr. Alvord was honored as the first recipient of the American Psychological Association's Presidential Innovative Practice Citation (2009). Visit the APA website to learn more about Dr. Alvord's selection for this citation.

    Dr. Alvord is co-author of Resilience Builder Program for Children and Adolescents: Enhancing Social Competence and Self-Regulation — A Cognitive-Behavioral Group Approach (2011). Dr. Alvord is also co-author of Relaxation and Self-Regulation Techniques for Children and Teens: Mastering the Mind-Body Connection (compact disc and digital; released 2011); and for adults, Relaxation and Wellness Techniques: Mastering the Mind-Body Connection (compact disc and digital; released 2013). Her forthcoming book, Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens, will be released July 1.
  • Lisa Berghorst, Ph.D Psychologist

    Alvordbaker_LBLicensed psychologist, Dr. Berghorst earned her doctoral degree from Harvard University and completed her internship at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate in Belmont, MA. Dr. Berghorst has experience providing assessment and treatment services to children, adolescents, and adults with a diverse range of clinical presentations, including particular expertise addressing mood and anxiety disorders (e.g., depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, social anxiety disorder, GAD), behavioral difficulties, and social skills deficits. She has provided individual and group therapy in a variety of clinical settings, including outpatient, therapeutic day school, residential hospital, and partial hospital programs. Within these settings, Dr. Berghorst utilizes empirically-based treatments, especially cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), behavior therapy (including exposure and response prevention (ERP), among others), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). In addition to providing mental health services, Dr. Berghorst has extensive clinical research experience from her work within the Pediatric and Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch at the NIMH, the Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at Harvard University, and the Center for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Research at McLean Hospital. Treatment outcome studies are among her clinical research interests, with a current focus on examining the effectiveness of our group and individual treatment services. Dr. Berghorst recently moved to Chicago but remains affiliated with the practice
  • Lynn F. Bufka, Ph.D Psychologist

    Alvordbaker_LbufLicensed psychologist in Maryland, Dr. Bufka earned her doctorate from Boston University with pre-doctoral training at Brockton Veterans' Affairs Medical Center / Harvard Medical School . She completed post doctoral training at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University under the supervision of Dr. David Barlow. Her clinical expertise is in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders, especially panic disorder. In addition to the treatment of anxiety disorders in adolescents and adults, Dr. Bufka is interested in issues related to identity development and cross-cultural adaptation and has experience working with these issues with college students and young adults. Other professional interests include evidence based practice, outcomes management, and health policy.
  • Betsy Carmichael, LCSW-C Social Worker

    Alvordbaker_BCLicensed clinical social worker in Maryland with experience providing individual and family therapy, Ms. Carmichael earned her advanced social work degree with a clinical concentration at The Catholic University of America. She has extensive experience treating children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, and effective parenting. She has worked as a school social worker in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. schools treating children with a range of learning and emotional disabilities. She also specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults on the autism spectrum and has had extensive experience running social competence groups and teaching parents and school staff how to promote generalization of these skills. Another area of expertise for Ms. Carmichael is treating both children and adults with body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) such as trichotillomania (hair pulling) and excoriation disorder (skin-picking). Ms. Carmichael is interested in promoting thought and behavior changes to help individuals enhance their self-esteem, develop coping strategies, and foster meaningful relationships.
  • Anahi Collado, Ph.D Psychologist

    Collado Licensed psychologist, Dr. Collado, completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University Maryland- College Park and her pre-doctoral internship at the San Diego VA Healthcare System. In each of these settings, she conducted individual and group therapy in inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics. Upon completing her internship, she accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University’s Child and Adolescent Mood Program. Throughout her clinical training, Dr. Collado gained extensive experience in applying cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal interventions to treat depression, anxiety (including obsessive compulsive disorder) and posttraumatic stress disorder in children, adolescents, and adults. She also provides behavioral interventions and parent training for ADHD and emotional and externalizing behaviors. Dr. Collado has expertise in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Activation, Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure. Dr. Collado is able to provide therapy in English and Spanish.
  • Colleen Cummings, Ph.D Psychologist

    Alvordbaker_CCLicensed psychologist, Dr. Cummings specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders for children, adolescents, and adults. She also has extensive experience working with youth with ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders. Dr. Cummings completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Ohio State University, and her predoctoral internship at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Cummings earned speciality training in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of youth anxiety disorders during her postdoctoral fellowship at the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Temple University under the supervision of Dr. Philip Kendall. She has provided comprehensive assessment and individual, group, and family therapy in a number of settings, including outpatient specialty clinics, private practice, schools, and hospitals. She has a strong interest in early intervention and prevention efforts, as well as the dissemination of effective treatments to the community, and has published journal articles and book chapters on these topics. Her clinical approach emphasizes evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for childhood problems including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, sleep difficulties, depression, separation anxiety, and behavioral issues. Dr. Cummings also provides individual, evidence-based CBT for anxiety and depressive disorders in adults.
  • Julia W. Felton, Ph.D Psychologist

    Julia_IMG_0413Licensed psychologist, Dr. Felton completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Vanderbilt University and her pre-doctoral training at the Medical University of South Carolina. She specializes in evidence-based approaches for the treatment of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and grief in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Felton also has experience counseling adults and children with ADHD and behavior disorders. Further, she has worked extensively with couples experiencing marital difficulties and trauma-exposed adults. Dr. Felton is currently also employed as the Director of the Master's in Clinical Psychological Science program at the University of Maryland, College Park where she teaches coursework in evidence-based treatment techniques for children, adolescents, and adults. Her clinical approach includes cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal interventions.
  • Michelle Gryczkowski, Ph.D Psychologist

    Alvordbaker_MGLicensed psychologist, Dr. Gryczkowski completed her doctoral training at The University of Southern Mississippi, her internship at Indiana University School of Medicine, and her fellowship at Mayo Clinic. Committed to evidence-based practice, she has extensive training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), including exposure and response prevention (ERP), and has provided individual and group therapy in outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential, and inpatient settings. Dr. Gryczkowski specializes in the treatment of anxiety (e.g., OCD, panic, social anxiety, phobias, generalized anxiety, PTSD) in individuals of all ages. She is also experienced in providing parent training for child behavioral problems and ADHD; habit reversal therapy (HRT) for body-focused repetitive behaviors such as tics, trichotillomania (hair pulling), and skin picking; CBT for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS); as well as psychological assessments for a broad range of clinical presentations. In addition, Dr. Gryczkowski is an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University and provides clinical supervision to graduate student clinicians.
  • Erin Lewis-Morrarty, Ph.D. Psychologist

    Alvordbaker_ELMLicensed psychologist, Dr. Lewis-Morrarty, earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Delaware, with a particular focus on evidence-based assessment and intervention for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. She provides evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral approaches to the assessment and treatment of childhood disorders. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, through which she provided a wide range of assessment, treatment, and consultation services for children and adolescents (ages 2–19 years) experiencing anxiety, depression, and attention and behavior problems. Dr. Lewis-Morrarty has also been a therapist for clinical research studies of a home-based intervention for foster parent-infant dyads and of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for depressed adults. She is also currently employed as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the department of psychology at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, where she has acquired additional diagnostic experience as well as training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), a research-based treatment for young children with behavior problems (ages 4–7 years). Dr. Lewis-Morrarty has particular interests in working with parents and families to treat childhood anxiety, depression, and attention and behavior problems through a cognitive-behavioral framework. She additionally has experience and interest in providing CBT to adults with depression.
  • Keri Linas, Ph.D, Psy.D Psychologist

    Alvordbaker_KLLicensed psychologist with a double doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and Child, Family, School Studies from the University of Denver. Dr. Linas completed her pre-doctoral training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, her post-doctoral training at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, and a fellowship in the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. She is licensed in Maryland and in DC. Dr. Linas has experience providing a broad range of consultation, assessment, and intervention services for children, adolescents, and their families in a variety of settings including the early intervention system, hospitals (in patient and out patient), pediatric primary care, community mental health clinics, and private practice. With regard to psychotherapy, she uses empirically grounded treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), behavior therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Other specific services include individual and family therapy for anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood dysregulation, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD as well as parenting strategies for children with disruptive behaviors. She also specializes in conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations for children with a variety of presenting conditions including attention disorders, executive function dysregulation, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, and mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Heather Loffredo, Psy.D Psychologist

    Heather_IMG_0458Licensed psychologist with expertise in psychotherapy with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Loffredo completed her pre-doctoral training at Children’s National Medical Center's Neurodevelopmental Clinic, where she gained experience assessing children with developmental delays, and Children’s National Medical Center at HSC Pediatric Center, where she specialized in psychological treatment and assessment of pediatric populations. During her internship in a community mental health center and post-doctoral training, she concentrated extensively on group and individual therapy with children, adolescents, and adults and psychoeducational and clinical assessments. Dr. Loffredo has also worked as the lead psychologist for Friendship Public Charter Schools, where she focused on treatment of children with special education needs, including academic, behavioral, and social-emotional difficulties. Specific areas of clinical expertise and interest include: psychoeducational and psychological evaluations, parent training, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with social deficits, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, mood disorders, behavioral challenges, grief and loss, issues related to self-esteem, stress-management, chronic pain, and co-morbid medical diagnoses.
  • Elizabeth Malesa, Ph.D Psychologist

    Alvord_ElizabethMLicensed psychologist in Maryland who received a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University and completed her internship and post-doctoral training in Pediatric Psychology at the A. I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. Dr. Malesa has experience providing a broad range of consultation, assessment, and intervention services for children, adolescents, and their families, with particular expertise in developmental disorders of infancy and childhood (e.g., autism spectrum disorder). Dr. Malesa has provided mental health services in a variety of settings including the early intervention system, hospitals, pediatric primary care, community mental health clinics, and private practice. With regard to psychotherapy, she uses empirically-grounded treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), behavior therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Specific services include individual and family therapy for anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, depressive disorders, mood dysregulation, autism spectrum disorder, encopresis/enuresis, and feeding disorders, as well as parenting strategies for children with disruptive behaviors. She also specializes in conducting comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for children with a variety of presenting conditions including ADHD, executive function dysregulation, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, and mood and anxiety disorders. Outside of her work at Alvord, Baker & Associates, Dr. Malesa is an Adjunct Professor in the Master's in Clinical Psychological Science program at the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition, she is the coordinator for the Montgomery County Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) parent support group.
  • Kelly O'Brien, Ph.D. Psychologist

    Alvordbaker_KoBLicensed psychologist, Dr. O’Brien provides evidence-informed, cognitive-behavioral and family based approaches to the assessment and treatment of child and adolescent anxiety, depression, ADHD, and behavior problems. She completed her doctoral training in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida and her pre-doctoral internship in child community psychology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. O’Brien has expertise in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an empirically supported treatment for young children (ages three to seven) with attention and behavior problems. She is a certified Level II trainer for PCIT. Dr. O’Brien has also trained therapists in evidence based practices for child mental health problems through her work with PracticeWise, LLC. In addition to her work at Alvord, Baker & Associates, Dr. O’Brien is a research consultant. Recent research projects that she has assisted with include examination of an integrated treatment for mothers of children with ADHD and maternal stress/depression, an early intervention for families of young children with high behavioral inhibition/anxiety, and the addition of emotion regulation coaching skills to standard PCIT. Dr. O’Brien also delivers cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness based approaches to helping adults with anxiety, depressive disorders, and stress. She brings a supportive and collaborative style to her work with children, families and adults to help them achieve their goals and improve well-being.
  • Veronica Raggi, Ph.D. Psychologist

    Alvordbaker_VRLicensed psychologist in Maryland. Dr. Raggi provides individual therapy (child, adolescent, and adult), family therapy, behavioral parent training, school consultation, and psycho-educational/psychological assessments. She has extensive experience in the application of behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches in the treatment of child and adolescent anxiety (including selective mutism and OCD), social skills deficits, depression, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, and academic concerns. She has experience in the provision of family therapy to address conflict and improve communication among family members. She also provides comprehensive evaluations for children who are suspected of having a learning disability, executive functioning problems, or an attention disorder. Dr. Raggi earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland, with emphasis on the evidence-based treatment of child and adolescent ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and postdoctoral training at the New York University Child Study Center, through which she provided a wide range of assessment, treatment and consultation services for children, adolescents and families. She has published in numerous scholarly journals on topics such as academic and homework-related concerns, parenting issues, and school-based treatment of ADHD. She has developed “CBT Tools for Kids”, an iPhone application for use by children and adolescents, with the goals of helping them self-monitor their thoughts and feelings and use coping skills.
  • Lisa Sanchez, Ph.D Psychologist

    Alvordbaker_LS Licensed psychologist in Maryland, Dr. Sanchez earned her degree at the University of Maryland, where she completed specialty training in evidence based approaches for treating children and adolescents with anxiety based disorders (including social phobia and OCD) and ADHD/behavior problems. Her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral experience at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, provided a broad range of experiences including individual therapy for a wide range of conditions, assessment of children with executive functioning and autism spectrum disorders, and school consultations. As part of her training, she completed a fellowship in the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program and was co-investigator on an NIH funded research project examining the developmental and psychosocial impact of pediatric chronic illness. At Alvord, Baker, & Associates, Dr. Sanchez continues to provide treatment and testing services for preschoolers, children, teens, and young adults. She has expertise in using cognitive behavioral therapy and parent training programs to address mood and anxiety based disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior problems, and social difficulties related to high functioning autism. She also provides comprehensive evaluations for children who are suspected of having a learning disability, executive functioning problems, or autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Sanchez is involved in a research program examining the effectiveness of a group therapy program on treatment outcome for children treated in our clinic.
  • Nina Shiffrin, Ph.D Psychologist

    Alvordbaker_NSLicensed psychologist, Dr. Shiffrin earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Yale University. At Yale she received her certification in Kazdin Parent Management Training (KPMT), an evidence-based treatment for children with behavior problems, under the supervision of Dr. Alan Kazdin. Dr. Shiffrin completed her predoctoral internship at Temple University under the supervision of Dr. Philip Kendall, where she gained experience providing the Coping Cat treatment, a cognitive-behavioral therapy program for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. Dr. Shiffrin has experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with a range of clinical presentations including behavioral difficulties, mood and anxiety disorders, and difficulties regulating emotions. She has provided individual, family based, and group therapy in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient, school, and intensive outpatient programs utilizing empirically supported treatments including behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and child dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
  • Tom Verratti, LCSW-C, BCD Social Worker

    Alvordbaker_TVMr. Verratti is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 40 years of clinical experience. He has served as a consultant to the Montgomery County (Maryland) Child Mental Health Staff, MCPS as well as private secondary schools and served as Chief Clinical Social Worker for a private child psychiatry practice for over 15 years. He also served as the Clinical Program Director for an alternative residential treatment center for Court referred drug abusing adolescents. Mr. Verratti specializes in family therapy and couples therapy and works individually with adolescents, children, and adults. He also works with children and adolescents in resiliency building social skills group therapy. Additionally, Mr. Verratti is a Life and Executive Coach. 

  • Sue Wilson, Ph.D Psychologist

    ABA-swsmallLicensed psychologist, Dr. Wilson earned a double doctoral degree in Clinical and Applied Social Psychology from Vanderbilt University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Children's National Medical Center. Dr. Wilson pursued post-doctoral training in cognitive behavioral therapy for children and adolescents and family therapy at the George Mason University Center for Psychological Services. She also received training in neuropsychological assessment and therapy with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children's National Health System. She has experience in assessment and therapy with children and teens with a range of anxiety and mood disorders. She also has experience working with parents of young children with behavioral problems. Dr. Wilson utilizes evidence-based therapies in the provision of individual, family and group therapies, specifically cognitive behavioral and systems frameworks.
  • Lemuel Yutzy, MSS, LCSW-C Social Worker

    Alvordbaker_LYLicensed social worker in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, Mr. Yutzy has extensive psychotherapy experience working with adolescents and adults in individual and group settings. Mr. Yutzy earned his graduate degree from Bryn Mawr College. Mr. Yutzy has worked as a mobile clinician, in outpatient settings, and as an in-school therapist for middle school and high-school students. He has clinical experience in crisis intervention, assessment, and diagnosis and has worked with individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds surrounding issues of mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, self-harm, substance abuse, parenting concerns, spiritual dissonance, and psychosexual development. Mr. Yutzy has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Psychodynamic modes of therapy and likes to draw from each of these, in collaboration with his clients, to achieve therapeutic goals.