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  Clinicians


Mary K. Alvord, Ph.D
Psychologist

Licensed 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 as 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). Currently, Dr. Alvord is 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 Armenian 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).

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Lisa Berghorst, Ph.D
Psychologist

Licensed 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.

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Lynn F. Bufka, Ph.D
Psychologist

Licensed 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.

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Betsy Carmichael, LCSW-C
Social Worker

Licensed clinical social worker in Maryland with experience providing individual, group, 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 and compulsive 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.

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Colleen Cummings, Ph.D
Psychologist

Licensed 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.

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Julia W. Felton, PhD
Psychologist

Licensed 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.

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Erin Lewis-Morrarty, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Licensed 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.

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Keri Linas, Ph.D, Psy.D
Psychologist

Licensed 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. Dr. Linas has provided a broad range of services to children, adolescents and families in outpatient, inpatient, and community based mental health centers.  Professional interests and expertise include assessment and treatment of children with behavioral and learning disorders, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, oppositional behavioral disorders, and young children with developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders.   Dr. Linas is also interested in the promotion of mental health wellness for young children (0-5 years) and their families as well as the issues associated with the transition to motherhood, including post partum depression.  

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Heather Loffredo, Psy.D
Psychologist

Licensed psychologist with expertise in psychotherapy with children, adolescents, 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.  Through her post-doctoral training, she concentrated extensively on group and individual therapy with children and adolescents and psycho-educational 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: psycho-educational evaluations and treatment of children and adolescents with social deficits, learning disabilities, ADHD, autism spectrum, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, behavioral challenges, grief and loss, issues related to self-esteem, stress-management, and co-morbid medical diagnoses. 

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Elizabeth Malesa, Ph.D
Psychologist

Licensed 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 disorders).  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).  Dr. Malesa has particular interest in group therapy, and has conducted a number of groups for children with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and disruptive behaviors.  Other specific services include individual and family therapy for anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood dysregulation, autism spectrum disorders, and feeding disorders, 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.

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Dorothy Moore, LCSW-C, BCD
Social Worker

Licensed clinical social worker and Board Certified Diplomate with over 40 years of experience including direct services to children, adolescents, families and adults. Ms. Moore is a graduate of the Howard University School of Social Work and trained at the Family Therapy Institute of Washington, D. C. with Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes. She managed numerous programs: domestic violence crisis center, therapeutic nursery program, highly structured therapeutic educational program for adolescents, substance abuse prevention program and behavioral health assessment program for adolescents. Ms. Moore has extensive experience in the treatment of ADHD, depression, anxiety, behavior problems and behavioral health concerns. In addition, Ms. Moore conducts social competency groups and facilitates integrated team planning meetings. She has cross-cultural expertise and enjoys working with those from diverse backgrounds.

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Kelly O'Brien, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Licensed 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, where she acquired expertise in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an empirically supported treatment for young children with attention and behavior problems. Over the past eight years, including her internship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, she has provided mental health services to children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings including community clinics, schools, pediatric primary care, and hospitals. She has been a therapist for clinical research studies of PCIT and intensive cognitive-behavioral therapy for children with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dr. O’Brien is also currently employed as a Research Assistant Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Maryland-College Park (UMD) and she is assistant director of the UMD ADHD Program. She has particular interests in early intervention and dissemination of evidence based practices to community therapists and schools.

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Veronica Raggi, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Licensed psychologist, Dr. Raggi earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland, with particular 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. Dr. Raggi currently provides individual therapy (child, adolescent, and adult), family therapy, behavioral parent training, school consultation services, 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), social skills deficits, depression, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, academic problems, and organizational skills deficits. She also has interest and experience in the provision of family therapy to address conflict, communication, and relationship issues.

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Michael Reiter, Ph.D
Psychologist

Licensed psychologist in Maryland and New York, Dr. Reiter earned his masters and doctoral degrees from The George Washington University and completed his pre-doctoral internship at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Reiter has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including a pediatric and adolescent clinic at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. Dr. Reiter works with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples; he uses a Cognitive Behavior and Family Systems Therapy approach. He specializes in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders (social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Depression. He also works with children and their families on behavioral and school-related issues. Dr. Reiter has expertise in ADHD and Executive Functioning issues, and in providing parents support and guidance around these and related issues; he currently coordinates Montgomery County CHADD parent support group meetings. Dr. Reiter also has a special interest in working with families and couples on relationship and communication issues.

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Monica Robb , Ph.D
Psychologist

Licensed psychologist, Dr. Robb received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specialty in deafness from Gallaudet University and is a licensed psychologist in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. During her graduate training, she completed externships at CPC Health/Chestnut Lodge Hospital and Howard University Counseling Center. She received her pre-doctoral training at Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Robb has worked as a staff Clinician at a private therapeutic school for students with learning, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Currently, she provides individual therapy to adults, children, and adolescents, as well as group therapy for children and adolescents. Dr. Robb specializes in social competence training, depression, anxiety (including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and Trichotillomania.  She also has an interest in the area of stress management, especially as it relates to cardiac health. Her clinical treatment approach incorporates integrative psychotherapy within a Cognitive-Behavioral framework in an effort to meet the individual needs of clients.

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Jessica Samson, Psy.D
Psychologist

Licensed psychologist in Maryland. She earned her Psy.D. degree from Xavier University and has been working in the Alvord, Baker practice for the past five years. Prior to joining the practice, Dr. Samson worked on two multi-site clinical trials at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry providing cognitive-behavioral treatment to children and adolescents with anxiety and tic disorders. Dr. Samson has background and expertise in providing individual and group evidence-based interventions to children, adolescents, and young adults with a wide range of conditions including anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, tic disorders, and body focused repetitive behaviors.

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Lisa Sanchez, Ph.D
Psychologist

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.

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Nina Shiffrin , Ph.D
Psychologist

Licensed 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).

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Tom Verratti, LCSW-C, BCD
Social Worker

Licensed clinical social worker and Board Certified Diplomate with more that 25 years of clinical experience. Mr. Verratti has served as a consultant to the Montgomery County (Maryland) Child Mental Health Staff, MCPS, served as Chief Clinical Social Worker for a private child psychiatry practice and was Clinical Program Director for a residential treatment center for adolescents. Mr. Verratti specializes in family therapy with adolescents, individual work with children, adolescents and adults, couples therapy, as well as child and adolescent group therapy. Additionally, Mr. Verratti is a Life and Executive Coach.

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Lemuel Yutzy, MSS, LCSW-C
Social Worker

Licensed 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 and is a current Ph.D. student at 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.

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