Research Fellows

Dr. Colleen Cummings

Colleen Cummings, Ph.D is a licensed psychologist and the Director of Research at Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC. She earned her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. She did her predoctoral internship training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Cummings then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Temple University. Dr. Cummings’ research interests include cognitive-behavioral interventions for youth with anxiety and mood disorders, as well as the dissemination of effective treatments to the community.

Dr. Lindsay Myerberg

Lindsay Myerberg, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and postdoctoral fellow at Alvord, Baker & Associates. She earned her B.A. from the Honors Program in the Department of Psychology at University of Richmond, with a minor in Rhetoric & Communications. She earned her M.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Children, Families, and Cultures from the Catholic University of America, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University. She completed her predoctoral internship training at the University of Maryland Medical Center Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit. Dr. Myerberg has provided assessment and intervention services for children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, including community clinics, outpatient specialty clinics, hospitals, inpatient units, and schools. Her research focuses on the adaptation of evidence-based interventions to increase accessibility of mental health care services for children and adolescents from contextually disadvantaged communities.

Dr. Brendan Rich

Brendan Rich, Ph.D,a licensed psychologist, is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at the Catholic University of America (CUA), were he is also an Associate Professor, the Director of the M.A. program in Psychological Science, and the Director of the Child Cognition, Affect, and Behavior Laboratory. Dr. Rich received his B.A. from Vassar College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Florida. He completed his Predoctoral Internship at Children’s National Medical Center, and his Postdoctoral Fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Rich has extensive experience directing grant-supported research on child psychopathology and treatment interventions, having authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles and given over 50 first-author research presentations at national and international conferences examining childhood mental health disorders. Dr. Rich’s research accomplishments have been recognized by awards from organizations including the American Psychological Association (APA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), American Association for Higher Education, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and Society of Biological Psychiatry.

Dr. Nina Shiffrin Starin

Nina Shiffrin Starin, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the Associate Director of Research at Alvord Baker & Associates. She earned her B.S. with honors and distinction in Human Development from Cornell University. She served as a post-baccalaureate fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Shiffrin Starin completed her predoctoral internship at the Temple University Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorder Clinic and earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Yale University. Dr. Shiffrin Starin has provided evidence-based treatments for children, adolescent and adults in a variety of settings. She is actively involved in research on cognitive-behavioral interventions for youth.

Research Coordinator

Alexis Stokes

Alexis Stokes is the Clinical Research Coordinator at Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with High Honors and a minor in Spanish Language and Culture from Princeton University. She previously worked at a nonprofit organization in New York City, helping to facilitate early childhood education and mental health programs, evaluation, and compliance. She plans to pursue doctoral study in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. Her research interests include risk and resilience factors of mental health outcomes for traditionally underserved populations, as well as the development and dissemination of accessible, culturally informed interventions.