Dr. Mary Alvord

Mary Alvord, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Board of Directors of Resilience Across Borders and Director of Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC. She is a licensed psychologist and received her doctorate in 1977. She has been providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions to children, adolescents, and adults over the past four decades. Since 2009, she has been collaborating with Dr. Rich at Catholic University of America on outcome research of the Resilience Builder Program® and has co-authored multiple journal articles and book chapters on resilience and translating research to practice. She has contributed to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) public education guides on resilience in children and teens and stress. Dr. Alvord’s Pursuit of Resilience has been featured on APA’s website.

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. 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

Nina Shiffrin, 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 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 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.