Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Mary K. Alvord, Ph.D.
Psychologist and Director of Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC
Colleen Cummings, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist and the Director of Research at Alvord, Baker, & Associates, LLC
Nina Shiffrin, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist and Associate Director of Research at Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC
Resilience is the ability to adapt despite challenges faced in life. Challenges are defined broadly and include trauma as well as daily frustrations and disappointments, learning issues and ADHD, for example. There is an accumulation of 60 years of longitudinal research identifying multiple factors and influences that help individuals thrive despite adversity. Fortunately, parents and teachers can do much to promote the set of skills that raise resilience -- across multiple settings and multiple difficulties. This presentation will provide practical suggestions and strategies for building resilience in children, teens and their families.
Mary Karapetian Alvord, Ph.D. is a psychologist and director of Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC, a group practice in Rockville and Chevy Chase, MD, Adjunct Associate Professor at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences and President of the charity nonprofit, Resilience Across Borders. With more than 40 years of clinical experience, she specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults with anxiety disorders, ADHD and problems of emotional and behavioral regulation through individual and group therapy. Dr. Alvord's focus has been on promoting resilience and stress reduction using strength-based approaches and she has contributed to the American Psychological Association's (APA) public education guides on resilience, stress, and identification of emotional problems in children and teens.
Dr. Alvord co-authored Resilience Builder Program for Children and Adolescents: Enhancing Social Competence and Self-Regulation (book), and two Relaxation CD’s and digital recordings for children and adults. Techniques (for adults): Mastering the Mind-Body Connection (CD and digital). Her newest book was released July 1, 2017: Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens: A Workbook to Break the Nine Thought Habits That Are Holding You Back.
Dr. Colleen Cummings is a licensed psychologist and the Director of Research at Alvord, Baker, & Associates, LLC. She has a strong interest in early intervention and prevention efforts, as well as the dissemination of effective treatments to the community. Her clinical approach emphasizes evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for problems including anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, sleep difficulties, depression, and behavioral issues.
Nina Shiffrin, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the Associate Director of Research at Alvord Baker & Associates. She earned her B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University and her Ph.D in clinical psychology from Yale University. Dr. Shiffrin has provided evidence-based treatments for children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. She is actively involved in research on cognitive-behavioral interventions for youth.
Both Dr. Cummings and Dr. Shiffrin are Fellows at Resilience Across Borders.