Dr. Mary Karapetian Alvord

Dr. Mary Karapetian Alvord
Dr. Mary Karapetian Alvord

Mary Karapetian Alvord, Ph.D., is a psychologist and director of Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC, located in Rockville and Silver Spring, Maryland. She specializes in individual and group treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adults, and ADHD and problems of emotional and behavioral regulation in children and teens. 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, where she supervises psychiatry fellows in cognitive-behavioral therapy. With more than 35 years of experience, Dr. Alvord focuses on resilience and strength-based approaches, and she has coauthored articles and textbook chapters on these subjects. She has made contributions to the American Psychological Association's (APA) public education guides on resilience, stress and willpower since 2003. Dr. Alvord is past president of the APA Division Society for Media Psychology and Technology and serves as APA's public education coordinator for the Maryland Psychological Association. Dr. Alvord frequently appears in the media and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including Woman’s Day, Better Homes and Gardens, O: The Oprah Magazine, Health, CNN, NPR Morning Edition, the Washington Post, USA Today, and US News & World Report, as well as by local and international TV, on topics ranging from stress, anxiety, and social competence to coping with adversity. She is coauthor of Resilience Builder Program for Children and Adolescents, Relaxation and Self-Regulation for Children and Teens: Mastering the Mind-Body Connection, and Relaxation and Wellness: Mastering the Mind-Body Connection. In 2013, Dr. Alvord received the Outstanding Professional Contributions to Psychology award by the Maryland Psychological Association and the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Armenian Behavioral Science Association. In 2009, Dr. Alvord was also honored as the first recipient of the American Psychological Association's Presidential Innovative Practice Citation.

Books by Author

Resilience Builder Program for Children and Adolescents: Enhancing Social Competence and Self-Regulation
Enhancing Social Competence and Self-Regulation

This innovative program details 30 group sessions designed to help youth bounce back from the challenges in their lives by increasing confidence, self-esteem, self-control, and the use of coping strategies.

Relaxation and Wellness Techniques: Mastering the Mind-Body Connection
Mastering the Mind-Body Connection
Based on psychological principles and positive thinking patterns, this audio CD offers adults a variety of techniques for promoting relaxation and wellness.
(Audio CD - 74 minutes)
Relaxation and Self-Regulation Techniques for Children and Teens: Mastering the Mind-Body Connection
Mastering the Mind-Body Connection

This relaxation audio CD offers children, adolescents, and adults a variety of techniques for creating inner calmness, mental clarity, and beneficial physiological changes.

(Audio CD - 64 minutes)
Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens: A Workbook to Break the Nine Thought Habits That Are Holding You Back
A Workbook to Break the Nine Thought Habits That Are Holding You Back

For teens with negative thinking habits, a licensed psychologist and a health journalist offers cognitive restructuring—a simple and effective cognitive behavioral approach to help teens break free from the nine most common negative thinking habits that typically result in feeling sad, worried, angry, and stressed.