James Madison University

Faculty and Staff

PHOTO: Trevor Stokes

Dr. Trevor Stokes
stokestf@jmu.edu
Alvin V. Baird Centennial Chair in Psychology
Director, Alvin V. Baird Attention and Learning Disabilities Center
Blue Ridge Hall 225
540-568-8829

Dr. Trevor Stokes is the Alvin V. Baird Centennial Chair in Psychology and Professor of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University. He is also Director of JMU’s Alvin V. Baird Attention and Learning Disabilities Center in the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services. He was educated at the University of Western Australia and the University of Kansas. Before coming to JMU, he held academic appointments at the University of Manitoba, West Virginia University and the University of South Florida. He has diverse research, practice and teaching experience with clinical and school psychology and applied behavior analysis.

PHOTO: Krisztina Jakobsen

Dr. Krisztina Jakobsen
jakobskv@jmu.edu 
Alvin V., Jr. and Nancy C. Baird Professor    
Blue Ridge Hall 226
540-568-4301

Dr. Krisztina Jakobsen is the Alvin V. and Nancy C. Baird Professor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at James Madison University.  She received her B.S. in Psychology at Virginia Tech and her Ph.D. in Lifespan Human Development at the University of Georgia.  Her research interests include cognitive development in infants and children and evidence-based teaching practices.

PHOTO: Allison Brandmark

Allison Brandmark
brandmac@dukes.jmu.edu
Programs Coordinator
Blue Ridge Hall 227
540-568-7931

Allison Brandmark is an undergraduate student at James Madison University majoring in psychology with a concentration in behavior analysis. After graduation she hopes to attend graduate school and eventually obtain her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her main interests include working with children on the Autism Spectrum and with other intellectual disabilities, as well as educational research.
Nino Chkhaidze

Nino Chkhaidze
chkhainx@dukes.jmu.edu
Applied Behavior Analysis—Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (ABA-PCIT) Clinic Coordinator
Blue Ridge Hall 219
540-568-7931

Nino Chkhaidze is a student in Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program of Clinical and School Psychology at JMU. She obtained her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in Tbilisi State University, Georgia. Her professional interests include depression, perfectionism and self-esteem, and parent-child interaction.
Leslie Brittain

Leslie Brittain
brittale@dukes.jmu.edu
Inter-Professional Autism Clinic (IPAC) Coordinator
Blue Ridge Hall 227
540-568-7931

Leslie Brittain is a second year graduate student in the Applied Behavior Analysis track of the Psychological Sciences master’s program at JMU.  She received her undergraduate degree in both psychology and special education from JMU.  She is working towards obtaining her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst following the completion of the Psychological Sciences program.  Her main interests are in working with children on the Autism Spectrum and parent/therapist training.

Kirstin Drucker

Kirstin Drucker
druckeka@dukes.jmu.edu
Graduate Assistant
Blue Ridge Hall 219

Kirstin Drucker is a doctoral student in the Combined-Integrated Clinical and School Psychology program at JMU. She has her M.S. and Ed.S. in School Psychology from Radford University. She worked as a school psychologist in Henrico County Public Schools before returning to obtain her doctorate degree. Her research interests include children with behavioral needs, bridging the gap between families and schools to best support children with special needs, and mental health concerns in younger children.

Melissa Grant

Melissa Grant 
grantmr@dukes.jmu.edu
Graduate Assistant

Melissa Grant is a first year, Psychological Sciences student in the Behavior Analysis Concentration. She received her B.S. from James Madison University. Her research interests include children on the Autism Spectrum and Oppositional Defiant Disorder, as well as Parent Child Interaction Therapy.  She is working towards her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. 

Carly Pine

Carly Pine
pineca@dukes.jmu.edu
Graduate Assistant
Blue Ridge Hall 219

Carly Pine is a doctoral student in the Combined-Integrated Clinical/School Psychology program at JMU. She holds a M.Ed in Educational Psychology and her CAS in School Psychology. Prior to completing her NYS certification as a School Psychologist, Carly was an early childhood educator and also spent time working with children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental and behavioral disabilities. Her clinical and research interests include generalized behavioral change, interprofessional approaches to early intervention, parent child interaction therapy, and school based consultation and intervention. 

Lexi Anderson

Lexi Anderson
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lexi Anderson is a senior undergraduate psychology major with a concentration in behavior analysis and a minor in exceptional education. After graduating from James Madison University, she plans to attend graduate school to earn her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and eventually become a BCBA. Her research interests include early intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and integrating ABA principles into the classroom. 

Emory Bruno

Emory Bruno
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Emory Bruno is an undergraduate student at James Madison University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Statistics.  She aspires to be a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst. Her main areas of interest involve therapeutic horse backing riding (specifically with Equi-Kids), parent-child therapy for children with mental disorders, and general research in the field of behavior psychology. 
Claire Gallagher

Claire Gallagher
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Claire Gallagher is a senior at James Madison University studying undergraduate Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis and a minor in Criminal Justice. Her research interests include Parent and Teacher Child Interaction Therapy in clinical school, and law enforcement environments and the evaluation of human-technology interactions within the flight deck environment.  Her future plans include attending graduate school to pursue a Master's Degree and obtaining her B.C.B.A. certification. 
Alexa Ina

Alexa Ina
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alexa Ina is a senior here at James Madison University. She is an undergraduate psychology major with a focus in Behavior Analysis (ABA). She has a minor in communications studies. She hopes to attend grad school this upcoming year. She is very passionate about the field of ABA and one day hopes to become a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA).  
Emily  Knox

Emily Knox
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Emily Knox is a junior undergraduate psychology major with a minor in special education (non-teaching) at JMU. She is interested in pursuing Applied Behavior Analysis in graduate school post-graduation. Her research interests include early intervention with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and emotion regulation in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Rebecca Seymour 
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Rebecca Seymour is a senior Psychology major. Her future plans are to continue her education and earn her Master’s degree. She is passionate about working with young children and their families, and hopes to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in the future.