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Alyssa Ward, PhD, LCP

Alyssa Ward, PhD, LCP

Assistant professor

Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Neonatal Continuing Care Program

Children's Pavilion

Appointments: (804) 828-CHOR (2467)

Board Certifications

Licensed Clinical Psychologist


University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Medical Center


University of Hawaii-Manoa
University of California Los Angeles


BA: The George Washington University
MS: Virginia Commonwealth University
PhD: Virginia Commonwealth University

Areas of Interest

Cognitive behavioral therapy for children, adolescents and families
Adaptation to chronic pediatric health conditions
Evidence-Based Practice implementation
Teaching/training in Evidence-Based Practices (EBP)

Research Interests

Dissemination and implementation of EBPs for childhood disorders
Feedback systems in mental health intervention for youth and families
Modular CBT design for youth with co-morbid physical and mental health conditions
Integrity measurement in EBP implementation


Dr. Ward joined the VCU faculty in 2016 to support youth and families receiving care from the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition as well as the Neonatal Continuing Care Program. Dr. Ward engages in implementation research related to EBP in pediatric and community settings. She is an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Ward is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia and California. She graduated with her PhD from VCU in 2007. While at VCU, she received the Deborah Braffman Schroeder Award for Research, and both the Outstanding Student in Clinical Psychology and Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Awards. In 2007, she completed her pre-doctoral internship in pediatric psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill and received the Martin S. Wallach Award for Clinical Psychology Intern of the Year. Dr. Ward completed post-doctoral study at UH and UCLA as project co-director and clinical supervisor for a MacArthur Foundation-funded research network designed to study the dissemination of evidence-based child therapies in public health settings. Dr. Ward previously served as the Training Director for PracticeWise, LLC and has trained over 1000 therapists nation-wide in the Managing and Adapting Practice system for evidence-based care. She also served as Assistant Vice President of Clinical Training & Evidence Based Practice (EBP) at Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services, the largest child-serving community mental health agency in Los Angeles County.

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