The Catholic University of America

Brendan A. Rich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology              

MA Program Director


331 O'Boyle Hall      202-319-5823

Curriculum Vitae

Lab: Child Cognition, Affect, and Behavior 


My interests focus on mood disorders in childhood and adolescence, in particular anxiety disorders, autism, and ADHD. My current research explores the effectiveness of a group therapy program for children with anxiety, ADHD, and autism.

My research seeks to determine the efficacy of a group therapy program for children with deficits in social skills and self-regulation. In collaboration with Mary Alvord, PhD, this project investigates the effectiveness of a resilience-based group therapy program in improving social competence and emotional and behavioral self-regulation in children. Most of these youth have diagnosed anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or Autism Spectrum Disorders. This study explores the efficacy of this group therapy based on parent, teacher, and child report using measures of internalizing and externalizing symptomatology, emotional arousal and control, and family functioning. In addition, therapeutic outcome is assessed using measures of cognitive and psychophysiological functioning.  We are exploring if adding an online-based face processing intervention further improves social functioning in these youth. Finally, we have expanded this program to schools in Washington DC and Silver Spring, MD to determine if this group therapy is effective in the school setting, with youth who are primarily ethnic minorities and from disadvantaged communities. 


Education & Training

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Mood and Anxiety Program, NIMH, Bethesda, MD (2008)

Internship: Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC (2003)

Ph.D.: Clinical Child Psychology: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2003)

M.S.: Clinical Psychology: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2000)

B.A.: Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY (1993)


Recent Honors, Awards, & Grants

Society for Research in Child Development: Research Grant (2016) 

Dr. Philip M. Kayal Fund for Arab American Research: Research Grant (2016) 

Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health: Research Grant (2015)

Organization for Autism Research: Research Grant (2014)

State Stats Organization: Top 20 Psychology Professors in Maryland (2013)

CUA Young Faculty Award for Achievement in Research (2012)

CUA Grant-in-Aid Award (2010)

CUA Grant-in-Aid Award (2009)

NIMH K22 Grant (2007)

NIMH Pediatric Bipolar Disorder Conference: Excellence in Research Award (2007)

NIMH Kety Memorial Fellowship Training Award for Excellence in Clinical Research (2005)

Society of Biological Psychiatry: Eli Lilly Fellowship Award (2005)

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: Career Development Award (2005)

American College of Neuropsychopharmacology: Career Development Award (2005)

NIH: Fellows Award for Research Excellence (2004)

American Psychological Association: Scientific Directorate Dissertation Research Award (2002)

American Association for Higher Education: Cross Future Leaders Award (2001)

University of Florida: Harrower Award for Excellence in Psychodiagnostic Assessment (2001)

University of Florida: Shafer Award for Excellence in Psychotherapeutic Counseling (2001)



Myerberg, L., Rich, B. A., Berghorst, L., & Alvord, M.A. (in press). Effectiveness of a group therapy program for children with psychosocial deficits: Benefits of concurrent participation in organized activities. Child and Family Behavior Therapy.

Habayeb, S., Rich, B. A., & Alvord, M.A. (2017). Targeting heterogeneity and comorbidity in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder through the Resilience Builder group therapy program.  Child and Youth Care Forum, 46, 539-557.

Zarger, M., & Rich, B. A. (2016). Predictors of treatment utilization among adolescents with social anxiety disorder. Children and Youth Services Review, 71, 191-198.

Alvord, M. A., Rich, B. A., & Berghorst, L.  (2016).  Resilience  interventions.  In J.C. Norcross, G.R. VandenBos & D.K. Freedheim (Eds.).  American Psychological Association Handbook of Clinical Psychology: Vol. 4. Psychopathology and Health (pp. 505-519).  Washington, DC: APA Books.

Watson, C., Rich, B. A., Sanchez, L., O’Brien, K., & Alvord, M. K. (2014).  Preliminary study of resilience-based group therapy for improving the functioning of anxious children.  Child and Youth Care Forum. 

Aduen, P., Rich, B. A., Sanchez, L., O’Brien, K., & Alvord, M. K. (2014).  Resilience Builder Program therapy addresses core social deficits in youth with high functioning autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Psychological Abnormalities in Children. 

Alvord, M. A, Rich, B. A., & Berghorst, L.  (2014).  Developing social competence through a resilience model.  In S. Prince-Embury (Ed.). Resilience Enhancement for Children; Diverse Interventions for Diverse Populations.  New York: Springer. 

Rich, B. A., Hensler, M. A., Rosen, H. R., Watson, C., Schmidt, J., Sanchez, L., O’Brien, K., & Alvord, M. K. (2014).  Attrition from therapy effectiveness research among youth In a clinical service setting.  Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 

Rich, B. A., & Rosen, H. R. (2013).  Face emotion processing deficits in pediatric bipolar disorder and other childhood psychopathologies.  In N.B. Moore (Ed.), Bipolar Disorder: Symptoms, Management and Risk Factors (pp. 33-66). New York: NOVA Publishers. 

Rich, B. A., & Rosen, H. R. (2013).  Family dysfunction in pediatric bipolar disorder and associated family-based interventions.  In E. Trejos-Castillo (Ed.),  Youth: Practices, Perspectives and Challenges (pp. 245-262). New York: NOVA Publishers. 

Alvord, M. K., & Rich, B. A. (2012).  Resilience Builder Program:  Practice and research in a private clinical setting.  Independent Practitioner, 32, 18-20. 



Psychology and the Media (PSY 261)

Abnormal Child Psychology (PSY 382)

Developmental Psychopathology (PSY 735)

Clinical Assessment of Children and Adolescents (PSY 807)

Psychotherapy with Children: Conceptual Approaches and Practical Techniques (PSY 810)

Practicum in Individual Psychotherapy  (PSY 907)

Practicum in Individual Psychotherapy  (PSY 908)