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Alvin V. Baird Attention and Learning Disabilities Center

Faculty and Staff

PHOTO: Trevor Stokes
  • Dr. Trevor Stokes
  • Alvin V. Baird Centennial Chair in Psychology
  • Director, Alvin V. Baird Attention and Learning Disabilities Center
  • Campbell Building 2241
  • 540-568-8829
    stokestf@jmu.edu

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
  • Alvin V., Jr. and Nancy C. Baird Professor
  • Campbell Building 2240
  • 540-568-4301
    jakobskv@jmu.edu

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.

Emily Edgington

Emily Edgington

Applied Behavior Analysis- Parent Child Interaction Therapy (ABA-PCIT) Clinic Coordinator
Campbell Building 2243
BairdCenter@jmu.edu
540-568-7931

Emily Edgington graduated with her B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Florida. She has been an RBT for two years working with children between 2-15 years-old. Emily's research interests include Parent Child Interaction Therapy and behavioral interventions for addictions. She is pursuing her Masters in Applied Behavior analysis.

Valencia Pankey

Valencia Pankey

Inter-Professional Autism Clinic (IPAC) Coordinator
Campbell Building 2243
BairdCenter@jmu.edu
540-568-7931

Valencia Pankey is a Psychological Sciences Master’s Student with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She graduated from James Madison University with her B.S. in 2019 with a psychology major, a concentration in Behavior Analysis, and minors in Communication Science and Disorders and Family Studies. She is working towards becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst Her interest are in early-intervention programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Emily Pogue

Graduate Assistant

Emily Pogue is a doctoral student in the Combined-Integrated Clinical and School Psychology program at JMU. She holds a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. She worked in Vermont as a Service Coordinator and Family Support Specialist for a human services agency before returning to obtain her doctoral degree. Her clinical and research interests include children with behavioral needs, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, child welfare/foster care, and outcomes of family-based interventions.

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Ava Sardoni

Graduate Assistant

Ava Sardoni is a graduate student in the Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program in Clinical and School Psychology at JMU. She received her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. She worked for Trellis Services in Maryland as an in-home ABA instructor while completing her Master's degree. She also completed an internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute's Neurobehavioral Unit, where she provided services for children with behavioral disorders and developmental disabilities. Her research interests include Applied Behavior Analysis and early interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Emery Brautigan

Emery Brautigan

Graduate Assistant

EJ is a first year in the Combined-Integrated Clinical and School Psychology Doctoral program at James Madison University. He received his B.A. in Psychology at Kenyon College and his M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services at the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical and research interests include Applied Behavior Analysis and early intervention for children with Autism and other neurodevelopment disorders.

Christina Beaton

Christina Beaton

Graduate Assistant

Christina Beaton is a doctoral student in the Combined-Integrated Clinical and School Psychology program at JMU. She received her M.S. in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University. She worked as a middle school counselor and yoga instructor in southwestern Virginia before returning to school to obtain her doctorate. Her clinical interests include therapeutic interventions with children, adolescents, and families, social-emotional learning and emotional well-being in schools, and mindful movement interventions.

Megan Barnes

Megan Barnes

Graduate Assistant

Megan Barnes is a Psychological Sciences graduate student in the Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration. She received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biology from James Madison University in 2019. She is working towards her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her research interest include early intervention for children on the Autism Spectrum and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.