Center for Promotion of Child Development through Primary Care

Clinical Research Team

Raymond Sturner, MD
Co-Director
410-353-3016

Dr. Raymond Sturner is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and former Director of the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Training Program at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was previously Director of the Child Development Unit at Duke University. His research interests have been in the application of child development to primary care pediatrics. He has been the principal investigator of some 60 "grant years" of research and demonstration projects including components of CHADIS described here. He also has had training in child development at the Yale Child Study Center.

Barbara Howard, MD
Co-Director
443-618-9104

Dr. Barbara Howard is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician trained by Dr. Brazelton at Harvard, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins and former Co-Director of the fellowship program. She is a very popular national speaker on child behavior problems and is past president of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She was a contributing author for Bright Futures, DSM-PC and Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health and has served on national committees of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Tanya Morrel, PhD
Lead Research Associate
443-722-6700

Dr. Tanya Morrel, PhD is a research associate at the Center who oversees the overall development and piloting of CHADIS. Dr. Morrel has a uniquely appropriate background in both clinical child psychology and systems engineering. Dr. Morrel received her degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia and her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her research experience and publications are in the area of child abuse and domestic violence.

Kathleen Albus, PhD
Research Associate - Zero to Three Age Group
443-255-1776

Dr. Albus is a research associate at the Center who leads the development of CHADIS for the Zero to Three age group and also directs the well baby microanalytic laboratory of the Center. Dr. Albus graduated from Duke University and obtained her doctorate in child clinical psychology from the University of Delaware. Following an internship at the University of Maryland, Dr. Albus was on the faculty in psychology at the University of Delaware. Dr. Albus' research has centered on infant-caregiver interactions in developing attachment relationships and infants in foster care.

Stephanie Porcaro
Lead Research Assistant

Stephanie Porcaro received her Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. She has completed training at the Baltimore School of Massage.

Alina Perez-Smith, PhD
Consulting Research Associate - Clinical Documentation

Dr. Perez-Smith is a consulting research associate at the Center who leads the research and writing of clinical documentation for CHADIS. Dr. Perez-Smith graduated from Brown University and obtained her doctorate in Child Clinical Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. She completed an NIMH T-32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child Mental Health at Brown University and spent several years conducting child social policy research at Abt Associates, Inc. Her research interest is in the unique impact of culture and context on child development and mental health.