Michelle Alto, PhD
Dr. Michelle Alto is a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Baker Center working within the Quality Care Initiative and the Center for Effective Therapy. Dr. Alto received her B.A. in Psychology from Middlebury College and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Alto has experience working with youth and families in home, school, outpatient, and pediatric settings. She has training in a variety of evidence-based models, including the Modular Approach to Treatment for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), the Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA), Motivational Interviewing (MI), the Incredible Years Parenting Program, Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS), Families Moving Forward (FMF), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). As part of The Baker Center’s Quality Care Initiative, Dr. Alto also supports community mental health agencies in their implementation of MATCH-ADTC.
Dr. Alto’s program of research focuses on two areas: the first centers on the impact of trauma and maltreatment on the development of relationships and mental health throughout childhood and adolescence; the second examines how to increase access to evidence-based mental health care for underserved populations domestically and internationally.