Nichols School is thrilled to announce Dr. Alison Aubrecht Papadakis '93 as our 2019 Commencement speaker. Dr. Papadakis currently serves as an Associate Teaching Professor and the Director of Clinical Psychological Studies in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Papadakis has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, with a particular focus on adolescents and young adults with depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Dr. Papadakis has published and presented her research extensively to professional audiences. Her research focuses on effective coping strategies that adolescents and young adults can use to cope with stress and combat depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and self-injury, as well as how peers can serve as resources for one another when they experience stress. She is also recognized as a leader in teaching innovation and oversees the curriculum and faculty in clinical and applied psychology at Hopkins.
While at Nichols, Dr. Papadakis was a four-year member of Green Key and the math team, sang in the chorus and in the Mixed Octet and Triple Trio groups, and earned two Varsity letters in field hockey. She went on to attend Princeton, earning her AB in Psychology in 1997. While at Princeton, she was a member of the sailing team and was named an Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association Top Sailor after finishing 4th in the Women's National Championship. She went on to earn an MA and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, both from Duke University. Dr. Papadakis is also a former Assistant and Associate Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. She is a nationally recognized speaker and winner of numerous awards, including the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Advising Award. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.