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Courtney Ferrell Aklin, Ph.D.

Program Director 


Dr. Ferrell Aklin joined the NINDS in 2009 as a Program Director within the Office of Special Programs in Diversity (OSPD). Dr. Ferrell Aklin earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and received a joint postdoctoral fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). During her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Ferrell Aklin participated in projects involving the intersection of public policy and research of children with autism at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Currently, Dr. Ferrell Aklin manages a portfolio of cooperative agreements and research programs in OSPD, including the Specialized Neuroscience Research Programs and Collaborative Neurological Sciences Award. In addition, she is involved with several diversity outreach initiatives at national scientific conferences. Dr. Ferrell engages in research and clinical practice focused on childhood anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD and disruptive behavioral disorders.

Last Modified November 10, 2011