Carrie Alvarado, PhD, OTR

Dr. Carrie Alvarado is a researcher and clinical Occupational Therapist who received her undergraduate education at Texas Woman’s University in Denton and completed her PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis on Mental Health and Developmental Disorders through Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Alvarado has 16 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist and is certified as an ICDL DIR®Floortime™ Expert Provider and Training Leader. Dr. Alvarado has worked in inpatient, pediatric outpatient and home-based early intervention settings and currently serves on a diagnostic team at Autism Community Network in San Antonio, TX. Additionally, Dr. Alvarado developed and manages the DIRFloortime Hands-On Family Empowerment course at Autism Community Network. Dr. Alvarado’s primary research interests are in Sensoriaffective Integration and attachment, clinical use of reflective video feedback, and in optimizing parent-mediated interventions. She completed her dissertation on establishing preliminary validity of a new clinical assessment and coaching tool, geared toward promoting enhanced use of sensoriaffective signaling between caregivers and their children. Dr. Alvarado has served as a guest lecturer for the University of Tennessee and the University of Texas’ Health Science Centers and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Woman’s University Foundation. She enjoys connecting with colleagues across disciplines and sharing her passion for this work at both national and international conferences.