Brianna Herold, MS, CRC

Research Interventionist


Brianna Herold conducts clinical assessments with children and their families at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development. She is a member of the research team exploring the effects of cord blood stem cell therapy aimed at improving future possible treatments and outcomes for children with autism.

Brianna graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Education. In addition to her undergraduate studies at UT Austin, she served as a research assistant in the psychology department within two labs: evolutionary psychology and self-regulation. Brianna also served on the executive board for the Autism Speaks U chapter at UT Austin. During her undergraduate education, she trained and worked as an Applied Behavioral Analysis therapist for both verbal and nonverbal children with autism implementing programs and treatment for behavioral interventions.

Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Brianna attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Graduating in 2015 from the School of Medicine with a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology, Brianna completed the dual track program specializing in both developmental and psychiatric disorders. During her graduate studies at UNC, she worked on research with the TEACCH Autism Program completing her master’s thesis on the effects of anxiety disorders on life outcomes of adults with ASD. With a life-long interest in art, Brianna also volunteered as an art teacher at Duke Children’s Hospital within the Arts for Life program. During her practicum and internship, she served as both a clinical intern at Duke Pain Clinic with patients managing chronic pain and co-occurring disorders and as a clinical intern at B&D Behavioral Health Services with suboxone/substance abuse treatment and intensive in-home therapy.

Brianna plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology in the future focusing on treatment and expression of pain in both nonverbal and verbal individuals with autism.