Behavioral Psychology Department

Director:

Michael F. Cataldo, PhD

Administrative Contact:

Christina Owens
Executive Assistant
Phone: (443) 923-2850

Contact:

To make a referral or request an initial evaluation:
Contact our Care Management Office
Toll-Free Referral: (888) 554-2080
Local Referral: (443) 923-9400

Goal:

Our goal is to help children attain and sustain adaptive, healthy, positive behaviors using the principles of applied behavior analysis. We provide assessment and treatment on an outpatient basis at our facilities at Broadway and Triad, at schools and in-home, as well as consultation services to hospitals and other community-based programs. Our inpatient programs, the NeuroBehavioral Unit and Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program serve as models of treatment in a medical setting. We are committed to providing the best possible outcomes for children, families, their support systems and their communities through assessment, treatment, parent training, educational and consultative services.

Inpatient Programs:

The Neurobehavioral Unit
The NeuroBehavioral Unit is a 16-bed inpatient program devoted to the assessment and treatment of individuals with severe destructive behaviors, including self-injury, aggression, property destruction, pica, non-compliance and tantrums.

The Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program
The Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program, in conjunction with gastroenterology, provides treatment for children with diverse feeding problems, such as food refusal, vomiting, failure to thrive, G-tube dependence and obesity.

Outpatient Programs:

Neurobehavioral Outpatient Clinic
The Neurobehavioral Unit Outpatient Clinic provides treatment for individuals with severe destructive behaviors who do not require hospitalization. Services may also be provided to patients who are to be admitted to the NBU, or as follow-up after discharge. Consultation services are provided to school and residential programs, including assessment, treatment recommendations and staff training.

Day Feeding Program
The Day Feeding Program is designed for children with Pediatric Feeding Disorders who do not require round-the-clock medical supervision.

Behavioral Psychology Outpatient Programs (Triad)
Includes the following three clinics:

  • Behavior Management Clinic – The Behavior Management Clinic provides services to school-age children with behaviors such as disruption, non-compliance, aggression, tantrums, poor impulse control, sleep problems, toileting difficulties and social skills deficits.
  • Pediatric Developmental Disorders Clinic – The Developmental Disabilities Clinic provides services to patients identified as having developmental disorders in addition to behavioral problems such as self-injury (mild), physical aggression, disruptive behaviors, elopement, property destruction, self-care deficits and problems associated with mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Child and Family Therapy Clinic – The Child and Family Therapy Clinic provides services to families of children exhibiting a wide range of behavioral problems. The treatment approach emphasizes working with the entire family and community support systems and may include parent training in behavior and stress management, communication training, education in child development and group therapy.

Pediatric Psychology Clinic and Consultation Service
The Pediatric Psychology Clinic and Consultation Service provides behavior analysis and therapy to teach children skills for cooperating and participating at developmentally appropriate levels with medical care. The PPCS also works with children's families and caregivers to ensure adherence to health care regimens. Additionally, consultative services are provided to other medical and allied health professionals.

Professional Training:

The Department of Behavioral Psychology participates in the Kennedy Krieger/Johns Hopkins Maternal and Child Health Bureau/LEND training program.

The Department of Behavioral Psychology provides training in a one-year pre-doctoral internship program in professional psychology (APA accredited) and post-doctoral fellowship program in pediatric psychology.

In cooperation with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), the Department of Behavioral Psychology has developed a graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis and serves as the site for student practicum and intervention courses.

The Department of Behavioral Psychology provides supervised training for practicum and internship students for a number of colleges and universities in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

Alumni:

Download Alumni Listing: 1975 - 2013 and Alumni Survey
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Publications:

Download Behavioral Psychology Publications Listed Alphabetically and Behavioral Psychology Publications Listed by Year
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Research:

For information on current research projects in the Department of Behavioral Psychology, please visit the Behavior and Feeding Disorders research area of this site.

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