Jennifer Zarcone, Ph.D., BCBA

Dr. Jennifer Zarcone
Jennifer Zarcone
Senior Behavior Analyst, Neurobehavioral Unit (NBU)

Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: (443) 923-2925

Jennifer Zarcone is a Senior Behavior Analyst on the Neurobehavioral Unit in Behavioral Psychology and an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins. She is a supervising clinician and researcher for individuals with disabilities who have severe problem behavior.

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Zarcone obtained her doctoral degree from the Behavior Analysis program at the University of Florida, Department of Psychology in 1993. She is a board certified behavior analyst and a licensed psychologist. She has served in leadership positions on the Board of Directors for the Association for Positive Behavior Support. For the Association of Behavior Analysis (ABAI) she serves on the Practice Board and as a conference coordinator for the annual Autism Conference. She completed a three year term as an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and serves on the board of editors for the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the International Journal of Developmental Disabilities. She is currently on the board of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis. Her areas of expertise are in autism, severe behavior disorders, and medication clinical trials.

Research Summary:

Dr. Zarcone has obtained NIH grant funding in the areas of functional analysis and clinical trials, as well as evaluating neuroanatomical functioning associated with hyperphagia in people with Prader-Willi syndrome. She has served as a co-investigator on several multi-center clinical trials in autism research at the University of Rochester Medical Center and at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and is currently collaborating with colleagues at Kennedy Krieger on grants related to severe self-injury. She is interested in further development of research in the effects of pharmacological and behavioral interventions in the treatment of severe behavior disorders as well as repetitive behavior disorders in individuals with autism.


Recent Publications:

Moscowitz, L., Mulder, E., Walsh, C. E., Magito-McLaughlin, D., Zarcone, J., Hajcak Proudfit, G., Carr, E. G. (2013). A multimethod assessment of anxiety and problem behavior in children with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability. American Journal Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 118, 419-434.

Holsen, L. M., Savage, C. R., Martin, L. E., Bruce, A. S., Lepping, R. J., Ko, E., Brooks, W. M., Butler, M. G., Zarcone, J. R., Goldstein, J. M. (2012). Importance of reward and prefrontal inhibitory circulation in hunger and satiety: Prader-Willi Syndrome versus simple obesity. International Journal of Obesity (London), 36, 638-647. 

Bruce, A. S., Holsen, L. M., Chambers, R. J., Martin, L. E., Brooks, W. M., Zarcone, J. R., Butler, M. G., Savage, C. R. (2010). Obese children show hyperactivation to food pictures in brain networks linked to motivation, reward and cognitive control. International Journal of Obesity, 34, 1494-1500.

Martin, L. E., Holsen, L. M., Chambers,  R. J., Bruce, A. S., Brooks, W. M., Zarcone, J. R., Butler, M.G., Savage, C. L. (2010). Neural mechanisms associated with food motivation in obese and healthy weight adults. Obesity, 18, 254-260.

Napolitano, D., Smith, T., Zarcone, J., Goodkin, K., McAdam, D.  (2010). Increasing response diversity in children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 43, 265-271.

Napolitano, D., Zarcone, J., Wang, H., Nielsen, S., Caliendo, J. M. (2010). Perceptions of body image by persons with Prader-Willi syndrome and their parents. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities Research, 115, 43-53.

Holsen, L., Zarcone, J., Chambers, R., Butler, M.G., Bittel, D., Brooks, W., Thompson, T., Savage, C. R. (2009). Genetic subtype differences in neural circuitry of food motivation in Prader-Willi syndrome. International Journal of Obesity, 33, 273-283.

Zarcone, J. R., Napolitano, D., Valdovinos, M. G. (2008). Measurement of problem behaviour during medication evaluations. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities Research, 52, 1015-1028.

Dunlap, G., Carr, E. G., Horner, R. H., Zarcone, J.R., Schwartz, I. (2008). Positive behavior support and applied behavior analysis: A familial alliance. Behavior Modification, 32, 682-698.