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John T. Beetar, Ph.D., ABPP
Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: (443) 923-7902
Dr. Beetar is the director of psychological services for school programs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is also an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He assumed his current position in 2007, and oversees the services provided by a team of licensed psychologists and certified school psychologists throughout Kennedy Krieger Schools. Dr. Beetar is developing and expanding the clinical and research activities at the lower, middle and high schools, as well as at the partnership and specialized school programs. Altogether, Kennedy Krieger Schools provides special education services for approximately 650 students. Dr. Beetar has also initiated a training program for school psychologists at both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral levels of preparation.
Dr. Beetar’s professional life dates to the 1970s when he began a 10-year French teaching career in independent schools. Given an interest in psychology, he obtained a graduate degree in educational psychology and school psychology certification, and worked in a variety of capacities as a school psychologist. He then received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Beetar completed his internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University, where the focus of his training was with children and adolescents. Prior to accepting his present position, he was a pediatric neuropsychologist, and clinic and training director at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH. Dr. Beetar is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is also a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist in Maryland.
Dr. Beetar's research includes outcome data as they relate to neuropsychological evaluations and behavioral interventions. He collaborates with other researchers of Kennedy Krieger Schools to examine current methods of crisis management with children and adolescents. His interests also involve investigating predictor variables related to student achievement.