Maureen van Stone, Esq., MS

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Kennedy Krieger Institute
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Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: 443-923-4416
Email: vanstone@kennedykrieger.org

Maureen is the associate director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute and the founding director of Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law), a MCDD community-based program. Project HEAL is Maryland’s only comprehensive medical-legal partnership, which provides advocacy and legal services to low- and moderate-income families and children with disabilities who receive services at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Maureen is also a core director for Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education and adjunct faculty at Towson University and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Maureen is a member of Kennedy Krieger Institute’s ethics committee. 

Biographical Sketch: 

Ms. van Stone received her bachelor of art’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA in 1996, her master of science in developmental psychology from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD in 2002, and her Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, CA in 2005. Ms. van Stone began her professional career on the neurobehavioral inpatient unit within the department of behavioral psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute in 1996. She worked as a clinical assistant, behavioral data specialist, clinical specialist I, II, and III, before leaving to pursue her law degree. Ms. van Stone was admitted into Whittier Law School’s Center for Children’s Rights program as a fellow. She worked as a legal intern for Mental Health Advocacy Services in Los Angeles, CA for the summer of 2003, The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law in Chicago, IL, in the summer of 2004, and she worked for the Law Offices of Maureen Graves, a private law firm specializing in special education law during the academic year from 2003 – 2005. Upon graduation from Whittier Law School, Ms. van Stone received a two-year postgraduate legal fellowship from Equal Justice Works in Washington, D.C. Through the postgraduate legal fellowship, Ms. van Stone founded Project HEAL at Kennedy Krieger Institute. In 2009, Ms. van Stone also accepted the position of associate director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, Maryland’s University Center for Excellence in Disabilities, where she engages in statewide advocacy and policy work on behalf of individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. Since 2011, Ms. van Stone has been a frequent guest lecturer at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Towson University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Maryland, In 2013, Ms. van Stone also became a core director for the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education as well as adjunct faculty at Towson University. In 2014, Ms. van Stone joined Kennedy Krieger Institute’s ethics committee. In 2016, Ms. van Stone became adjunct faculty at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Ms. van Stone is a graduate of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2012 and received the following awards from Maryland’s business and legal newspaper, The Daily Record: 2016 Innovator of the Year, 2014 Very Important Professionals award, 2013 Maryland’s Top 100 Women award, 2012 Leadership in Law award, and 2011 Leading Women award.  Ms. van Stone has served on The Jackson Healthcare Charitable Services Awards advisory committee since 2013 and the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) Board of Directors since 2014. Ms. van Stone is currently on the executive committee of COPAA, as the acting secretary, and the chair of the development committee, as well as COPAA's advisory board for the National Council on Disability IDEA Implementation Series.

Research Summary: 

Maureen's most significant contributions to science include research on how advocacy and legal issues affect individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. The information below represents selected publications, presentations, and posters. 

Chapters:

Levy, J. & van Stone, M. (2010). Ethical Foundations and Legal Issues. In S.L. Friedman & D.T. Helms (Eds.), End-of-Life Care for Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Washington DC: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Levy, J. & van Stone, M. (2010). Ethical and Legal Issues. In R.C. Dryden-Edwards & L. Combrick-Graham (Eds.), Developmental Disabilities from Childhood through Adulthood. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

Zisser, A. & van Stone, M. (2015). Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law: An Innovative Approach to Improving Outcomes for Low-Income Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 12, 132-137.

Hagopian, L.P., van Stone, M., & Crockett, J.L. (2003). Establishing Schedule Control over Dropping to the Floor. Behavioral Interventions, 18, 291-297.

Hagopian, L.P., Crockett, J.L., van Stone, M., DeLeon, I.G., & Bowman, L.G. (2000). Effects of noncontingent reinforcement on problem behavior and stimulus engagement: The role of satiation, extinction, and alternative reinforcement. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 33, 433 – 449. 

Reports:

Van Stone, M. (2006). Child Victims of Sexual Abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. A Report from Whittier Law School’s Center for Children’s Rights.

Van Stone, M. (2005). Los Padrinos Juvenile Advocacy Clinic.  A Report from Whittier Law School’s Center for Children’s Rights, 11.

Talks & Symposia:    

Van Stone, M. (2016). Disciplinary Action for Students with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. The Spectrum of Developmental Disabilities XXXVIII Controversies in the Clinic and the Classroom, Baltimore, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2016). Be Buddies, Not Bullies: Issues with School-Aged Bullying. Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Almazan, S., Smith, D., & van Stone, M. (2016). New IDEA Attorney Skills Training: Special Education Law, Procedure, and Strategy. Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Van Stone, M., Finn, M., & Coster, M. (2015). Special lecture: Bullying, Harassment, & Intimidation of Students with Disabilities, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2015). Understanding Your Parental Rights. Workshop presented for the Partners for Success Program, Baltimore City Public School System, Baltimore, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2015). Legal Aspects of School Disciplinary Removals. Symposium presented at the Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference, Salisbury, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2015). Tips for helping families successfully manage the IFSP/IEP process. Association for Successful Parenting International Conference, Memphis, TN.

Van Stone, M. (2015). Tips for professionals on how to help families successfully manage the IFSP/IEP process. Association for Successful Parenting International Conference, Memphis, TN.

Jones, M., van Stone, M., Margolis, L., Paauwe, H., & Vernick, A. (2015). School Matters after Hemispherectomy. Symposium presented at the 2015 International Hemispherectomy Conference and Family Reunion, Linthicum, MD.

Van Stone, M., Owens, L., Walston, B., & Helfand, H. (2015). Special Education Trends, Challenges, and Issues in Identifying and Serving Students with Learning Disabilities among the Non-English Speaking Population. Symposium presented at the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary 2015 Mid-Year Conference, Annapolis, MD.

Capozzalo, G., Corris, J., & van Stone, M. (2015). The Evolving Role of the Community Program Leader. Panel discussion at the 2015 Hospital Charitable Services Awards Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Van Stone, M. (2014). Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation of Students with Disabilities in Maryland Public Schools. Symposium presented at the Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference, Wye Mills, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2014). Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation of Students with Disabilities in Maryland Public Schools. Symposium presented at the Brain Injury Association of Maryland 2014 Annual Conference “Cherish Today … Challenge Tomorrow,” Timonium, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2014). Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation of Students with Disabilities in Maryland Public Schools. Symposium presented at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Adolescent Transition Lecture Series, Baltimore, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2013). Transition Planning 101: Entitlement to Eligibility. Symposium presented at The 2013 Maryland Transition Conference, Bowie, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2013). Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation of Students with Disabilities in Maryland Public Schools. Symposium presented at the Maryland Association of Resources for Families & Youth 33rd Annual Conference, “Collaboration & Integration: How to Play in the Sandbox,” Ocean City, MD.  

Goodman, S., Ferguson, T., van Stone, M., Saylor, P., & Paul, A. (2013). The Ethan Saylor Tragedy – What Can We Learn? Symposium presented at the National Down Syndrome Congress 41st Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

Caley, S., Stevens, H., Manchanda, R., O’Connell, M., van Stone, M. (2013). Achieving Quality and Sustainability for All MLP Programs. Symposium presented at the 2013 Medical-Legal Partnership Summit, Bethesda, MD.

Van Stone, M.  & Smith, C.L. (2011). Training For School Resource Officers on Disability Awareness. Symposium presented at the 2011 TASH Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Van Stone, M. (2011). Restraint and Seclusion: An Overview of Law and Practice. Symposium presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis, Baltimore, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2011). Special Education Case Law Review. Symposium presented at the 11th Annual Autism Conference, Timonium, MD.

Strickland, B., Chapman, L.A., van Stone, M. & Smith, C.L. (2011).  Legal Needs Across the Lifespan: from Children with Special Healthcare Needs to Adults with Chronic Disease. Symposium presented at the 6th Annual National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership Summit, Baltimore, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2010). Transitional Youth: Understanding the Legal Basis for Transition Planning in Maryland. Symposium presented at the 2010 Maryland Rehabilitation Association and Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services Training Conference, Ocean City, MD.

Van Stone, M. & Almazan, S. (2010). Educational Issues for Individuals with Cerebral Palsy. Symposium presented at the Themes in Neurorehabilitation: Cerebral Palsy Across the Lifespan Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2010). Changes to Special Education Polices, Practices, and Procedures in Maryland.  Symposium presented at the Brain Injury Association of Maryland Annual Education Conference, Towson, MD.

Van Stone, M., Botkin, L., Conroy, K., Lawton, E. & Marple, K. (2010). Medical-Legal Partnership 101. Symposium presented at the 2010 Medical-Legal Partnership Summit, Washington, DC.

Van Stone, M. (2009). Changes to Special Education Polices, Practices, and Procedures in Maryland.  Symposium presented at the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Towson, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2008). Discipline for Students in Maryland Public Schools. Symposium presented at the 28th annual conference of the Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth, Ocean City, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2008). Transition Services for Children with Disabilities under IDEA 2004. Symposium presented at the Parents’ Place of Maryland Teleconference Series, Baltimore, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2007). Transition Services for Children with Disabilities. Symposium presented at Navigating the Road from School to Adulthood for All Youth with Disabilities in Maryland Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2007). Methods for Improving Transition Services for Children with Disabilities. Symposium presented at the 27th annual conference of the Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth, Ocean City, MD.

Tipton, H. & van Stone, M. (2007). Making Sense of Medical Records: A Training for Legal Service Providers. Symposium presented at a training hosted by Public Justice Center, Baltimore, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2007). Methods for Improving Transition Services for Children with Disabilities, A Workshop for the Resource Network, A Project of Kennedy Krieger Institute, The Adolescent Transition Lecture Series, Baltimore, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2007). Legal Issues and Adolescents: How Can We Help Adolescents and Their Families Advocate for Themselves? Symposium presented at The Adolescent Learner: Issues and Answers, Education Summit, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2006). Advocacy 101 and New IDEA, A Workshop for the Resource Network, A Project of Kennedy Krieger Institute, The Adolescent Transition Lecture Series, Baltimore, MD.

Tipton, H. & van Stone, M. (2005). Out with the Old and In with the New: Changes in SPED Laws. Symposium presented at the 14th Educational Symposium, A Workshop for School Professionals of Students with Mental Health and Health Issues, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Pediatric and GYN/OB Social Work, Baltimore, MD.

Hagopian, L., Crockett, J., van Stone, M., DeLeon, I., & Bowman, L. (2000). Response allocation between stimulus engagement and problem behavior: a matching account of noncontingent reinforcement effects. Symposium presented at the 26th annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Washington, D.C.

Hagopian, L., Crockett, J. van Stone, M., DeLeon, I., & Bowman, L. (1999). Response allocation between stimulus engagement and problem behavior: a matching account of noncontingent reinforcement effects. Symposium presented at the 2nd annual convention of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis, Baltimore, MD.

Posters:

Lai, Y., van Stone, M., Stone, J., & Smith, C.L. (2016). An Innovative Approach to Interprofessional Training through an MLP. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Medical-Legal Partnership Summit, Indianapolis, IN.    

Van Stone, M., Dauksha, M., Smith, C.L. & Finn, M. (2016). Effective Transition Services to Promote Successful Outcomes in Post-School Placements. Poster presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Columbia, MD.

Schiel, C., van Stone, M. & Smith, C.L. (2015). Medical-Legal Partnerships: The Impact of Educational Advocacy. Poster presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference, Washington, D.C.

Van Stone, M., Delaney, J., Finn, M. & Smith, C.L. (2015). Providing Parents with Limited English Proficiency with Meaningful Participation in their Child’s IEP Development. Poster presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference, Washington, D.C.

Van Stone, M., Woolf, A. & Smith, C.L. (2015). Children with Disabilities: Getting School Systems to Identify and Address Emotional Disabilities through the Child Find Mandate. Poster presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference, Washington, D.C.

Van Stone, M., Dauksha, M., & Smith, C.L. (2015). Effective Transition Services to Promote Successful Outcomes in Post-School Placements. Poster presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference, Washington, D.C.

Van Stone, M., Rothman, M. & Stewart, L. (2015). Extracurricular Programs in Middle and High Schools Promoting Inclusion of Students with Developmental Disabilities: A Systematic Review of Model Programs. Poster presented at the Wendy Klag Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities “Learning about Autism from Studies Big and Small,” Baltimore, MD.

Schiel, C., van Stone, M. & Smith, C.L. (2015). Medical-Legal Partnerships: The Impact of Educational Advocacy. Poster presented at the 10th Anniversary Medical-Legal Partnership Summit, McLean, VA.

Van Stone, M., Smith, C.L. & Sugar, P.S. (2015). Leveraging a Law Firm Partner to Maximize Impact. Poster presented at the 10th Anniversary Medical-Legal Partnership Summit, McLean, VA.

Van Stone, M., Finn, M. & Smith, C.L. (2015). Mediation in Special Education Matters: What does Voluntary Mean? Poster presented at the 10th Anniversary Medical-Legal Partnership Summit, McLean, VA.    

Van Stone, M., Machometa, J. & Smith, C.L. (2015). Positive Outcomes for Advocates Using Principled Negotiation. Poster presented at the 10th Anniversary Medical-Legal Partnership Summit, McLean, VA.

Jackson, W. III, Belcher, H., & van Stone (2014). Project HEAL: Advocacy and Policy for Individuals with Disabilities. Poster presented at the 142nd American Public Health Association Meeting and Exposition, New Orleans, LA.

Van Stone, M., Machometa, J. & Smith, C.L. (2014). Positive Outcomes for Advocates Using Principled Negotiation. Poster presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference, Washington, D.C.

McLaughlin, K., van Stone, M. & Smith, C.L. (2014). Improving Mental Health for Children by Incorporating Medical Legal Partnerships (MLP) in Schools. Poster presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference, Washington, D.C.

Van Stone, M., Finn, M. & Smith, C.L. (2014). Mediation in Special Education Matters: What does Voluntary Mean? Poster presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference, Washington, D.C.

Van Stone, M., Rothman, M. & Stewart, L. (2014). Extracurricular Programs in Middle and High Schools Promoting Inclusion of Students with Developmental Disabilities: A Systematic Review of Model Programs. Poster presented at the 2014 Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference, Washington, D.C.

Van Stone, M., McDermott, S.M., & Smith, C.L. (2014). Parental Perception of the Transition Process and the Role of Non-School-Affiliated Professionals. Poster presented at the 8th Annual Kennedy Krieger Institute Neuropsychology Research Forum, Baltimore, MD.

McLaughlin, K., van Stone, M., & Smith, C. (2014). Improving Mental Health for Children by Incorporating MLPs in Schools. Poster presented at the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership Summit, Seattle, WA.

Van Stone, M., McDermott, S.M., & Smith, C.L. (2014). Parental Perception of the Transition Process and the Role of Non-School-Affiliated Professionals. Poster presented at Association for Behavior Analysis 40th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Van Stone, M., McDermott, S.M., & Smith, C.L. (2013). Parental Perception of the Transition Process and the Role of Non-School-Affiliated Professionals. Poster presented at the Maryland Association of Applied Behavior Analysis Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Van Stone, M., McDermott, S.M., & Smith, C.L. (2013). Parental Perception of the Transition Process and the Role of Non-School-Affiliated Professionals. Poster presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Annual Meeting and Conference, Washington, D.C.

Van Stone, M., Naugle, P., & McIntyre, H. (2012). Analyzing the Legal and Practical Implications of Appropriate Transition Planning for Children with Autism Spectrum Diagnosis. Poster presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Annual Meeting and Conference, Washington, D.C.

Van Stone, M., Jensby, E., & Majewski, K. (2012). An Innovative Approach to Addressing the Medical and Legal Needs of Individuals with Disabilities. Poster presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Annual Meeting and Conference, Washington, D.C.

Hardesty, S., Zablotsky, B., & van Stone, M. (2012). Facing the Facts: Addressing Problems with Anti-Bullying Policies and Surveillance Systems in Maryland Schools. Poster presented at the Association on University Centers on Disabilities Annual Meeting and Conference, Washington, D.C.

Van Stone, M. & Cimino, S. (2011). Legal Issues Affecting Military Families Raising Children with Disabilities. Poster presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Annual Conference, Crystal City, VA.

Van Stone, M. (2011). An Interdisciplinary Approach to Improving Outcomes for Low-Income Children with Disabilities.  Poster presented at the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, St. Paul, MN.

Van Stone, M., Ulbricht, J., & Smith, C.L. (2011). Training for School Resource Officers on Disability Awareness.  Poster presented at the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, St. Paul, MN.

Van Stone, M. (2011). An Interdisciplinary Approach to Improving Outcomes for Low-Income Children with Disabilities.  Poster presented at the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership Summit, Baltimore, MD.

Van Stone, M. (2010). An Interdisciplinary Approach to Improving Outcomes for Low-Income Children with Disabilities.  Poster presented at the Association on University Centers on Disabilities Annual Meeting and Conference, Washington, D.C.

Van Stone, M., Ulbricht, J., & Smith, C.L. (2010). Training for School Resource Officers on Disability Awareness.  Poster presented at the Association on University Centers on Disabilities Annual Meeting and Conference, Washington, D.C.

Long, E., Kahng, S., Kurtz, P., van Stone, M., Lieblein, T., & Paclawskyj, T. (2002). Evaluation of the ‘divided attention’ condition during functional analysis of severe problem behavior.  Poster presented at the 28th annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Toronto, Canada.

Trosclair, N., Roane, H., Fisher, W., Piazza, C., van Stone, M., & Barclay, B. (2002). Treatment of problem behavior associated with transitions. Poster presented at the 28th annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Toronto, Canada.

Arnold, K., DeLeon, I., Uy, M., Rodriquez-Catter, V., & van Stone, M. (2001). Covariation between bizarre speech as a function of the content of social attention. Poster presented at the 4th annual convention of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis, Baltimore, MD.

Van Stone, M., Vu, C., Condon, L., & Kahng, S. (2001). An evaluation of functional communication training as a treatment for self-injurious behavior during longer observational periods. Poster presented at the 27th annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, New Orleans, LA.

Van Stone, M., Keevican, A., Hagopian, L., & Crockett, J. (2000). Treating dropping to the floor maintained by automatic reinforcement for an adolescent with mental retardation. Poster presented at the 26th annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Washington, D.C.

Rush, K., Hagopian, L., Perry, A., & van Stone, M. (1999). The eliciting effects of reinforcer removal in a functional analysis tangible condition. Poster presented at the 25th annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Chicago, IL.

Van Stone, M., DeLeon, I., Lindauer, S. & Fisher, W. (1999). Decreasing signs of negative affect and correlated self-injury in an individual with mental retardation and mood disturbances. Poster presented at the 25th annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Chicago, IL.

Van Stone, M., Keevican, A., Hagopian, L., & Crockett, J. (1999). Treating dropping to the floor maintained by automatic reinforcement for an adolescent with mental retardation. Poster presented at the 2nd annual convention of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis, Baltimore, MD.

Van Stone, M., DeLeon, I., Lindauer, S., & Fisher, W. (1998). Decreasing signs of negative affect and correlated self-injury in an individual with mental retardation and mood disturbances. Poster presented at the 1st annual convention of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis, Baltimore, MD.

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