Pediatric Neuropsychology Residency Program Core Training Faculty

E. Mark Mahone, PhD, ABPP
Director, Department of Neuropsychology

Co-Director, Center for Innovation and Leadership
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Co-Director, Center for Innovation and Leadershipin Special Education
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Mahone@kennedykrieger.org

Dr. Mahone is director of neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and is on the core faculty in psychology for the Institute’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities training program (LEND; 6T73MC0019) and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. He was director of neuropsychology training at Kennedy Krieger from 1996 until 2009. A fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Dr. Mahone is the president-elect of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) and has been a member of the AACN board of directors since 2006. He was also on the board of directors of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) from 2007 until 2011. Dr. Mahone is a full-time editorial board member of six journals: Assessment, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, Child Neuropsychology, Developmental Neuropsychology, The Clinical Neuropsychologist, and the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Dr. Mahone’s research involves understanding brain-behavior relationships in children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and the development and validation (using neurobehavioral assessment and neuroimaging) of assessment methods to better characterize neurobehavioral development. He is the principal investigator for the research grant (1R01 HD068425) “Development of ADHD in Preschool Children: Neuroimaging and Behavioral Correlates,” which uses brain mapping and neurobehavioral assessment to characterize the development of preschool children identified as at risk for ADHD. Dr. Mahone is also principal investigator of the AACN-sponsored “Outcomes Consortium for ADHD” and the AACN Foundation–funded study “The Incremental Validity of Neuropsychological Assessment in Children with ADHD.”

Beth Slomine, PhD, ABPP

Director of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Services and Director of Training
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
slomine@kennedykrieger.org 

Dr. Slomine directs the neuropsychology training program for postdoctoral residents, predoctoral interns, and doctoral externs at Kennedy Krieger Institute. In addition, she oversees neuropsychological services throughout the Rehabilitation Continuum of Care. She also directly supervises postdoctoral residents, predoctoral interns, and predoctoral externs in providing comprehensive clinical neuropsychological services to inpatients at Kennedy Krieger Institute, as well as outpatients who are being evaluated and treated through the Institute’s Rehabilitation Continuum of Care. She is currently on the board of directors of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. She is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation and is associate editor of Rehabilitation Psychology.

Dr. Slomine’s research focuses on neuropsychological outcomes following pediatric brain injury. She has more than 30 peer-reviewed research publications and several book chapters. She developed a measure, the Cognitive and Linguistic Scale, to track recovery following pediatric brain injury in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. She is currently a co-investigator for two NIH-funded multicenter randomized controlled trials examining the efficacy of hypothermia treatment acutely after in-hospital and out-of-hospital pediatric cardiac arrest. Her role involves development, oversight, and interpretation of long-term neurocognitive outcome data for the trials. Over the last few years, she has actively mentored postdoctoral residents and junior faculty in research, resulting in numerous presentations and publications.

Cynthia Salorio, PhD, ABPP

Director of Rehabilitation Outcomes and Related Research
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
salorio@kennedykrieger.org

Dr. Salorio is a pediatric neuropsychologist and a primary supervisor for doctoral students, interns, and residents. She provides clinical neuropsychological services to children through Kennedy Krieger’s inpatient neurorehabilitation service, the outpatient neuropsychology service, the multidisciplinary rehabilitation follow-up clinic, and the multidisciplinary hemispherectomy presurgical clinic.

Dr. Salorio’s primary research interest is in clinical factors (e.g., neurobiological mechanisms, secondary injury variables, and rehabilitation interventions) that impact rehabilitation outcomes in children with a variety of acquired and congenital neurological disorders. Recent research focuses on predictors of cognitive, functional, and quality of life outcomes in children following traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, and hemispherectomy. Current grant-funded studies include using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to examine brain structure in children at different stages of recovery from traumatic brain injury and how it relates to neuropsychological status, and predictors of neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with congenital heart defects. In addition, Dr. Salorio is one of the founding members of the International Pediatric Rehabilitation Collaborative. She currently serves on the professional advisory boards of the Hemispherectomy Foundation and the Abilities Network/Epilepsy Foundation Chesapeake Region, and is the past president of the American Psychological Association, Division 22, Section 1 (pediatric rehabilitation).

T. Andrew Zabel, PhD, ABPP
Director of Clinical Services
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
ZabelA@kennedykrieger.org

Dr. Zabel is the clinical director of neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and supervises neuropsychology trainees at the doctoral, internship, and residency levels as part of the Institute’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities training program (LEND; 6T73MC0019). Professional affiliations include the editorial board of The Clinical Neuropsychologist and the professional advisory board of the Spina Bifida Association.

Dr. Zabel’s research focuses upon the adaptive and neuropsychological functioning of individuals with congenital and acquired disorders of the brain’s white matter, with particular emphasis on persons with hydrocephalus, spina bifida, Sturge-Weber syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Recent publications have focused on the executive components of medical self-care, self-management, and transition into adulthood. Within Kennedy Krieger, Dr. Zabel and his collaborators have instituted a system of internet-based clinical data collection to facilitate efficient parent- and teacher-report of behavior. Outside of Kennedy Krieger, Dr. Zabel and his collaborators have created the Kennedy Krieger Independence Scales–Spina Bifida Version (KKIS-SB) to measure the executive components of spina bifida–related health care. The KKIS-SB and other instruments have been accrued into a nationally available online dashboard of parent, teacher, and self-report questionnaires to help facilitate the systematic provision of evidence-based spina bifida–related care.

Rebecca Vaurio, PhD
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology and Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Vaurio@kennedykrieger.org

Dr. Vaurio is a pediatric neuropsychologist in the Department of Neuropsychology and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). She is also appointed as an instructor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. In her role as instructor, she works as a clinical mentor with externs, interns, and postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. Vaurio’s interests include characterizing how genetic disorders and environmental factors change the course of development. She is currently assisting with studies investigating how dietary interventions can change the medical and cognitive outcomes for children with adrenoleukodystrophy. She is also assisting with studies evaluating the genetic factors contributing to social behavioral difficulties in children with fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, and autism. She is interested in learning and memory in children with ADHD, ASD, and reading disabilities. She is currently site principal investigator for the recently funded multisite study, “Longitudinal Study of Cognition in Subjects with Niemann-Pick Disease Type C.”

John Beetar, PhD, ABPP
Director of Psychological Services, Kennedy Krieger School Programs
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Beetar@kennedykrieger.org

Dr. Beetar joined the Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger in 2007, following faculty positions at Brown University and Ohio State University. As a primary supervisor for the postdoctoral residency in neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Dr. Beetar is developing a training program of national prominence for school psychologists (at both predoctoral and postdoctoral levels) that incorporates state-of-the-art neuropsychological methods in a nationally recognized school affiliated with a major academic medical center. At present, no other such training program exists in the United States.

Dr. Beetar was a co-investigator on a descriptive study published last year on the use of restraint and seclusion in a special education school. He has worked with several prior fellows on a single-subject design of an intervention for a student with dyslexia. Dr. Beetar has also investigated gender and age effects on WISC-III and WISC-IV scores in a clinic sample.

Ericka Wodka, PhD, ABPP
Neuropsychologist, Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Wodka@kennedykrieger.org

Dr. Wodka is a pediatric neuropsychologist at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, and is a primary supervisor for the postdoctoral residency in neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Her research interests include examining motor development, attention, and other aspects of higher-order cognitive processes in neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly autism. She is the principal investigator on an externally funded project examining the relationship between attention, tactile perception, and abnormal sensory behavior in autism. She has also recently presented and published findings related to language outcomes for children with autism and severe language delays. Other research interests include examining differences in children with autism, with and without comorbidities (e.g., anxiety, ADHD, aggression), and collaborating in the development of an autism screening measure.

Lisa Jacobson, PhD
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology
Instructor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Jacobson@kennedykrieger.org

Dr. Jacobson is a pediatric neuropsychologist. Clinically, she coordinates the Executive Function and Oncology clinics within the department’s outpatient specialty services. Within these clinics, she sees children referred for neuropsychological evaluation who have a variety of developmental and medical conditions.

Dr. Jacobson’s research interests include characterizing how the developing executive functions of children interact with their developmental contexts at home and school to influence brain development and neurobehavioral functioning. She is interested in studying children with identified disorders affecting executive function (e.g., ADHD, spina bifida, cancers, and cancer treatment) and children at risk for developing executive dysfunction. She is developing clinical screening tools for identifying children with neurocognitive difficulties, which can be used as part of typical medical care visits for specific clinical populations. She has collaborated on Institute projects examining response variability in children with ADHD, characteristics of attentional disorders in referred children, influences of working memory and response variability on reading fluency in ADHD, executive function in spina bifida, and validation of the Kennedy Krieger Independence Scales–Spina Bifida Version (KKIS-SB).

Jennifer Reesman, PhD
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology
Instructor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Reesman@kennedykrieger.org

Dr. Reesman is a pediatric neuropsychologist. She provides training and supervision to neuropsychology doctoral students, interns, and postdoctoral residents. She has special expertise in assessing children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, individuals who use American Sign Language, and children before and after cochlear implant surgery. Dr. Reesman oversees and provides clinical services in the Deafness Related Evaluations and More (DREAM) clinic, and is the attending neuropsychologist for the multidisciplinary Neurorehabilitation Concussion Clinic, part of Kennedy Krieger’s Rehabilitation Continuum of Care.

Dr. Reesman’s research interests include examining the accessibility and validity of various neuropsychological assessment techniques with children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, interventions to improve working memory, and promoting recovery from mild traumatic brain injury in young children. Her past research projects have examined neuropsychological functioning in children with Sturge-Weber syndrome and validation of novel assessment measures used in evaluation of pediatric mild traumatic brain injury.

Vanessa L. Ramos, PhD
Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology
ramosv@kennedykrieger.org

Dr. Ramos provides training and supervision to neuropsychology predoctoral students and post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Ramos has expertise in the assessment of children and adolescents diagnosed with epilepsy/seizure disorders as well as traumatic brain injuries. She provides services in the outpatient Department of Neuropsychology, as well as the multidisciplinary Neurorehabilitation Concussion Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Ramos is also involved in efforts to increase the quality of services to Spanish-speaking families. She is fluent in Spanish and provides outpatient neuropsychological evaluations for Spanish-speaking patients.

Gianna Locascio, PsyD, ABPP-CN
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology and Fairmount Rehabilitation Programs
Locascio@kennedykrieger.org

Dr. Locascio is a pediatric neuropsychologist who provides training and supervision for students and postdoctoral residents. Her primary interests and recent publications have focused on the cognitive sequelae and evidence-based treatment options for children and adolescents recovering from a wide range of acquired brain injuries, including concussions, moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular accidents, and brain tumors. She also evaluates children with other congenital, acquired, and neurodevelopmental disorders, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, chronic pain, and ADHD.

Megan Kramer, PhD
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology
Kramerm@kennedykrieger.org

Dr. Kramer provides training and supervision to predoctoral externs, interns, and postdoctoral residents. She also provides clinical neuropsychological services to children throughout Kennedy Krieger’s Rehabilitation Continuum of Care, including the inpatient neurorehabilitation unit, Neurorehabilitation Concussion Clinic, and Community Rehabilitation Program. She has a clinical interest in evidence-based cognitive rehabilitation interventions. Dr. Kramer’s research interests involve measuring and predicting outcomes across the range and severity of pediatric brain injury, including characterizing the recovery trajectories and predictors of outcome in children with disorders of consciousness, as well as examining factors impacting recovery from mild traumatic brain injuries.