What Leaders In The Field Are Saying About the Center
"This program thoughtfully brings together cutting edge partners that together will create a high-caliber, hands-on environment for learning. Those that complete the program will be sought after by many school systems for leadership positions in special education."
- Kim Lewis, EdD
Mark Mahone, PhD, ABPP, Co-Director
Dr. Mark Mahone is a pediatric neuropsychologist and director of the Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is also professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is on the core faculty in psychology for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC).
Dr. Mahone’s professional career has emphasized clinical services for young children with neurodevelopmental disorders, training and mentoring of psychologists, educators, and physicians in working with young children, and research involving investigation of brain-behavior relationships in young children with and without neurodevelopmental disorders. He was the director of neuropsychology training at Kennedy Krieger Institute from 1996 to 2009. During this period, he trained and mentored doctoral and postdoctoral trainees in both clinical and research activities, and served as faculty preceptor for 31 postdoctoral fellows and 20 predoctoral interns, most of whom currently hold faculty leadership positions in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Mahone’s scientific publications use neurobehavioral assessment and neuroimaging to better characterize neurobehavioral development—and ultimately biomarkers—of these disorders. His research in these areas has included the development and validation of standardized measures of cognitive and motor control, and has emphasized the relationship between brain development and disorders of executive control.
Dr. Mahone received his Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from the University of Maryland and his PhD in counseling psychology from the State University of New York at Albany in 1990, and completed an APA-accredited internship in clinical psychology at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland in 1991. After receiving his doctorate degree, Dr. Mahone completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry in 1993. Dr. Mahone is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and a licensed psychologist in Maryland. He is also the president-elect of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology and is an editorial board member for six scientific journals, including Child Neuropsychology, Assessment, Developmental Neuropsychology, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, and The Clinical Neuropsychologist.
Dr. Mahone’s research has included investigations in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), movement disorders, learning disabilities, spina bifida, childhood cancer, prenatal alcohol exposure, and sleep disorders. He is currently the principal investigator of an exploratory development grant (1R21 MH092693, "Frontostriatal Glutamate in ADHD: Neuropsychological and Behavioral Correlates"), which employs MR spectroscopy (obtained at 7.0 Tesla) in children ages 5 to 9 years, and a 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.