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Dr. Ofonedu is the Director of Training at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Prior to her current position, she was a Research Manager and Clinician and served as the Project Director of an NIH –funded Clinical Trial on Early Parenting Intervention Comparison (EPIC) research study at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Ofonedu joined Kennedy Krieger in 2004 as a LEND trainee. She received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland and her doctorate degree in Psychology from the Capella University. Dr. Ofonedu has a broad background in teaching, research and clinical work. She currently holds an Associate Faculty position at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Mental Health and at the University of Maryland Baltimore Graduate School and an Adjunct Faculty position at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where she teaches graduate level Research, Clinical and Macro courses. She is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Ofonedu has many years of teaching, research and clinical experience working with varied population. She continues to contribute to the field through her scholarship and clinical expertise at local, national and international level. She has published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles, both as first author and as co-author and serves on a number of board and committees related to social work, psychology, and her clinical interests. She served as Program Chair for the Society of Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37) of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Ofonedu currently sits on the Division 37 executive board as MAL Task Force Coordinator on Diversity Issues and division liaison to the APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology. Her work is inspired by the core ideas of recognizing and building on the strengths and competencies that exist in individual, families and communities for the purpose of creating a more just and equitable society.
Dr. Ofonedu’s research interests include mental health treatment engagement, schools and community outreach interventions, and mental health service delivery for underserved urban families, youth, and children, particularly those who have been exposed to traumatic events. She has a deep commitment to troubled youth and has conducted research on inner-city Black youth and mental health and on treatment engagement of underserved families and young children with behavior problems. She examines the psychosocial and cultural factors that influence urban youth and family mental health treatment engagement and service utilization to inform policy and intervention programs. Dr. Ofonedu combines her macro, clinical and research knowledge in the training of professionals and students in evidence-supported and cultural responsive intervention programs and helping them realize the key role they can play as underserved families, youth and community champions.