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In July 2012, the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute welcomed two new full-time staff and two full-time interns from Towson University.

Waylon J. Howard, PhD, is the director of Research and Evaluation for the MCDD.  In 2004, he graduated from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2006, he earned a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.  In 2012, he earned a doctorate degree in quantitative psychology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.  Dr. Howard is recognized for his quantitative work on various aspects of applied research (e.g., structural equation modeling including individual, group, and developmental differences; multilevel analysis; missing data estimation; and longitudinal data analysis). 

Shalynn Howard, MA, is the program coordinator for the MCDD.  Shalynn earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas and a master’s degree in counseling from Argosy University in Nashville, Tennessee.  Prior to her position with the MCDD, Shalynn worked as a program manager for the Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis at the University of Kansas.  Additionally, Shalynn has worked as a mental health therapist, specializing in crisis counseling and counseling troubled youth. 

Megan Reed is a Fall 2012 intern.  She is in her last semester at Towson University and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in health science and a concentration in community health. Megan is a part-time employee with The Arc Carroll County, where she has acquired four years of experience working as a direct support staff person for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Upon graduation, Megan plans to pursue a related career working with individuals with developmental disabilities and hopes to enroll in a master’s program at the University of Maryland in the field of social work.

Desiree Hodgson is also a Fall 2012 intern.  She is in her last semester at Towson University and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in health care management and a minor in business administration.  As an employee of Kennedy Krieger, she has provided direct patient care as a clinical assistant in the Neurobehavioral Unit (NBU) with the department of Behavioral Psychology and served as a one-to-one program aide in the Kennedy Krieger School Programs. In addition, she is also employed at George Washington Medical Faculty Associates as a customer service representative in the business/billing office.  After graduation, Desiree plans to pursue a specialized certificate program in autism studies and attend graduate school.

The MCDD is currently seeking consumers or family members to fill vacancies on the Community Advisory Council (CAC).  Orientation for CAC will take place November 29, 2012 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the next CAC meeting will be on December 11, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Both the orientation and CAC meeting will take place at the Kennedy Krieger PACT location.  The term of membership will be three years, and meetings will occur on a quarterly basis, with rotating locations.  The MCDD will facilitate remote participation or transportation services, if necessary.  If you or anyone you know is interested in a consumer or family member position, please contact Maureen van Stone, associate director of the MCDD, for more details at 443-923-4416.


Maureen van Stone, Esq., MS, the director of Project HEAL at Kennedy Krieger and the associate director of the MCDD, was recognized by The Daily Record as one of twenty-four recipients of the 2012 Leadership in Law awards.  This award honored Maureen’s professional achievement, commitment to community service, and outstanding ability to mentor individuals.

On December 4, 2012, Maureen van Stone, Esq., MS, will graduate from the 2012 class of Leadership Maryland.  Leadership Maryland is an eight-month statewide leadership program to develop informed senior-level leaders.  The goal is to cultivate the interest, statewide knowledge, and leadership capacities of Maryland’s leaders.


Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) at Kennedy Krieger Institute and World of Care at PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs were both nominated for the 2012 Hospital Charitable Service Awards.  There were 191 nominees from 38 states and the District of Columbia.  The programs were nominated by their hospitals as examples of impact and quality. There are 40 finalists, including Kennedy Krieger’s Project HEAL.  Award winners—referred to as Programs of Excellence--will be announced at the National Hospital Charitable Service Awards Conference and Banquet in Atlanta, Georgia on February 13, 2013.  The winners will share a $100,000 prize.


CHADD Annual Conference on ADHD: “25 Years of Making a Difference” 
November 8, 2012
Location: San Francisco, CA 
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2012 Maryland Transition Conference—Transition Outcomes: From High School to Lifelong Learning
November 17, 2012
Location: Bowie Comfort Inn & Conference Center, Bowie, MD
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2012 TASH Conference
November 28 - December 1, 2012
Location: Long Beach, CA
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2012 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
November 29, 2012
Location: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
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2012 AUCD Conference: Innovating Today, Shaping Tomorrow
December 1, 2012
Location: Washington Hilton, Washington, DC
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Note: MCDD staff will have three panel presentations and three posters presented at the conference.

2013 Disability Policy Seminar
April 15, 2013
Location: Washington, DC
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Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., Named President and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute

We’re thrilled to welcome Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., to the Kennedy Krieger family as our next President and CEO.

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