The Department of Neuropsychology offers comprehensive neuropsychological and psychological assessment services for children with a range of medical, neurological, developmental, attention, learning, emotional, and behavioral concerns.
Outpatient assessment clinics provide evaluations of individuals ranging in age from infancy to young adulthood. All department services apply professional expertise to understanding development and function, and emphasize targeted treatment recommendations to families, schools, and other professionals in order to maximize each child's potential.
Our Professional Team
All faculty and staff psychologists in the Outpatient Neuropsychology Clinics are licensed by the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Additionally, psychology associates, doctoral students in psychology, pre-doctoral interns, and post-doctoral psychology residents work under the supervision of licensed psychologists in accordance with state regulations.
Services We Offer
Assessments typically include a thorough review of the child's developmental, medical, educational, and family history, clinical interview with the caregiver(s), direct observation of the child, and formal psychometric testing. In many cases, behavioral reports from teachers can also be obtained with parental/guardian consent. Formal testing may include measures of the following:
- Adaptive skills
- Attention/executive functions
- Executive functions
- Intellectual functioning
- Language and language-related functions
- Learning and memory
- Non-verbal/visual processing
- Motor skills
- Personality and social-emotional functioning
- Academic/pre-academic achievement
The outpatient assessment services within the Department of Neuropsychology are organized into eight specialized clinics. Children referred for assessment are assigned to one of these clinics based upon referral questions and individual needs in order to create the most individualized assessment experience. The clinics are described below.
The Congenital/Genetic Conditions Clinic provides specialized neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents with a variety of congenital and genetic disorders. Patient populations seen in this clinic include individuals with more commonly occurring neurologic conditions such as Down syndrome, hydrocephalus, 22q deletion syndromes, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida, as well as individuals with rare genetic conditions/syndromes and metabolic disorders. Many individuals seen in this clinic have a known genetic or congenital condition, but often the child's diagnosis is unknown or only suspected. Assessments are individualized to help clarify diagnosis when possible, monitor cognitive status, and help with educational and/or therapeutic planning.
The Deafness Related Evaluations and More (DREAM) Clinic provides neuropsychological and psychological assessment services for children and families who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Common referral concerns include difficulty meeting developmental milestones, learning problems in school, behavioral issues, and/or social problems. The DREAM Clinic provides accessible assessments to individuals with any type of hearing loss, including conditions caused by medical issues or genetic causes. Services are also tailored to individuals raised in bilingual environments, such as American Sign Language (ASL) and English. Specialized testing services are offered for individuals whose families are considering cochlear implant surgery, with planning for post-operative intervention strategies and follow-up evaluation to track post-surgical progress. Clinic Supervisor: Jennifer Reesman, Ph.D.
The Developmental Disabilities Clinic provides assessments for individuals with a variety of developmental conditions that can interfere with skill acquisition and self-care ability. Individuals referred to this clinic include those with intellectual disabilities, autism, ADHD, or learning disabilities. Assessment services are individualized, with specialized services offered to preschoolers, school-age children, and older adolescents.
The Diagnostic Intake Clinic is a consultative service offering an initial assessment of functioning and treatment/assessment needs. The clinic gathers information from caregivers, schools, and other professionals, which helps determine whether formal psychological testing or other services are needed. The clinic also helps secure insurance coverage for psychological assessments by completing insurance pre-authorization requests as needed. The Diagnostic Intake Clinic also makes referrals to other providers and clinics as indicated. Clinic Supervisor: Sandra Slater, PhD
The Emotion and Behavior Clinic provides assessments for individuals presenting with a wide variety of behavior, conduct, and emotional concerns. Specialized assessment services are offered for individuals to assist with diagnostic clarification of issues involving mood, behavior, and cognition. Assessments are individualized to the needs of the child or adolescent, and include recommendations for treatment and intervention. Clinic Supervisor: Lisa Reichenbach, Ph.D.
The Epilepsy/Brain Injury Clinic provides neuropsychological assessments for individuals with seizure disorders and persons who have had neurological injuries (e.g., traumatic brain injury, stroke, encephalitis). Individuals can be seen for assessment in this clinic months and/or years following their brain injuries. Assessments are targeted toward clarifying patterns of recovery and making recommendations for school and home settings. For individuals with epilepsy, assessments are individualized to assist with treatment planning and help clarify the impact of seizures and/or related treatments/medications on the development of academic, social, and daily living skills. Clinic Supervisor: Cynthia Salorio, Ph.D.
Executive Function Clinic: Executive function is a term used to describe a set of skills that help individuals control impulsive responses and generate organized, goal-directed actions. Individuals seen in this clinic often have known or suspected behavioral/medical conditions that can be associated with executive dysfunction, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette syndrome, prematurity, prenatal drug/alcohol exposure, and neurologically-based movement disorders. Many of the individuals seen in this clinic also have co-occurring learning problems in reading and math. Assessments are individualized to the needs of the person, and include recommendations for treatment and intervention. Clinic Supervisor: Alison Pritchard, Ph.D., ABPP
The Infants, Toddlers, and pre-School Years (ITSY) Clinic typically serves children ages birth to 6 years. Patients in this clinic present with a range of concerns regarding developmental delays, behavioral concerns, and attention concerns to more complex medical conditions, including those with histories of perinatal brain injury, cerebral palsy, and congenital and genetic abnormalities. Providers in this clinic work closely with a number of clinics and centers throughout Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Hospital in order to provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary care for our youngest patients. Clinic Supervisor: Gwendolyn Gerner, Psy.D.
The Neuropsychology Cardiac Follow-Up Clinic provides specialized neuropsychological care to children and adolescents who were born with congenital heart defects. The pediatric neurologists in the clinic evaluate the child’s cognitive and behavioral skills, as recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines. The clinic works with parents and caregivers, as well as the cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, to share information and strategies to improve outcomes for the child’s development and behavior, as well as to make recommendations for interventions and monitoring over time. Clinic Supervisor: Cynthia Salorio, Ph.D.
The Oncology Clinic provides neuropsychological assessment of individuals who are currently undergoing or are survivors of cancer and cancer treatment. This includes persons treated for leukemia and brain tumors who receive their care locally (e.g., Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland) or nationally. Assessments are specialized to the needs of the individual, and can help identify temporary and/or long-term learning issues associated with cancer and/or related treatment. Assessments and recommendations are focused upon helping survivors of cancer resume and/or continue patterns of typical skill development and emotional functioning. Clinic Supervisor: Lisa Jacobson, Ph.D.
Professional Training in Psychology
The Department of Neuropsychology offers training at many levels. There are externships for students in master's and doctoral programs in psychology. The Department also participates in the Institute's APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship program for students in APA-accredited doctoral programs in professional psychology. Post-doctoral fellowships in clinical neuropsychology and developmental disabilities are also available. Training is under the direction of the Director of Training, Beth Slomine, Ph.D., ABPP.
Details about Departmental Research can be found at the Neuropsychology Research Lab web site.
Related Materials and Information
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