The Neuropsychology department is home to a vast array of specialists who are committed to providing high quality and accessible care to all patients.

To supplement assessments, our experts coordinate with schools and medical providers to assist with treatment and educational planning. Our experts also work with families to help implement recommendations and provide information on access to additional services, if needed.

All psychologists in the Outpatient Neuropsychology Programs are licensed by the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Additionally, psychology associates, postdoctoral psychology residents, predoctoral psychology interns, and doctoral students in psychology work under the supervision of licensed psychologists in accordance with state regulations.

Rashida Barner, PhD

Dr. Rashida Barner received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She received a Master of Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Dr. Barner completed Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in clinical child psychology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Her pre-doctoral internship in child acute psychiatry & pediatric consultation/ liaison was completed at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children/ Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, VA.  After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Barner completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Child and Family Therapy Clinic (Department of Behavioral Psychology) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/ Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Barner is a licensed psychologist in Maryland.

Chad Barnwell

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Chad Barnwell began his career at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2008. During his tenure with JHU, he held many roles including Budget Specialist and Grants Budget Analyst.  These roles afforded him the opportunity to work on Federal, State and Private Awards within the Malaria Research Institute. In addition to this work, he served on the Fellowship Grant Committee formed to assist predoctoral and postdoctoral candidates apply for research service awards.    

Chad joined the Department of Neuropsychology in 2016 where he is the Grants Manager, overseeing day-to-day project expenses as well as grant proposal submissions.

Carolyn Caldwell, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Caldwell received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Cincinnati and completed her pre-doctoral internship training in pediatric neuropsychology at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI. After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Caldwell completed a post-doctoral clinical fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Caldwell then completed a T32 post-doctoral research fellowship with the Center for Neuroscience Research at the Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C.

After completion of her T32 research fellowship in 2010, Dr. Caldwell began working with the Department of Defense (Department of the Army) as a clinical neuropsychologist providing evaluations and psychotherapy treatment for active duty service members, retirees, and their families. Dr. Caldwell joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute staff in 2016. She provides clinical neuropsychological services to children in the Neurorehabilitation Concussion Clinic as well as the Neuropsychology Department’s outpatient clinics, primarily through the Epilepsy/Acquired Brain Injury Clinic. She is also invested in providing training for future neuropsychologists completing pre-doctoral externship and internship as well as post-doctoral fellowship.

Alicia Cannon, PhD

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Dr. Alicia Cannon received an undergraduate degree at American University and her master's and doctoral degrees at George Mason University. She completed a combined clinical psychology/pediatric neuropsychology internship at the North Shore - Long Island Jewish Health System in New York, and a residency in clinical neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

She worked in private practice in both Maryland and Virginia for several years prior to joining the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2013.

Emma Cole, PhD

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Dr. Emma Cole supervises the training of neuropsychology postdoctoral fellows in the Kennedy Krieger School Rotation. She oversees neuropsychology services at both the high school and lower school campuses. Dr. Cole previously provided assessments in an outpatient hospital setting.  She is also a credentialed school psychologist and has worked as a school psychologist in public school districts in Texas, Virginia, and Washington State. She has expertise in special education law, the assessment of learning disabilities in children and adolescents, and the transition of students with disabilities to post-secondary settings.  Her research interests include factors affecting post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities and the development of advocacy skills in students with disabilities. 

Tanisha Drummond, PsyD

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Dr. Drummond received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Notre Dame of Maryland University, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  She completed her internship at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Drummond completed a post-doctoral fellowship in trauma and maltreatment at the CARES Institute in Stratford, New Jersey. 

Dr. Drummond is a licensed psychologist in Maryland. She joined the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as a psychologist in 2015.

Lisa Ferenc, MA

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Lisa Ferenc earned an associate’s degree in General Studies at CCBC-Essex, a Bachelor of Science degree at Villa Julie College in Psychology, and then a Master of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology at Towson University. She joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2006 and began working in the Neuropsychology Department in 2009, where she currently works as a research coordinator assisting on multiple studies.

Brendan Flynn, MS

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Brendan Flynn received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Neuroscience option from Pennsylvania State University in 2012, and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago. During that time he worked in labs researching fMRIs in psychiatric populations at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago. He began working in the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2017.

Gwendolyn Gerner, PsyD

Dr. Gwendolyn Gerner received her doctoral degree from Loyola University in Maryland in 2004 and completed her APA-accredited internship in school psychology and neuropsychology at the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Following the completion of her doctoral training, Dr. Gerner worked as a school psychologist and as a private practitioner before completing a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology and neuroimaging at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in 2010. She completed a second post-doctoral fellowship in perinatal neurological injury research and neurodevelopmental disabilities at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology in 2014, after which she joined the faculty in the Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Clinically, Dr. Gerner provides neuropsychological evaluations for a wide variety of neurodevelopmental and medical conditions from birth through adulthood, primarily within the Congenital and Genetics Disorders Clinic and the Infant Neurodevelopment Center. Dr. Gerner is also active in the training and mentoring of post-doctoral fellows completing clinical rotations in the Infant Neurodevelopment Center.

Shalena Heard, PhD

Dr. Heard is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland and certified as a National Health Service Psychologist and Approved Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Heard has extensive experience providing therapy and psychological assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults within inpatient, residential, outpatient, and school settings. She also provides supervision to graduate trainees and mental health professionals. In addition to her therapy and assessment practice, Dr. Heard has been an affiliate faculty member at Loyola University in Maryland and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Heard attained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College. She then completed graduate training at Howard University where she attained her Masters in Counseling Psychology degree; and later received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University (APA Accredited Program).

Dr. Heard is an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Maryland Psychological Association (MPA).

Lisa Jacobson, PhD, NCSP, ABPP

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After graduating from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Dr. Jacobson completed her Master of Education and Education Specialist degree in School Psychology at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.  She then worked as a school psychologist before completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. She completed her clinical internship in neurodevelopment and neuropsychology at the Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in Miami, Florida, and then completed her post-doctoral residency in pediatric neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

She joined Kennedy Krieger as a pediatric neuropsychologist in 2010, where she provides training and supervision for graduate student externs, interns, and post-doctoral fellows in the outpatient clinics of the Neuropsychology Department. Clinically, she sees children for evaluation with a variety of developmental and medical conditions, primarily within the department's Neuro-oncology Clinic and Executive Function Clinic.

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Dasal Tenzin Jashar, Ph.D.

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Dr. Dasal Jashar received her bachelor of arts degree in Psychology at The College of New Jersey and her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Connecticut, with concentrations in neuropsychology and child clinical psychology. She completed an APA-accredited internship in pediatric neuropsychology and child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Jashar then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

After completing her fellowship, she joined the Neuropsychology Department at Kennedy Krieger Institute as a neuropsychologist. Dr. Jashar is passionate about providing informed, compassionate, and culturally sensitive care to children, adolescents, and young adults with neurodevelopmental and medical conditions and their families.
 

Erin Jones, BA

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Erin F. Jones, BA

Erin Jones received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2009, where she worked with preschool-aged children in the Human Emotions Lab as an undergraduate research assistant. She joined the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2013, and is the manager of research operations, overseeing all day-to-day functions of the Neuropsychology Research Lab while providing related administrative support throughout the Department.

Luke Kalb, PhD

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Luther (Luke) Kalb received his PhD from the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health under the mentorship of Dr. Elizabeth Stuart. During his studies, he received an NIMH Children’s Mental Health Services research fellowship, the Morton Kramer award for excellence in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and was named a Wendy Klag Center Scholar. Dr. Kalb is Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuropsychology and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Dr. Kalb’s research focuses on improving mental health outcomes among vulnerable populations, particularly among youth with developmental disabilities. His research portfolio also extends to assessing the effectiveness of community-based mental health programs, psychometrics and measure development, developing methods to address selection bias, and use of health information systems and emerging technologies to improve clinical care and research methodologies.  Dr. Kalb has co-authored over 20 scientific papers in journals such as the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Health Affairs, and Psychiatric Services. His work has been supported by the Johns Hopkins University, Autism Speaks, and the Eunice Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development.

Megan Kramer, PhD, ABPP

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Dr. Kramer received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Cincinnati and completed her pre-doctoral internship training at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta/Emory University School of Medicine. After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Kramer completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kramer joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute staff in 2011. She provides clinical neuropsychological services to children throughout Kennedy Krieger’s Rehabilitation Continuum of Care, including the inpatient neurorehabilitation unit, Concussion Clinic, and Community Rehabilitation Program. She provides training and supervision to pre-doctoral externs, interns, and post-doctoral fellows.

Christina Eguizabal Love, PsyD

Dr. Love graduated from Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She earned a master’s and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Florida Institute of Technology. Dr. Love completed a pre-doctoral internship with an emphasis in neuropsychology at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. She then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Love is a licensed psychologist in Maryland.

Dr. Love joined Kennedy Krieger Institute as a pediatric neuropsychologist in 2018. She provides clinical neuropsychological services to children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of developmental and medical conditions, primarily within the Epilepsy/Acquired Brain Injury Clinic. Dr. Love is bilingual in English and Spanish and has a special interest in working with Spanish-speaking patients and their families.

Natasha Ludwig, Ph.D.

Dr. Natasha Ludwig received her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Union College and her master’s and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with emphasis on neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience from Georgia State University. Dr. Ludwig completed an APA-accredited internship in neuropsychology rehabilitation/pediatric psychology and a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Ludwig joined the Neuropsychology Department at Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2019 and is an Instructor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Clinically, Dr. Ludwig provides neuropsychological evaluations for children with a wide variety of medical and neurodevelopmental conditions from birth through adulthood, primarily within the Infants, Toddlers, and Pre-School Years Clinic (ITSY) and the Congenital/Genetic Conditions Clinic.
 

Suzanne Martin, MA, LCPC

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Suzanne Martin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Baltimore, and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Towson University. In 1995, she earned the credential of National Certified Counselor (NCC).

In 1999, after working in a committee to obtain licensure for counselors in the State of Maryland, she earned the credential of Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Since 2000, she has worked in the Diagnostic Intake Clinic in the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Shelley M. McDermott, PhD, BCBA-D

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After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Texas State University, Dr. Shelley McDermott completed her Master of Arts degree in psychology and applied behavior analysis at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She then completed her Ph.D. in school psychology at the University of Oregon. Dr. McDermott completed her pre-doctoral fellowship in behavioral psychology and her post-doctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology and neurodevelopmental disabilities at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. McDermott joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute staff in 2014. She provides psychological services and assessments for children and adolescents with issues related to development, behavior, learning, and/or emotional functioning.

Christine Merola, Psy.D.

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Dr. Christine Merola received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA and completed her APA-accredited internship in psychology at West Virginia University Medicine in Martinsburg, WV. After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Merola completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Child and Family Therapy Clinic (Department of Behavioral Psychology) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute / Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Merola is a licensed psychologist in Maryland. She currently provides psychological services and assessments for children and adolescents with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral concerns.

Kimberly Milla, MS

Kimberly (Kim) Milla received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Master of Science in Biomechanics and Movement Science at the University of Delaware, where she worked in research projects studying the brain and muscles of children with movement disabilities. She also assisted in research projects at the Christiana Hospital Emergency Department, which included projects looking to improve outcomes through prompt identification and better communication amongst providers. Kim joined the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2019, where she works as a research assistant in Neuropsychology and Pediatric Neuro-oncology research.

Allison Mostow, PhD

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Dr. Mostow earned her undergraduate degree from Haverford College in Haverford, Pa., and received her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. She completed an internship at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. before coming to the Kennedy Krieger Institute as a postdoctoral fellow in 2004.

In 2006, Dr. Mostow joined the clinical staff and has provided psychological assessments in both the Department of Neuropsychology and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD).  She also provides clinical supervision within the Department of Neuropsychology and the CARD Clinical Psychology/Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Post-Doctoral Fellowship Training Program.

Rowena Ng, PhD

Dr. Rowena Ng received an undergraduate degree at University of California, San Diego, and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she also served as an undergraduate course instructor in child and adolescent psychology. She completed an internship with an emphasis in pediatric neuropsychology at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and a fellowship in clinical neuropsychology with lifespan training at the University of Michigan – VA Ann Arbor Postdoctoral Training Consortium. Her research interests include investigating social-affective and -cognitive development associated with genetic and neurological disorders, and characterizing risk and resilience factors among adolescents with complex medical conditions transitioning from pediatric to adult medical services. Dr. Ng will be joining the Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute as a pediatric neuropsychologist.

Sarah Ortiz, MS

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Sarah Ortiz received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. She completed externships at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, in the Department of Pediatric Neuropsychology, and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in the Division of Medical Psychology. She joined the Neuropsychology Department at Kennedy Krieger in 2017.

Kathleen Parker, PhD

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Dr. Kathleen Parker received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology from UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. She received a master’s degree in Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Dr. Parker then went on to complete Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Clinical Psychology (Child Track) at Loma Linda University where her research focused on the relationship between NICU infant outcomes and parental mental health. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in pediatric psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and her post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has worked with children and adolescents with a variety of medical conditions in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Throughout her experiences, Dr. Parker has developed a passion for working with children with complex medical conditions as well as learning and developmental disorders. She joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2018.

Rachel Peterson, PhD

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After graduating from Indiana University with a double major in Psychology and Neuroscience, Dr. Rachel Peterson completed her Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in school psychology at Indiana University. Dr. Peterson’s pre-doctoral internship in clinical pediatric neuropsychology was completed at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Peterson completed a clinical post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada working with children and adolescents with an array of developmental and medical conditions. She joined the outpatient neuropsychology program at Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2019.

Danielle Ploetz, PhD

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Dr. Danielle Ploetz earned her Ph.D. at the University of South Alabama in a combined and integrated clinical/counseling psychology program.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Florida Health Sciences Center with a focus in neuropsychology.  Dr. Ploetz went on to complete a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, AB Canada.

Dr. Ploetz joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2015. Currently, Dr. Ploetz is the neuropsychologist for the Specialized Transition Program (STP), the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s day rehabilitation hospital within the Fairmount Rehabilitation Programs. She also works in the interdisciplinary Concussion Clinic.

Danielle Previ, PhD

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Dr. Danielle Previ received her undergraduate degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She completed her pre-doctoral internship training in neuropsychology and pediatric psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/ Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Previ is fluent in American Sign Language and she specializes in providing accessible neuropsychological assessments to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or affected by some type of hearing loss.

Alison Pritchard, PhD, ABPP

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Dr. Alison Pritchard is a board-certified child and adolescent clinical psychologist and is the Co-Director of the Department of Neuropsychology. She is also an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In addition to supporting patient care and clinical research within the Department of Neuropsychology, Dr. Pritchard evaluates patients presenting with cognitive, behavioral, and emotional concerns. Her research interests focus on ADHD and Learning Healthcare System implementation.

Dr. Pritchard earned her undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 2006. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical assessment of neurodevelopmental disabilities at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and has been with the Neuropsychology Department since 2006.

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Shruti Rane, PhD

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Dr. Rane received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston (clinical neuropsychology track). She completed her pre-doctoral internship training in pediatric neuropsychology at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California – Los Angeles, and then completed her post-doctoral residency in pediatric neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Rane joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute as a pediatric neuropsychologist in 2014 and sees children for evaluation with a variety of developmental and medical conditions, primarily within the department's Neuro-oncology Clinic, Executive Function Clinic, and Genetic and Congenital Disorders Clinic.

Jennifer Robbins, MS

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Jennifer Robbins received an undergraduate degree at Towson State University in 1992, and a master’s degree at Loyola University in 2000. She completed an internship at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in 1992, and completed an externship at St. Vincent’s Center, The Catholic Charities Continuum in 1999.

Jennifer worked at Villa Maria from 1992 until 1996. She came to work at Kennedy Krieger Institute in 1996 in the Behavioral Psychology clinic, and she began work in KKI’s Neuropsychology department as a psychology associate in 2000 working under Dr. Lynn Speedie providing neuropsychological evaluations. She is currently providing intake and neuropsychological evaluations in the Neuropsychology department as a psychology associate with Dr. Sandra Slater.

Matthew S. Ryan, MS

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Matt Ryan received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Washington and Jefferson College, and a master’s degree in developmental psychology from The Johns Hopkins University.

He joined the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as a psychology associate in October 2006. He assistants in a wide range of research areas, including ADHD, Down Syndrome, and Fragile X Syndrome. He also assists in various sub-clinics of the department.

Cynthia Salorio, PhD, ABPP

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Dr. Cindy Salorio is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist and the Co-Director of the Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is an associate professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Salorio specializes in providing neuropsychological services to children with neurological conditions, particularly those with epilepsy or acquired brain injuries. She is also actively involved in both research and training, and currently serves as the Co-Director of the Behavioral Phenotyping Core of Kennedy Krieger Institute’s IDDRC (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center).

Dr. Salorio received an undergraduate degree at The Johns Hopkins University, and both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St Louis. She completed an internship at University of California San Diego and a fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She joined the Neuropsychology Department at Kennedy Krieger in 2002.

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Shalom Shapiro, Psy.D.

Dr. Shapiro earned his Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Widener University in 2017. He completed his pre-doctoral internship through rotations at the Penn Memory Center and Widener’s Neuropsychological Assessment Center. As part of his training, he also obtained school psychology certification in Pennsylvania. Dr. Shapiro completed a two-year residency in clinical neuropsychology at AAA Neuropsychology, LLC in Malvern, PA and Diversified Psychological Resources, PC in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Shapiro joined Kennedy Krieger as a staff neuropsychologist in October of 2019. His clinical and research interests include the role of traumatic stress in ADHD symptomatology, as well as optimizing the neuropsychological evaluation process to inform treatment recommendations.
 

Beth S. Slomine, PhD, ABPP

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Dr. Beth Slomine is co-director of the Center for Brain Injury Recovery and director of neuropsychology training and neuropsychological rehabilitation services at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is an associate professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is a licensed psychologist, board certified clinical neuropsychologist, and board certified subspecialist in pediatric neuropsychology. Research interests include developing neurobehavioral assessment tools and understanding factors influencing outcome following pediatric neurological injury. Dr. Slomine has authored >75 peer-reviewed manuscripts, numerous book chapters, and co-edited a textbook entitled Cognitive Rehabilitation for Pediatric Neurological Conditions.

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Kristie Sweeney, MS

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Kristie Sweeney earned her Bachelor of Science in Experimental Psychology from South Carolina University in 2009 and her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland in 2012. She began working for Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2012, and joined the Department of Neuropsychology in 2016 as a psychology associate II.  Kristie assists in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of neuropsychological assessments as part of the Concussion Clinic and the Congenital/Genetic Conditions Clinic.  She also assists in data collection for several neurodevelopmental research studies within the Department.

Judith Trussell, PhD

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Dr. Judith Trussell received a master's degree in clinical psychology from Loyola University Maryland and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. After completing an internship in clinical child/pediatric psychology at Georgetown University School of Medicine/Child Development Center, she began working for the Kennedy Krieger Schools in 1991. Dr. Trussell joined the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2009.

Gray Vargas, PhD

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Dr. Vargas graduated from Haverford College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She then worked for two years at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia before attending Penn State University where she earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the VA Maryland Healthcare System in Baltimore and her post-doctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Vargas joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2018. She provides clinical neuropsychological services in the Neurorehabilitation Concussion Clinic and the Epilepsy/Acquired Brain Injury Clinic. Dr. Vargas is a licensed psychologist in Maryland.

T. Andrew Zabel, PhD, ABPP

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Prior to graduate school, Dr. Zabel was a houseparent at a children's residential treatment, a foster care social worker, and the director of a community rehabilitation residential program for children and adolescents. He received an undergraduate degree at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., a master’s degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., and then a Ph.D. from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He completed an internship and fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

He joined the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2002. Dr. Zabel is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a licensed psychologist in Maryland. He currently served as the clinical director of the Department of Neuropsychology from 2010 to 2019, and now serves the Kennedy Krieger Institute as an Assistant Vice President of Clinical Research and Quality Improvement.

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Postdoctoral Fellows:


Second Year Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellows:
 

Amanda Child, PhD

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Dr. Child received her bachelor of science in neuroscience from Bucknell University and her doctoral degree from the University of Houston. She completed her APA-accredited internship in clinical psychology (pediatric neuropsychology track) at the University of Chicago Medicine. Her dissertation compared long-term cognitive and academic outcomes in pediatric survivors of brain tumor who had been treated with proton or photon radiation therapy. Dr. Child’s research interests include cognitive and academic functioning in children with learning disabilities or neurological conditions (i.e., spina bifida, brain tumor). During her fellowship, she looks forward to expanding her clinical and research skills with children with a wide range of neurodevelopmental and medical conditions.

Sandra Rodgin, PhD

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Dr. Rodgin received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester and majored in Psychology and minored in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She received her Master of Art and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a Health Emphasis with a minor in Neuropsychology from Yeshiva University. She completed an APA-accredited internship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research has focused on the psychosocial and cognitive correlates of chronic disorders such as epilepsy and asthma. During postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Rodgin plans to continue her research in the area of pediatric epilepsy. Her clinical interests include providing neuropsychological assessments for children with epilepsy and acquired and traumatic brain injuries. Ashlee von Buttlar, PhD

Ashlee von Buttlar, PhD

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Dr. von Buttlar received undergraduate degrees in Human Development and Psychology from the University of California, Davis. She then went on to receive a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin with an emphasis in neuropsychology. Her dissertation examined executive functioning in children with cerebellar brain tumors. She completed her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship training in pediatric neuropsychology at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Dr. von Buttlar’s current research and clinical interests include better understanding the effects of cerebellar brain tumors on executive functioning in children and adolescents, as well as risk and protective factors for neurocognitive late effects in pediatric cancer and brain tumor survivors. During fellowship, she also plans to continue building skills in targeted and brief assessments for pediatric patients with a wide variety of medical and neurodevelopmental conditions.

First Year Clinical Psychology Fellows:

Danielle Wexler, PhD

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Dr. Wexler received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in School Psychology from Michigan State University. Dr. Wexler completed her APA-accredited internship in the Pediatric Developmental Disabilities Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Her dissertation explored the longitudinal trajectories of children with reading difficulties. During fellowship, Dr. Wexler hopes to continue to build specialized skills in clinical assessment and treatment while working with a diverse population of patients.

Research Psychology Fellows:

Calliope Holingue, MPH, PhD

Calliope Holingue received her MPH from UC Berkeley and her PhD from the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health under the mentorship of Dr. Dani Fallin. Dr. Holingue joined Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2019 and is a Research Postdoc in the Department of Neuropsychology and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. She is mentored by Dr. Luke Kalb. Dr. Holingue's research focuses on the intersection of physical and mental health and the gut-brain connection, especially among individuals with developmental disabilities.