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

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.

Lauren Bradstreet, PhD

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Dr. Lauren Bradstreet joined the Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2021 as a pediatric neuropsychologist. She is a licensed psychologist in Maryland. She provides neuropsychological services for children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental and medical conditions that affect brain function, primarily through the Congenital/Genetic Conditions Clinic and the Epilepsy/Acquired Brain Injury Clinic.

Dr. Bradstreet received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ithaca College in 2010. After graduation, she worked as a clinical research assistant at the Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for two years. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Georgia State University in 2015 and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (Major Area of Study in Neuropsychology) from Drexel University in 2018. She completed an internship in Health Service Psychology (Neuropsychology Track) at AMITA Health/Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. Dr. Bradstreet held a clinical research postdoctoral position at the A. J. Drexel Autism Institute from 2018-2019. She then completed a two-year fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital from 2019-2021.

Carolyn Caldwell, PhD

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, adolescents, and adults in the Neurorehabilitation Concussion Clinic, Infant Neurodevelopment Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital Multidisciplinary Craniofacial Clinic as well as the Neuropsychology Department’s outpatient clinics, primarily including the Congenital/Genetic Conditions and Infants, Toddlers, and pre-School Years (ITSY) clinics. 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, ABBP

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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.

Megan Geist, MA

Megan Geist received her undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Towson University. She started at Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2008 and joined the Department of Neuropsychology as a Psychology Associate in 2009. In 2015, she left Kennedy Krieger Institute to be closer to home. During her time there, she worked as a psychometrist at the United States Naval Academy in the Concussion Management Clinic and at the Naval Health Clinic in the pediatric neuropsychology unit. Megan recently returned to Kennedy Krieger Institute in her former role as a Psychology Associate II. She assists with neuropsychological assessments in the Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Executive Functioning, and Epilepsy clinics at the Fairmount location. She also assists with neuropsychological testing in the Columbia clinic as well as a variety of neurodevelopmental research studies.

Gwendolyn Gerner, PsyD

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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, Ph.D. – MPA Member at Large Candidate

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Dr. Shalena 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 currently focuses on providing older adolescents and young adults with the essential resources and skills needed to aid their transitioning into adulthood. Dr. Heard 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 master’s in counseling psychology degree and later received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University.

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

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.
 

Kelly E. Jones, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Jones received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology, with a specialization in neuropsychology, from Drexel University. She completed a pre-doctoral internship in pediatric neuropsychology at UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience ad Human Behavior and a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following completion of her fellowship, Dr. Jones worked at Dell Children’s/UT-Austin Dell Medical School as a pediatric neuropsychologist where she provided care to youth with acquired brain injuries through the acute inpatient rehabilitation unit and the outpatient multidisciplinary TBI clinic.

Dr. Jones returned to the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2021. She provides clinical neuropsychological services to children throughout Kennedy Krieger’s Rehabilitation Continuum of Care, including the inpatient neurorehabilitation unit, multidisciplinary Brain Injury Clinic, and the Epilepsy/Acquired Brain Injury Clinic. She also provides training and supervision to pre-doctoral interns.

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.

Rebecca Lieb, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Lieb is a board certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist who joined the Department of Neuropsychology in 2021.  She received her PhD from Loyola University, Chicago in 2011 and completed an APA-Accredited Internship and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  She has experience working with a variety of developmental concerns and age ranges.  Dr. Lieb is also an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA), serving as the 2021 Chair of the Continuing Education Committee.

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 Assistant Professor 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 Congenital/Genetic Conditions Clinic and the Epilepsy and Brain Injury Rehabilitation 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 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). Suzanne has been an employee in the Department of Neuropsychology since 2000.

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 Neuropsychology Department at Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2014 and is an Instructor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 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.

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 joined the Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute as a pediatric neuropsychologist in 2019, and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Ng is a licensed psychologist in Maryland and provides assessment services for children and adolescents with genetic conditions, seizure disorders and comorbid psychiatric and medical histories, primarily through the Congenital/Genetics and Epilepsy Clinics.

Sarah Ortiz, MS

Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. While in graduate school, she completed externships at Mt Washington Pediatric Hospital in the Neuropsychology Department and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Division of Medical Psychology. Sarah joined the Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute as a Psychology Associate in 2017. She assists in neuropsychological evaluations, specifically in the Epilepsy Clinic and Sickle Cell Neurodevelopmental Clinic.

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.

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 Kennedy Krieger’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.

Keri Rosch, PhD

Dr. Rosch obtained a BA and MA in Psychology and a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She completed her clinical internship in Child Clinical Psychology at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, with a primary placement at the Center for ADHD. Dr. Rosch joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2011 as a post-doctoral fellow conducting research at the Center for Neurodevelopmental and Imaging Research and obtaining additional clinical training in the Department of Neuropsychology Executive Function Clinic. Dr. Rosch then became a member of the faculty at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in the Center for Neurodevelopmental and Imaging Research and the Department of Neuropsychology. She also holds an appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Rosch’s broad research interests include examining the interaction of cognition and motivation essential to behavioral control in typical development and implicated in the pathophysiology of ADHD and other disorders of impulse control. Specifically, her research has focused on neurobehavioral measures of response to reward and the impact of reward on cognition using behavioral paradigms and neuroimaging methods. She has expanded on the findings from her recently completed NIMH funded Career Development Award (K23 MH101322-02 Delay Discounting in Children with ADHD: Neuroimaging and Behavioral Correlates) to examine developmental trajectories of cognitive and motivational deficits implicated in ADHD from early childhood through adolescence with a particular focus on sex differences. Clinically, Dr. Rosch sees children and adolescents within the department’s Executive Function Clinic.

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.

Vanessa Scarborough, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Scarborough is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified pediatric neuropsychologist in the Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute (Kennedy Krieger). She provides comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluations (English & Spanish) for children and adolescents with acquired, congenital and neurodevelopmental disorders primality through the Congenital/Genetic Disorders Clinic.

Dr. Scarborough received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, IL, and completed her pre-doctoral internship training in child clinical and pediatric psychology at the Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Scarborough completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH.

In 2010, following completion of her post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Scarborough joined the Neuropsychology Department at Kennedy Krieger. While at Kennedy Krieger she completed comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluations (English & Spanish) for children and adolescents with acquired, congenital and neurodevelopmental disorders, with a special focus on epilepsy and traumatic brain injuries. Clinical services also included the provision of brief neuropsychological evaluations in a multidisciplinary concussion clinic. In addition to providing clinical services, she was also involved in training and supervision of pre-doctoral externs and post-doctoral fellows.

After seven years at Kennedy Krieger, Dr. Scarborough joined the Neuropsychology Department at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital (JHACH) in St. Petersburg, FL. In addition to providing outpatient neuropsychological evaluations, she also provided inpatient neuropsychological evaluations including pre- and post-surgical evaluations at JHACH. She also participated in the training and supervision of pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows.

In 2019, Dr. Scarborough relocated back to MD providing neuropsychological, psychological and psychoeducational evaluations in a private practice setting located in Baltimore County. She also provided mentorship to neuropsychology post-doctoral fellows at Kennedy Krieger.

Dr. Scarborough returned to the Neuropsychology Department at Kennedy Krieger in 2020. She currently provides comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluations (English & Spanish) for children and adolescents with acquired, congenital and neurodevelopmental disorders, primarily through Congenital/Genetic Disorders Clinic.

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.
 

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.

Erika Wesonga, PhD

Dr. Erika Wesonga is a licensed psychologist in Maryland who joined the Neuropsychology Department at Kennedy Krieger in 2021.

Dr. Wesonga received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and completed a predoctoral internship in pediatric neuropsychology and pediatric psychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

At Kennedy Krieger, Dr. Wesonga provides neuropsychological evaluation services for children and adolescents with a variety of medical and neurodevelopmental conditions, primarily within the Congenital/Genetic Conditions Clinic. She is committed to providing patient and family-centered care to promote better outcomes for youth with diverse abilities and learning needs.

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 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:

First Year Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellows:

Morgan Englemann, PhD

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Dr. Morgan Engelmann received her bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in School Psychology at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Engelmann completed her APA-accredited internship in pediatric neuropsychology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.

Dr. Engelmann’s research interests include neuropsychological measurement of reading comprehension processes, enhanced models of care including integrated behavioral health and community-based consultation, and differential diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders. She has also completed two years of HRSA-funded interdisciplinary training in identification and treatment of substance-use disorders. During fellowship, Dr. Engelmann is excited to experience a variety of clinical models while working with complex medical populations and providing family-centered care.

Kara Jones, PhD

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Dr. Jones received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from William James College in Boston, MA. She completed her APA-accredited internship in pediatric neuropsychology/behavior management at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. 

During fellowship, Dr. Jones looks forward to expanding her clinical and research experiences through working with a variety of pediatric patients with complex medical and neurodevelopment conditions.

Emily A. Riggall, PhD

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Dr. Emily Riggall received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Carleton College in Minnesota. She earned her doctorate degree from the joint Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology/Cognitive Neuroscience program at Georgia State University. Dr. Riggall completed an APA-accredited internship in lifespan neuropsychology at Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Her previous research explored neurocognitive processes underlying reading disorders and response to intervention. During fellowship, Dr. Riggall looks forward to expanding her clinical and research skills by working with pediatric patients with a wide range of medical and neurodevelopmental conditions.

Second Year Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellows:

Samuel J. Eckrich, MS, PhD

Dr. Sam Eckrich received a bachelor’s degree in Biology at St. John’s University in Minnesota. He earned a Master of Science degree in Neuroscience at Florida State University and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Central Florida with an emphasis in pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Eckrich completed an APA-accredited internship in pediatric neuropsychology rehabilitation/behavioral management at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and John’s Hopkins School of Medicine.

His research interests revolve around understanding the neurophysiological underpinnings and psychosocial sequelae of disorders associated with deficits in attention and memory.

Jackson Gray, PhD

Dr. Jackson Gray received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the joint Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology/Cognitive Neuroscience program at Georgia State University. Dr. Gray completed his APA-accredited internship in pediatric neuropsychology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

His previous research utilized psychophysiological and neuropsychological measures to examine the impact of psychiatric and medical conditions on children’s emotional and cognitive functioning. During fellowship, he looks forward to refining his neuropsychological assessment and consultation skills with children with complex neurodevelopmental, medical, and neurological conditions.

Kathryn Ritchie, PhD

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Dr. Ritchie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. She also received her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Marquette University. She completed her APA-accredited internship in pediatric neuropsychology/pediatric psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her dissertation explored factors that predict prolonged recovery from mild traumatic brain injury. Dr. Ritchie’s current clinical and research interests include recovery from brain injury across the rehabilitation continuum.

First Year Clinical Psychology Fellow:

Grai Bluez, PhD

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Dr. Bluez earned a B.A. in psychology from Albertus Magnus College and a M.A. in psychology from Boston University. She then worked for two years as a research coordinator with the Schizophrenia Neuropsychopharmacology Research Group (SNRGY) at Yale University, where she became passionate about equitable access to mental health care and developed an interest in sleep research. In pursuit of these interests, Dr. Bluez went on to earn a Ph.D. in school psychology at the University of Arizona, with a dissertation that explored the impact of sleep fragmentation on executive functioning for youth with T1DM. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology with Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Priority Behavioral Health & Clinical Psychology Internship Program, where her clinical work focused on differential diagnostic evaluations and evidence-based psychotherapy for children in a residential treatment setting. Prior to beginning her fellowship with Kennedy Krieger, Dr. Bluez also worked as a school psychologist for a public school district. She has experience evaluating for educational disabilities and advocating for appropriate educational resources, as well as knowledge of Special Education and disability law.

During her Fellowship at Kennedy Krieger, Dr. Bluez plans to further specialize her diagnostic and assessment skills for evaluating youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities and co-occurring conditions. She remains passionate about practices that promote equitable access to mental health care for typically underserved communities and populations. 

Second Year Clinical Psychology Fellow:

Allison Gornik, PhD

Dr. Gornik received her bachelor's degree from New College of Florida and her master's and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University. She completed an APA-accredited internship in child clinical and pediatric psychology at Children's National in Washington, DC, prior to fellowship. In a research context, Dr. Gornik is interested in multi-method, multi-informant assessment in identifying predictors and distal outcomes of children's change over time, particularly concerning change in internalizing and externalizing problem behaviors. In addition, Dr. Gornik is interested in informant discrepancies between children's, parents', and teachers' perceptions of children's experiences and internal states.

During fellowship, Dr. Gornik plans to continue expanding her clinical and research skills in assessment and intervention with families and youth with diverse presenting concerns.

Rod Salgado, PhD

Dr. Salgado received undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Spanish as well as a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He then went on to receive a PhD in School Psychology from the University of Oregon. Dr. Salgado completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship in behavioral health psychology with the Hawaii Psychology Internship Consortium. His dissertation explored the roles of marginalization and empowerment on system navigation and mental health for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder.

Dr. Salgado’s research interests include health and diagnostic disparities for children with disabilities and their families as well as access to culturally appropriate treatment and services. During fellowship, Dr. Salgado looks forward to continuing his line of research and further building clinical expertise in providing evaluative services for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities from historically marginalized populations.