Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Assistant Vice-President of Clinical Research and Quality Improvement at Kennedy Krieger Institute
Dr. Andrew Zabel received his PhD in clinical psychology from Drexel University of Philadelphia, PA in 2000, and completed his internship training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Zabel also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
He is a licensed psychologist in Maryland. He joined the Hopkins/KKI faculty in 2002. He is active in the mentoring programs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and participates in the neuropsychological training of externs, pre-doctoral interns, and post-doctoral residents.
For children diagnosed with Sturge-Weber Syndrome, Dr. Zabel provides neuropsychological evaluation to help clarify patterns of learning and behavior associated with different medical conditions involving the brain. Formal testing of abilities usually includes paper-and-pencil testing of attention, intelligence, memory, language, visual skills, motor abilities, emotions, adaptive life-skills, executive functioning, and academic functioning. Neuropsychological testing can be useful for the following:
- Identifying cognitive strengths and intact abilities that can be used for treatment planning.
- Identifying cognitive weaknesses associated with visual problems, seizures, medication-side effects, and brain abnormalities. Once identified, neuropsychologists make recommendations regarding how parents and the rest of the school planning team can intervene and/or accommodation for the noted weaknesses and increase the child's learning and success in school.
- Monitoring the child's cognitive stability over time and identifying cognitive improvements and/or possible declines that may require medical attention.
- Assisting in planning for the child's transition from adolescence into adulthood, and creating strategies to help the child assume adult-level responsibilities.
Dr. Andrew Zabel
Kennedy Krieger Institute
1750 E. Fairmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231
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