Adrianna Amari, Ph.D.

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Training and Research Coordinator, Pediatric Psychology Consultation Service

Kennedy Krieger Institute
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: (443) 923-2824

Dr. Adrianna Amari is the training and research coordinator for the Pediatric Psychology Consultation Service in the Department of Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Amari is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Biographical Sketch: 

Dr. Amari received her doctoral degree in 2005 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). While pursuing her advanced degree, she held positions in the Department of Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, including roles as a clinical specialist and program specialist on the Neurobehavioral Unit, and research project coordinator and case manager for the Pediatric Psychology Consultation Service, for which she also recently served as inpatient consultation coordinator. She is a licensed psychologist, and currently provides training and supervision to pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows in pediatric psychology.

Research Summary: 

Dr. Amari's research interests focus on the development and evaluation of interventions to promote child coping and adjustment to acute and chronic medical conditions and associated medical and rehabilitation treatment. She has a special interest in the application of applied behavior analysis methods such as stimulus preference assessments and use of differential reinforcement and shaping, to facilitate optimal mental and physical health outcomes in children and adolescents with a wide array of conditions, including chronic pain and functional disability, seizure disorders, and disorders of consciousness after brain injury.


Other Publications:

Celedon, X., Amari, A., Ward, C. M., Prestwich, S., & Slifer, K. J. (2014). Children and Adolescents with Chronic Pain and Functional Disability: Use of a Behavioral Rehabilitation Approach. Curr Phys Med Rehabil Rep.  2: 86. doi:10.1007/s40141-014-0047-0 Online ISSN 2167-4833

Slifer, K.J., Amari, A., & Maynard Ward, C. (2013).  Operant Psychology Treatment for Pediatric Pain. In P. McGrath, Stevens, B., Walker, S., & Zempsky, W. (Eds.).  The Oxford Textbook of Pediatric Pain. Oxford, England: The Oxford University Press.

Amari, A., Paasch, V., Suskauer, S., Slomine, B., & Slifer, K. J. (2012). Using Behavioral Assessment Methods to Identify Preferred Environmental Stimuli for Children with Disorders of Consciousness. Brain Injury, 26, 524-525. Retrieved from

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