Alison E. Pritchard, Ph.D.

Alison Pritchard, PhD
Alison Pritchard
Director, Neuropsychology Research Lab

Kennedy Krieger Institute
1750 East Fairmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: (443) 923-4409

Dr. Alison Pritchard is a licensed clinical psychologist and research scientist in the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, as well as the director of the Neuropsychology Research Lab. She holds an appointment as Instructor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Biographical Sketch:

After graduating from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Psychology, Dr. Pritchard completed her graduate training in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in child development, at the University of Delaware, earning her Ph.D. in 2006. She worked as a pre-doctoral intern at the Devereux Foundation, a residential treatment program for children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral dysfunction. In 2008, Dr. Pritchard completed her post-doctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology and neurodevelopmental disabilities within the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She then worked in private practice, specializing in psychological assessment, for two years before returning to the Kennedy Krieger Institute's Neuropsychology Department to focus on research. Currently, Dr. Pritchard serves as director of the Neuropsychology Research Lab, a service center supporting research in the science of brain-behavior relationships both within the Neuropsychology Department and for the Kennedy Krieger and Johns Hopkins communities at large. In this role, Dr. Pritchard is involved in mentoring undergraduates, graduate students, and post-graduates in the science of clinical research.

Research Summary:

Dr. Pritchard's research interests center around the development of an evidence base for treatment, educational services, and accommodations for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. She is currently a co-investigator in a study evaluating the incremental validity of neuropsychological assessment in the identification and treatment of childhood ADHD using an online survey methodology. Dr. Pritchard is the principal investigator for a project designed to evaluate the effectiveness of commonly administered academic accommodations in improving the standardized testing performance of middle school students with ADHD and learning disabilities. In addition, she is involved in collaborations with other Institute and School of Medicine faculty on research projects which involve characterizing epigenetic profiles of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, neuropsychological profiles of offspring of phenylketonuric mothers, and behavioral profiles of clinical subgroups of children and adolescents with Down Syndrome.


Pritchard, A., Nigro, C., Jacobson, L., & Mahone, E. M. (2011). The role of neuropsychological assessment in the functional outcomes of children with ADHD. Neuropsychology Review. doi: 10.1007/s11065-011-9185-7