Dr. Allison Gornik is a licensed clinical psychologist in Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Department of Neuropsychology. She works with children, adolescents, young adults and their families across a broad range of ages and presenting concerns, including neurodevelopmental (e.g., ADHD, intellectual developmental disorder), anxiety, mood, behavioral difficulties, and exposure to trauma. Dr. Gornik is committed to providing care that is gender-affirming, culturally humble, and promotes equity. She sees patients within the Neuropsychology Department’s outpatient program, including via the Pathways to Young Adulthood Clinic and Executive Function Clinic.
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, before doing a postdoctoral fellowship in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology with Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 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.
In a research context, Dr. Gornik seeks to better our understanding of assessment processes and results in order to improve youth outcomes. Specifically, she is interested in evaluating procedures and practices to determine their usefulness to youth and families (e.g., utility of follow-up visits to initial evaluations), as well as deepening our knowledge of multi-method, multi-informant assessment in identifying predictors and distal outcomes of change over time, particularly concerning change in internalizing and externalizing problem behaviors. In addition, Dr. Gornik is interested in informant discrepancies between youths’, parents' and teachers' perceptions of children's behaviors, experiences and internal states.