Amy Keefer, PhD, ABPP

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Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: (443) 923-7603
Email: keefer@kennedykrieger.org

Dr. Amy Keefer is the supervising clinical psychologist within the Center for Autism and Related Disorders and coordinates the Post-Doctoral Residency in Clinical Child Psychology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities in the Department of Neuropsychology and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. She is an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Keefer is a licensed psychologist and is board certified in cognitive and behavioral psychology.

Biographical Sketch: 

Dr. Keefer completed her undergraduate education at Messiah College in 1997 and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Drexel University in 2003. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at Philhaven Behavioral Healthcare and was then employed at Philhaven’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Keefer obtained a position at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2007 and her current duties include clinical care, training, and research within the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. She is the supervising clinical psychologist and coordinates the Post-Doctoral Residency in Clinical Child Psychology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.

Research Summary: 

Dr. Keefer’s research interests focus on psychiatric comorbidities in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Previous projects have investigated correlates of anxiety and predictors of response to anxiety treatment in youth with ASD. She is currently collaborating with researchers both within and outside Kennedy Krieger Institute to research mechanisms underlying anxiety and to develop novel, empirically validated treatments for emotional dysregulation and anxiety in children and youth with ASD. 

Research Publications:

Keefer A, Kreiser NL, Singh V, Blakeley-Smith A, Duncan A, Johnson C, Klinger L, Meyer A, Reaven J, Vasa RA (2016). Intolerance of Uncertainty Predicts Anxiety Outcomes Following CBT in Youth with ASD. J Autism Dev Disord. , . Abstract
Keefer AJ, Kalb L, Mazurek MO, Kanne SM, Freedman B, Vasa RA (2014). Methodological considerations when assessing restricted and repetitive behaviors and aggression. Res Autism Spectr Disord. 8(11), 1527-1534. Abstract

Other Publications:

Vasa, R., Kalb, L., Freedman, B., Keefer, A., Kanne, S., & Mazurek, M. (2013). Age-related differences in the prevalence and correlates of anxiety in youth with autism spectrum disorders.  Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7 (11), 1358-1369.

Keefer, A., Kalb, L., Mazurek, M., Kanne, S., Freedman, B., & Vasa, R.A.  (2014).  Methodological considerations when assessing restricted and repetitive behaviors and aggression.  Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8(11), 1527-1534.

Mazurek, M.O., Keefer, A., Shui, Amy, & Vasa, Roma A. (2014) One year course and predictors of abdominal pain in children with autism spectrum disorders: The role of anxiety and sensory over-responsivity. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8(11), 1508-1515.

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