Craig Strohmeier, PsyD, BCBA-D is a licensed psychologist in the Neurobehavioral Unit Outpatient Clinic in the Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Strohmeier received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Millersville University. He received a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Temple University and continued his graduate education at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he earned a master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology. He completed a doctoral internship at The May Institute, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Developing effective interventions for children’s challenging behavior (e.g., self-injury, aggression and disruptive behavior) involve a close examination of the contexts within which they occur. More than forty years of research supports a contextual approach to the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior, demonstrating that the behavior is often related to producing caregiver attention, access to preferred items and activities, and escape from tasks. Dr. Strohmeier’s applied research focuses on extending this approach to the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior by individualizing analytic tactics within the assessment process, and tailoring interventions to increase the compatibility of treatment strategies with the ecology outside of the clinic setting.
Long-term effectiveness of a behavioral intervention requires proper implementation by parents. Some studies suggest that parent adherence with behavioral interventions over time is low despite proper implementation in the presence of the treating clinician. Dr. Strohmeier’s investigations also focus on identifying the mechanisms of nonadherence and developing contemporary behavior therapy procedures to help shape parent adherence with behavioral interventions