Dr. Reesman is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Reesman founded and directs the Deafness Related Evaluations and More (DREAM) Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Reesman’s research, practice, and program development seeks to improve the accessibility of the highest quality psychological services. She leads the nation’s first and only accredited psychology internship track to prepare future psychologists to meet the behavioral needs of deaf and hard of hearing children and families. Dr. Reesman serves on the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology. Dr. Reesman received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Reesman received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Gallaudet University in 2008, and completed her pre-doctoral internship training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Reesman completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Reesman is a licensed psychologist in Maryland and she specializes in providing accessible neuropsychological assessments to children who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or affected by some type of hearing loss. She joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins faculty in 2010, and is active in the training and mentoring of pre-doctoral externs, interns, and post-doctoral fellows.
Dr. Reesman's research involves the understanding of brain-behavior relationships in children who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or affected by hearing loss, and in examination of assessment tools that are accessible to this population. She is currently developing studies to examine the accessibility of various computer-based tests as a means of assessment for children with hearing loss. Dr. Reesman is developing a project to examine interventions for improving working memory in children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Dr. Reesman is also interested in examining the trajectory of recovery from mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI/concussion), with particular emphasis on recovery in preschool children and in examining features of individuals whose may be slow to recover from this injury.
Plotkin RM, Brice PJ, Reesman JH (2014). It is not just stress: parent personality in raising a deaf child. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 19(3), 347-57.
Reesman JH, Day LA, Szymanski CA, Hughes-Wheatland R, Witkin GA, Kalback SR, Brice PJ(2014). Review of intellectual assessment measures for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Rehabil Psychol. 59(1), 99-106.
Newman JB, Reesman JH, Vaughan CG, Gioia GA (2013). Assessment of processing speed in children with mild TBI: a "first look" at the validity of pediatric ImPACT. Clin Neuropsychol. 27(5), 779-93.
Slifer KJ, Hankinson JC, Zettler MA, Frutchey RA, Hendricks MC, Ward CM, Reesman J(2011). Distraction, exposure therapy, counterconditioning, and topical anesthetic for acute pain management during needle sticks in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 50(8), 688-97.
Zabel TA, Reesman J, Wodka EL, Gray R, Suskauer SJ, Turin E, Ferenc LM, Lin DD, Kossoff EH, Comi AM (2010). Neuropsychological features and risk factors in children with Sturge-Weber syndrome: four case reports. Clin Neuropsychol. 24(5), 841-59.
Reesman J, Gray R, Suskauer SJ, Ferenc LM, Kossoff EH, Lin DD, Turin E, Comi AM, Brice PJ, Zabel TA (2009). Hemiparesis is a clinical correlate of general adaptive dysfunction in children and adolescents with Sturge-Weber syndrome. J Child Neurol. 24(6), 701-8.