A photo of Jennifer Reesman, PhD, ABPP
Supervising Neuropsychologist, Deafness Related Evaluations and More (DREAM) Clinic
Phone: 443-923-4442
Kennedy Krieger Institute

1750 E. Fairmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231
United States

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Dr. Reesman is board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology with specialty board certification in pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Reesman is 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 previously chaired 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.

Biographical Sketch

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.

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Research Publications

Kushalnagar, P, Reesman, J., Holcomb, T., & Ryan, C. (2019). Prevalence of anxiety or depression diagnosis in deaf adults. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Suskauer, S.J., Rane, S., Reesman, J., & Slomine, B.S. (2018). Caregiver-report of symptoms following traumatic brain injury in a small clinical sample of preschool-aged children. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine: An Interdisciplinary Approach, 11,7-14 DOI 10.3233/PRM-160424

Reesman J, Pineda J, Carver J, Brice PJ, Zabel TA, Schatz P (2016). Utility of the ImPACT test with deaf adolescents. Clin Neuropsychol. 30(2), 318-27. 

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 MCWard CMReesman 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 TAReesman JWodka EL, Gray R, Suskauer SJTurin 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 EComi 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.