9800 Patuxent Woods
Columbia, MD 21046
Dr. Leanna Herman is clinical psychologist with a specialty area of pediatric psychology in the Center for Autism Services, Science and Innovation (CASSI™, formerly known as the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, or CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Herman is also an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Herman received her bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and continued her education at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she received her doctoral degree in 2005. She did her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in child clinical and pediatric psychology. Dr. Herman has been licensed in the state of Maryland since 2007, and started at Kennedy Krieger Institute as the Outpatient Coordinator, then clinical director of the Pediatric Psychology Clinic and Consultation Service. In 2023, she joined CARD to continue work with mental health concerns for neurodivergent adolescents and young adults in transition age as they move toward goals of independence.
Dr. Herman is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Pediatric Psychology.
Dr. Herman has an interest in pediatric psychology and applied behavior analysis, specifically focused on improving adherence and anxiety management with regard to medical procedures. Her research interests have included adherence to complex medical regimens, such as diabetes care, anxiety management within the medical context, and using behavioral and cognitive behavioral applications to improve tolerance of difficult medical procedures, especially for those who have developmental differences and/or cognitive delays. Additional areas of interest have been mental health care for adolescents and young adults with neurocognitive differences.