Patricia Shepley
Senior Director, Social Work Department; Clinical Director and Social Work Director, Center for Developmental Behavioral Health
Phone: 443-923-2810
Kennedy Krieger Institute

1741 Ashland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205
United States

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Patricia Shepley, MSW, LCSW-C is the the director of social work services in the Center for Developmental Behavioral Health at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is the senior director of the discipline and leads the Department of Social Work which is comprised of talented clinical social workers participating on interdisciplinary teams on inpatient units, in medical clinics and providing mental health treatment.


Prior to entering a career in Social Work, Shepley was an early childhood educator with an emphasis in Special Education. She earned her MSW from the University of Maryland in Maternal and Child Health. She completed her advanced internship at Kennedy Krieger as a Leadership in Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) social work trainee. She continued at Kennedy Krieger as a new professional and as a team member of the inpatient Neurobehavioral Unit.

Her interest focused on providing mental health treatment. She became a social work psychotherapist and the social work manager for the Social Work Mental Health Program. That program merged with the Department of Psychiatry to create the Psychiatry Mental Health Program. Shepley served as the clinical director. In the newly rebranded Center for Developmental Behavioral Health, she is the director of social work services.

With clinical services and training as her primary interests, she is dedicated to supporting the expansion of professional development opportunities for clinical social workers within Kennedy Krieger. Shepley is thrilled to be part of a team launching a Post-Masters Psychiatric Social Work Fellowship program that will provide training and practice in evidence-based/informed models of treatment delivered within an interdisciplinary team.

Shepley has been extensively trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and family therapy.