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Jo Anne B. Gorski, Ph.D.

Jo Anne B. Gorski, Ph.D.Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 North Broadway
Phone: (443) 923-2873
Fax: (443) 923-2835

Jo Anne Gorski is an instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is a faculty member within the Department of Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is the inpatient coordinator for the Pediatric Consultation Service, which provides psychological services to children with chronic illnesses and traumatic injuries.

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Gorski received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Georgetown University in 1992. She received her master's degree in clinical psychology from the Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University in 1994. During her graduate training, she worked with children, adolescents, and adults with affective, behavioral, cognitive, and medical difficulties. In 1997, she graduated from MCP/Hahnemann with her doctoral degree in clinical psychology after completing her pre-doctoral internship in pediatric psychology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Gorski continued to focus on working with children who have chronic illnesses. She completed two post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Miami School of Medicine (1998) and Children's Hospital of New Orleans (1999), consecutively. During her fellowships, she specialized in providing therapy to and conducting clinical research with children who had cancer.

Dr. Gorski began working at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 1999. She provides psychological services to inpatients and outpatients who are referred to the Pediatric Consultation Service. She also provides clinical supervision to pre-doctoral interns and graduate students who come to the Kennedy Krieger Institute for intensive training in pediatric psychology. Currently, she is developing a non-pharmacological pain protocol which will utilize biofeedback to help children better cope with pain and anxiety. Dr. Gorski’s primary areas of research interest include pediatric pain management and family interventions which increase coping with childhood chronic illness.

Recent Publications/Presentations:

Gorski, J. B., & Westbrook, A. C. (2002). Use of differential reinforcement to treat medical non-compliance in a pediatric patient with leukocyte adhesion deficiency. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation.

Gorski, J. B., Pringle, B., & Townsend, V. (2001). Uniting assistive technology and behavior analysis to increase motor control in a pediatric patient with severe traumatic brain injury. Poster presented to Association for Behavior Analysis, New Orleans, LA.

Gorski, J. B., Amari, A., Busby, S., Eischen, S., Kane, A., Lesniak-Karpiak, K., Njardvik, U., & Slifer, K. (2000). Immediate versus remote consequences: Overcoming immediate distress and discomfort for long-term health benefit. Paper presented to Association for Behavior Analysis, Washington, DC.

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