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Additional Training Opportunities

Minor Rotations

In addition to the major rotations, our program also offers minor rotations (up to one day a week), in a specific area chosen by the resident during the first year of the program. Minor experiences can be used to broaden or to provide more in-depth training experience.All residents in the clinical child psychology program complete a minor rotation in Kennedy Krieger Institute's Infant Neurodevelopment Center during their first six months of the program. The children in this clinic were born prematurely or had birth complications.  This rotation provides experience in conducting developmental screenings. Residents are part of a multidisciplinary team that includes physical therapists, developmental pediatricians, and nurses.

Possible minor experiences are available in the following areas during the second half of the first year:

  • Public Policy and Advocacy: Residents can obtain experience researching and developing public policy initiatives through Kennedy Krieger Institute's Project HEAL and the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD). Opportunities for educational advocacy and exposure to educational law are also available through work at Project HEAL.
  • Research: Residents can participate in a wide range of research projects in neurodevelopmental disabilities. Training can be provided through one-to-one faculty mentorship and attendance at clinical research meetings.
  • Intervention / Consultation: Residents may choose to obtain additional training in specific intervention techniques or strategies by working in one of Kennedy Krieger Institute's specialized treatment programs (e.g., Pediatric Developmental Disabilities Clinic, Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress)
  • Specific Pediatric Populations: Residents may elect to receive more in-depth training with a specific patient population by providing assessment, intervention, and/or consultation (e.g., Infant Neurodevelopment Center Preschool Assessment Clinic, DREAM clinic, Achievements Therapeutic Day Program, Kennedy Krieger Institute Special Education programs)


  • Interdisciplinary Training:

    Support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program has allowed us to create and maintain an interdisciplinary training model. Clinical child psychology residents are part of that group, which includes (but is not limited to) pediatrics, social work, occupational and physical therapy, speech-language pathology, nutrition, neurology, physiatry, psychiatry, education and audiology. Our residents also actively participate in a structured series of seminars and clinics. In order to provide comprehensive interdisciplinary training, all trainees complete an individualized training plan (ITP).

  • Other Training:

    Residents participate in regularly scheduled didactic trainings that occur at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Primary didactic training is achieved through the following seminars and case conferences:

    • Professional Development Series
    • Clinical Psychology Seminar
    • Clinical Psychology Case Conference
    • Interdisciplinary Case Conference

    Residents are also encouraged to attend additional training opportunities including:

    • ADOS Training Workshop
    • Neuropsychology Seminar
    • Journal Club
    • Clinical Research Meeting
    • CARD Lunch and Learn seminar series