Major Rotations: Primary Clinical Experiences

Department of Neuropsychology - Psychological Assessment

The Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute is a clinic that offers comprehensive evaluations in an outpatient setting. The population served includes children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of neurodevelopmental disabilities. Assessments target differential diagnoses of disorders such as intellectual disability, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, language disorder, autism spectrum disorder, learning disability, language disorder, and a variety of emotional and behavioral disorders. Residents will further develop skills in conducting clinical interviews; administering, scoring, and interpreting a wide range of tests; writing comprehensive reports; and providing feedback to families regarding test results and recommendations. This residency is divided into two rotations. The first focuses on students from elementary through college age. The second includes preschool and early elementary school children, as well as children who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

Center for Autism and Related Disorders – Assessment and Intervention

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute is an interdisciplinary clinic offering specialized evaluation and intervention services to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families. Residents receive training opportunities in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.Assessment opportunities include specialized training in the neurocognitive evaluation of young children with autism spectrum disorders who often present with limited language skills and multiple developmental delays. Residents also conduct diagnostic assessment and receive training and supervised administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2. Individual and family therapy services targeting mental health needs of patients with ASD is also a key component of this rotation. Issues including anxiety, mood disturbance, anger management, developmental transitions, and coping with diagnosis are commonly treated by psychologists at the center. Treatment is primarily offered from a cognitive-behavioral modality. Residents also co-lead therapy groups focusing on mental health issues and/or social skills.Opportunities for consultation and training are also provided based on resident interest. As a result of its interdisciplinary model, residents work closely with members of other disciplines within the clinic including social work, speech and language therapy, developmental pediatrics/neurology, psychiatry, occupational therapy, and special education.