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Pediatric Neuropsychology Residency Program Core Training Faculty

Mark Mahone

E. Mark Mahone, PhD, ABPP
Director, Department of Neuropsychology
Co-Director, Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Mahone@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Mahone is director of neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is also co-director of the Institute's Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (U54 HD079123), and co-director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education. Dr. Mahone was director of neuropsychology training at Kennedy Krieger from 1996 until 2009. A fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Dr. Mahone is the immediate past president of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). He was also on the board of directors of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) from 2007 until 2011. Dr. Mahone is a full-time editorial board member of five journals and is also the Associate Editor for the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Dr. Mahone’s research involves understanding brain-behavior relationships in children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and the development and validation (using neurobehavioral assessment and neuroimaging) of assessment methods to better characterize neurobehavioral development. He is the principal investigator for the research grant (1R01 HD068425) “Development of ADHD in Preschool Children: Neuroimaging and Behavioral Correlates,” which uses brain mapping and neurobehavioral assessment to characterize the development of preschool children identified as at risk for ADHD.


Beth Slomine, PhD, ABPP
Director of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Services and Director of Training
Co-Director, Center for Brain Injury Recovery
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Slomine@KennedyKrieger.org

Director of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Services
and Director of Training
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationDirector of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Services and Director of TrainingCo-Director, Center for Brain Injury RecoveryAssociate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Slomine directs the neuropsychology training program for postdoctoral residents, predoctoral interns, and doctoral externs at Kennedy Krieger Institute. In addition, she oversees neuropsychological services throughout the Rehabilitation Continuum of Care. She also directly supervises postdoctoral residents, and doctoral interns, in providing comprehensive clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology services to inpatients. She is currently on the board of directors of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. She is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation and is associate editor of Rehabilitation Psychology.

Dr. Slomine’s research focuses on neuropsychological outcomes following pediatric brain injury. She has more than 40 peer-reviewed research publications and several book chapters. She developed a measure, the Cognitive and Linguistic Scale, to track recovery following pediatric brain injury in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. She is currently a co-investigator for two NIH-funded multicenter randomized controlled trials examining the efficacy of hypothermia treatment acutely after in-hospital and out-of-hospital pediatric cardiac arrest. Her role involves development, oversight, and interpretation of long-term neurocognitive outcome data for the trials. Over the last few years, she has actively mentored postdoctoral residents and junior faculty in research, resulting in numerous presentations and publications.


Cynthia Salorio, PhD, ABPP
Director of Rehabilitation Outcomes and Related Research
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Salorio@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Salorio is a primary supervisor for doctoral students, interns, and postdoctoral residents. She provides clinical neuropsychological services to children through Kennedy Krieger’s inpatient neurorehabilitation service, the outpatient neuropsychology service, the multidisciplinary rehabilitation follow-up clinic, and the multidisciplinary hemispherectomy presurgical clinic.

Dr. Salorio’s primary research interest is in clinical factors (e.g., neurobiological mechanisms, secondary injury variables, and rehabilitation interventions) that impact rehabilitation outcomes in children with a variety of acquired and congenital neurological disorders. Recent research focuses on predictors of cognitive, emotional, functional, and quality of life outcomes in children following traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, and hemispherectomy. Dr. Salorio is one of the founding members of the International Pediatric Rehabilitation Collaborative, and currently serves on the professional advisory boards of the Hemispherectomy Foundation and the Abilities Network/Epilepsy Foundation Chesapeake Region. She is the past president of the American Psychological Association, Division 22, Section 1 (pediatric rehabilitation).


Andrew Zabel

T. Andrew Zabel, PhD, ABPP
Director of Clinical Services
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
ZabelA@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Zabel is the clinical director of neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and supervises neuropsychology trainees at the doctoral, internship, and residency levels as part of the Institute’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities training program (LEND; 6T73MC0019). Professional affiliations include the editorial boards of Assessment and The Clinical Neuropsychologist, as well as the professional advisory board of the Spina Bifida Association.

Dr. Zabel’s research focuses upon the adaptive and neuropsychological functioning of individuals with congenital and acquired disorders of the brain’s white matter, with particular emphasis on persons with hydrocephalus, spina bifida, Sturge-Weber syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Recent publications have focused on the executive components of medical selfcare, self-management, and transition into adulthood. Within Kennedy Krieger, Dr. Zabel and his collaborators have instituted a system of Internet-based clinical data collection to facilitate efficient parent- and teacher-report of behavior. Outside of Kennedy Krieger, Dr. Zabel and his collaborators have created the Kennedy Krieger Independence Scales–Spina Bifida Version (KKIS-SB) to measure the executive components of spina bifida–related health care. The KKIS-SB and other instruments have been accrued into a nationally available online dashboard of parent-, teacher-, and self-report questionnaires to help facilitate the systematic provision of evidence-based spina bifida–related care.


Ericka Wodka

Ericka Wodka, PhD, ABPP
Neuropsychologist, Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Wodka@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Wodka is a primary supervisor for the postdoctoral residency in neuropsychology at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Her research interests include examining motor development, attention, and other aspects of higher-order cognitive processes in neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly autism. She is the principal investigator on an externally funded project examining the relationship between attention, tactile perception, and abnormal sensory behavior in autism. She has also recently presented and published findings related to language outcomes for children with autism and severe language delays. Other research interests include examining differences in children with autism, with and without comorbidities (e.g., anxiety, ADHD, aggression), and collaborating in the development of an autism screening measure.


Lisa Jacobson

Lisa Jacobson, PhD, ABPP
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Jacobson@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Jacobson coordinates the Oncology Clinic within the department’s outpatient specialty service and is a primary supervisor for postdoctoral residents within this clinic. Dr. Jacobson’s research interests include characterizing how the developing executive functions of children interact with their developmental contexts at home and school to influence brain development and neurobehavioral functioning.

Her research interests include disorders affecting executive function (e.g., ADHD, spina bifida, cancers, and cancer treatment) and children at risk for developing executive dysfunction. She is developing clinical screening tools for identifying children with neurocognitive difficulties, which can be used as part of typical medical care visits for specific clinical populations. She also has a funded project partnering with cancer survivors, their families, and other stakeholders to examin factors influencing the transition back to full-time schooling after treatment. She has collaborated on Institute projects examining response variability in children with ADHD, characteristics of attentional disorders in referred children, influences of working memory and response variability on reading fluency in ADHD, executive function in spina bifida, and validation of the Kennedy Krieger Independence Scales–Spina Bifida (KKIS-SB) and Sickle Cell (KKIS-SCD) versions.


Jennifer Reesman

Jennifer Reesman, PhD, ABPP
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Reesman@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Reesman provides training and supervision to neuropsychology doctoral interns, and postdoctoral residents.  She has special expertise in assessing children who are deaf or hard-of- hearing, individuals who use American Sign Language, and children before and after cochlear implant surgery. Dr. Reesman oversees and provides clinical services in the Deafness Related Evaluations and More (DREAM) clinic. She also provides services in the Concussion Clinic and the Congenital and Genetic Disorders Clinic. She is the project director for the nation’s first and only doctoral psychology internship track that provides training and experiences in working with children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Dr. Reesman’s research interests include examining the accessibility and validity of various neuropsychological assessment techniques with children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, interventions to improve working memory, and promoting recovery from mild traumatic brain injury in young children. Her past research projects have examined neuropsychological functioning in children with Sturge-Weber syndrome and validation of novel assessment measures used in evaluation of pediatric mild traumatic brain injury.


Vanessa Ramos

Vanessa Ramos Scarborough, PhD
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology
RamosV@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Ramos Scarborough provides training and supervision to neuropsychology predoctoral students and post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Ramos Scarborough has expertise in the assessment of children and adolescents diagnosed with epilepsy/ seizure disorders as well as traumatic brain injuries. She provides services in the outpatient Department of Neuropsychology, as well as the multidisciplinary Concussion Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Ramos Scarborough is also involved in efforts to increase the quality of services to Spanish-speaking families. She is fluent in Spanish and provides outpatient neuropsychological evaluations for Spanish-speaking patients.


Megan Kramer

Megan Kramer, PhD
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology
KramerM@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Kramer provides training and supervision to predoctoral externs, interns, and postdoctoral residents. She also provides clinical neuropsychological services to children throughout Kennedy Krieger’s Rehabilitation Continuum of Care, including the inpatient neurorehabilitation unit, Concussion Clinic, and Community Rehabilitation Program. She has a clinical interest in evidence-based cognitive rehabilitation interventions. Dr. Kramer’s research interests involve measuring and predicting outcomes across the range and severity of pediatric brain injury, including characterizing the recovery trajectories and predictors of outcome in children with disorders of consciousness, as well as examining factors impacting recovery from mild traumatic brain injuries.


Danielle Ploetz

Danielle Ploetz, PhD
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology and Fairmount Rehabilitation Programs
Ploetz@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Ploetz provides training and supervision for doctoral students and postdoctoral residents. She provides neuropsychological assessments for children and adolescents recovering from a wide range of acquired brain injuries, including concussions, moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular accidents, and brain tumors. She also evaluates children with other congenital, acquired, and neurodevelopmental disorders, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, chronic pain, and ADHD. Research interests include performance and symptom validity testing in pediatric populations, as well as evaluating neuropsychological outcomes following pediatric brain injury.


Emma Cole

Emma Cole, PhD
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology and Kennedy Krieger School Programs
ColeEM@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Emma Cole supervises the training of neuropsychology postdoctoral fellows in the Kennedy Krieger School Rotation. She oversees neuropsychology services at both the high school and lower school campuses. Dr. Cole previously provided assessments in an outpatient hospital setting. She is also a credentialed school psychologist, and has worked as a school psychologist in public school districts in Texas, Virginia, and Washington State. She has expertise in special education law, the assessment of learning disabilities in children and adolescents, and the transition of students with disabilities to post-secondary settings. Her research interests include factors affecting post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities, and the development of advocacy skills in students with disabilities.