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Fellowship Faculty & Staff
All Kennedy Krieger Institute training faculty in the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education (CILSE) fellowship program have extensive experience working in the broad field of neurodevelopmental disabilities, ranging from laboratory to clinical and educational settings. Our multidisciplinary core faculty includes members who hold academic appointments through the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Education, Business, and Arts & Sciences, and through Towson University.
Kimberly joined the Institute in 1995 as a clinic coordinator and was later promoted to grants manager in the Department of Developmental Cognitive Neurology in 2003. In addition to her grants manager position, she provides CILSE with day-to-day administrative support and helps manage the Center’s finances.
Lisa Carey, M.A.
SENIOR EDUCATION CONSULTANT
After graduating from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a B.A. in history, Lisa received her master of arts in teaching from Goucher College with dual certification in special education and social studies education. In 2013, she completed her Administrator One Certification through Towson University. Lisa is currently a doctoral student in instructional technology at Towson University, where she is focused on the improvement of pre-service and in-service training and supports for teachers.
Before she was accepted as one of the inaugural fellows at the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education, Lisa was a special education teacher in St. Mary’s and Baltimore Counties, specializing in inclusion practices for students with emotional-behavioral and developmental disabilities. She has taught as adjunct special education faculty at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Towson University. Lisa is a CAST UDL Cadre Member and provides nationwide UDL professional training.
Lisa joined CILSE as a senior education consultant in 2014, where she provides consultation and training services to educators, researchers, and clinicians in order to promote best practices in the field of special education.
Martha Bridge Denckla, M.D.
CORE FACULTY, NEUROSCIENCE OF LEARNING & THE LEARNER
Dr. Denckla graduated summa cum laude from Bryn Mawr College and went on to graduate cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1962, where she trained with Dr. Norman Geschwind in behavioral neurology. Dr. Denckla served residencies at Beth Israel Hospital and Veterans Administration Hospital, both in Boston, as well as Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC. After positions in neurology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and Harvard Medical School, she served as the director of the learning disabilities clinic at the Children's Hospital.
She came to the Maryland area in 1982 to serve as chief of the section on autism and related disorders at the developmental neurology branch of the Neurological Disorders Program at the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke (NIH). She came to Johns Hopkins and KKI in 1987.
Dr. Denckla previously served as the director of the Developmental Cognitive Neurology Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and holds the Batza Family Endowed Chair at Kennedy Krieger.
Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D.
Dr. Nancy Grasmick is the nation’s longest serving state education chief and Maryland’s first female superintendent of schools. Under her leadership, the state of Maryland received one of the federal government’s coveted Race to the Top education grants in 2010, worth up to $250 million to continue building upon a solid record of school reform. In addition, for a fourth straight year, Education Week ranked Maryland’s public school system first in the nation in 2012.
Dr. Grasmick has received numerous awards for her visionary leadership, including the national Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. In 2011, she was inducted into The Daily Record’s “Circle of Influence,” recognizing her as a “Most Influential Marylander.” In 2010, the College Board awarded her the national William U. Harris Award of Excellence, and the National Art Education Association honored her with the Distinguished Service, Outside the Profession Award. Dr. Grasmick is also a presidential scholar at Towson University.
Lisa Jacobson, Ph.D., NCSP, ABPP
CORE DIRECTOR, NEUROSCIENCE OF LEARNING & THE LEARNER
After graduating from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Dr. Jacobson completed her Master of Education and Education Specialist degree in School Psychology at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She then worked as a school psychologist before completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. She completed her clinical internship in neurodevelopment and neuropsychology at the Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in Miami, Florida, and then completed her post-doctoral residency in pediatric neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
She joined Kennedy Krieger as a pediatric neuropsychologist in 2010, where she provides training and supervision for graduate student externs, interns, and post-doctoral fellows in the outpatient clinics of the Neuropsychology Department. Clinically, she sees children for evaluation with a variety of developmental and medical conditions, primarily within the department's Neuro-oncology Clinic and Executive Function Clinic. Dr. Jacobson is the director of the Neuroscience of Learning and the Learner Core at the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education.
E. Mark Mahone, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Mark Mahone is a pediatric neuropsychologist and director of the Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is also professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and is on the core faculty in psychology for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC).
Dr. Mahone’s professional career has emphasized clinical services for young children with neurodevelopmental disorders; training and mentoring of psychologists, educators, and physicians in working with young children; and research involving investigation of brainbehavior relationships in young children with and without neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Mahone is the president-elect of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology and is an editorial board member for six scientific journals.
Jonathan Schmidt, Ph.D., BCBA-D
CORE DIRECTOR, PRINCIPLES OF BEHAVIOR CHANGE
Dr. Schmidt graduated with his doctoral degree in school psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2010. After finishing his coursework, he completed an internship at The May Institute and a postdoctoral fellowship at Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During both his internship and fellowship, he focused on neuropsychological assessment, as well as assessing and treating problem behavior displayed by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Currently, Dr. Schmidt is a senior behavior analyst at Kennedy Krieger Institute on the inpatient Neurobehavioral Unit. His primary responsibilities in this role are to supervise the assessment and treatment of individuals who are admitted for severe problem behavior, and consult with relevant caregivers to ensure effective service delivery. Dr. Schmidt is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland, and a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D).
Christopher L. Smith, Ph.D.
CORE DIRECTOR, KNOWLEDGE ACQUISITION AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE
Dr. Smith received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Colorado with a major in Psychology. He also received his doctoral degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas.
Dr. Smith is the director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, and a faculty member in the Center for Women's and Children's Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Maureen van Stone, Esq.
CORE DIRECTOR, LEADERSHIP, LAW, AND MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES
Maureen earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in developmental psychology at The Johns Hopkins University, and a Juris Doctor at Whittier Law School, with a concentration on children’s legal issues. Prior to law school, Maureen worked as a clinician on the Neurobehavioral Unit in the Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger for six years.
Maureen van Stone is the associate director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) and the director of Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law), a MCDD community-based program. Project HEAL is Maryland’s only medical-legal partnership, which provides advocacy and legal services to low-income families and children with disabilities who receive services at Kennedy Krieger.
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"This program thoughtfully brings together cutting edge partners that together will create a high-caliber, hands-on environment for learning. Those that complete the program will be sought after by many school systems for leadership positions in special education."
- Kim Lewis, EdD