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IDDRC Administrative Core Faculty

E. Mark Mahone, Ph.D., DirectorMark Mahone serves as the Director of the IDDRC in addition to his role as Co-Director of the Behavior Science Core. He will share responsibility with Dr. Silverman for the intellectual leadership, overall conduct of this Center, and for the allocation of resources, along with the Center’s other Executive Committee members, Drs. Cataldo, Johnston, Denckla, Reeves and Pelled. He is the Director of the Department of Neuropsychology and Co-Director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education at the KKI.  He is also Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the JHUSOM and a core faculty member of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Leadership Education Excellence in Caring for Children with Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program at KKI.  Dr. Mahone is a fellow of both the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the American Psychological Association. He is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and internationally recognized for his expertise in brain-behavior relationships among individuals with and without neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Mahone has been a core faculty member of the IDDRC since 2000, and as Associate Director, he will work closely with other members of the leadership team in establishing Center priorities and policies.

Wayne Silverman, Ph.D., Co-DirectorWayne Silverman serves as the IDDRC’s Co-Director, having been intimately involved in Center activities since joining the faculty in 2006. He is the Director of Intellectual Disabilities Research within Kennedy Krieger’s (KKI) Department of Behavioral Psychology and a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM).  Dr. Silverman is a seasoned investigator with over 40 years of research experience in the IDD field. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in cognition and lifespan development, especially among individuals with Down syndrome.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 3, 20 and 33; and a Past President of Division 33 – Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities), the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the Association for Psychological Science, and the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, as well as a Past President of the Academy on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Michael F. Cataldo, Ph.D., Associate DirectorMichael F. Cataldo serves as an Associate Director of the overall grant and the Administrative Core.  Dr. Cataldo has over 40 years of experience in research and research administration and is recognized internationally as a pioneer in the development of the field of Behavioral Pediatrics. As Director of KKI’s Department of Behavioral Psychology, he has built what is perhaps the largest treatment program in the world targeting severe problem behaviors of individuals with IDD. He is the Lawless Family Chair and Professor of Behavioral Biology at the JHUSOM (with additional appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences), and a Senior Vice President of the KKI. He is a Past- President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine as well as the American Psychological Association’s Divisions on the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Michael Johnston, M.D., Associate DirectorMichael Johnston is an Associate Director of the IDDRC and Director of the Clinical Translational Core. He is the Blum/Moser Chair for Pediatric Neurology at the KKI and Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the JHUSOM. Dr. Johnston has been KKI’s Chief Medical Officer for many years, as well as an active researcher and Associate Director of our IDDRC. He will continue to function in all these capacities. He is an expert on clinical and neurobiological aspects of neurodevelopmental disabilities, and as an Associate Director of the IDDRC, he brings this expertise to his roles on the IDDRC’s Executive Committee and Clinical Translational Core.

Martha Denckla, M.D., Director EmeritaMartha Denckla is the Director Emerita of the IDDRC and a member of the Executive Committee. Dr. Denckla is Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry at JHUSOM and from 1997 – 2014 held the Batza Family Foundation Chair in Developmental Disabilities at the KKI. Dr. Denckla is an internationally recognized expert on brain development and developmental disorders, with particular expertise in the field of learning disabilities. Her extensive experience in identifying priorities for improving practice and her interests in educational innovation based on evolving knowledge of brain development and functioning represent major assets for our IDDRC. As a member of the Executive Committee, Dr. Denckla will continue to be intimately involved in all decision-making regarding research priorities and programmatic concerns.

Amy J. Bastian, Ph.D., PT, Executive Committee MemberAmy Bastian is a member of the IDDRC’s Executive Committee and also serves within the IDDRC as director of the Behavior Science Core’s Motion Analysis component. She is the Chief Science Officer of the Kennedy Krieger Institute and directs its Motion Analysis Laboratory. She is a professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins. As an expert in movement disorders, Dr. Bastian provides consultations regarding quantification of movement, as well as access to the expertise and facilities available through her laboratory.

Roger Reeves, Ph.D., Executive Committee MemberRoger Reeves is a member of the IDDRC’s Executive Committee. He is a professor in the JHUSOM’s Department of Physiology and the Institute for Genetic Medicine. He has a distinguished record of research productivity, including seminal contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms contributing to the various phenotypic characteristics of Down syndrome. He has extensive experience with studies of transgenic mice and, in addition to his more basic research, he co-directs the Down Syndrome Cognition Project with Dr. Stephanie Sherman, Emory University School of Medicine. They have established a network of clinical sites across the United States, including four IDDRCs, to validate and refine cognitive test batteries for Down syndrome.

Galit Pelled, M.D., Executive Committee MemberGalit Pelled serves as a member of the Executive Committee. She is Director of the Laboratory of Neuroplasticity at KKI and an associate professor in the JHUSOM’s Department of Radiology.  Dr. Pelled brings to the Executive Committee cutting-edge expertise in neuroplasticity and neuro-rehabilitation, including technologies for intracellular and extracellular recording, small animal imaging, and optogenetics.