Kennedy Krieger’s physicians and researchers include leading experts in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), behavioral and psychiatric disorders.

Clinical trials offer one more avenue to pursue in their quest to provide the best treatment for patients.


The Clinical Trials Unit at Kennedy Krieger is led by Dr. Robert Findling.

Dr. Robert L. Findling

Vice President of Psychiatric Services and Research, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Principal Investigator and Associate Director, Clinical Trials Unit

Dr. Findling did his undergraduate work at The Johns Hopkins University, and went to medical school at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Findling then completed training in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry as part of the “Triple Board” joint training program at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. He subsequently earned his Master of Business Administration degree at a joint program called “TRIUM,” run by the London School of Economics, New York University’s Stern School of Business, and HEC School of Management in Paris. After serving as the Rocco L. Motto, MD Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Dr. Findling returned to Baltimore in 2012. In addition to his role at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Dr. Findling is the director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and vice chair in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins.

Clinical Trials Unit Staff

Dr. Dejan B. Budimirovic

Director, Fragile X Clinic
Pediatric Psychiatrist, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Principal Investigator, Clinical Trials Unit

Dr. Budimirovic received his medical training at the University of Belgrade School of Medicine in Serbia. After completing residencies in adult and child psychiatry at Harvard and New York University, Dr. Budimirovic was appointed assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. While at Yale, he cultivated a research interest in psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. Dr. Budimirovic joined the medical staff of Kennedy Krieger in November of 2004. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the subspecialty of child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Budimirovic is an active member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Bradley Grant

Dr. Grant is a Maryland native. He attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a University Scholar and received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty at Kennedy Krieger, he completed both his general psychiatry and child psychiatry fellowship at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Bradley Grant is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Grant practices at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress and Outpatient Psychiatry, where he treats children and adolescents with a range of psychiatric diagnoses such as post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, behavioral disorders and autism.

Dr. Ekaterina Stepanova

Dr. Stepanova graduated from Saratov State Medical University in Russia. She completed her general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at SUNY Stony Brook. Subsequently, she was on the faculty of department of psychiatry of University of Nevada, Reno.

Dr. Stepanova is the medical director of The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Children Mental Health Center and a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She specializes in treating ADHD and Mood Disorders with specific emphasis on aggression and irritability.

Additional Staff

Jennifer Willen, Manager
Monica Bland, Research Coordinator
Molly Phelps, Research Coordinator
Ann Liew, Research Coordinator

Ramont, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 443-923-3850