Kennedy Krieger Institute offers an exciting, one-year advanced specialty training program in developmental neuropsychiatry. The goal of this program is to cultivate outstanding clinicians, educators and researchers in the field of developmental neuropsychiatry.

Child and adolescent psychiatrists will receive cutting-edge training in the psychiatric management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety neurodevelopmental and acquired neuropsychiatric disorders with guidance from expert faculty. Academic activities throughout the year will be required and tailored to the trainee’s interests. The program also offers professional developmental opportunities to expand teaching and leadership skills, and network with distinguished clinicians and scientists. Upon completion of the program, trainees will be well-positioned to pursue a path to leadership in the field.

Kennedy Krieger Institute is an ideal setting to develop skills in developmental neuropsychiatry because of its dynamic multidisciplinary environment, breadth of clinical programs, diverse patient population, and world-renowned clinicians, educators and scientists. 

Trainees will have a broad range of closely supervised clinical experiences to gain proficiency working with children and young adults with complex neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, the following diagnoses:

  • Autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability
  • Cerebral palsy and perinatal brain injury
  • Epilepsy syndromes (e.g., Lennox Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndromes)
  • Neurogenetic syndromes (e.g., 22q11 deletion syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, and neurofibromatosis)
  • Pediatric catatonia
  • Concussion and traumatic brain injury
  • Autoimmune diseases (e.g., anti-NMDA receptor encephalopathy)
  • Pediatric functional neurological symptom disorder
  • Neurodegenerative and neurometabolic diseases


Candidates must have successfully completed both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry training at an ACGME-accredited program. They must have passed the ABPN general psychiatry board examination. Board certification in child and adolescent psychiatry is recommended but not required. Some experience in developmental neuropsychiatry is preferred, although strong candidates without experience but with interest in these areas will be considered. 

Salary and Benefits

The program offers a competitive salary and benefits package, a faculty appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the possibility of a full-time faculty position upon completion of the training program.