Neuropsychology Department Outpatient Specialty Clinics

Fellows gain experience in psychological assessment by participating in each of the following outpatient specialty clinics for six months. There are two supervising psychologists per major rotation, and fellows spend three months with each supervising psychologist. Through involvement in these outpatient specialty clinics, fellows gain experience serving individuals, from toddlers to young adults, with a wide range of neurodevelopmental and/or psychiatric disorders. As part of this experience, fellows offer consultation to medical providers, families and school staff members, and they are exposed to relevant special education law. The specific outpatient specialty clinics are described below.

Executive Function Clinic:

In the Executive Function (EF) Clinic, fellows participate in evaluations of children and adolescents with known or suspected neurodevelopmental, psychiatric and/or medical disorders that can be associated with executive dysfunction. Many of the individuals seen in this clinic have or are suspected of having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disorders. Participation in this clinic provides fellows with opportunities to learn about the development of executive function skills through early childhood and adolescence, common conditions associated with executive dysfunction across settings, special education law, and other school-specific information. 

  • Supervisors: Rashida Barner, PhD and Shalena Heard, PhD

Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Clinic:

In the Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD) Clinic, fellows participate in evaluations of children and adolescents presenting with a variety of behavioral and emotional conditions. Participation in this clinic provides fellows with opportunities to learn about assessment procedures used for clarifying conditions related to mood and behavioral disorders.    

  • Supervisors: Tanisha Drummond, PsyD, ABPP and Judith Trussell, PhD

Development and Early Learning Clinic:

In the Development and Early Learning (DEL) Clinic, fellows participate in evaluations of children 6 years of age and younger. Patients in this clinic present with developmental, and/or behavioral concerns. Participation in this clinic provides fellows with opportunities to learn about assessment procedures used with young children, and evidence-based intervention strategies for supporting young children with developmental disorders. Fellows also develop skills in differentiating between typical and atypical development in young children.

  • Supervisors: Rebecca Lieb, PhD, ABPP and Shelley McDermott, PhD, BCBA-D

Targeted Assessment Clinic:

In the Targeted Assessment Clinic, fellows conduct diagnostic interviews and targeted psychological evaluations with patients who have been identified as requiring less extensive testing. Participation in this clinic provides fellows with experience in constructing an abbreviated test battery to answer a circumscribed referral question.

  • Supervisor: Alison Pritchard, PhD, ABPP and Danielle Wexler, PhD

Follow-Up Clinic:

In Follow-Up Clinic, fellows check in with families of patients identified by clinicians as benefiting from follow-up several months after their assessment. In this context, fellows will assist families in identifying and accessing resources, further developing their understanding of their child’s condition and relevant treatment options, and will monitor patients’ progress in targeted areas.

  • Supervisor: Allison Gornik, PhD, Alison Pritchard, PhD, ABPP

Optional Training Experiences:

Pathways to Young Adulthood Clinic:

The Pathways to Young Adulthood Clinic provides comprehensive evaluation, consultation and progress monitoring for older teens and young adults with developmental, attentional, executive function and/or or social-emotional needs. The mission of this clinic is to empower older teens and young adults to understand their learning strengths and needs, self-advocate, and better manage self-care to work towards independence.

  •  Supervisor: Shalena Heard, PhD

Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law):

Project HEAL is a comprehensive medical-legal partnership that provides advocacy and legal services for children—and their families—who receive clinical services at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

  • Supervisor: Maureen van Stone, Esq., MS

Kennedy Krieger School Programs:

Kennedy Krieger School Programs include nonpublic special education day schools for children and adolescents in elementary through high school. Kennedy Krieger School Programs are nationally recognized schools with students who have a variety of diagnoses and federal classifications, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, speech-language disorders, intellectual disabilities and other health conditions, such as seizures and traumatic brain injuries.

  • Supervisor: Emma Cole, PhD, ABPP

Center for Autism Services, Science and Innovation (CASSI™, formerly known as the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, or CARD)

The Center for Autism Services, Science and Innovation provides assessment and treatment services for children and adolescents who have or are suspected of having ASD.

  • Supervisor: Amy Keefer, PhD, ABPP

Sample Schedule for Incoming Fellows:

A chart showing the sample schedule for incoming fellows.