Outpatient Specialty Clinics: Assessment Experiences

Fellows gain experience in psychological assessment by participating in each of the following outpatient specialty clinics. Fellows participate in each outpatient specialty clinic for six months. There are two supervising psychologists per major rotation, and each fellow spends three months being supervised by each supervising psychologist. Through involvement in these outpatient specialty clinics, fellows gain experience serving individuals, from infants 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 (e.g., multi-tiered systems of intervention).   

  • Supervisors: Rashida Barner, PhD; Shalena Heard, PhD; and Shelley McDermott, PhD, BCBA-D

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 (e.g., personality assessment).    

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

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, behavioral, and/or learning conditions. 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: Shelley McDermott, PhD, BCBA-D, and Rebecca Lieb, PhD, ABPP

Targeted Assessment Clinic:

In the Targeted Assessment Clinic, fellows conduct diagnostic interviews and 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

Outpatient Intervention Experience

In addition to the six-month rotations through our assessment-focused outpatient clinics, fellows participate in the Psychiatric Mental Health Program for the duration of the two-year fellowship.

Psychiatric Mental Health Program (PMHP):

Fellows will participate in the Psychiatric Mental Health Program one day a week for the entire two years of the fellowship. Through participation in this program, fellows will gain experience providing outpatient treatment to children and adolescents who present with a variety of neurodevelopmental and/or psychiatric conditions. Fellows will gain experience with multiple treatment modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics (CBIT).

  • Clinic Supervisor: Dan Kleiner, PsyD; Joseph McGuire, PhD; and Amie Bettencourt, PhD

Optional Training Experiences:

Preschool Interdisciplinary Clinic:

The Preschool Interdisciplinary Clinic (PIC) consists of a team of professionals from across the Institute who provide diagnostic clarification and ongoing monitoring of children with various neurodevelopmental disorders.

  • Supervisor: Shelley McDermott, PhD, BCBA-D

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.

  •  Supervisors: Shalena Heard, PhD, and Susy Thomas, 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 and Related Disorders (CARD)

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders 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.