In 1967, Kennedy Krieger Institute became the nation’s first University Affiliated Program (now known as University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service, or UCEDD). It serves today as a model for similar programs throughout the country. It is affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University and is located close to the Johns Hopkins medical campus in downtown Baltimore, Maryland.

Licensed for 70 inpatient beds and with more than 55 outpatient specialty clinics, Kennedy Krieger serves as a training and research center for hundreds of healthcare providers, including physicians, psychologists and allied health professionals. We take an interdisciplinary team approach to diagnosing and treating complex neurological disorders and neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Kennedy Krieger is committed to racial equity and social justice. At Kennedy Krieger, we change ourselves to use trauma-informed, anti-racist, evidence-based practices, and to promote inclusiveness, racial representation and healing.

Administrative Structure:

The postdoctoral fellowship program is based jointly in the Psychiatric Mental Health Program (PMHP) and in the Department of Neuropsychology. The PMHP employs seven licensed psychologists, 20 clinical social workers and 11 psychiatrists. In addition, the PMHP has three psychology interns in its American Psychological Association-accredited internship, 13 child psychiatry fellow, seven social work interns and two psychology externs. Our licensed psychologists come from diverse backgrounds, including developmental psychology, clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, school psychology and counseling psychology. Dr. Beth Slomine is the Institute's director of psychology training. All training supervisors in the child clinical psychology fellowship program have extensive clinical experience in pediatric psychology and/or neuropsychology.

Fostering Leadership:

The child clinical psychology postdoctoral fellowship is designed to create leaders in the field of psychology. Through didactic learning opportunities and clinical experiences, our fellows acquire valuable skills in evidence-based practices, independent research, teaching, supervision, advocacy and training.

Fellows have opportunities to present at Institute-sponsored seminars and at local, national and international conferences. All fellows have opportunities to participate in teaching and training activities within the PMHP and the Department of Neuropsychology. Fellows can also gain experience in supervising graduate students.


The child clinical psychology fellowship begins each year on Sept. 1. The stipend for first-year residents is consistent with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) PGY1 stipend. The current stipend for first-year fellow (PGY1) is $52,704, which includes eight holidays, two weeks of vacation and one week of professional/conference time per year. Fellows receive appointments through the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Kennedy Krieger Institute provides individual health insurance benefits. Spouse and family coverage is also available.

In addition, Johns Hopkins Medicine University Health Services offers comprehensive ambulatory medical care for fellows and their dependents, with services provided by faculty and professional staff members. Support for travel and professional conferences is provided. All fellows are given individual office space, including a computer with online access to The Johns Hopkins University’s medical library system and online full-text access to university journal subscriptions. A full range of scoring programs, dictation software and statistical packages is maintained in the Department of Neuropsychology and the PMHP.