Psychiatric Mental Health Program:
Core Faculty and Training Staff


A headshot of Daniel Kleiner

Dan Kleiner, PsyD

  • Director of Psychological Services, Psychiatric Mental Health Program
  • Chairperson of the Kennedy Krieger Institute Ethics Program 
  • Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Kleiner specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents who have complex psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. He has a wealth of experience working with underserved populations, and with children and families who have experienced trauma, neglect and abuse.  

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Danielle Virgadamo, PsyD

Dr. Virgadamo is a supervising psychologist in the Psychiatric Mental Health Program, and is also the coordinator of the program’s psychological assessment program. She specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with mood and externalizing disorders, and is a member of the dialectical behavior therapy team.


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Joseph McGuire, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. McGuire is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher with more than 12 years of experience treating and conducting research on childhood obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, trichotillomania and Tourette syndrome.


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Amie Bettencourt, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Bettencourt’s primary interest is in research and implementation of evidence-based practices with young children and their parents.



Kathryn Van Eck, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
  • Emerge Gender & Sexuality Clinic for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults




Joan Kaufman, PhD

Dr. Kaufman is the director of research for the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Her primary research focuses on two areas of investigation: research on risk and resilience in maltreated children and other vulnerable populations, and studies on child psychiatric diagnoses. Dr. Kaufman’s investigations have utilized clinical assessment, neuroimaging, and genetic and epigenetic research methods, and have embraced a broad spectrum of perspectives, from neurobiology to social policy.

Department of Neuropsychology: Faculty and Staff


Alison Pritchard, PhD, ABPP

  • Co-Director, Child Clinical Psychology Fellowship
  • Clinical Director, Department of Neuropsychology
  • Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Pritchard is a licensed and board-certified child and adolescent clinical psychologist who serves as the Co-Director of and research scientist in the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Pritchard also holds an appointment as assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Pritchard sees patients for psychological assessment in the Targeted Assessment Clinic and in the Consultation Clinic within the Neuropsychology Department's outpatient program.

Shelley McDermott, PhD, BCBA-D

Dr. McDermott's clinical interests include assessment of preschool and school-age children with suspected neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and learning disorders. In addition, Dr. McDermott has experience working with children and adolescents who present with conditions related to mood and anxiety. Dr. McDermott sees patients through the Executive Function Clinic. 

Rashida Barner, PhD

Dr. Barner conducts psychological evaluations with children and adolescents who present with conditions related to neurodevelopment, mood and anxiety, as well as with other conditions, such as social or family issues. Dr. Barner’s clinical interests include providing culturally competent evaluations to a diverse population. Dr. Barner sees patients in the Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Clinic and the Executive Function Clinic.

Tanisha Drummond, PsyD, ABPP

Dr. Drummond conducts evaluations with children and adolescents who present with neurodevelopmental disorders, mood and anxiety conditions, and other behavioral conditions. Dr. Drummond specializes in using objective personality inventories to aid in diagnostic clarification and treatment recommendations. Dr. Drummond sees patients through the Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Clinic.


Beth Slomine, PhD, ABPP

  • Director of Training and Director of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Services and Training, Department of Neuropsychology
  • Co-Director, Center for Brain Injury Recovery
  • Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Beth Slomine is the co-director of the Center for Brain Injury Recovery and the director of training and neuropsychological rehabilitation services within the Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Slomine is a licensed psychologist and board-certified clinical neuropsychologist with a subspecialty in pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Slomine has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed research publications and 10 book chapters, and has edited a book on cognitive rehabilitation in children.

Dr. Slomine directs the neuropsychology training program for postdoctoral residents, doctoral interns and doctoral externs at Kennedy Krieger. Dr. Slomine also oversees clinical and academic affairs for psychologists in the Department of Neuropsychology, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress, and Kennedy Krieger School Programs.