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 (EF) Clinic:

In the Executive Function 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).   

  • Clinic Director: Alison Pritchard, PhD
  • Supervisors: Rashida Barner, PhD, and Shelley McDermott, PhD

Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD) Clinic:

In the Emotional and Behavioral Disorders 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).    

  • Clinic Director: Lisa Reichenbach, PhD
  • Supervisors: Lisa Reichenbach, PhD, and Tanisha Drummond, PhD

Infants, Toddlers and pre-School Years (ITSY) Clinic:

In the ITSY clinic, fellows participate in evaluations of children from infancy through age 6. Patients in this clinic present with a range of conditions, from complex medical histories to more general developmental and behavioral disorders. 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, and to practice differentiating between typical and atypical development in young children.

  • Clinic Director: Gwendolyn Gerner, PsyD
  • Supervisor: Jill Pineda, PhD

Abbreviated Assessment Clinic:

In the Abbreviated Assessment Clinic, fellows conduct evaluations with patients who have recently participated in a diagnostic intake and 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.

  • Clinic Director: T. Andrew Zabel, PhD
  • Supervisors: Alison Pritchard, PhD, and Shruti Rane, PhD

Outpatient Specialist Clinics: Triage and Intervention Experiences

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

Diagnostic Intake Clinic: 

Within the Diagnostic Intake Clinic, fellows collect information from caregivers, schools, other professionals, and the child or adolescent patient in order to determine whether formal psychological testing or other services are needed. Patients in this clinic present with a range of neurodevelopmental, psychiatric and medical conditions. Participants in this clinic develop interviewing and triage skills, as well as an understanding of the insurance authorization process.

  • Clinic Director: Sandra Slater, PhD
  • Supervisors: All outpatient specialty clinic supervisors participate in the supervision of fellows in this clinic.

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), parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) and comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics (CBIT).

  • Clinic Director: Dan Kleiner, PhD
  • Supervisors: Dan Kleiner, PhD; Angela Fadely, PhD; Joe McGuire, PhD; Amie Bettencourt, PhD; and Andrea Young, 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.

  • Clinic Director: Mary Leppert, MD
  • Supervisor: Shelley McDermott, 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 Schools: Fairmount Campus (for students in kindergarten through eighth grade) and Kennedy Krieger High School are nationally recognized schools with students who have a variety of diagnoses and federal classifications, including autism, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, speech-language impairments, intellectual disabilities, and other health conditions, such as seizures and traumatic brain injuries.

  • Supervisor: Emma Cole, PhD

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) provides assessment and treatment services for children and adolescents who have or are suspected of having autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

  • Supervisor: Ericka Wodka, PhD

Sample Schedule for Incoming Fellows:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Year 1 - Fall PMHP Diagnostic Intake Clinic EF Clinic Writing Day Journal Club/Research
Year 1 - Spring PMHP Diagnostic Intake Clinic Brief Assessment Clinic Writing Day Journal Club/Research
Year 2 - Fall PMHP EBD Clinic Diagnostic Intake Clinic Writing Day Journal Club/Research
Year 2 - Spring PMHP ITSY Clinic Diagnostic Intake Clinic Writing Day Journal Club/Research