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

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: Tanisha Drummond, PhD, ABPP
  • Supervisors: Rashida Barner, PhD, and Tanisha Drummond, PhD, ABPP

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. Fellows also develop skills in differentiating between typical and atypical development in young children.

  • Clinic Director: Gwendolyn Gerner, PsyD
  • Supervisors: Shelley McDermott, PhD, BCBA-D, and Allison Mostow, PhD

Targeted Assessment Clinic:

In the Targeted Assessment Clinic, fellows conduct 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.

  • Clinic Director: Alison Pritchard, PhD, ABPP
  • 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), parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) and comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics (CBIT).

  • Clinic Supervisor: Dan Kleiner, PsyD

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, BCBA-D

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, ABPP

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, ABPP

Sample Schedule for Incoming Fellows:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Year 1 - Fall PMHP Targeted Assessment Clinic EF Clinic Writing Day Journal Club/Research/Didactics
Year 1 - Spring PMHP EBD Clinic Targeted Assessment Clinic Writing Day Journal Club/Research/Didactics
Year 2 - Fall PMHP Postdocs' Choice Targeted Assessment Clinic Writing Day Journal Club/Research/Didactics
Year 2 - Spring PMHP ITSY Clinic Targeted Assessment Clinic Writing Day Journal Club/Research