About Kennedy Krieger

In 1967, Kennedy Krieger Institute became the nation’s first University Affiliated Program (now known as University Centers of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, 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 Institutions 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.

About the Center for Autism Services, Science and Innovation (CASSI™)

The Center for Autism Services, Science and Innovation (CASSI™, formerly known as the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, or CARD) is a multifaceted program that combines research, outreach and training, early education and therapeutic day programs, and a wide array of clinical services to unlock the potential of autistic children. CASSI’s interdisciplinary clinical team includes professionals from the fields of: clinical psychology, developmental psychology, neuropsychology, psychiatry, neurology, developmental pediatrics, nursing, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, social work, genetic counseling, nutrition, and special education. These professionals serve children from across Maryland and the surrounding region and offer consultation to families from around the globe. CASSI currently offers therapeutic services at two locations in Baltimore (the Greenspring and Ashland campuses) and two satellite locations in Odenton and Columbia, MD. Fellows provide evaluation and treatment services at the Greenspring and Ashland locations.

Administrative Structure

The postdoctoral residency program is based in the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). Rebecca Landa, PhD, CCC-SLP is the department director and Ericka Wodka, PhD, ABPP is the clinical director. Amy Keefer, PhD, ABPP is the training director for the clinical psychology fellowship and co-supervises CARD’s clinical psychology staff with Amanda Santanello, PsyD.  Garland Jones, PhD supervises CARD’s neuropsychology staff.

CARD’s psychology team includes 17 licensed psychologists. Our licensed psychologists come from diverse backgrounds, including clinical neuropsychology, developmental psychology, and clinical psychology, and they offer a variety of clinical services. Those with a role in training are listed in the Core Training Supervisors or Affiliated Faculty and Staff Psychologists sections.


The clinical psychology residency training period begins each year on September 1. The stipend for first-year residents is consistent with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) PGY1 stipend, $56,484. Residents receive appointments through the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Kennedy Krieger Institute provides individual insurance benefits. Spouse and family coverage is also available. In addition, Johns Hopkins University Health Services offers comprehensive ambulatory medical care for residents and their dependents, with services provided by faculty and professional staff.