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.

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 Melanie Pinkett-Davis, LCSW-C 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.  Ericka Wodka, PhD, ABPP supervises CARD’s neuropsychology staff.

CARD’s psychology team includes 15 licensed psychologists and one psychology associate. 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. 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.

Residents are entitled to 10 vacation days in addition to the 8 annual holidays observed at the Institute. Support for travel and professional conferences is provided. All residents are given 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 and statistical packages is maintained at CARD.