Kennedy Krieger Institute is a specialty pediatric and rehabilitation hospital with an international reputation for treating children with developmental disabilities. 


Within Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress has the unique mission of “providing high quality, culturally relevant consumer driven and comprehensive services, for individuals and their families affected by or at risk for psychological trauma.”

The Center is located adjacent to, and affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Hospital system in downtown Baltimore, Maryland.  The fellow has a clinical/research appointment with the title Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow through the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  The fellow’s clinical and research work is done at one location throughout the training year.  An individual office, computer access, and administrative/scheduling support, are provided for the fellow. 

The outpatient clinic is in a modern building with offices for professional staff, and a psychiatry and nursing wing.  The core faculty of the postdoctoral program currently is made up of four licensed psychologists, two of whom are board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology.  All of the training supervisors specialize in the assessment and treatment of children and families exposed to trauma, each having particular expertise in specialty areas.  The fellowship is funded as part of the Center’s operating budget.  Fellows receive a competitive NIH/NRSA recommended stipend (currently $48,432) in addition to medical and dental benefits, vacation and sick leave, a week of leave for conference attendance, and a stipend for conference-related expenses.

The Center’s outpatient program provides a range of evidence-based and promising practices to address childhood trauma.  They include:

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT),
  • Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS)
  • Yoga-based Psychotherapy
  • Safety Mentoring Advocacy Recovery and Treatment (SMART)
  • Family Live- a treatment for intergenerational family trauma

Psychological evaluation and diagnostic interviewing are also important components of service provision at the Center.

Individual and Cultural Diversity:

The program recognizes the importance of cultural and individual differences and diversity in the training of psychologists. Our training programs follow Kennedy Krieger Institute’s policy, as an equal opportunity employer, of commitment to diversity at all levels. The internship training program welcomes and encourages qualified individuals to apply and enter on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance, and merit and embraces cultural and individual differences including but not limited to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, veteran status, and socioeconomic status.

As a way of promoting individual and cultural diversity, our Cultural Awareness Committee (CAC) meets regularly, organizes presentations to increase multi-cultural competence, and is open to all interested staff and trainees. The CAC’s aim is to promote cultural knowledge, understanding, and multi-cultural competence in the program.