The Neurobehavioral Unit is an inpatient unit (NBU-IP) that provides postdoctoral training opportunities as part of Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Behavioral Psychology Training Program.

The NBU is a 16 bed unit for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities who display severe destructive behavior such as self-injury, aggression, property destruction, pica, elopement and other dangerous behavior. The NBU-IP utilizes a data-driven approach to assessment and treatment based on an applied behavior analysis; and integrated with pharmacological treatment characterized as our Neurobehavioral Model. Each patient participates in a series of intensive assessments, including functional analyses and reinforcer assessments. Based on assessment results, individualized behavioral interventions are developed and systematically evaluated to determine their effectiveness in decreasing severe problem behaviors and increasing appropriate replacement behavior. One of the most critical components of our treatment approach is collaboration with an interdisciplinary team.

Faculty work with applicants to develop an individualized training experience based on the specific training goals and previous experience of the fellow.  Training opportunities include a range of activities including supervision of clinical services, clinical and translational research, administrative activities, and parent education. Fellows receive at least 2 hours per week of individual and group supervision. Fellows are also encouraged and provided the opportunity to attend and/or present research data at local and national conferences.

Supervision duties may include:

  • Training practicum students and staff and providing direct feedback as needed for the assessments and treatments developed for individual patients on the unit
  • Assist with clinical case supervision
  • Participant in educational and parent meetings
  • Assist with conducting parent training
  • Participating as a team member in weekly interdisciplinary rounds
  • Assisting with the development of peer review presentations

Clinical and translational research may include:

  • Developing and implementing clinically relevant research protocols
  • Assisting with grant writing and data collection
  • Developing new research projects given the fellow’s interests

Administrative activities may include:

  • Participating in the screening, admission, and discharge process of NBU patients
  • Assisting with requesting insurance authorization for inpatient and/or outpatient behavioral services

Community Advocacy and Education may include:

  • Collaboration with KKI and community based advocacy groups
  • Consultation with schools, local agencies, and residential programs