Behavioral Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship: Training Faculty


Training Leadership:


Valerie Paasch, Ph.D.

Director of Postdoctoral Training & Supervising Psychologist for Pediatric Psychology Consultation Program (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, JHUSOM)

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Behavioral pediatrics, procedural preparation, assessment and intervention to promote coping and recovery in youth with brain injury, pediatric sleep.
  • Education and Training:
    Ph.D., Louisiana State University; Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Licensed Psychologist.

Jonathan Dean Schmidt, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Incoming Director of Internship Training & Supervising Psychologist for Neurobehavioral Unit (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, JHUSOM)

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Assessment and treatment of severe behavior problems, functional communication preferences, brief experimental analysis, and mindfulness-based and acceptance and commitment therapies.
  • Education and Training:
    Ph.D., University of South Carolina; Doctoral internship at The May Institute; Postdoctoral Fellowship, JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Board Certified Behavior Analyst; Licensed Psychologist.

Michael F. Cataldo, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President & Director, Department of Psychology (Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, JHUSOM).

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Behavioral pediatrics and behavioral medicine, applications of behavioral procedures in pediatric neurology, and assessment of hospital environments.
  • Education and Training:
    Ph.D., University of Kansas; Doctoral work with Donald M. Baer and Todd R. Risley.

Louis P. Hagopian, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Chief Psychologist & Program Director, Neurobehavioral Unit (Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, JHUSOM).

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders, drug-behavior interactions, behavioral inhibition, anxiety.
  • Education and Training:
    Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Doctoral work with Tom Ollendick; Doctoral Internship, JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Licensed Psychologist.

Training Supervisors:


Jessica Becraft, PhD, BCBA-D

Assistant Director of Clinical Outcomes

  • Clinical and Research Interests: applied behavior analysis, program evaluation and accountability, child problem behavior, parent behavior, meta-analysis methods for single case experimental designs, digital behavioral health
  • Education and Training: PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Post-doctoral fellowship, Kennedy Krieger Institute (Department of Behavioral Psychology) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Department of Pediatrics)

Jaime Benson, Ph.D., NCSP

Associate Director and Supervising Psychologist for Behavior Management Clinic

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Behavioral parent training; prevention and early intervention of childhood behavior problems; preschool anxiety; pediatric sleep; integrated behavioral health care; parent-child interaction therapy; military-connected families.
  • Education and Training: Ph.D., Lehigh University; Doctoral Internship Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology (NICPP), Munroe-Meyer Institute of Genetics and Rehabilitation, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE; Postdoctoral Fellowship Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD; Licensed Psychologist; Nationally Certified School Psychologist; PCIT International Level 1 Trainer

Stacy Blasko, Ph.D., NCSP

Supervising Psychologist for Pediatric and Developmental Disabilities Clinic

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Behavioral assessment and intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Education and Training: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship at KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Licensed Psychologist.

Karishma Chengappa, Ph.D., BCBA

Supervising Psychologist for Behavior Management Clinic

  • Clinical & Research interests: Parent-child interaction therapy, behavioral parent training, ADHD, behavioral pediatrics, assessment and treatment of behavior problems in an outpatient setting.
  • Education & Training: Ph.D., West Virginia University; Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship at JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and Kennedy Krieger Institute Department of Psychology; Board Certified Behavior Analyst; Certified PCIT Therapist, Licensed Psychologist.

Lindsay Cirincione, Psy.D.

Supervising Psychologist for Pediatric Psychology Consultation Program (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, JHUSOM)

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Behavioral Pediatrics, behavioral intervention in youth with chronic and posttraumatic headache, cognitive behavioral treatment of post-concussive symptoms; impact of brain injury on school functioning, transition to adult care in Sickle Cell Disease, Pica in Sickle Cell Disease, Non-Accidental Head Injuries in infants.
  • Education and Training: Psy.D., Georgia School of Professional Psychology; Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship, JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Licensed Psychologist.

Michelle Frank-Crawford, Ph.D.

Senior Behavior Analyst, Neurobehavioral Unit, Behavioral Psychology, KKI (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, JHUSOM)

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, enhancing the value of reinforcers, application of behavioral economic principles to treatment of severe problem behavior.
  • Education and Training: Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst.

Christi Culpepper, Ph.D.

Supervising Psychologist for Child & Family Therapy Clinic

  • Clinical and Research Interests: child and adolescent internalizing (e.g. anxiety and depression) and externalizing issues (e.g. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, disruptive behaviors), family issues (e.g. family conflict, divorce), military family concerns (e.g. deployment, reintegration), group therapy, assessment, issues of diversity and inclusion
  • Education and Training: Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Doctoral Internship, University of Florida/SHANDS Hospital, Gainesville; Postdoctoral Fellowship JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Licensed Psychologist.

Aila Dommestrup, Ph.D., BCBA-D.

Supervising Psychologist for Neurobehavioral Unit Outpatient Clinic

  • Clinical and Research Interests: assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders in children and adolescents, parent training, generalization and maintenance of behavior plans to home, school, and community settings.
  • Education and Training: Ph.D., University of Georgia; Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship, JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Board Certified Behavior Analyst; Licensed Psychologist. 

Matt Edelstein, Psy.D., BCBA-D.

Supervising Psychologist for Behavior Management Clinic

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Functional assessment of childhood behavior problems, parent and teacher training, staff training.
  • Education and Training: Psy.D., Rutgers University; Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship, JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Board Certified Behavior Analyst; Licensed Behavior Analyst; Licensed Psychologist

John Michael Falligant, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Supervising Psychologist in Neurobehavioral Unit (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, JHUSOM).

  • Clinical & Research Interests: Assessment and treatment of behavioral dysfunction in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders; translational behavioral research involving quantitative models of choice behavior, determinants of impulsivity, reward sensitivity, behavioral persistence, and the identification and quantification of predictive behavioral markers.
  • Education and Training: Ph.D., Auburn University; Doctoral Internship Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Postdoctoral fellowship Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Licensed Psychologist

Peter A. Girolami, PhD., BCBA-D

Program Director & Supervising Psychologist for Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, JHUSOM)

  • Clinical and Research Interests: treatment of pediatric feeding disorders, relation between biological/environmental variables and onset/maintenance of feeding disorders, caregiver adherence to treatment recommendations.
  • Education and Training: Ph.D. West Virginia University. Doctoral Internship, JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Board Certified Behavior Analyst; Licensed Psychologist.

Nancy Grace, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Director & Supervising Psychologist for Pediatric Developmental Disorders Clinic (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, JHUSOM)

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Assessment and treatment of behavior disorders within a brief managed care outpatient format, evaluation of parental and patient variables that predict treatment outcome, accuracy of parental report.
  • Education and Training: Ph.D., Louisiana State University; Doctoral Internship: Brown University School of Medicine; Postdoctoral Fellowship, JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Board Certified Behavior Analyst; Licensed Psychologist.

John Huete, Ph.D.

Supervising Psychologist for Neurobehavioral Unit Outpatient Clinic (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, JHUSOM)

  • Clinical and Research Interests: assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders in young children, early intervention, parent training.
  • Education and Training: Ph.D., Louisiana State University; Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship, JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Licensed Psychologist.

Brian Jobe, Ph.D.

Associate Director & Supervising Psychologist in Child and Family Therapy Clinic

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Family functioning, anxiety, depression, ADHD, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  • Education and Training: Ph.D., University of Maryland Baltimore County; Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Licensed Psychologist.

Lara Jones, Psy.D.

Supervising Psychologist for Pediatric Psychology Consultation Program

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Pediatric chronic pain management, consultation-liaison services, clinical biofeedback.
  • Education and Training: Psy.D., Spalding University; Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship, JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Licensed Psychologist.

Alison M. Kozlowski, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Supervising Psychologist for Pediatric Feeding Disorders Clinic (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)

  • Clinical and Research Interests: assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders, caregiver adherence to treatment, and generalization of treatment effects.
  • Education and Training: Ph.D., Louisiana State University; Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship, JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Board Certified Behavior Analyst; Licensed Psychologist.

Patricia F. Kurtz, Ph.D.

Director & Supervising Psychologist for Neurobehavioral Unit Outpatient Services (Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, JHUSOM)

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders, autistic disorders, parent and teacher training.
  • Education and Training: Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School; Doctoral work with Marjorie H. Charlop; Postdoctoral Fellowship, JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Licensed Psychologist.

Julia T. O’Connor, Ph.D.

Day Treatment Services Director & Supervising Psychologist for Neurobehavioral Unit Outpatient Clinic (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, JHUSOM)

  • Clinical and Research Interests: assessment and treatment of severe behavior problems including self-injury, aggression, pica, property destruction and other problem behaviors exhibited by individuals with developmental disabilities, generalization of treatment gains, parent and teacher training, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, Joubert
  • Education and Training: Ph.D., State University of New York - Binghamton; Doctoral Internship JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Licensed Psychologist.

Susan Perkins-Parks, Ph.D.

Director & Supervising Psychologist for Behavior Management Clinic (Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, JHUSOM)

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Parent and teacher training, ADHD, assessment and treatment of pre-school behavior problems.
  • Education and Training: Ph.D., University of Maryland; Doctoral work with Neil Hoffman; Postdoctoral Fellowship with Edward Christopherson (Children's Mercy Hospital) and University of Kansas Medical Center UAP; Certified PCIT Therapist; Licensed Psychologist. J

Gina Richman, Ph.D., NCSP

Director & Supervising Psychologist for Child and Family Therapy Clinic (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, JHUSOM)

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Assessment and treatment of family variables influencing child behavior problems, behavioral pediatrics, parent training.
  • Education and Training: Ph.D., Child Clinical and School Psychology Florida State University; Doctoral internship, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Postdoctoral Fellowship, JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and KKI Department of Behavioral Psychology; Certified School Psychologist; Licensed Psychologist.

Keith J. Slifer, Ph.D.

Director & Supervising Psychologist for Pediatric Psychology Consultation Program (Professor, Department of Pediatrics, JHUSOM)

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Behavioral pediatrics, preparation for medical procedures, developmental disabilities, behavioral consequences of chronic illness.
  • Education and Training: Ph.D., Florida State University; Doctoral Internship, Medical College of Pennsylvania; Certified School Psychologist; Licensed Psychologist.

Craig W. Strohmeier, Psy.D., BCBA-D

Supervising Psychologist for Neurobehavioral Unit Outpatient Clinic (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, JHUSOM)

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior in children and adolescents, analysis of the transactional relation between parent behavior and child severe problem behavior, collateral effects of severe problem behavior on parents, contextual behavioral interventions to increase parent adherence with behavioral treatment plans, and single-case experimental designs for clinical and applied settings.
  • Education and Training: Psy.D., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Doctoral Internship, The May Institute; Postdoctoral Fellowship, JHUSOM Department of Pediatrics and Kennedy Krieger Institute Department of Behavioral Psychology; Board Certified Behavior Analyst; Licensed Psychologist.

Caitlin Thompson, Ph.D.

Supervising Psychologist for Pediatric Psychology Consultation Program

  • Clinical and Research Interests: Behavioral pediatrics, acute pain and procedural distress, management of chronic pain, parent-child interactions within the context of medical settings and child chronic illness.
  • Education and Training: Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital; Licensed Psychologist.