The Neuropsychology Department boasts a robust clinical research program, offering many opportunities for trainee involvement in research.

Faculty members in the Neuropsychology Department are engaged in research projects funded by national organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and by local and national foundations. These studies engage collaborators across Kennedy Krieger, Johns Hopkins, and external sites, and cover a very broad range of topics, but all are in the service of understanding and managing the neurodevelopmental conditions that affect children. These ongoing projects often represent rich research opportunities for trainees.

In addition, faculty and staff members in the Neuropsychology Department participate in clinical research and quality improvement projects that make use of the Department's extensive clinical database, which houses neuropsychological test scores, demographic data, and other clinical information on tens of thousands of our pediatric patients. Trainees are involved in projects that make use of these data, often presenting their findings at conferences or in the form of manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. See the Department Publications list for examples of publications by recent trainees.

In addition to these opportunities to be involved in specific research projects, the department hosts a weekly Journal Club in which faculty members, staff members and trainees discuss a preselected journal article's content and methodological merits. Monthly, the department also hosts Discovery Rounds, in which members of the department share ideas and questions, build collaboration around information and data use, and generate evidence-based ways to provide even better care to our patients.

Recent Publications:

2013 to Present:

Peer-reviewed Articles:

(Supervising faculty in bold italics, residents in bold)

Gray, J. M., Kramer, M. E., Suskauer, S. J., & Slomine, B. S. (2023). Functional recovery during inpatient rehabilitation in children with anoxic or hypoxic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 104(6), 918—924, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2023.01.018.

Ritchie, K. A., & Slomine, B. S. (2022) Neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric recovery from mild traumatic brain injury. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 35(2), 83—89. doi: 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000776. PMID: 35084379.

Day, A. M., Slomine, B. S., Salama, C., Quinton, T. L., Suskauer , S. J., & Salorio, C. F. (2021). Functional gains in children receiving inpatient rehabilitation after brain tumor resection. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 102(11), 2134—2140. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2021.05.001. Epub 2021 May 25. PMID: 34044002; PMCID: PMC8572161.

Rodgin, S., Suskauer, S. J., Chen, J., Katz, E., Davis, K. C., Slomine, B. S. (2021). Very long-term outcomes in children admitted in a disorder of consciousness after severe traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 102(8), 1507—1513. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2021.01.084.

von Buttlar A. M.Zabel, T. A., Pritchard, A. E., Cannon, A. D. (2021). Concordance of the adaptive behavior assessment system, second and third editions. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 65(3), 283—295. doi: 10.1111/jir.12810. Epub 2021 Jan 6. PMID: 33404084; PMCID: PMC8218243.

Hewitt, K.C., Rodgin, S., Pritchard, A.E., Loring, D., Jacobson, L. A. (2020) Transitioning to telehealth neuropsychology service: Considerations across adult and pediatric care settings. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 34(7—8): 1335—1351. doi: 10.1080/13854046.2020.1811891

Zabel, T. A., Rao, R., Jacobson, L. A., Pritchard, A., Mahone, E. M., & Kalb, L. (2020).  An abbreviated WISC-5 model for identifying youth at risk for intellectual disability in a mixed clinical sample. The Clinical Neuropsychologisthttps://doi.org/10.1080/13854046.2020.1797175

Shishido, Y., Mahone, E. M., & Jacobson, L. A. (2020). Investigation of the clinical utility of the BRIEF2 in youth with and without intellectual disability. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 1-9. doi:10.1017/S1355617720000636

Suskauer, S. J., Rane, S., Reesman, J., & Slomine, B. S.  (2018).  Caregiver-report of symptoms following traumatic brain injury in a small, clinical sample of preschool-aged children. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 11(1), 7-14.

Jones, K. E.Jacobson, L. A., & Tarazi, R. (2017). The Kennedy Krieger Independence Scales-Sickle Cell Disease: Executive components of transition readiness. Rehabilitation Psychology, 62(3), 249-257.

Davis, K. C.Slomine, B. S., Salorio, C. F., & Suskauer, S. J. (2016). Time to follow commands and duration of posttraumatic amnesia predict GOS-E Peds scores 1 to 2 years after TBI in children requiring inpatient rehabilitation. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 31(2), e39-47.

Jacobson, L. A., Pritchard, A. E., Koriakin, T. A., Jones, K. E., & Mahone, E. M. (2016). Initial examination of the BRIEF2 in clinically referred children with and without ADHD symptoms. Journal of Attention Disorders-OnlineFirst, 1-10.

Jacobson, L. A.Rane, S., McReynolds, L. J., Steppan, D. A., Chen, A. R., & Paz Priel, I. (2016). Improved behavior and neuropsychological function of children with ROHHAD after high-dose cyclophosphamide. Pediatrics, 138(1), e20151080.

Jordan, L. L. & Salorio, C. F. (2016). Resiliency in Children: Considerations after Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The Brain Injury Professional, 12(3), 18-21.

McCurdy, M. D., Rane, S., Daly, B. P., & Jacobson, L. A. (2016). Associations among Treatment-Related Neurological Risk Factors and Neuropsychological Functioning in Survivors of Childhood Brain Tumor. Journal of Neuro-Oncology, 127, 137-144.

Kavanaugh, B., Sreenivasan, A., Bachur, C., Papazoglou, A., Comi, A., & Zabel, T. A. (2015). Intellectual and adaptive functioning in Sturge-Weber syndrome. Child Neuropsychology, 22(6), 635-648.

Nelson, A. P., Roper, B. L., Slomine, B. S., Morrison, C., Greher, M. R., Janusz, J., Larson, J. C., et al. (2015). Official Position of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN): Guidelines for Practicum Training in Clinical Neuropsychology. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 29 (7), 879-904.

Papazoglou, A.Jacobson, L. A., McCabe, M., Kaufmann, W., & Zabel, T. A. (2014). To ID or not to ID? Changes in Classification Rates of Intellectual Disability Using DSM-5. Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, 52(3), 165-174.

Plotkin, R. M., Brice, P. J., & Reesman, J. H. (2014). It’s not just stress: Parent personality in raising a deaf child. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 19(3), 347-357.

Reesman, J. H.Day, L. A., Szymanski, C. A., Hughes-Wheatland, R., Witkin, G. A., Kalback, S. R., & Brice, P. J. (2014). Review of intellectual assessment measures for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Rehabilitation Psychology, 59(1), 99-106.

Austin, C.A.Slomine, B. S.Dematt, E. J., Salorio, C. F., & Suskauer, S. (2013). Time to follow commands remains the most useful injury severity variable predicting WeeFIM scores one year after pediatric TBI. Brain Injury, 27, 1056-62.

Koriakin, T. A., McCurdy, M. D., Papazoglou, A., Pritchard, A. E., Zabel, T. A., Mahone, E. M., & Jacobson, L. A. (2013). Classification of Intellectual Disability using the WISC-IV: FSIQ or GAI? Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 55, 840-5.

Kramer, M., Suskauer, S., Christensen, J., DeMatt, E., Trovato, M., Salorio, C. F., & Slomine, B. S. (2013). Examining acute rehabilitation outcomes for children with total functional dependence after traumatic brain injury: a pilot study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 28(5), 361-70.

Papazoglou, A.Jacobson, L. A., & Zabel, T. A. (2013). More than intelligence: Distinct neuropsychological clusters linked to adaptive dysfunction in children. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 19, 189-197.

Papazoglou, A.Jacobson, L. A., & Zabel, T. A. (2013). Sensitivity of the BASC-2 Adaptive Skills Composite in screening for adaptive impairment. The Clinical Neuropsychologist. 27, 386-95.

Book Chapters:

(Supervising faculty in bold italics, residents in bold)

Shishido, Y., & Zabel, T. A. (2022).  Pediatric Conditions with Hydrocephalus.  In Beauchamp, Peterson, Ris, Taylor, & Yeates (Eds.), Pediatric Neuropsychology (3rd Edition).

Slomine, B. S. & Jones, K. (2019). Pediatric Acquired Conditions. In T. Elliott, L. Brenner, S. A. Reid-Arndt, R. G. Frank, & B. Caplan (Eds.). Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology (3rd ed.), Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. 

Abstracts and Presentations:

(Supervising faculty in bold italics, residents in bold)

Engelmann, M. L., Jacobson, L. A., & Salorio, C. F. (2023). Cognitive Disengagement Syndrome (CDS; Sluggish Cognitive Tempo) in Pediatric Epilepsy [Poster presentation]. Annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), San Diego, CA.

Albert, P., Hommer, R., Gerner, G., Kramer, M., & Ludwig, N. (2023). Accommodations of the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, Cognitive Scale for Children with Cortical Vision Impairment [Poster presentation]. Annual meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), Washington, DC.

Ploetz, D. M., Ritchie, K. A., Caldwell, C. T., Suskauer, S. J., & Slomine, B. S. (2022). Parent-reported symptoms in children with noncredible cognitive performance post mild traumatic brain injury: Learning from clinical data [Poster presentation]. International Brain Injury Association Joint Conference on Brain Injury, New York, NY.

Jones, K., Jacobson, L., Zabel, T., & Ludwig, N. (2022). Examining the relationship between IQ, adaptive functioning, and parental self-efficacy [Poster presentation]. International Neuropsychological Society Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Semerjian, C. H., Ruble, K., Paré-Blagoev, J., Jacobson, L. A. (2020). “My child didn’t want to be different”: investigating caregiver perceptions of psychosocial challenges with schooling after diagnosis and treatment in survivors of childhood cancer [Abstract].  Journal of the Internationals Neuropsychological Society, 23(S1).

Shishido, Y., Mahone, E. M., & Jacobson, L. A. (2020). Do children with and without intellectual disability (ID) differ in executive behavior? Investigation of the clinical utility of the BRIEF2 in children with ID [Abstract].  Journal of the Internationals Neuropsychological Society, 23(S1).

Sudikoff, E., Day, A., & Salorio, C. (2020). The role of executive function in adaptive skills in children with epilepsy [Abstract].  Journal of the Internationals Neuropsychological Society, 23(S1).

Clawson, A., Brown, M., Hill, K., Kravulski, M., Moore, L., Turlington, P., & Ploetz, D. (2019). Neurodevelopmental Profiles and Rehabilitation Outcomes in Beta-propeller Protein-Associated Neurodegeneration: Early Intervention Benefits. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 25(S1), 225. doi:10.1017/S1355617719000663

Rao, R.Jacobson, L. A., Offermann, E., Baroni, M., Pritchard, A. E., Kalb, L., & Zabel, T. A. (2018). Do We Really Need to Give All of the WISC-5 Subtests? [Abstract]. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 32(4), 623.

Salama, C. H., Norris, T., Slomine, B., Suskauer, S., & Salorio, C. F. (2017). The relationship between he neurological predictor Scale and functional outcomes in children with brain tumor following inpatient rehabilitation. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 23(S1), 92.

Williams, B. L., Stephan, C., Pritchard, A. E., Jones, E., Jacobson, L. A., & Zabel, T. A. (2017). Combined parent and teacher ratings of academic functioning predict performance on math and reading measures [Abstract]. The Clinical Neuropsychologist31(4), 775.

Hinnebusch, A. J., Jordan, L. L., Scarborough, V. R., & Salorio, C. F. (2016). Symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity in pediatric epilepsy. [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 22(S1), 12.

Jones, K. E., Koriakin, T. A., Schneider, H. E., Mahone, E. M., & Jacobson, L. A. (2016). Preliminary validation of the BRIEF-2: Examination of profiles among ADHD subtypes [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 22(S1), 284.

Larson, J. C. G., Sweeney, K., Ferenc, L., Denckla, M. B., Mostofsky, S. H., & Mahone, E. M. (2016). Can a 75-second motor persistence test predict ADHD in school-aged children? [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 22(S1), 41.

Norris, T., Salama, C.Slomine, B., Suskauer, S., & Salorio, C. (2016). Improvements in Functional Independence During Inpatient Rehabilitation for Children with Brain Tumor. [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 22(S1), 120.

Suh, J., Salpekar, J., & Salorio, C. Predictors of social functioning in children with epilepsy. [Abstract]. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 30(3), 94.

Jones, K., Rane, S., & Jacobson, L. A. (2015). The contribution of sluggish cognitive tempo to executive functioning in survivors of pediatric brain tumor. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 29(3), 375.

Jordan, L. L., Arnette, A., Rodweller, C., & Salorio, C. F. (2015). Is a history of febrile seizures associated with increased neuropsychological morbidity in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 29(3), 386.

Leppo, R., Plotkin, R.Zabel, T., & Reesman, J. (2015). Preliminary examination of TOMM performance in a clinically referred sample of deaf and hard of hearing children. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 21(S1), 53.

Davis, K.Slomine, B., & Suskauer, S. (2014). Time to follow commands (TFC) and duration of impaired consciousness remain the best predictors of long-term outcome following pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI). Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20 (S1), 22.

Gidley Larson, J. C., Pritchard, A. E., Koriakin, T., Zabel, T. A., & Jacobson, L. A. (2014). Predictive validity of a brief impairment rating scale in a mixed clinical sample. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 28(3), 479.

Lane, S. E., Suskauer, S., & Slomine, B. (2014). Concussion in adolescents: Factors associated with academic programming. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 28(3), 474.

McCurdy, M., Rane, S., Daly, B. P., & Jacobson, L. A. (2014). Using the Neurological Predictor Scale to predict cognitive efficiency in childhood brain tumor survivors. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 28(3) 458.

McCurdy, M., Padden, E., Rane, S., Daly, B. P., & Jacobson, L. A. (2014). Predicting neurocognitive and neurobehavioral outcome following childhood brain tumor. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 28(3), 457.

Plotkin, R. M., Brice, P., Saraceno, S., Zabel, T. A., & Reesman, J. (2014). What’s holding them back? Grade retention and neurocognitive correlates in clinically referred children with hearing loss. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 28(3), 467.

Rane, S., Welsh, J., & Jacobson, L. A. (2014). Neuropsychological functioning in rapid-onset obesity with hypothalamic dysfunction, hypoventilation and autonomic dysfunction (ROHHAD): A case series. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20 (S1), 18.

Rane, S., Padden, E., Koriakin, T., & Jacobson, L. A. (2014). Executive and adaptive functioning in pediatric brain tumor survivors. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20 (S1), 18-19.

Rane, S.Reesman, J., Suskauer, S., & Slomine, B. (2014). Caregiver reported symptoms following mild to moderate traumatic brain injury in preschoolers. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20 (S1), 19.

Rosenberg, J.Salorio, C. F., Suskauer, S., & Slomine, B. S. (2013, Abstract). Neuropsychological functioning and symptom report based on injury severity in children who require brief hospitalization. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 19(S1), 199.

Community Presentations:

(Supervising faculty in bold italics, residents in bold)

Ludwig, N. N.Rao, R., & Zabel, A. (July, 2018). A Family Friendly Guide to Psychological Assessment. University of Maryland, Baltimore Training Institutes, Washington, D.C.

Rao, R.Ludwig, N. N., & Zabel, A. (March, 2018). A Family Friendly Guide to Psychological Assessment. Family Leadership Institute, Maryland Coalition of Families. Baltimore, Maryland.