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Carolyn Caldwell, PhD
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology
CaldwellC@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Caldwell provides training and supervision for doctoral students and postdoctoral residents. She is the primary supervisor for postdoctoral residents in the interdisciplinary Concussion Clinic, part of the Rehabilitation Continuum of Care at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Caldwell also provides clinical neuropsychological services through the Department of Neuropsychology’s outpatient specialty clinics and currently coordinates the Congenital/Genetic Disorders Clinic. She also provides outpatient neuropsychological evaluations through the Epilepsy/Brain Injury and Infants, Toddlers and pre-School Years clinics. In addition, Dr. Caldwell is a member of the interdisciplinary Craniofacial Clinic team at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her primary research interests include neuropsychological outcomes following pediatric brain injuries across the range of injury severity, performance validity measures, reliable change methodology, and, evaluating the impact of sleep following pediatric brain injury.


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Alicia Cannon, PhD, ABPP
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology
CannonA@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Cannon provides training and supervision for postdoctoral residents. She provides neuropsychological assessments for children and adolescents with a range of congenital and neurodevelopmental disorders, including neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis complex, cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Dr. Cannon also evaluates children with acquired neurological disorders, including traumatic brain injury and encephalitis. She has expertise in assessment of children with a history of cerebrovascular accidents in the context of prematurity or hematological disorders, such as sickle cell disease. Dr. Cannon provides services in the outpatient Department of Neuropsychology and in the interdisciplinary Sickle Cell Neurodevelopmental Clinic. Research interests include predicting neurocognitive risk and outcomes in children with sickle cell disease, adaptive functioning, and use of a tiered assessment approach to increase access to services and outcomes for underserved populations.


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Emma Cole, PhD, ABPP-SP, NCSP
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology and Kennedy Krieger School Programs
Instructor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

ColeEM@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Cole supervises the training of neuropsychology postdoctoral residents within the Kennedy Krieger School Programs. She is a credentialed school psychologist and has worked as a school psychologist in multiple public school districts, and as a pediatric neuropsychologist in an outpatient hospital setting. She primarily oversees the neuropsychology services at Kennedy Krieger's four schools, which serve children from ages 5 to 21 years old. In her role, Dr. Cole provides special education (SPED) team-initiated assessments to students with a wide array of emotional, behavioral, neurodevelopmental, medical and genetic conditions. She also completes outpatient evaluations through the Department of Neuropsychology. She has expertise in special education law, the assessment of children for educational services, the assessment of lower functioning and/or behaviorally disruptive children, and the transition of students with disabilities to post-secondary settings. Her research interests include factors affecting post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities and the development of advocacy skills in students with disabilities.


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Gwendolyn Gerner, PsyD
Co-Director, Infant Neurodevelopment Center

Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

GernerG@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Gerner provides clinical supervision and training to postdoctoral residents in neuropsychology and clinical psychology who complete rotations in the Infant Neurodevelopment Center and in the Department of Neuropsychology’s Infants, Toddlers and pre-School Years Clinic. She also provides training in research to undergraduate and graduate students, residents and fellows participating in the Study of Perinatal brain injury, Recovery and OUTcome (SPROUT) Research Collaborative at Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Neurosciences Intensive Care Nursery (NICN) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gerner’s research is focused on fetal, perinatal, and neonatal predictors of neurodevelopmental outcomes following perinatal brain injury (e.g., preterm birth, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy at term, perinatal stroke). In particular, Dr. Gerner is interested in developing specific neurobehavioral methods to use in conjunction with neonatal imaging to examine how attention, executive functions and visual perceptive skills emerge from the neonatal period following perinatal brain injury. She is a co-investigator on multiple funded projects including Nanomedicine-Based Therapy for Perinatal White Matter Injury and the Cerebral Palsy Multi-Site Early Detection Program through the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, as well as Adult Biomarkers in Neonatal Brain Injury and Development (1 R01 HD086058-01A1).


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Lisa Jacobson, PhD, ABPP
Director, Kennedy Krieger Institute Informatics & Research Data Governance
Director of Research, Department of Neuropsychology
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Jacobson@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Jacobson coordinates the Oncology Clinic within the department’s outpatient specialty service and is a primary supervisor for postdoctoral residents within this clinic. Dr. Jacobson’s research interests include characterizing how the developing executive functions of children interact with their developmental contexts at home and school to influence brain development and neurobehavioral functioning.

Her research interests include disorders affecting executive function (e.g., ADHD, spina bifida, cancers and cancer treatment) and children at risk for developing executive dysfunction. She is developing clinical screening tools for identifying children with neurocognitive difficulties, which can be used as part of typical medical care visits for specific clinical populations. She also has a funded project partnering with cancer survivors, their families and other stakeholders to examine factors influencing the transition back to full-time schooling after treatment. She has collaborated on Institute projects examining response variability in children with ADHD, characteristics of attentional disorders in referred children, influences of working memory and response variability on reading fluency in ADHD, executive function in patients with spina bifida, and validation of the Kennedy Krieger Independence Scales’ Spina Bifida (KKIS-SB) and Sickle Cell Disease (KKIS-SCD) versions.


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Megan Kramer, PhD, ABPP
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology
Associate Training Director, Doctoral Internship Training Program in Behavioral Psychology and Neuropsychology
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

KramerM@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Kramer provides training and supervision to doctoral interns and postdoctoral residents. She serves as associate director of training for the Kennedy Krieger Institute Doctoral Internship Training Program in Behavioral Psychology and Neuropsychology. Dr. Kramer provides mentorship to psychologists at the institute who are pursuing board certification. She provides clinical neuropsychological services to children throughout Kennedy Krieger's Rehabilitation Continuum of Care, and primarily works on the inpatient neurorehabilitation unit. She has a clinical interest in evidence-based cognitive rehabilitation interventions. Dr. Kramer's research interests involve measuring and predicting outcomes across the range and severity of pediatric acquired brain injury.


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Danielle Ploetz, PhD
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology and Fairmount Rehabilitation Programs
Ploetz@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Ploetz provides training and supervision for doctoral students and postdoctoral residents. She provides neuropsychological assessments for children and adolescents recovering from a wide range of acquired brain injuries, including concussions, moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular accidents and brain tumors. She also evaluates children with other congenital, acquired and neurodevelopmental disorders, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, chronic pain and ADHD. Research interests include performance and symptom validity testing in pediatric populations, as well as evaluating neuropsychological outcomes following pediatric brain injury.


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Shruti Rane, PhD
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology

Rane@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Rane provides training and supervision to neuropsychology doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. She provides clinical neuropsychological services to pediatric cancer survivors. Dr. Rane’s additional areas of expertise include assessment of children and adolescents diagnosed with epilepsy as well as neurodevelopmental disorders. She sees patients in the Department of Neuropsychology’s Outpatient Clinic. Dr. Rane has worked overseas as a neuropsychologist and is interested in cross-cultural neuropsychology.


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Cynthia Salorio, PhD, ABPP
Director of Rehabilitation Outcomes and Related Research
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Salorio@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Salorio provides training and supervision for postdoctoral residents across several settings, including Kennedy Krieger’s inpatient neurorehabilitation service, the outpatient neuropsychology service (epilepsy/brain injury clinic), the interdisciplinary rehabilitation follow-up clinic, and the interdisciplinary hemispherectomy presurgical clinic.

Dr. Salorio’s research focuses on factors that impact cognitive, emotional, behavioral, functional and quality of life outcomes in children with a variety of acquired and congenital disorders. Recent publications have examined predictors of outcomes in children with epilepsy, neurodevelopmental outcomes after early exposure to anesthesia, neurobehavioral outcomes after extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and measurement of change in children participating in intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation programs. Dr. Salorio is one of the founding members of the International Pediatric Rehabilitation Collaborative (IPRC), and currently serves on the professional advisory board of the Hemispherectomy Foundation. She is past president of the American Psychological Association, Division 22, Section 1 (pediatric rehabilitation).


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Beth Slomine, PhD, ABPP
Director of Training and Director of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology
Co-Director, Center for Brain Injury Recovery
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Slomine@KennedyKrieger.org

Director of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Services
and Director of Training
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationDirector of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Services and Director of TrainingCo-Director, Center for Brain Injury RecoveryAssociate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Slomine directs the neuropsychology training program for postdoctoral residents, doctoral interns and doctoral externs at Kennedy Krieger Institute. In addition, she oversees neuropsychological services throughout the Rehabilitation Continuum of Care. She also directly supervises postdoctoral residents and doctoral interns in providing comprehensive clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology services to inpatients. She co-directs the Center for Brain Injury Recovery which houses the Institute's brain injury continuum of care. She also oversees clinical and academic affairs for psychologists in the Department of Neuropsychology, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress, and Kennedy Krieger School Programs. She has held multiple leadership roles in national neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology organizations.

Dr. Slomine's research focuses on neuropsychological outcomes following pediatric brain injury. She has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed research publications and 10 book chapters, and edited a book on cognitive rehabilitation in children. She developed a measure, the Cognitive and Linguistic Scale, to track recovery following pediatric brain injury in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. She is currently a co-investigator for an NIH-funded study examining subtle motor functioning and functional connectivity in mild traumatic brain injury. She has actively mentored postdoctoral residents and junior faculty in research, resulting in numerous presentations and publications.


 

Ericka Wodka, PhD, ABPP
Neuropsychologist, Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Wodka@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Wodka is a primary supervisor for the postdoctoral residency in neuropsychology at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Her research interests include examining motor development, attention and other aspects of higher-order cognitive processes in neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly autism (ASD). She is the site principal investigator on a national study examining the genetic causes of ASD and a collaborator on an externally funded project examining motor functioning and imitation in ASD. She has also presented and published findings related to the relationship between attention and sensory functioning in ASD, as well as language outcomes for children with autism and severe language delays. Other research interests include examining differences in children with autism, with and without comorbidities (e.g., anxiety, ADHD, aggression).


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T. Andrew Zabel, PhD, ABPP
Assistant Vice President of Clinical Research and Quality Improvement
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

ZabelA@KennedyKrieger.org

Dr. Zabel is the assistant vice president of clinical research and quality improvement at Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is also a board-certified neuropsychologist who supervises trainees at the postdoctoral level. Professional affiliations include serving on the editorial boards of Assessment and The Clinical Neuropsychologist, as well as the advisory boards for the Spina Bifida Association and the Hydrocephalus Association. Dr. Zabel's clinical specialization includes the adaptive and neuropsychological functioning of individuals with congenital and acquired disorders of the brain's white matter. Specific areas of expertise include persons with hydrocephalus, spina bifida, Sturge-Weber syndrome and cerebral palsy. Within Kennedy Krieger, Dr. Zabel and his collaborators have focused on using clinically obtained data to examine and improve the quality of clinical neuropsychological services. Recent efforts have focused on patient triage, correct "dosing" of neuropsychological care, and utilization of targeted evaluation models.