Carolyn Caldwell, PhD
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology
Dr. Caldwell is the primary supervisor for postdoctoral residents in the interdisciplinary Concussion Clinic, part of the Rehabilitation Continuum of Care at Kennedy Krieger. Dr. Caldwell is also a primary supervisor for the Congenital/Genetic Conditions Outpatient Major Rotation. She provides clinical neuropsychological services through the Department of Neuropsychology’s outpatient specialty clinics, including the Congenital/Genetic Conditions Clinic and the Assessment Services in neuroPsychology for Initial and Return Evaluations (ASPIRE) Clinic, which she currently coordinates. Dr. Caldwell also provides outpatient neuropsychological evaluations through the multidisciplinary Infant Neurodevelopment Center (INC). In addition, Dr. Caldwell is a member of the interdisciplinary Craniofacial Clinic team at The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH). 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.
Emma Cole, PhD, ABPP-SP, NCSP
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology and Kennedy Krieger School Programs
Instructor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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.
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
Dr. Jacobson coordinates the Oncology Clinic within the department’s outpatient specialty service and supervises 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., attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [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 related service providers 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.
Dr. Jones provides training and supervision to doctoral interns and postdoctoral residents. She also provides clinical neuropsychological services to children throughout Kennedy Krieger's Rehabilitation Continuum of Care, including the Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit, the interdisciplinary Brain Injury Clinic and the Department of Neuropsychology's outpatient Epilepsy and Acquired Brain Injury Clinic. She specializes in children and adolescents with acquired brain injury, and her research interests include outcome after pediatric brain injury.
Megan Kramer, PhD, ABPP
Training Director, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology
Associate Training Director, Doctoral Internship Training Program in Behavioral Psychology and Neuropsychology
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Kramer serves as training director for postdoctoral residents in pediatric neuropsychology. She also serves as associate director of training for the Kennedy Krieger Institute Doctoral Internship Training Program in Behavioral Psychology and Neuropsychology. Dr. Kramer provides training and supervision to doctoral interns and postdoctoral residents on the inpatient neurorehabilitation unit, and mentorship to psychologists at the institute who are pursuing board certification. She also provides clinical neuropsychological services to children throughout Kennedy Krieger's Rehabilitation Continuum of Care. 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.
Psychologist, Department of Neuropsychology and Fairmount Rehabilitation Programs
Dr. Mougianis provides training and supervision to neuropsychology postdoctoral fellows in the Institute’s Specialized Transition Program. She provides clinical intervention services to youth and young adults with chronic pain and health conditions, as well as to youth and adolescents recovering from a wide range of acquired brain injuries. Dr. Mougianis’ additional areas of expertise include gender-affirming treatment for transgender and nonbinary individuals, and the overlap of LGBTQ+ identity and chronic pain. She has worked with the entire lifespan in community-based interdisciplinary health settings across the country and both her clinical and research interests focus on reducing health disparities.
Danielle Ploetz, PhD, ABPP
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology and Fairmount Rehabilitation Programs
Dr. Ploetz provides training and supervision for postdoctoral fellows. She also provides neuropsychological assessments and intervention for children and adolescents recovering from a wide range of acquired brain injuries, including concussions, moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular accidents, encephalopathies, 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 long COVID-19. Research interests include performance and symptom validity testing in pediatric populations, as well as evaluating neuropsychological outcomes following pediatric brain injury.
Shruti Rane, PhD, ABPP
Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology
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 clinics. Dr. Rane has worked overseas as a neuropsychologist and is interested in cross-cultural neuropsychology.
Cynthia Salorio, PhD, ABPP
Co-Director, Department of Neuropsychology
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Salorio provides clinical neuropsychological services for patients, and training and supervision for postdoctoral residents, through the outpatient Epilepsy and Acquired Brain Injury 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. She currently serves as the co-director of the Behavioral Phenotyping Core of Kennedy Krieger’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC). 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.
Elgiz Sener, PhD, ABPP
Clinical Neuropsychologist, Center for Autism and Related Disorders
Dr. Sener provides supervision for postdoctoral residents during their rotation through the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. She also provides neuropsychological assessments for children, adolescents and young adults with ASD and a variety of comorbid developmental, psychiatric, genetic and medical conditions. She specializes in working with individuals with a range of abilities, as well as adolescents who will soon be transitioning to young adulthood. She provides comprehensive evaluations, both individually and as part of interdisciplinary teams. Her primary clinical interests include diagnostic differentiation of ASD from ADHD and intellectual disability, as well as assisting autistic youth (and their families) during their transition to adulthood.
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
As senior psychologist for the Institute, Dr. Slomine oversees clinical and academic affairs and training for health service psychology in the Department of Neuropsychology, Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress, Psychiatric Mental Health Program, and Kennedy Krieger School Programs. In addition, she oversees neuropsychological services throughout the Rehabilitation Continuum of Care. She also co-directs the Center for Brain Injury Recovery, which houses the Institute’s brain injury programs.
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 has 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 members in research, resulting in numerous presentations and publications.
Dr. Wodka is the clinical director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders and a board-certified neuropsychologist, with subspecialty certification in pediatric neuropsychology. She is the primary supervisor for the postdoctoral residency in neuropsychology at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Professional affiliations include serving on the editorial board for Pediatric Psychology and Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, and she is an associate editor for Neuropsychology Review. 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 for 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).
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 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.