Ana Arenivas, PhD, MPH

Ana Arenivas
Ana Arenivas
Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology

Kennedy Krieger Institute
1750 E. Fairmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: (443) 923-4462
Email: arenivas@kennedykrieger.org 

Dr. Arenivas is a licensed psychologist and pediatric neuropsychologist in the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She also holds an appointment as an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Biographical Sketch:

After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a BS in Neuroscience, Dr. Arenivas completed her MPH at the Drexel University School of Public Health and MS in Clinical Psychology from St. Mary’s University (TX). She obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in 2011, where she also completed her predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology. In August of 2013, Dr. Arenivas completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine. Upon the completion of her fellowship in 2013, she joined Kennedy Krieger as a pediatric neuropsychologist. Clinically, Dr. Arenivas evaluates children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of developmental and medical conditions, primarily within the Department of Neuropsychology’s Genetics and Congenital Disorders Clinic and Neuro-oncology Clinic. Dr. Arenivas is also fluent in Spanish and provides outpatient neuropsychological evaluations for Spanish-speaking families.


Research Summary:

Dr. Arenivas’ research interests have included the use of various neuroimaging modalities to better understand cognitive and functional outcomes in various neurological conditions. In graduate school, she studied the functional and structural connectivity of the default mode network following traumatic brain injury using fcMRI and DTI. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she extended this knowledge into pediatric sports-related concussion where she gained experience with task-related image processing in fMRI.  Her current research interests focus primarily on identifying and improving neurocognitive and functional impairment related to pediatric demyelinating diseases, which include multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, neuromyelitis optica, and clinically isolated syndrome. She is collaborating with other Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers to develop neuroimaging biomarkers of these rare neuroimmunological conditions.


Research Publications:

Arenivas, A., Diaz-Arrastia R., Spence, J., Cullum C. M., Krishnan, K., Bosworth, C., Culver, C., Kennard, B., & Marquez de la Plata, C. Three approaches to investigating functional compromise to the default mode network after traumatic axonal injury. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 2012; DOI 10.1007/s11682-012-9191-2.

Arenivas, A., & Burns, T. G. (2013). Book Review: Niskala Apps, J., & Walter, K. D. (Eds.). (2013). Pediatric and Adolescent Concussion: Diagnosis, Management, and Outcomes. New York: Springer. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 7 (2), 336-338.

Arenivas, A., & Barisa, M. Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease. In C.A. Noggle, R.S. Dean, & A.M. Horton, Jr. (Eds.). The Encyclopedia of Neuropsychological Disorders, Springer Publishing Co., New York, 2011; 578-580.