Jennifer Accardo, M.D.

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Jennifer Accardo
Director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic and Lab

Kennedy Krieger Institute
801 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: (443) 923-9170
Email: Accardo@kennedykrieger.org

Dr. Jennifer Accardo is a neurologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Accardo attended St. John’s College and St. Louis University School of Medicine, from which she graduated in 2000. She trained in general pediatrics at Cook County Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL. She then received specialized training, via a neurodevelopmental disabilities residency, at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, which she followed with a sleep medicine fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she earned a master's degree in clinical epidemiology. She is currently a neurologist at Kennedy Krieger Institute and the director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic and Laboratory at Kennedy Krieger. As director, she performs clinical evaluations of sleep problems in children with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, spina bifida and Down syndrome. She also supervises sleep laboratory services as part of the clinical neurophysiology laboratory. In addition, Dr. Accardo sees patients through the Center for Development and Learning and the NICU Followup Clinic.

Dr. Accardo is board-certified in pediatrics and neurology, with special qualification in child neurology. She holds subspecialty certification in sleep medicine.


Research Summary:

Dr. Accardo’s research interests focus on children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and sleep problems. She has been awarded grant funding for a project looking at educational materials to help prepare children with developmental disabilities for overnight sleep studies.


Research Publications: 

Paasch, V., Hoosier T. M., Accardo J., Ewen J. B., & Slifer K. J. (2012). Technical tips: Performing EEGs and polysomnograms on children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. The Neurodiagnostic Journal, 52(4), 333-348.

Elia J., Takeda T., Deberardinis R., Burke J., Accardo J., Ambrosini P.J., Blum N.J., Brown L.W., Lantieri F., Berrettini W., Devoto M., Hakonarson H. (2009). Nocturnal enuresis: a suggestive endophenotype marker for a subgroup of inattentive attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Pediatrics, 155(2), 239-244.e5.

Accardo J.A., Shults J., Leonard M.B., Traylor J., Marcus C.L. (2010). Differences in overnight polysomnography scores using the adult and pediatric criteria for respiratory events in adolescents. Sleep, 33(10), 1333-1339.

Accardo J.A., Marcus C.L., Shults J., Meltzer L.J., Leonard M.B., Elia J. (2012). The association between psychiatric comorbidities and sleep disturbances in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 33(2), 97-105.

Accardo J., & Shapiro B. K. (2005). Neurodevelopmental disabilities: Beyond the diagnosis. Seminars in Pediatric Neurology, 12(4), 242-249.

Accardo J., Kammann H., Hoon A. H. (2004). Neuroimaging in cerebral palsy. The Journal of pediatrics, 145(2 Suppl), S19-S27.