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Rebecca Vaurio, Ph.D.
Kennedy Krieger Institute
1750 E. Fairmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: (443) 923-4442
Dr. Vaurio is a clinical neuropsychologist in the Department of Neuropsychology, as well as at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). She is also appointed as an instructor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Vaurio graduated from Wellesley College in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in psychobiology. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology, with a concentration in neuropsychology, from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. Dr. Vaurio completed her internship at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, then went on to complete a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Division of Pediatric Clinical Neuroscience. In 2006, she joined the staff of Kennedy Krieger Institute, where she now serves as a pediatric neuropsychologist in the Department of Neuropsychology, as well as at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). In her role as instructor, she works as a clinical mentor with externs, interns and post-doctoral fellows.
Dr. Vaurio is interested in characterizing how genetic disorders and environmental factors interact to change the course of development. She is currently assisting with studies investigating how dietary intervention can change the medical and cognitive outcome for children diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy and evaluating the genetic factors contributing to social behavioral difficulties in children with Fragile X syndrome, Downs syndrome and autism. She is currently beginning work on a multi-year project characterizing the neurocognitive profile of individuals with Neimann Pick Disease-Type C. She is also interested in learning and memory in children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and reading disabilities.