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Theodosia Paclawskyj, Ph.D.
Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: (443) 923-2914
Dr. Paclawskyj is a research scientist and case manager in the Neurobehavioral Unit Outpatient Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Dr. Paclawskyj received a bachelor's of arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1990, an master's of arts degree from Louisiana State University in 1995, and a doctoral degree from Louisiana State University in 1998. Dr. Paclawskyj completed both her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI). She joined the Hopkins/KKI faculty in 2001. Dr. Paclawskyj is a case manager in the Neurobehavioral Unit Outpatient Clinic at KKI, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as a faculty associate in the Department of Special Education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Professional and Business Education.
Dr. Paclawskyj is an associate editor of Research in Developmental Disabilities. She is a member of the Maryland Dual Diagnosis Best Practices Workgroup, the Association for Behavior Analysis, the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed and the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis.
Children with severe behavior disorders and developmental disabilities present with a complex diagnostic picture. Intensive behavioral treatment using applied behavior analysis has shown through decades of research that comprehensive assessment and treatment can lead to significant behavioral improvement. Research into this area continues with the goal of developing more detailed and innovative treatment strategies that can further improve the available treatment options for this population.
Some areas that would benefit from more investigation include adaptation of appropriate treatments from the general population (e.g., relaxation training, problem-solving skills training) to children with developmental disabilities, a better understanding of which psychiatric disorders exist in children with developmental disabilities, behavioral assessment techniques for the presence of psychiatric disorders and a more complete understanding of which factors predict long-term successful treatment outcomes for this population. Dr. Paclawsky’s research focuses on these issues.