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Joan Carney, Ed. D.
Kennedy Krieger Institute
1750 E. Fairmount Avenue
Phone: (443) 923-4555
Fax: (443) 923-4415
Joan Carney is both an educational and rehabilitation program director who has specialized in the re-entry of pediatric neurorehabilitation patients and children with cerebral palsy to their schools and communities. She is currently the director of the Fairmount Rehabilitation programs within the Kennedy Krieger Institute's rehabilitation continuum – including the Specialized Transition Program the Community Rehabilitation Program, and the Specialized Health Needs Interagency Collaboration Program.
Carney received her undergraduate degree from the Catholic University of America in special education. She taught for eight years in the Prince Georges County Public School system in Maryland while completing her master's degree in special education and rehabilitation at the George Washington University. She received her degree in 1981. She came to work at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 1986 where her positions have always focused on the return to community and school life for the Institute's pediatric neurorehabilitation patients and children with cerebral palsy. Carney went on to complete her doctorate in 2012 at the Johns Hopkins University . She is currently the director of programs within the Kennedy Krieger Institute's rehabilitation continuum -- the Specialized Transition Program and the Community Rehabilitation Program.
Carney also coordinates a training grant, the Specialized Health Needs Interagency Collaboration Program, that provides consultation, training and technical assistance to school and community personnel regarding children with specialized health needs and their inclusion within the community. She speaks both locally and nationally addressing topics of community and school re-integration following pediatric brain injury and other disabling conditions. Her current research projects include the functional efficacy of constraint induced movement therapy.