Neuropsychology Research Training Program

Overview

The Neuropsychology Research Training Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute was developed to offer experience in clinical psychological and neuropsychological research to undergraduate and master’s students. Through this program, research trainees receive experience in many aspects of human subjects research, including:

  • literature review
  • IRB application preparation
  • recruitment of participants
  • data collection
  • data management and analysis
  • preparation of manuscripts and poster presentations

Trainee research projects typically focus on developmental conditions such as ADHD and learning disabilities, but in some cases may also include genetic, medical, and neurological conditions. All trainees receive supervision and mentoring from faculty and staff within the Neuropsychology Department.

In addition to the experiential research training offered, research trainees are encouraged to participate in didactic offerings within the Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. All trainees are strongly encouraged to attend weekly clinical rounds within the Neuropsychology Department, as well as topical seminars offered to doctoral and postdoctoral trainees in neuropsychology. Attendance at a weekly Pediatric Neuropsychology Journal Club is required of trainees and offers experience in critical evaluation of scientific writing, study design and methodology, and statistical analysis.

Due to the time-intensive nature of research, and in order to ensure the highest quality research training experience, a commitment of at least 2 consecutive semesters is required to participate in this program (i.e., summer and fall, fall and spring, or spring and summer).  Trainees are expected to devote 10 hours per week over the course of both semesters; however, scheduling is generally flexible and is designed to accommodate coursework. Course credit (e.g., independent study, field work) can often be obtained for participation in the research training program, if desired.

Application Guidelines

Eligible applicants are current undergraduate or master’s level students who have an understanding of basic research design and statistics, as well as an interest in psychology and strong interpersonal skills. For more information about applying, please contact Alison Pritchard, Ph.D., Director of the Neuropsychology Research Training Program at pritchard@kennedykrieger.org.