HUGO MOSER RESEARCH INSTITUTE OVERVIEW

Kennedy Krieger’s scientists and researchers are leaders in the worldwide effort to prevent and treat disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system.  Our investigators continue to break new ground with innovative magnetic resonance imaging technology, investigate critical areas, such as the role of genetics in developmental disorders, and develop new treatment models and therapies. Kennedy Krieger is committed to sharing our knowledge that can be adapted and used by other healthcare organizations to benefit patients across the country and around the world.

Professional Training Overview

Kennedy Krieger dedicates substantial resources to increasing the number of qualified specialists in the fields of neurological and developmental disabilities. We also take seriously our responsibility not only to improve care through research, but to share that knowledge with others. That is why more than 400 individuals come here to train in a wide variety of disciplines each year. The goals of the Institute’s clinical training programs are twofold: 1) to train leaders in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities and 2) to help ensure that there is a sufficient number of qualified professionals to meet the needs of children with special health care needs and their families. By training future generations of researchers and professionals – from undergraduate students to current staff – we are ensuring that children everywhere can receive the best possible care.

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Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Kennedy Krieger Institute provides post-MD specialty training in Neurodevelopmental Medicine, Pediatric Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Spinal Cord Injury programs accredited by the ACGME.
Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD): State-Wide Trainings

One of a national network of University Centers for Excellence, MCDD provides a series of state-wide training initiatives for individuals with developmental disabilities and their providers.
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program

Part of a national network providing graduate level interdisciplinary leadership training and care to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
RISE Training Programs Address Public Health and Health Disparities

Professional development, research, leadership and clinical training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in public health and addressing health disparities.
Clinical and Research Experience (CARE) Program

Provides an organized system of research education and training in a variety of disciplines for individuals interested in careers related to neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Professional Training Overview

Kennedy Krieger dedicates substantial resources to increasing the number of qualified specialists in the fields of neurological and developmental disabilities. We also take seriously our responsibility not only to improve care through research, but to share that knowledge with others. That is why more than 400 individuals come here to train in a wide variety of disciplines each year. The goals of the Institute’s clinical training programs are twofold: 1) to train leaders in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities and 2) to help ensure that there is a sufficient number of qualified professionals to meet the needs of children with special health care needs and their families. By training future generations of researchers and professionals – from undergraduate students to current staff – we are ensuring that children everywhere can receive the best possible care.

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Training Faculty

The faculty represents excellence in training, clinical service and research. Kennedy Krieger Institute presently has 116 full-time and 26 part-time faculty representing 12 departments at the Johns Hopkins University. Institute faculty also hold appointments at the University of Maryland and Towson University.

Training, Technical Assistance, Dissemination

Kennedy Krieger Institute sponsors and conducts, on both a regional and national level, training activities including consultations, conferences, continuing education seminars, community-based workshops, presentations, publications and technical assistance activities.

Continuing Education & Conferences:

Trainee Testimonials

Susana Bernad-Ripoll, M.S.
Ph.D. candidate at University of Kansas
"The training received at the Down Syndrome Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute under Dr. Capone mentoring has been an amazing opportunity in many ways. It has expanded my knowledge and interests in research on Down Syndrome with comorbid conditions; His caring personality and dedication to families evidenced the impact that we, as professionals, have in their quality of life; and finally it gave me the opportunity to meet within the Institute some of top medical professionals in the field of disability of this country."
Ifeyinwa Udo, M.S.
Family Services Caseworker at the Baltimore City Department of Social Services
"My experience at KKI is invaluable. The qualitative and hands-on training approach furnished me with the fundamental skills needed in the helping profession. Today, I think more critically and I accurately conceptualize every case that I receive."
Gina Brelsford (formerly Gina Yanni) Ph.D.
Assistant Professor at Penn State University, Harrisburg
"I believe my training at KKI was integral to my development as a psychologist. I am able to use my training experiences to work with students on their way to becoming therapists and help them conceptualize cases from a family systems perspective. I also have the real world experience of working with families that informs my teaching and research."
Sandy, Ph.D.
Psychology Consultant at the Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, Canada
"My training at KKI was instrumental in helping me to build key areas of competency within these unique populations. Faculty, across both clinics, were highly supportive and offered strong mentorship throughout the year. I would highly recommend KKI for prospective interns that are looking for both a challenging and rewarding training experiences."
MayJean York, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist at The Denver Children's Hospital
"The team at KKI not only honed my skills as a speech pathologist treating inpatient brain and spinal cord injury, but also taught me invaluable skills in family counseling, co-treating with occupational and physical therapists and continuity of care following discharge from the hospital. I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to train with KKI team!"
Diana F. de Forest, M.S.
Public Health Analyst with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
"I greatly benefited from KKI’s intensive training in clinical social work, family systems, and related approaches such as play therapy. I most vividly recollect the training with a senior therapist-- behind the 2-way mirror—providing guidance by phone to a junior therapist who was in the treatment room with the family. Through my KKI training to be a clinician working with underserved populations in Baltimore, I learned about principles of public health and improving access to care. "
Haung-chi Lin, M.D.
Director, Center of Evaluation for Child Development and Early Intervention, En Chu Kong Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
"The learning experience at KKI has helped me so much in dealing with children with developmental disabilities in my clinical practice as well as in playing a more active role in coordinating the interdisciplinary team. At KKI, I’ve witnessed the advances in molecular genetics, neuroimaging, and electrophysiology about the study of neuodevelopmental disabilities, which have helped me think in depth about the problems of my patients from the basic scientific viewpoints. I expect to come back again for more learning."
Yimao Zhang, M.S.
Research Associate
"I was working on a collaborated project with Dr. John Laterra, and several publications with significant impact came out of this project (Cancer research 2007, 67(19):9389-97; Neoplasia 2009; 11(1):96-101.) It was a very productive experience."
Brian Harris
M.D. Candidate at George Washington University
"I spent three years during college working with Dr. Paula Lockhart and Dr. Stewart Mostofsky on a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome neuroimaging project at KKI. My time spent at KKI was a great learning experience since I had two very supportive mentors who encouraged my interests in medicine and developmental neurology."
Stacy Lunetta, Au.D.
Audiology Associate at Johns Hopkins
"The training I received at KKI taught me the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to a child's overall development and wellbeing. In addition to learning a broad overview of many medical conditions that affect the pediatric population, KKI training taught me the importance of being a well-rounded, diverse clinician and professional."
Kaitlyn Wilson, M.S.
Ph.D. Candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill
"My clinical fellowship in speech-language pathology prepared me to be a sensitive and seasoned clinican, and also fueled my interest in disabilities research. I am currently studying autism in a doctoral research program and continue to draw on the training and clinical experiences I gained at KKI on a daily basis. KKI is a wonderful place to gain experience in a variety of settings with caring and experienced mentors, and I highly value the time I spent in their training program."
Laura Lee McIntyre, Ph.D., BCBA
Associate Professor at University of Oregon
"The training experiences I received at Kennedy Krieger's Department of Behavioral Psychology were top-notch. The quality of the training, along with the faculty expertise and supervision, made my predoctoral internship superb. The training model at KKI is interdisciplinary in nature, solidifying my own interests in working with other disciplines to support children with developmental disabilities. In many ways I feel as if the training at KKI paved the way for my current research, clinical, and training activities."
Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez
Medical Director of PM&R Outpatient Clinics at Johns Hopkins Hospital
"My training at KKI was crucial in launching my career as a physician-scientist by providing the formal and practical skills necessary for success."