IDDRC Administrative Core Faculty

Michael F. Cataldo, PhD, Principal Investigator & Co-Director.  Michael F. Cataldo, Ph.D., is the third IDDRC Principal Investigator. He is Professor of Behavioral Biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with additional faculty appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  He is the recipient of the Lawless Family Endowed Chair and is also Senior Vice President at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. As Director of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger, he has built what is perhaps the largest treatment program in the world targeting severe problem behaviors of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Wayne Silverman, PhD, Co-Director. Wayne Silverman, PhD, is the Center’s co-director, having served as associate director for several years. He is also the director of Intellectual Disabilities Research within Kennedy Krieger’s Department of Behavioral Psychology and a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Michael Johnston, MD, Associate Director. Michael Johnston, MD, is an associate director of the IDDRC and director of the Translational Neuroscience Core. He is the Blum/Moser Chair for Pediatric Neurology at Kennedy Krieger Institute and a professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. In addition, Dr. Johnston is Kennedy Krieger’s chief medical officer.

Martha Denckla, MD, Associate Director. Martha Denckla, MD, was the second director of the IDDRC, and continues to participate in Center activities as an associate director of the Center. Dr. Denckla is a professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and since January 1997, she has held the Batza Family Foundation Chair in Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD. Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD, serves as the co-director of the Core’s Biostatistics unit, along with Dr. Silverman. She holds the Hurley-Dorrier Chair of Biostatistics in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is an expert in statistical methods for longitudinal and time-to-event analysis, and complex measurement.