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Denkla, Martha B., M.D.

Director, Developmental Cognitive Neurology

Main Office Address

Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway, Ste. 516
Baltimore, MD 21205

Phone: 443-923-9250
Fax: 443-923-9255


Administrative Assistant

Pamela Yerby-Hammack
Phone: 443-923-9275




Bryn Mawr College



Harvard Medical School



Beth Israel Hospital, Boston MA


Neurology Residency

Resident, Veterans Administration Hospital


Neurology Residency

Georgetown University Med. Center, Wash. DC

Professional Interests

Dr. Denckla is a specialist in learning disabilities at the Kennedy Krieger Institute where she holds the Batza Family Endowed Chair and directs the Developmental Cognitive Neurology program there.  She is Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine.  Much of Dr. Denckla's research has concentrated on the neurocognitive mechanisms involved in dyslexia and other learning disorders especially those caused by genetic syndromes.

Selected Publications

Denckla, MB, Rudel RG:  Rapid 'Automatized' Naming (RAN) of pictured  objects, colors, letters, and numbers by normal children.  Cortex 9:186-202, 1974. 

Denckla MB, Reiss AL. Prefrontal-subcortical circuits in developmental disorders. Norman A. Krasnegor, G. Reid Lyon, and Patricia S.Goldman-Rakic (Eds.) in Developmental of the Prefontral Cortex: Evolution, Neurobiology, and Behavior. Baltimore, MD. Paul H. Brooks, pp 283-293, 1997. 

Mostofsky, SH., and Denckla, MB.  School Difficulties. Chapter 135 in Oski's Pediatric-Third Edition:  Principle and Practices, 2000.   Casey MB, Cohen M, Schuerholz LJ, Singer HS, and Denckla, MB.  Language-Based Cognitive Functining in Parents of Offspring With ADHD Comorbid for Tourette Syndrome or Learning Disabilities. Developmental Neuropsychology, 17, 858-110, 2000. 

Mostofsky SH, Lasker AG, Singer HS, Denckla MB, Zee DS. Oculomotor Abnormalities in boys with Tourette Syndrome with and without ADHD. J AM Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 40(12): 1464-1472, 2001.  

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