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Expert Team in Pediatric Medical Psychology
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Rick Ostrander, Ed.D.
Dr. Ostrander is currently the Director of Pediatric Medical Psychology and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore Maryland. Dr. Ostrander has also directed the psychological assessment services within the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Hospital and was also Chief of Child Psychology at Georgetown University Medical Center. He has also served as a Congressional Science Fellow and worked on federal legislation involving special education reform and mental health parity. His research interests include ADHD and how it relates to other childhood disorders, including depression and anxiety.
Jessica Hankinson, Ph.D.
Dr. Hankinson is a faculty member in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Hankinson specializes in pediatric psychology and the treatment and assessment of children with chronic medical conditions and associated emotional and behavioral difficulties. Dr. Hankinson serves as the primary behavioral consultant within the Divisions of Pediatric Urology and Pediatric Gastroenterology. She has extensive experience providing behavioral management training and cognitive behavioral therapy with children with complex medical conditions, such as bladder exstrophy and inflammatory bowel disease, and their families. Her clinical research interests include behavioral interventions for improving children’s compliance and coping with medical regimens and procedures. Dr. Hankinson received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida. She completed her predoctoral internship and two year pediatric psychology postdoctoral fellowship at The Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.
Carisa Perry-Parrish, Ph.D.
Dr. Perry-Parrish is a faculty member at Johns Hopkins in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; she is also Training Director of the postdoctoral psychology fellowship program. Dr. Perry-Parrish specializes in improving emotion regulation in children and adolescents. Her clinical interests emphasize practicing and promoting evidence-based care, including parent management training for childhood noncompliance and ADHD, cognitive-behavioral therapy for youth anxiety/depression, and acceptance and mindfulness-based interventions to improve self-regulation. Dr. Perry-Parrish has assisted with providing mental and behavioral health treatment in the primary care setting of the Harriet Lane Clinic, training clinic for pediatrics residents and adolescent medicine fellows at Hopkins. She also has interest and expertise in promoting coping and adjustment among youth and their families affected by dermatological conditions, and works closely with Bernard Cohen, MD, Kate Puttgen, MD, and Annie Grossberg, MD, as the primary behavioral consultant in the Division of Pediatric Dermatology. She also works with the Pediatric Burn Surgery team with Susan Ziegfeld, PNP-BC, and Dylan Stewart, MD, as well as the Center for Sweat Disorders led by thoracic surgeon, Malcolm Brock, MD. Dr. Perry-Parrish’s research program, which has been supported by NIH, focuses on investigating the development of emotion regulation among youth, and how emotion and coping processes are related to psychosocial functioning. Dr. Perry-Parrish received her doctorate in Developmental and Clinical Psychology from the University of Maine. She completed her predoctoral internship training at the Children’s Hospital at Stanford & Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto, CA. She completed a postdoctoral clinical fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University Division of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
Elizabeth Reynolds, Ph.D.
Dr. Reynolds is a faculty member at Johns Hopkins in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She serves as the primary behavioral consultant within the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient and Day Hospital services. She conducts psychological evaluations and provides behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatments. Broadly, her research and clinical interests focus on the development and maintenance of health risk behavior among children and adolescents. This interest has manifested in two lines of work. The first is focused on the social-contextual (e.g., peer influence) and self-regulatory (e.g., impulsivity, distress tolerance, emotional dysregulation) factors associated with the development and maintenance of these health risk behaviors and involves more basic processes/experimental research. The second area of interest centers more broadly on the evaluation of mental health services; particularly the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based psychological treatments and assessment. Dr. Reynolds received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Maryland, College Park. She completed her predoctoral internship training at Alpert Medical School of Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium.
Dr. George is a staff psychologist in the Pediatric Medical Psychology Program. Dr. George specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with chronic and acute medical conditions. Dr. George serves as the primary behavioral consultant within the Division of Pediatric Oncology. She is part of a multi-disciplinary team to evaluate and treat child and adolescent cancer patients and childhood cancer survivors. Dr. George provides cognitive and behavioral interventions for children with various complex medical conditions. She is experienced in providing evidence-based interventions for distress and anxiety related to medical procedures, barriers to medical adherence and behavioral/emotional difficulties resulting from medical treatment. Her research interests include cognitive-behavioral interventions to enhance quality of life during treatment and maintain long term adjustment after treatment. Dr. George received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at The Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Borden is a staff psychologist in the Pediatric Medical Psychology Program. She completed her PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Prior to her doctoral studies, she received her MS in Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. Dr. Borden completed her predoctoral internship at the VAMHCS/UMB Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium in Baltimore, MD. Her research interests include both prevention and implementation science, particularly the development and dissemination of efficient, tailored evidence-based interventions for children and families. Her dissertation piloted the application of the evidence-based Family Check-Up intervention to children’s psychological evaluations and feedback sessions with aims of increasing the utility of such evaluations as well as parents’ motivation to adhere to treatment recommendations. Dr. Borden also has a strong clinical interest in the identification and treatment of internalizing disorders in children.
Micah Brosbe, Ph.D.
Dr. Brosbe is a staff psychologist with the Pediatric Medical Psychology Program. Dr. Brosbe’s clinical and research interests include working with interdisciplinary teams to address concerns such as adherence to complex medical regimens, medical coping, and behavioral pain management in children and families affected by acute and chronic medical conditions. He also works to help prepare children to cooperate with invasive or painful medical procedures. Dr. Brosbe is the primary behavioral consultant with the Division of Pediatric Cardiology as well as with HIV services in the Intensive Primary Care Program. In addition, he has a special interest in childhood traumatic stress, and is co-founder of the Medical Traumatic Stress Special Interest Group of the Society of Pediatric Psychology. Dr. Brosbe has experience in providing behavior management training for caregivers, including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), as well as treating tic disorders and providing psychological evaluations. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale and his Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Boston University. He completed his predoctoral internship with the Pediatric Psychology Consultation Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, as well as his 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Kennedy Krieger in the Behavior Management Clinic and Pediatric Psychology Consultation Program.
Dr. Kaushal Amatya is a postdoctoral fellow in the Pediatric Medical Psychology Program. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA and completed his predoctoral internship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Prior to his doctoral studies, he received his B.S. from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. His research interests involve parent-child relationship, parenting practices, and parental anxiety and their impact on child and adolescent functioning following stressful life events, including chronic and acute medical difficulties and traumatic stress. Dr. Amatya’s research interests also include development and implementation of intensive treatments for anxiety disorders in acute and medical settings. His dissertation research focused on the impact of exposure to interparental violence in childhood on emotion regulation in emerging adults. Clinically, Dr. Amatya enjoys consulting with multidisciplinary treatment teams focusing on children with chronic medical conditions, providing evidence-based treatments and assessments with children and their families.
Dr. Joel Winnick is a post-doctoral fellow in the Pediatric Medical Psychology Program and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Winnick completed his pre-doctoral internship at Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11 in Pennsylvania where he focused on assessment, behavioral consultation, and early intervention work with children with neurodevelopmental disorders and psychiatric disabilities. His dissertation research examined the impact of metabolic control on academic achievement in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Prior to becoming a fellow, he worked as a Research and Evaluation Scientist at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at the Pennsylvania State University. At the Clearinghouse, Dr. Winnick collaborated with military partners to utilize implementation science, translational research, and program evaluation to support military families and service members. Dr. Winnick’s research and clinical interests include working with children and their families in the delivery of evidence-based practices, assessment, improvement in self-regulatory capacity, treatment adherence, and engagement in implementation science and translational research.
Dr. Ellen Bartolini is a postdoctoral fellow in the Pediatric Medical Psychology Program. She earned her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, and completed her doctoral internship at Widener University’s Child Therapy Clinic in Chester, PA. Prior to her doctoral studies, she received her BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Clinically, Dr. Bartolini specializes in providing evidence-based interventions to support children and families facing a variety of challenging circumstances, including pediatric chronic illness, injury, bereavement, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and trauma. She is also experienced in conducting psychological assessments and consulting with multidisciplinary treatment teams focusing on children with chronic medical conditions. Her research interests broadly include the responses of children and families to stressful life events. Dr. Bartolini’s research also examines the ways in which psychologists can incorporate new technologies into their clinical work. Her dissertation focused on grief as experienced by children with autism spectrum disorders, and involved the creation and piloting of a website for parents and caretakers of bereaved children on the autism spectrum.
Dr. Margo Szabo is a postdoctoral fellow in the Pediatric Medical Psychology Program. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at West Virginia University, and completed her predoctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Prior to her doctoral studies, she received her B.S. from Drexel University. Clinically, Dr. Szabo specializes in providing evidence-based interventions to youth and families for a variety of concerns such as non-adherence to medical regimens, pain management, adjustment to new diagnoses, and disruptive behaviors. She also enjoys consulting with multidisciplinary treatment teams and conducting assessments. Her research broadly centers on identifying factors that impact child and family adjustment to pediatric medical conditions. Dr. Szabo also has interests in behavioral sleep medicine. Specifically, her dissertation evaluated psychosocial and disease-related factors associated with sleep patterns among children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease.