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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 Gastroenterology and Nutrition and Pediatric Urology and is part of multi-disciplinary teams to evaluate and treat children with chronic constipation and voiding dysfunction. She also has extensive experience providing behavioral management training and cognitive behavioral therapy with children with complex medical conditions (e.g. bladder exstrophy, inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and functional pain disorders) and their families. Her clinical research interests include behavioral interventions for improving children’s compliance 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.
Matt W. Specht, Ph.D.
Dr. Specht is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He, along with Dr. Marco Grados, is Co-Director of the Pediatric OCD and Tourette's Specialty Clinic (POTSC) within the Pediatric Medical Psychology Program. The POTSC was developed to deliver evidence-based pharmacological and non-pharmacological (i.e., cognitive-behavioral treatments) for Tourette’s Disorder (TD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as well as common co-occurring psychiatric conditions. Dr. Specht’s current research focuses on examining the means through which behavioral treatments result in sustained reductions in tic symptoms. Dr. Specht received his Doctoral degree from Idaho State University. He completed internship at the VA Maryland and University of Maryland and a research fellowship at the VA Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, before joining Johns Hopkins (2006).
Dr. George is a staff psychologist within 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 is skilled in providing 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. Dr. George also treats children suffering traumatic stress due to medical trauma, abuse, or loss. 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. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale and his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from 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. 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. In addition, Dr. Brosbe works to help prepare children cooperate with invasive or painful medical procedures. He also has a special interest in childhood traumatic stress, and is co-chair 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).
Dr. Adam Morris is a postdoctoral fellow in the Pediatric Medical Psychology Program. He completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Kent State University. Prior to his doctoral studies, he received his BA from Hamilton College. Dr. Morris completed his predoctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Broadly stated, his research interests involve the identification and treatment of coping and adaptation difficulties in children and families experiencing extreme stress, including pediatric chronic illness, unintentional injury, and bereavement. Dr. Morris’s research interests also include prevention; specifically, developing and examining early interventions to reduce the development of negative sequelae following a potentially traumatic event. His dissertation research focused on examining parent and family level predictors of negative outcomes in siblings who lost a brother or sister. Clinically, Dr. Morris 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. 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. Ashley Shields is a postdoctoral fellow in the Pediatric Medical Psychology Program. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Temple University, and completed her predoctoral internship at Geisinger Medical Center. Prior to her doctoral studies, she received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary. Clinically, Dr. Shields specializes in providing cognitive and behavioral interventions to support youth and their families with adjustment to new diagnoses and compliance to medical regimens. She is experienced in providing evidence-based interventions for externalizing (e.g., ADHD, noncompliance) and internalizing (e.g., anxiety, depression) symptoms. Additionally, Dr. Shields enjoys consulting with multidisciplinary treatment teams and conducting assessments. Her research broadly centers on employing a developmental psychopathology perspective to investigate neuropsychological and emotional risk and protective processes. Specifically, her dissertation evaluated the roles of executive functioning and emotion regulation in the pathway from childhood maltreatment to later alcohol use problems. More recently, Dr. Shields has developed an interest in applying her research on emotion regulation to pediatric populations with medical conditions.