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Expert Team in Pediatric Medical Psychology

Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Rick Ostrander

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.

Dr. Jessica Hankinson

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.   

Dr. Carisa Perry-Parish

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. 

Dr. Elizabeth Reynolds

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. Matt Specht

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. Anna George

Anna George, Psy.D.

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 also provides inpatient consultation liaison services for the Pediatric Burn Surgery team. 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.

Lindsay Borden, Ph.D.

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.

FELLOWS

Dr. Julie Michael is a post-doctoral fellow in the Pediatric Medical Psychology Program. She completed a joint Ph.D. in Clinical and Biological/Health psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Michael completed her pre-doctoral internship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, with a focus on trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy with children and adolescents, intensive outpatient therapy for adults, and neuropsychological assessment for children, adolescents, and adults. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA, within the Divisions of Behavioral Health and Endocrinology. During that time, Dr. Michael developed a behavioral health program for youth with diabetes including individual therapy, group therapy, consultation, and program evaluation. She specializes in using cognitive-behavioral and motivational interviewing interventions to assist youth with adjustment to new diagnoses and compliance to medical regimens. Dr. Michael’s research focuses on identifying psychosocial factors associated with health behavior change in youth and adults. She has specific clinical and research interests in facilitating the transition to adult care for adolescents and young adults with chronic medical conditions.

Dr. Taryn Allen is a postdoctoral fellow in the Pediatric Medical Psychology Program. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duke University and completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center, where she specialized in both pediatric psychology and child clinical psychology. Her research focuses broadly on the assessment of quality of life and interventions that improve overall well-being in children with chronic medical conditions. Specifically, she has examined the impact of illness-related variables on social-emotional and cognitive functioning. In addition, Dr. Allen has evaluated neurocognitive interventions in pediatric cancer survivors and children with sickle cell disease. More recently, she has explored the application of mindfulness and complementary/alternative techniques (e.g., yoga, relaxation) to treat co-occurring pain and internalizing symptoms (e.g., anxiety, depression) in youth.  Dr. Allen enjoys consulting with multidisciplinary treatment teams, conducting assessments, and providing evidence-based treatments to youth and their families.

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.

 
 

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