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Emma V. Cole, Ph.D.

Emma V. Cole, Ph.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Specializes in: Adolescents (12-18 years), Children (1-11 years)


Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Pediatric Neuropsychology, Post Traumatic Stress, Schizophrenia, School Psychology more


Dr. Cole is a pediatric neuropsychologist and a board-certified and Maryland state-credentialed school psychologist. She has worked as a school psychologist in multiple public school districts, and as a pediatric neuropsychologist in outpatient hospital settings.

She primarily oversees the neuropsychology services at the Kennedy Krieger Institute's School Programs' four schools, which serve children from ages 5 to 21 years old. In her role, Dr. Cole provides special education (SPED) team-initiated assessments to students with a wide array of emotional, behavioral, neurodevelopmental, medical, and genetic conditions. She also completes outpatient evaluations through the Department of Neuropsychology, as well as provides consultation services to local schools.

She has expertise in special education law, the assessment of children for educational services, the assessment of lower functioning and/or behaviorally disruptive children, and the transition of students with disabilities to post-secondary settings.

Her research interests include factors affecting post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities, the development of advocacy skills in students with disabilities, and the clinical utility of common neuropsychological measures with lower functioning populations. more


  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments / Divisions



  • B.S.; Georgetown University (District of Columbia) (2004)
  • Ph.D.; University of Texas (Austin) (Texas) (2012)

Additional Training

  • American Board of Professional Psychology / Diplomate in School Psychology
  • Maryland Department of Health / Licensed Psychologist
  • National Association of School Psychologists / National Certification in School Psychology
  • Professional Crisis Management Association / Practitioner I Certification
  • Maryland Department of Education / Maryland Certified School Psychologist

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Cole's research interests include factors affecting post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities, the development of advocacy skills in students with disabilities, and the clinical utility of neuropsychological measures with low functioning individuals.

Selected Publications

Cawthon, S., Cole, E. Post-secondary students who have a learning disability: Student perspectives on accommodations, access, and obstacles. Journal of Higher Education and Disability. 2010; 23(2), 112 –128

Cole, E., Cawthon, S. Self-disclosure decisions of university students with learning disabilities. Journal of Higher Education and Disabilities. 2015;28(2), 163 –179

Davis, A., Cole, E., Yadava, G. Autism spectrum disorder with seizures: Collaboration through case example. In K. M. Sanders Editor (Ed.), Physician’s field guide to neuropsychology - Collaborative instruction through clinical case examples. New York, New York: Springer. 2019; 115-132

Online module to Autism Spectrum Disorder Course, The Kennedy Krieger Central Curriculum, Leppert and Harrison, Eds., “Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders”. A self-paced asynchronous online course, release date 2022. On LMS

Activities & Honors


  • Nomination: Excellence in Clinical Service in Psychology Award, Kennedy Krieger Institute, 2019 - 2019


  • Board Member, American Board of School Psychology, 2019

Professional Activities

  • Postdoctoral Supervisor, Kennedy Krieger Institute, 2016

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Learning disabled student’s high school to college transition: Accommodations, knowledge, and barriers
    Poster Presentation, Conference, Louisville, Kentucky (07/14/2019)
    Association of Higher Education and Disability
  • A pediatric case study of 9p deletion
    Poster Presentation, Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois (06/01/2015)
    American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Interview with Tom Rodgers. Tackling Learning Loss, Baltimore Fox 45. WBFF (August 10, 2022)  

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