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Jennifer Reesman, M.A., Ph.D.

Jennifer H. Reesman, M.A., Ph.D.

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  • Director and Founder, Kennedy Krieger Institute DREAM Clinic
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Hearing Loss, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Neuropsychology more


Kennedy Krieger Institute

Appointment Phone: 443-923-5980
1741 Ashland Avenue
Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress
Baltimore, MD 21205 map


Dr. Reesman is board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology with subspecialty board certification in pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Reesman is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Reesman founded and directs the Deafness Related Evaluations and More (DREAM) Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Reesman’s research, practice, and program development seeks to improve the accessibility of the highest quality psychological services. She leads the nation’s first and only accredited psychology internship track to prepare future psychologists to meet the behavioral needs of deaf and hard of hearing children and families. Dr. Reesman previously chaired the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology. Dr. Reesman received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. more


  • Director and Founder, Kennedy Krieger Institute DREAM Clinic
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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  • M.A.; Gallaudet University (District of Columbia) (2006)
  • Ph.D.; Gallaudet University (District of Columbia) (2008)
  • B.A.; Mount Mary College (Wisconsin) (2003)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Reesman's research involves the understanding of brain-behavior relationships in children who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or affected by hearing loss and in examination of assessment tools that are accessible to this population.


Selected Publications

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Reesman, J. (in press). Diversity and disability issues in neuropsychology supervision. In D. Bodin, K. Stucky, & S. Bush (Ed.), Effective Supervision in Clinical Neuropsychology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Kushalnagar, P., Reesman, J., Holcomb, T., & Ryan, C. (2019). Prevalence of anxiety or depression diagnosis in U.S. deaf adults. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 1-8 DOI:10.1093/deafed/enz017

Reesman, J., Pineda, J., Carver, J., Brice, P.J., Zabel, T.A., & Schatz, P. (2016). Utility of the ImPACT test with deaf adolescents. The Clinical Neuropsychologist. DOI:10.1080/13854046.2016.1142613

Reesman, J.H., Day, L.A., Szymanski, C.A., Hughes-Wheatland, R., Witkin, G.A., Kalback, S.R. & Brice, P.J. (2014). Review of intellectual assessment measures for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Rehabilitation Psychology, 59(1), 99-106. doi:10.1037/a0035829

Plotkin, R.M., Brice, P.J., & Reesman, J.H. (2014). It’s not just stress: Parent personality in raising a deaf child. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. doi: 10.1093/deafed/ent057

Contact for Research Inquiries

Kennedy Krieger Institute
1741 Ashland Ave
Baltimore, MD 21205 map

Activities & Honors


  • Outstanding Mental Health Service to Deaf People, ADARA, 2014

Professional Activities

  • Senator, JHUSOM Faculty Senate

Videos & Media

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Deafness Related Evaluations and More (DREAM) Clinic

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

How Claims of Abuse and Alienation Affect Who Gets Child Custody. The Kojo Nnamdi Show (October 22, 2019)

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