Rick S Ostrander, E.D.D., Ed.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Child Development and Behavioral Health, Depression, Mood Disorders, Pediatric Medical Psychology, Psychologist, Psychotherapy ...read more

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and the Relationship to Depression and Anxiety; Behavioral Medicine ...read more

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Dr. Ostrander joined the faculty in 2003. Previously, he was an elementary school teacher, school psychologist and on the faculty at University of Minnesota and Georgetown University.  He also was an AAAS Congressional Science Fellow and served in the Ways and Means Committee, where he played a significant role in shaping landmark mental health parity legislation. Since arriving at Hopkins, he has greatly expanded the role of psychology within the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. He founded the PMP program and its Post-Doctoral Fellowship training program. During his tenure, the program expanded from a single faculty member to a professional staff of ten that includes faculty, staff, and post-doctoral fellows. Members of the PMP program are assigned to the child psychiatry inpatient and day hospital service. In addition, the program is integrated with over 20 pediatric medical clinics (e.g., oncology, urology, GI, burn, nephrology, surgery, dermatology).  His research was one of the first efforts to examine the relationship between ADHD and comorbid internalizing disorders (i.e., depression, anxiety). More recently, his research has focused on the intersection between medical illness and psychological considerations.

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  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Selected Publications

Ostrander, R., Crystal, D. & August, G.J. (2007) Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, depression, and self- and other-assessments of social competence: A developmental study. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 34, 774-786.

Herman, K.C., Ostrander, R., Walkup, J.T., Silva, S.G., & March, J.S. (2007) Empirically-Derived Subtypes of Adolescent Depression: Latent Profile Analysis of Co-Occurring Symptoms in the Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS), Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 716-728.

Reynolds EK, Grados MA, Praglowski N, Hankinson JC, Deboard-Lucas R, Goldstein L, Perry-Parrish CK, Specht MW, Ostrander R (2016). Use of Modified Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in a Psychiatric Inpatient Unit for High-Risk Youths. Psychiatric Services, 67, 570-573

Parrish, C., Haines, R. T., Stewart, D., Szabo, M., Caradec, J., Ziegfeld, S., ... & Ostrander, R. (2019). Assessing child quality of life impairments following pediatric burn injuries: Rasch analysis of the children’s dermatology life quality index. Quality of life research, 1-9

Ostrander, R., Herman, K., Sikorski, J., Mascendaro, P., & Lambert, S. (2008) Patterns of Psychopathology in Children with ADHD: A Latent Profile Analysis. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 37, 833-847

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