Providers at MFIN

Our licensed psychologists include:


Jen L. Crockett, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Jen L. Crockett, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Director, Behavioral Health Program for Military Families
Director of Training
Department of Behavioral Psychology

Phone: (410) 874-1825
Email: crockettj@kennedykrieger.org

Jen Crockett is a licensed psychologist. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Crockett graduated from Auburn University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She received her doctoral degree in 1999 in the experimental analysis of behavior from Auburn University. Dr. Crockett completed a pre-doctoral internship at Bancroft in Haddonfield, New Jersey. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She was a two-year research fellow at the University of Kansas Juniper Gardens Children’s Project. She also spent three years in private practice as a behavior analyst in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Crockett is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland and a board-certified behavior analyst. She is a member of the Military Child Education Coalition, the Association for Behavior Analysis and the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis.

Serving Military Families:

Dr. Crockett has coordinated the clinical services for military families since 2009. She was the Project Coordinator for a two-year service grant entitled “Behavioral Health Services for Military Families” funded by the Department of Justice. She has incorporated military topics and issues within the Behavioral Psychology training program so that our postdoctoral fellows receive the knowledge and skills necessary to provide culturally competent services to military families while they are here and once they leave Kennedy. Dr. Crockett has participated in numerous trainings on serving military families, and was an invited member of the Military Child Education Coalition’s Maryland Public Engagement strategic planning session for providing for the needs of Maryland’s military-connected children. Dr. Crockett is also the spouse of a retired Army officer who spent 23 years on Active Duty, and understands first-hand the challenges of raising children in the constantly changing environment of the military.


Jaime L. Benson, Ph.D., NCSP

Jaime L. Benson, Ph.D., NCSP

Behavior Management Clinic (BMC)
BMC Director of Clinical Services, Odenton
Department of Behavioral Psychology

Phone: (410) 874-1809
Email: bensonj@kennedykrieger.org

Jaime Benson is a licensed psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist at the Behavior Management Clinic within the Department of Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Benson graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Education Studies. She received her doctoral degree in 2011 from Lehigh University in School Psychology with a subspecialization in Pediatric School Psychology. Dr. Benson completed an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at the Munroe Meyer Institute, which is part of the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology, in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Benson completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Benson is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (Division 54 and Division 16) and the National Association of School Psychologists.

Serving Military Families:

Dr. Benson has provided direct clinical services to military-connected children and families since 2011. As part of her post-doctoral fellowship training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Dr. Benson participated in several departmental trainings that focused on the military community. She has attended Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) National Training Seminar, as well as other MCEC trainings, in order to ensure the delivery of culturally competent care and to address the unique needs of military families.


Reagan L. Kinnear, Ph.D., NCSP

Reagan L. Kinnear, Ph.D., NCSP

Behavior Management Clinic (BMC)
BMC Director of Clinical Services, Aliceanna
Department of Behavioral Psychology

Phone: (443) 923-7459
Email: kinnear@kennedykrieger.org

Reagan Kinnear is a licensed psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She is also director of clinical services for the Behavior Management Clinic’s Aliceanna location within the Department of Behavior Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Kinnear graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She received her doctoral degree in school psychology from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Kinnear completed her pre-doctoral internship and two years of postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute within the Department of Behavioral Psychology and the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kinnear has been a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland since 2009. She is a member of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis and the National Association of School Psychologists.

Serving Military Families:

Dr. Kinnear has provided clinical services for military families since 2010. During this time she has participated in Department of Justice grant funded activities targeting military families. She currently provides behavioral health services to military families at our Odenton and Aliceanna offices, and supervises postdoctoral fellows providing outpatient therapy to military families. As a part of her service delivery, Dr. Kinnear has provided community based presentations and parent trainings to military caregivers of school-aged children. She has also conducted on-site teacher training and consultation within several Child Development Centers at the Fort Meade installation. To ensure competent care of military-connected families, Dr. Kinnear has attended the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) National Training Seminar, as well as other MCEC trainings. Her current areas of treatment interest include early intervention and prevention, disruptive behavior, ADHD and Anxiety in preschool-school aged children.


Susan Parks, Ph.D.

Susan Parks, Ph.D.

Director
Behavior Management Clinic (BMC)
Department of Behavioral Psychology

Phone: (410) 874-1811
Email: parks@kennedykrieger.org

Susan Perkins-Parks is a licensed psychologist and director of the Behavior Management Clinic. She also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Parks graduated from Creighton University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She received her masters of arts in school psychology from Trinity University and her doctoral degree from the University of Maryland at College Park in school psychology. Dr. Parks completed pre-doctoral internships in clinical and cognitive neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and also within the Howard County Public School District. She completed post-doctoral fellowships in clinical psychology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and in behavioral pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Dr. Parks is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland. She is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis.

Serving Military Families:

Dr. Parks has provided clinical services for military families since 2009. She participated in Department of Justice grant funded activities targeting military families. She has provided training and consultation to teachers at Child Development Centers at Fort Meade and has been a presenter along with KKI colleagues at the Military Child Coalition annual conference. She provides behavioral health services to military families and supervises postdoctoral fellows providing outpatient therapy to military families.


John Persampiere, Ph.D.

John Persampiere, Ph.D.

Child and Family Therapy Clinic (CFT)
CFT Director of Clinical Services, Odenton
Department of Behavioral Psychology

Phone: (443) 874-1808
Email: persampiere@kennedykrieger.org

Dr. Persampiere is a licensed psychologist and directs clinical services for the child and family therapy clinic at the Odenton site. He is also a faculty associate at Johns Hopkins University.

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Persampiere graduated from Stony Brook University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in child and family studies. He received his doctoral degree in 2011 in clinical psychology from University of Maryland Baltimore County. Dr. Persampiere completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He subsequently completed a Postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Child and Family Therapy clinic before becoming a licensed staff member. Dr. Persampiere currently directs clinical services for the Child and Family Therapy clinic in Odenton and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland.

Serving Military Families:

Dr. Persampiere has provided direct clinical services to military families since 2011. Dr. Persampiere works with families of children exhibiting a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues that are often impacted by stressors unique to military families. During his postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Persampiere received significant military cultural competence training and has been inspired by the strength and resiliency of military families through his direct clinical work. Dr. Persampiere previously spent a year training and providing neuropsychological assessments to veterans at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. Currently, Dr. Persampiere provides evidence-based family and cognitive-behavioral therapy to children of military families who present with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and adjustment related issues. In addition to direct clinical care, Dr. Persampiere trains and supervises postdoctoral fellows who provide clinical services to military families.


Emily D. Shumate, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Emily D. Shumate, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Behavior Management Clinic (BMC)
Licensed Psychologist
Department of Behavioral Psychology

Phone: (410) 874-1806
Email: shumatee@kennedykrieger.org

Emily Shumate is a licensed psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She is also Adjunct Faculty at University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Shumate graduated from the University of Kansas in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She continued her graduate training at the University of Kansas, receiving her doctorate degree in Psychology in 2008. She completed a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. She teaches graduate courses through the University of Massachusetts, Lowell Behavior Interventions in Autism online curriculum. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland, a board-certified behavior analyst, and a Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) provider. She is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis and the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis.

Serving Military Families:

After completing her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Shumate became staff at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Department of Behavioral Psychology and started working with Dr. Crockett on the Department’s program for military families. She worked under the “Behavioral Health Services for Military Families” grant funded by the Department of Justice. Dr. Shumate has participated in numerous trainings on serving military families, including those offered by the Military Child Education Coalition and the Center for Deployment Psychology. She has also conducted teacher trainings at the Child Development Centers on the Fort Meade Army installation. She currently provides behavioral services for military-connected children at our Odenton office.