Faculty

Martha Bridge Denckla, M.D.
Denckla@kennedykrieger.org
  • Director of the Developmental Cognitive Neurology Department at the Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Director of the Learning Disabilities Research Center at the Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry at the Johns
  • Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Professor of Education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education

Dr. Denckla graduated summa cum laude from Bryn Mawr College and went on to graduate cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1962, where she trained with Dr. Norman Geschwind in Behavioral Neurology. Dr. Denckla served residencies at Beth Israel Hospital and Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, both in Boston, as well as Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC. After positions in Neurology and Psychiatry at College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and Harvard Medical School, she served as the Director of Learning Disabilities Clinic at Children's Hospital. She came to the Maryland area in 1982 to serve as Chief of the Section on Autism & Related Disorders at the Developmental Neurology Branch of the Neurological Disorders Program at the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke. She came to the Johns Hopkins University and the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 1987. Dr. Denckla is currently Director of the Department of Developmental Cognitive Neurology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and holds the Batza Family Endowed Chair at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Dr. Denckla is past President of both the International Neuropsychology Society and the Behavioral Neurology Society. She has been awarded the Lucy G. Moses Prize in Clinical Neurology at Columbia University, the Norman Geschwind Memorial Lectureship at Orton Society, the Rita G. Rudel Memorial Lectureship at Columbia University, the Herbert Birch Memorial Lectureship at the International Neuropsychology Society, the Soriano Guest Lectureship of the American Neurological Association, and the Bernard Sachs Lectureship of Child Neurological Society. Most recently, she was the American Academy of Mental Retardation Research Career awardee.