Staff and Students

Raj Stewart, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Raj’s primary responsibilities include data analysis and interpretation, and the writing of research articles. His research interests include compensation strategies in language processing across the lifespan, and perception of difficult types of speech, including time-compressed and filtered speech. Raj obtained a B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brandeis University.
Amy Clements-Stephens, M.A.
Pre-Doctoral Student
Amy Clements-StephensAmy’s primary responsibilities include data analyses and interpretation, writing research articles, and assisting with grant applications and revisions. Her research interests include examining the relationships between language and spatial cognition and how this maps onto dorsal and ventral stream processing. This could provide insights into the types of deficits that may be expected with particular developmental and genetic disorders. Amy obtained her B.A.s in Psychology and Music/Theoretical Studies from Susquehanna University in 2001, and her M.A. from American University in Experimental-Biological Psychology in 2004. Amy is currently working on her Ph.D. in Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) at Johns Hopkins University and is part of a joint program between the Department of Developmental Cognitive Neurology at Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.
Aanandhi Venkatadri, M.S.
fMRI Data Analyst & Web Developer
Aanandhi VenkatadriAanandhi’s primary responsibilities are to perform fMRI data analysis, write tutorials to train new employees in data analysis, conduct scans, and maintain the Website for the F.M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging. Her research interests include studying children with reading disabilities and other behavioral challenges. Aanandhi obtained her M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She sews Custom Draperies and does interior design for her clients in her spare time.
D Lanham, M.A.
Core Research Manager: Imaging Resources
D obtained a B.S. in Psychology, a B.A. in English, and a Secondary Education Teacher Certification in English from Virginia Tech. She also holds an M.A. in Experimental Neuropsychology. D has been with Kennedy Krieger Institute for 11 years working on a number of different research projects that examine brain/behavior relationships in pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders. Presently, her primary responsibilities include imaging analyses of MRI scans of the brain, and correlation with neurobehavioral test data; test development; statistical analyses; database design and development; as well as some participant recruitment and testing.
Matthew Ryan, M.S.
Psychology Associate
Matthew RyanMatt’s responsibilities include assessment of children for studies which examine the different types of reading difficulties and their interaction with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He earned his B.A. in psychology from Washington and Jefferson College and his M.S. in Developmental Psychology from the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining Kennedy Krieger in 2006, Matt worked on the Autism Surveillance Project through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and as a contracted Psychology Associate through the Baltimore City Public School system. Matt enjoys spending time with his family, playing softball, and being active in his church.
Leann Rosenberg
Research Assistant
Leann RosenbergLeann’s primary responsibilities include recruiting, consenting, and intake screening of research participants; some testing; and database maintenance. Her research interests include education and reading comprehension in children and adolescents. Leann received her B.S. in Psychology and Mathematical Sciences from Loyola University Maryland. She enjoys reading, attending concerts and traveling.
Aparna Pisupati, M.S.
Research Assistant
Aparna Pisupati, M.S.Aparna’s primary responsibilities include fMRI data analysis and development and evaluation and implementation of MRI and FMRI experiments to study various patient populations. She is also responsible for conducting different types of scans on the research participants. Her research interests include signal and image processing and classification of gene expression data. Aparna obtained her B. Tech in Biomedical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in India and her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University. Aparna enjoys cooking, taking care of her fish, reading, listening to music, and watching her favorite sitcom Friends in her spare time.
Katherine Young
Research Assistant
Katie YoungKatherine’s primary responsibilities include IRB correspondence, database maintenance, some testing, and recruitment and tutoring of children with reading disabilities and other pediatric disorders. Her research interests include learning disabilities, education, and child development. Katherine obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Clinical Psychology at Loyola College in Maryland. She enjoys volunteering at charity events, from playing with children at a Kennedy Krieger Institute Christmas party to riding her bike across the country to benefit the American Cancer Society, and watching movies with friends.