We are excited to announce that T. Andrew Zabel, Ph.D., ABPP, returns to our 13th National Conference on Hydrocephalus to lead two sessions – the ABCs of IEPs and Anxiety, Depression and Hydrocephalus. Dr. Zabel is a pediatric neuropsychologist and research scientist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the clinical director of the Department of Neuropsychology and an associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His professional research focuses upon the adaptive and neuropsychological functioning of individuals with congenital and acquired brain disorders, with particular emphasis placed upon persons with hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, and Sturge-Weber Syndrome. A favorite speaker at our conferences over the years, he brings his humor and extensive knowledge of daily living and ongoing management of life with hydrocephalus to our conference participants.
Session: ABC’s of IEP’S
Co-presenter: Amanda Garzon, Director of Communications and Marketing, Hydrocephalus Association
This presentation will provide session attendees with an overview of the IEP process as it applies to youth with histories of hydrocephalus. An emphasis will be placed upon areas of educational need commonly identified in students with hydrocephalus, as well as school-based intervention/accommodation techniques that can often be effective in addressing these problems. Tools for writing effective IEPs will be discussed, and strategies will be given to help parents of students with hydrocephalus interact with IEP-planning teams in an effective manner to get necessary services and accommodations.
Session: Anxiety, Depression and Hydrocephalus
Track: Parent; Teen; Adult
This presentation will provide attendees with information and research regarding mood disorders that frequently occur in individuals with hydrocephalus. Discussion will include an emphasis upon incidence, prevention, and individual positive coping/adjustment. Discuss will also include family experience of hydrocephalus, and adjustment/coping experiences of parents and siblings of individuals with hydrocephalus.
About Dr. T. Andrew Zabel
Dr. Zabel received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Drexel University of Philadelphia, PA, in 2000, and completed his internship training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Zabel also completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Zabel is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a licensed psychologist in Maryland. He joined the Hopkins/KKI faculty in 2002. He is active in the mentoring programs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and participates in the neuropsychological training of externs, pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral residents. Dr. Zabel is the clinical director of the Department of Neuropsychology, and is active in the development of clinical services and provision of neuropsychological assessments at KKI.
He is on the core faculty in psychology for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Leadership Education Excellence in Caring for Children with Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program and the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (MRDDRC).