Mirian Ofonedu, PhD., MSW, LCSW-C

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities
Kennedy Krieger Institute
7000 Tudsbury Road
Gwynn Oak, MD 21244
 
Phone: 443-923-9592
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: October 26, 2018

Mirian Ofonedu
 

Leadership Administrative Staff: Program Director for Training
Primary Activity Coordinators: Technical Assistance
Training Director
Discipline Coordinators: Psychology
Social Work
Specialty Resource Contacts: Mental health and disability
Mental health and urban black youth
 
Discipline(s): Psychology
Social Work
 
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Research and Evaluation
Multicultural Council
National Training Directors' Council

Vita/Bio

Dr. Ofonedu is the Director of Training at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI). Prior to her current position, she was a Research Manager and Clinician and served as the Project Director of an NIH –funded Clinical Trial on Early Parenting Intervention Comparison (EPIC) research study at the KKI Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress.  Dr. Ofonedu joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2004 as a LEND trainee. She received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland and her doctorate degree in Psychology from the Capella University. Dr. Ofonedu has a broad background in teaching, research and clinical work. She currently holds an Adjunct Faculty position at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and the Graduate School where she teaches graduate level Research, Clinical and Macro courses and also served as a Continuing Professional Education Instructor for the school.

Dr. Ofonedu has many years of teaching, research, and clinical experience working with varied population. She continues to contribute to the field through her scholarship and clinical expertise at local, national, and international level. She has published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles, both as first author and as co-author and serves on a number of board and committees related to social work, psychology, and her clinical interests. She serves as Program Chair for the Society of Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37) of the American Psychological Association. Her work is inspired by the core ideas of recognizing and building on the strengths and competencies that exist in individual, families and communities for the purpose of creating a more just and equitable society.

Dr. Ofonedu’s research interests include mental health treatment engagement, schools and community outreach interventions, and mental health service delivery for underserved urban families, youth, and children, particularly those who have been exposed to traumatic events. She has a deep commitment to troubled youth and has conducted research on inner-city Black youth and mental health and on treatment engagement of underserved families and young children with behavior problems. She examines the psychosocial and cultural factors that influence individuals and families health and mental health treatment engagement and service utilization to inform policy and intervention programs. Dr. Ofonedu combines her macro, clinical and research knowledge in the training of students in evidence-supported and cultural responsive intervention programs and helping them realize the key role they can play as underserved families, youth and community champions.

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

 

Gross, D. A., Belcher, H. M. E., Budhathoki, C., Ofonedu, M. E., & Kurtz M. (2017). Does Parent Training Format Affect Treatment Engagement? A Randomized Study of Families at Social Risk. Journal of Child and Family Studies https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-017-0984-1

 

Ofonedu, M. E., Belcher, H. M. E., Budhathoki, C. & Gross, D. A., (2016). Understanding Barriers to Initial Treatment Engagement among Underserved Families Seeking Mental Health Services.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(3):863-876 DOI: 10.1007/s10826-016-0603-6

 

Beltran, M., Brown-Elhillali, A. N., Held, A. R., Ryce, P. C., Ofonedu, M. E., Hoover, D. W., & ... Belcher, H. E. (2016). Yoga-based Psychotherapy Groups for Boys Exposed to Trauma in Urban Settings. Alternative Therapies In Health And Medicine, 22(1), 39-46.

 

Maepa, M.P., Idemudia, E.S. & Ofonedu, M.E. (2015). The relationship between Parenting styles and childhood trauma: A study of street children in Limpopo Province, South Africa. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, 21(2), 552-565.

 

Gross, D. A., Belcher, H. M. E., Ofonedu, M. E., Breitenstein, S., Frick, K. D., & Budhathoki, C. (2014). Study protocol for a comparative effectiveness trial of two parent training programs in a fee-for-service mental health clinic: can we improve mental health services to low-income families? Trials 15:70 doi:10.1186/1745-6215-15-70  

 

Ofonedu, M. E., Percy, W. H., Harris-Britt, A., & Belcher, M. E. (2013). Depression in Inner City African American Youth: A Phenomenological Study. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22(1), 96-106 doi: 10.1007/s10826-012-9583-3

 

Gross, D. A., Belcher, H. M. E., Budhathoki, C., Ofonedu, M. E., Dutrow D., Kurtz M., & Slade, E. (In Review ). Reducing Preschool Behavior Problems in an Urban Mental Health Clinic Serving Low-Income Families: A Pragmatic, Randomized, Non-Inferiority Comparative Effectiveness Trial. JAMA Pediatrics

INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS, ABSTRACTS, AND PUBLICATIONS

Ofonedu, M.E. (2015). Understanding Mental Health Treatment Engagement in At-Risk Families of Children with Behavior Problems. Poster Presentation at the American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention, 08.07. 2015, Toronto Canada

Ofonedu, M. E.(2014). “Social Connectedness as Protective Factors to Depression in African American Youth: A Qualitative Insight. Oral Presentation at the International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), 07.12. 2014, Paris France

Ofonedu, M.E. (2013). Attachment and Early Parenting. Invited International Speaker at the Eastern Africa Regional Conference of Psychology (EARCP) Kampala, 11.2.2013, East Africa Uganda

Ofonedu, M.E. (2013). Youth Rebellion and Mental Health.  Invited International Speaker at the Eastern Africa Regional Conference of Psychology (EARCP) Kampala, 11.2.2013, East Africa Uganda

Ofonedu, M.E (2012). A Phenomenological Study: Experiences of Inner city Black Youth living with Depression.  Paper Presentation at the International Congress of Psychology (ICP) 30th Annual Convention, 08. 2012. Cape Town South Africa

NATIONAL AND REGIONAL PRESENTATIONS, ABSTRACT, AND PUBLICATIONS

Ofonedu, M. E (Chair), Franklin, A.J., Breland-Nobel, A., Garvin, E., Cook, C., Turner, E.A. (2017). Strategies for Promoting Positive Mental Health Outcomes for Black Youth. Symposium conducted at the American Psychological Association Convention, 08.05.2017, Washington, D.C

Ofonedu, M. E (Chair), Price, L.N., Kuriansky, J.,Khoury, B., Gregerson, M., Bastien, G., Coker-Appiah, D.( 2017). Global Approach to Trauma Prevention and Interventions: Policy and Practice. Symposium conducted at the American Psychological Association Convention, 08.04.2017, Washington, D.C

Ofonedu, M. E (Chair), Devereux, E., Marin, M. R., Miller M., Haskett, M., Silva J., Jaimes, L., von der Embse, N. P., et al. (2017). Walk-a-Mile Experience: A Families Living in Poverty Awareness Session. Symposium conducted at the American Psychological Association Convention, 08.03.2017, Washington, D.C

Ofonedu, M. E (2011). Experiences of Inner city Black Youth living with Depression. Poster Presentation at the American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention, 08.05.2011, Washington DC

OTHER SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Ofonedu, M. E (2017).Treatment of Depression in African American Adolescents. Continuing Professional Education Instructor. University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work. 10. 19. 2017, Shady Grove, MD

Ofonedu, M. E (2016). Understanding Treatment Engagement of Underserved Ethnic Minority Families and Children. Continuing Professional Education Instructor. University of Maryland School of Social Work. 10.27. 2016, Baltimore, MD

                                Ofonedu, M. E (2015). Hear Our Voice: Depression among Inner-City African American Youth Exposed to Negative Life Events: Assessment and Treatment Strategies that Work. Continuing Professional Education Instructor. Kennedy Krieger Institute Trauma Training Academy, 10.02. 2015, Baltimore, MD

                                Ofonedu, M. E., Rowel, R., Brown-Elhillali, A., Neal, K., Edwards, L., (2015). Suicide and Culture: Taking the Cultural Context into Consideration for Suicide Prevention and Interventions. Symposium Chair at the Maryland 27th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference. 10.07. 2015, Baltimore, MD

Ofonedu, M. E (2015). Treatment of Depression in African American Adolescents Continuing Professional Education Instructor. University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work. 06. 25. 2015, Washington, DC

                                Ofonedu, M. E (2014). The New “At-Risk” Youth: Who They Are and How We can Help. Invited Speaker at the Maryland 25th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference. 10.01, 2014

                                 Ofonedu, M. E (2013). Treatment of Depression in African American Adolescents. Continuing Professional Education Instructor. University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work, 12.12. 2013, Baltimore, MD

                                Ofonedu, M. E (2013). Hear Our Voice: Depression among Inner City African American Youth: Assessment and Treatment Strategies that Work. Invited Speaker at the Maryland 25th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference , 10.02. 2013, Baltimore, MD

                                Ofonedu, M. E., & Brown-Elhillali, A., (2013). Light at the End of the Tunnel: Treating Trauma and Reducing Suicidality with Evidence Based Methods. Invited co-Speaker at the Maryland 25th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference , 10.02.2013, Baltimore, MD

                                Ofonedu, M. E (2012). Treatment of depression in African American Adolescents. Invited Speaker at the Safe Harbor Christian Counseling Continuing Professional Education Conference. 10.12. 2012, Columbia, MD

                                Ofonedu, M. E (2012). Treatment of depression in African American Adolescents. Invited Speaker at the Safe Harbor Christian Counseling Continuing Professional Education Conference. 10.26. 2012, Annapolis, MD


                                Ofonedu, M. E (2012). Emotional Wellness for Families, Practitioners and Caregivers. Invited Speaker at the New Life Continuing Professional Education Conference, 06.23.2013, Columbia, MD

Ofonedu, M. E (2011). Panel Member at the Capella University Doctoral Programs Residential Colloquium , 10.28.2011, Arlington, VA