Kennedy Krieger Institute's Maureen van Stone Receives Academies Appointment (MD UCDD/LEND)

October 3, 2016

The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the Academies) has appointed Maureen van Stone of Kennedy Krieger Institute to its Committee on Improving Health Outcomes in Children with Disabilities. Ms. van Stone joins a diverse group of experts who will produce a comprehensive report on federal, state, and local programs, services and supports available to school-age children with disabilities and their families. Maureen van Stone is the associate director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute and the director of Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law), a MCDD community-based program. Project HEAL is Maryland's only medical-legal partnership, which provides advocacy and legal services to low- and-moderate income families and children with disabilities who receive services at Kennedy Krieger.

In their review of programs and services, the Committee on Improving Health Outcomes in Children with Disabilities will evaluate service and treatment goals and effectiveness, examine outreach efforts and utilization rates, and identify outcome measures and reporting. "This is a critical opportunity to identify the programs that help children with disabilities to achieve their full potential, study both their limitations and their effectiveness, and share our findings to improve services nationwide, particularly in under-served areas," said Maureen van Stone. Ms. van Stone holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, a master's degree in developmental psychology from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School, with a concentration on children's legal issues. Prior to law school, van Stone worked for six years as a clinician on the Neurobehavioral Unit in the Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger.

Ms. van Stone is a graduate of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2012 and was also recognized by The Daily Record as a Very Important Professional in 2014, Maryland's Top 100 Women in 2013, Leadership in Law in 2012, and Maryland's Leading Women in 2011. She recently received The Daily Record's 2016 Innovator of the Year award, which recognized 31 men and women who have created new products, services.