American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) Mental Health, Cerebral Palsy, and Psychotropic Medications

Speaker Information:

Dr. Heather Riodan – Neurologist

Dr. Heather Riordan is the medical director of the Phelps Center for Cerebral Palsy and Neurodevelopmental Medicine at Kennedy Krieger Institute and is an assistant professor of pediatric neurology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Her clinical interests include the diagnosis of neurogenetic disorders and treatment of spasticity and complex movement disorders, including dystonia and chorea. Dr. Riordan has expertise in botulinum toxin injection, baclofen pump management and deep brain stimulator management.  Her hope is to help her patients more fully participate in the things that make them happy.

Dr. Riordan’s research interests encompass understanding the pathology behind cerebral palsy and complex genetic movement disorders. She is particularly interested in improving constructs of care as well as mental health concerns in these populations.

Dr. Aaron Hauptman – Psychiatrist

Dr. Aaron J. Hauptman is a pediatric and adult neuropsychiatrist and associate director of Neuropsychiatry at Kennedy Krieger Institute in the Department of Psychiatry. He is an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He specializes in working with individuals and their families struggling with the emotional, behavioral and cognitive impact of neurodevelopmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries.

Dr. Hauptman’s work and teaching focus on integrating an understanding of localization-based brain function and neurodevelopment into psychiatric formulation and treatment. This is grounded in his training in general adult psychiatry, child/adolescent psychiatry and neuropsychiatry/behavioral neurology. He has a particular interest in working with patients and their families struggling with neurobehavioral sequelae of cerebral palsy, epilepsy syndromes, neuro-genetic conditions, neurodegenerative diseases and neuroimmunological disorders and other acquired central nervous system injuries. These are tremendously underserved populations and, as such, Dr. Hauptman is dedicated to training the next generation of pediatric neuropsychiatrists and improving access to care for these patients and their families. Dr. Hauptman is grateful to have the opportunity to do such work with the wonderful team at Kennedy Krieger.

Important Dates

November 2022
Abstract Submissions Open

January 31, 2023
Abstract Submissions Deadline

March 27 & 28, 2023
Morning Seminar, Mini Symposia, Free Paper Acceptances Sent Out

April 5, 2023
Poster Acceptances Sent Out

May 8, 2023
Morning Seminar, Mini Symposia, Free Paper Information Sent Out

May 12, 2023
Poster Information Sent Out

May 15, 2023
Registration Opens and Preliminary Program Available

September 10-13, 2023
77th Annual Meeting

September 15, 2023 and October 9, 2023
CME Instructions Sent Out

September 29, 2023 - December 31, 2023
On-Demand Content Available