Dr. Katie Jankowski is a psychotherapist who provides individual and group therapy to neurodiverse children, adolescents, and families within SOAR. Dr. Jankowski has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, specializing in Autism and social cognitive development. Dr. Jankowski also has a Masters in Clinical Social Work, specializing in children’s mental health. She is a licensed social worker in Maryland. Dr. Jankowski has received specialized clinical training in developmental disorders and behavioral health as a LEND Fellow (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities), and BHWISE Fellow (Behavioral Health Workforce Integration Service and Education), in addition to clinical training in early childhood intervention.
Dr. Jankowski embraces a strengths-based, child- and family-centered approach. She utilizes evidence-based techniques from social emotional learning theory, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), play therapy, and mindfulness. Her therapeutic style is warm, empathic, creative, and collaborative. Dr. Jankowski believes therapy should be fun and engaging. As a child therapist, she brings energy and creativity to her sessions, and she adopts a dynamic, activity-based approach that incorporates movement and play. Dr. Jankowski builds on each child’s passions, interests, and strengths to design interventions. For example, if you child loves Sonic the Hedgehog, is passionate about racecars, or is a real science buff, Dr. Jankowski will integrate these interests into therapy. In addition, Dr. Jankowski recognizes that parents and guardians are experts on their children, and she works collaboratively with them to create therapeutic goals. Dr. Jankowski strongly believes in the importance and strength of families, and thus, offers parents/guardians skills training and support services, based in positive parenting techniques.
Dr. Jankowski has over 10 years of experience working with youth with developmental, emotional, and behavioral disorders across a wide age range, including preschoolers, school-aged children, and adolescents. Her areas of expertise include social skills, executive functioning skills, and emotion/behavior regulation, and she specializes in Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety. Dr. Jankowski has worked in mental health clinics, early intervention and special education programs, social skills groups and camps, sibling support groups, and parent training groups. She has worked at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center, the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Frost School with Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, Early Childhood CARES (Coordination, Assessment, Referral, and Evaluation Services) at the University of Oregon, Take2 Autism Summer Camp, and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.
Dr. Jankowski is also passionate about maternal mental health and parent-child attachment. She completed Postpartum Support International’s certificate training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and she has a special interest in supporting new parents experiencing postpartum challenges, including difficulties adjusting to new parental roles, expectations, and emotions.
Dr. Jankowski has an extensive background as a child development researcher. Her work investigates social cognitive and social emotional development in autistic and neurotypical children and adolescents, using neuropsychological and brain imaging (fMRI) techniques, including perspective-taking/Theory of Mind, emotion recognition, empathy, executive functioning, and self-perception. Dr. Jankowski has published over 15 research articles in psychological and neuroscience journals and has presented at over 25 scientific conferences both nationally and internationally. She has also taught college-level courses in child development.
In her free time, Dr. Jankowski enjoys hiking with her husband and son, snuggling with her rescue dog and cat, visiting art and culture museums, trying out vegetarian recipes, doing Zumba, reading, and traveling. Although a native to the DC area, Dr. Jankowski has lived in Eugene, Oregon and Kyoto, Japan, which both hold special places in her heart.
- MSW Clinical Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work
- Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, University of Oregon
- M.S. Developmental Psychology, University of Oregon
- B.A. Psychology, University of Virginia
EXPERTISE/AREAS OF INTEREST:
- Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Social Skills
- Executive Functioning
- Emotion and Behavior Regulation
- Perinatal and Postpartum Concerns
- Early Childhood Intervention
- Coping Strategies
- Parenting Support
- Sibling Support