137| Clinical Case 18 (Pediatric, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome) – A Conversation With Dr. Sakina Butt

Today we give you our third pediatric clinical case with Dr. Sakina Butt. Sakina is a neuropsychologist and the neuropsych postdoctoral fellowship training director at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital; she is board certified in clinical neuropsychology and in the pediatric subspecialty.  For this case, Sakina talks about a toddler with neonatal abstinence syndrome whom she saw for a neuropsychological evaluation. Just like for the first two cases with Sakina we found this to be an interesting window into a very unique world of neuropsychology, working with very young children. It’s well worth it for all of us to consider how to measure brain behavior relationships and promote healthy development in young brains.

About Sakina

I am board certified in clinical neuropsychology, with sub-specialty designation in pediatric neuropsychology. I completed my doctoral degree at Florida School of Professional Psychology in 2008. I completed an APA accredited doctoral psychology internship and postdoctoral psychology fellowship at The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2011. Following fellowship, I obtained medical staff appointment at Tampa General Hospital where I completed neuropsychological evaluations for a diverse pediatric population within the outpatient and inpatient settings. I transitioned to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in 2019 as a pediatric neuropsychologist with clinical focus being the assessment of neurodevelopment for patients 5 years of age and younger and research focus being the feasibility of longitudinal monitoring and outcomes for this population. Due to my interest in training, I was named the Neuropsychology Fellowship Training Director within one year of joining JHACH. I support JHACH efforts towards diversity and inclusion by serving on the DEI committee. As for professional service, I am a general member of the APPCN Board of Directors and ABCN Board of Directors. I serve as a practice sample reviewer for the pediatric subspecialty examination. I had the privilege of being on the planning commission and later selected as a delegate for the Minnesota Update Training Conference. I was co-chair of the 51st annual meeting of INS in February 2023 and am a member of the INS special interest group focused on neuropsychological assessment of babies, infants, and toddlers (BITSY SIG). I was also recently elected as Executive Secretary of the Society for Black Neuropsychology. I am also a member of the oral examiner cadre for the parent board examination. In addition to the service for neuropsychology, I serve as an APA Commission of Accreditation member and co-chair for the postdoctoral fellow policy group.