Matthew Edelstein, Psy.D, BCBA-D

Matthew Edelstein Psy.D, BCBA-D

Licensing & Certifications:

  • Licensed Psychologist (Maryland)
  • Licensed Behavior Analyst (Maryland)
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral (BCBA-D)

Professional Background

Dr. Matt Edelstein is a licensed psychologist and licensed behavior analyst. He graduated with his doctorate in psychology from Rutgers University and completed his post-graduate training at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is currently employed as a Staff Psychologist at the Behavior Management Clinic in the Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Matt has over a decade of experience providing behavior analytic and psychological services to children and their families. His expertise has focused on the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior in both school and clinical settings, as well as on caregiver and staff training. In addition to his clinical experience, he has held adjunct positions at University of Maryland and Regis College and serves on the training faculty in Behavior Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Matt has also presented original research at regional, national, and international conferences. He has served as the chair of symposia focused on language characteristics in children with autism and on the application of best-practice principles in community outpatient settings. Matt also provides outreach services in smaller settings, which often include invited talks to special educators and parent groups.

Professional Affiliations:

American Psychological Association, Division 25
Association for Behavior Analysis, International


Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Boston University
Master of Arts, Psychology in Education, Columbia University
Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University
Doctoral Internship & Postdoctoral Fellowship, Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

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Areas of Focus

Matthew Edelstein is a seasoned psychologist specializing in neurodevelopmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. With over a decade of experience, he offers expert assessment and treatment services, coupled with extensive research contributions and outreach efforts in the field.

Matthew Edelstein employs various therapeutic methods as part of his practice, including:

  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Assessment and treatment of challenging behavior
  • Neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), and habit disorders (Tourette Syndrome)

ADHD & Depression Understanding the Link

ADHD & Depression: Understanding the Link

ADHD and depression co-occur for various reasons, and research shows those with ADHD often receive a depression diagnosis at some point in their lives.1 Specific factors associated with ADHD increase the likelihood of comorbid depression, including low dopamine levels, brain differences, and emotional dysregulation.

May 5, 2020
ADHD Hyperfixation

ADHD Hyperfixation: Definition, Examples, & Management

Hyperfixation is a common but lesser-known symptom of ADHD, referring to the tendency to focus almost too rigidly on specific preferred tasks and activities. Those with ADHD may spend hours interacting with a topic without realizing how much time has passed. ADHD hyperfixation can be positive, but neglecting other responsibilities can lead to social, academic, or professional problems.

May 5, 2020
Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder: Signs, Symptoms, & Treatments

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) involves a pattern of problematic relationships with others characterized by argumentativeness and rule violations. Primarily, individuals with ODD demonstrate difficulties with emotional and behavioral regulation. Treatment typically involves behavioral and parent management therapies.

May 5, 2020
Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments

Tourette’s Syndrome (TS) involves the chronic presence of both motor and vocal tics (though not always at the same time). A tic is often characterized as being a sudden, rapid, recurrent, nonrhythmic motor movement or vocalization, often preceded by a premonitory sensation. While not everyone who experiences tics will have Tourette Syndrome, those diagnosed tend to have a persistent presence of tics starting early in childhood.

May 5, 2020