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Kristina Espinosa, PSY.D.

Psychologist

Kristina Espinosa, PSY.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined the Developing Brain Institute in September 2019. Dr. Espinosa specializes in the assessment of infants and children with acute and chronic medical conditions, and neurodevelopmental delays and disabilities. She also has specialized training in the assessment and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) with an overarching goal to improve the quality of infant and mother attachment. Dr. Espinosa obtained her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University, where her studies and research interests included assessment and treatment of behavioral and emotional issues related to a variety of pediatric illnesses including congenital heart disease, extreme prematurity, diabetes and genetic conditions. She completed her fellowship at Boston Children’s/Harvard Medical School, with pre-doctoral training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Broward Health Medical Center.


Address: 111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
Email: fetalbrain@childrensnational.org
Department: MRI Lab

Recent Publications & Presentations

2021
Andescavage N, Bullen T, Liggett M, Barnett S, Espinosa K, Kapse A, Kapse K, Ahmadzia H, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Limperopoulos C Relating fetal brain development and neonatal neurobehavior in pregnancies complicated by fetal growth restriction. Platform presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 3, 2021.
2021
Basu S, Kapse K, Espinosa K, Kapse A, Norman S, Fischer D, Barnett S, Andescavage N, Limperopoulos C Relationship of postnatal medications with regional brain volume and cognition-neurobehavior. Poster presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, May 2, 2021.
2021
Basu S, Espinosa K, Pradhan S, Kapse K, De-Asis Cruz J, Kapse A, Norman S, Fischer D, Andescavage N, Limperopoulos C Cerebellar structure, function and neurodevelopmental outcomes in very preterm infants. Poster presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, April 30, 2021.
2021
Andescavage N, Liggett M, Barnett S, Espinosa K, Kapse A, Kapse K, Ahmadzia H, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Limperopoulos C. Impaired prenatal cerebellar growth predicts neurodevelopmental outcomes in growth restricted fetuses. Poster presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies 2021 Virtual Meeting, April 30, 2021.
2021
Lu YC, Kapse K, Andersen N, Quistorff J, Lopez C, Fry A, Cheng J, Andescavage N, Wu Y, Espinosa K, Vezina G, du Plessis A, Limperopoulos C.
Association between socioeconomic status and in utero fetal brain development. JAMA Network Open. Published 2021, Mar 1;4(3):e213526. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.3526. PMID: 33779746. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33779746/