The University of Maryland, Baltimore is a public educational research university and the flagship campus of the greater University of Maryland system. It was founded in 1807 and expands over the west side of downtown Baltimore near the Inner Harbor. The research and technology complex spans 71 acres with 67 buildings. The School of Medicine is the first public and fifth oldest medical school system in the U.S. and the founding school of the University System of Maryland. With 43 academic units, more than 3,000 faculty physicians and research scientists, and over $400 million in extramural funding, the School of Medicine is regarded as a leading biomedical research institution in the U.S. It is home to world class programs in brain science, cancer, surgery, emergency medicine, human genomics, among many others. In addition, it has a strong global presence with research and treatment facilities in more than 35 countries around the world.

In January 2018, the University of Maryland will be opening a new state-of-the-art Health Sciences Facility III (HSF III) that will house many of the investigators recruited to the School of Medicine’s Special Trans-Disciplinary Recruitment Award Program (STRAP). The new, bold, and ambitious recruitment initiative is part of Vision 2020, attracting top scientists to the new facilities with the most advanced laboratories and medical research technology in the country. Recently, such effort resulted in the recruitment of Principal Investigators, Drs. Thomas Ernst and Linda Chang; they will be key players in the School of Medicine’s acceleration to the top-most echelon of biomedical research institutions and the ABCD Study.

ABCD Study at the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is one of 21 institutions nationwide that will recruit families to participate in the ABCD Study. This research hub will be one of the major programs in the new HSF III research building. Currently, the ABCD Study at the University of Maryland will be conducted in several facilities, including the School of Medicine, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center. Most families will complete their assessments in our temporary research suite at the University of Maryland Professional Building and at the MR Research Center Paca-Pratt Building. An alternative location is available at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center.

To find out if you are eligible to participate in the ABCD Study at the University of Maryland, or to request information, please call (410) 706-2223 (ABCD) or email us at [email protected]. Click here to learn more about our Study Procedures.

Thomas Ernst

Thomas Ernst, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Linda Chang

Linda Chang, M.D., M.S.

Principal Investigator

Christine Cloak, Ph.D.

Site Coordinator, Co-Investigator
Kay Connors

Kay Connors, MSW, LCSW-C

Sarah Edwards

Sarah Edwards, D.O.

Amal Isaiah

Amal Isaiah, M.D.


Nancy Lever, Ph.D.


Gloria Reeves, M.D.

Hua Jun Liang

Hua Jun Liang, Ph.D.

Associate Researcher
Mahsa Mayeli1

Mahsa Mayeli, M.D., M.P.H.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Eric Cunningham

Eric Cunningham, B.Sc.

MR Research Technician
Pedro Rodriguez

Pedro Rodriguez Rivera, M.P.H.

Graduate Research Assistant
Meghann Ryan

Meghann Ryan, M.S.

Graduate Research Assistant
Kelsey Sumpter

Kelsey Sumpter

Research Assistant