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Neuropsychology Research

The Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology is involved in a variety of research studies investigating the cognitive, behavioral and social factors associated with specific neurological conditions. We regularly enroll patients in our studies. If you would like to learn more, contact us about participating.

Current research includes investigations into the following:
  • Traumatic brain injury/concussion
  • Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Brain tumors
  • Leukemia
  • Urea cycle disorders
  • Epilepsy
Research in Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Outcome measurement of mild traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents
    • This is a collaborative study with the University of Pittsburgh Sports Concussion Program and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Its main goal is to develop a psychometrically-sound test battery for children to detect and monitor the neurocognitive and behavioral outcome of mild traumatic brain injury.
    • Gerard Gioia, PhD, Principal Investigator; Marla Shapiro, PhD, Co-investigator
    • Funding: Centers for Disease Control (CDC),
    • Additional Funding Sources: USA Hockey Foundation Child Health Center Board
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Diffusion Tensor Imaging in children with mild traumatic brain injury
    • This study explores the functional neuro-anatomy and microscopic white matter changes in children with mild traumatic brain injury
    • Lauren Krivitzky, PhD, Principal Investigator; Gerard Gioia, PhD, Co-Investigator
    • Funding: Children’s Research Institute RAC Grant, Medstar Intramural Award
Research in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Integrating brain imaging and genetic analysis of ADHD
    • This is a collaborative study with Dr. Chandan Vaidya at Georgetown University to examine neuroimaging and genetic factors in children with ADHD, combined type.
    • Laura Kenealy, PhD, Principal Investigator; Gerard Gioia, PhD, Co-Investigator
    • Funding: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Research in Neurofibromatosis
  • Early identification of cognitive deficits in children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1
    • This study will longitudinally follow children with NF1 from infancy through early childhood to identify neurocognitive deficits.
    • Karin Walsh, PhD, Marla Shapiro, PhD, Co-Investigators
    • Funding: Department of Defense (DOD)
Research in Urea Cycle Disorders
  • Rare Diseases Clinical Research Center--Urea Cycle Disorders
    • This multi-center study will investigate the longitudinal neurocognitive effects of Urea Cycle Disorders and follow changes in cognition in affected children over time.
    • Lauren Krivitzky, PhD, Co-Investigator
    • Funding: NIH
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Neurobiologic origins and Innovative treatments of autism
    • This is a multi-center collaborative study with Georgetown University and the Kennedy Krieger Institute to examine the neurocognitive underpinnings and neuroimaging data in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
    • Lauren Kenworthy, PhD, Co-Investigator; Dr. Angela Bollich (Co-Investigator), Dr. Joette James (Co-Investigator)
    • Funding: NIH/National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Research in Epilepsy
  • Plasticity of language in epilepsy
    • The overarching goal of this study is to demonstrate that localization related epilepsy causes reorganization of language function in children during periods critical for language development.
    • Madison Berl, PhD, Co-Investigator; Gerard Gioia, PhD; Co-Investigator
    • Funding: NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
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