Karin Walsh, PsyD Neuropsychologist



Karin S. Walsh, PsyD, is a pediatric neuropsychologist in the Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology. Dr. Walsh is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, and Behavioral Medicine with the George Washington University School of Medicine and Children’s National Health System. She is the neuropsychologist to the Brain Tumor and Neurofibromatosis Institutes at Children’s National. She provides and supervises clinical neuropsychological evaluations and consultations to a variety of pediatric populations, including brain tumor, leukemia, and other cancers, as well as neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1).

Dr. Walsh is an active clinical researcher and publishes research in the areas of cognitive late effects in cancer survivors, as well as cognitive and psychosocial impairments associated with NF1. She is also involved in intervention research, specifically targeting learning and executive function difficulties in both of these patient populations. She is chair of the neurocognitive committee for the Response Evaluation in Neurofibromatosis and Schwannomatosis (REiNS) working group, and a member of the neurocognitive committee of the NF Consortium. Finally, Dr. Walsh is co-director of the pre-doctoral externship training program with the Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology and is an active participant in the education and mentorship of pre- and post-doctoral students in psychology, neuropsychology, and medicine.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, 2006
    Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
  • PsyD, 2004
    Loyola University Maryland
  • Internship Program, Psychology, 2004
    Allegheny General Hospital
  • MA, 1997
    Loyola University Maryland
  • BA, 1994
    Youngstown State University
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Karin Walsh


Jackson's Story

"I have become a total advocate for my child, fighting this fight right alongside of him."

Keith at cruise cabin

Keith's Story

"You will find new strength you didn't know you had. You will find that what seemed to be the daily grind of work or home life will take on new meaning and will sustain you by the sheer normalness of it."

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Andrew's Story

"Our best advice is to take each episode as it comes, and you will get through them all! It may sound like a cliché, but you do learn to live one day at a time and to relish every small milestone in your child's life."

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Everyday executive function in standard-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia survivors.

(2014) Child Neuropsychology

Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD Symptomatology in a Neurofibromatosis Type 1 NF1 Population

(2012) Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology

Cognitive profiles of neurofibromatosis type 1 patients with minor brain malformations

(2012) Pediatric Neurology

Executive functions and social skills in survivors of pediatric brain tumor

(2013) Child Neurospychology

Lovastatin as treatment for neurocognitive deficits in neurofibromatosis type 1 phase I study

(2011) Pediatric Neurology

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