Neuropsychology Faculty

Peter L. Stavinoha, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Stavinoha is Professor in Psychology/Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center and manages the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Medical Center.  He is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology.  Dr. Stavinoha’s clinical interests include cognitive and educational implications for a variety of pediatric neurocognitive disorders and neuropathological processes including traumatic brain injury and concussion, central nervous system cancers, epilepsy, and stroke.  Dr. Stavinoha currently participates in a variety of research including projects investigating outcomes from TBI, stroke, childhood brain tumor, and neurofibromatosis.

Christine L. Castillo, PhD, ABPP, LSSP
Dr. Castillo is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology, holds the National Certification in School Psychology, and is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, with related interests in facilitating successful school transitions and experiences for children with complex medical issues. Her areas of clinical interest include head injuries, central nervous system cancers, epilepsy, stroke, and complex psychiatric presentations. Dr. Castillo participates in a broad range of clinical activities, including neuropsychological evaluation, consultation/liaison services to inpatient medical floors and clinics, outpatient psychotherapy, family therapy, and parent training. Research interests include cognitive outcomes for children with concussion, psychosocial outcomes for children with hearing loss, and developmental outcomes for premature and term infants.

Paul C. Glasier, PhD
Dr. Glasier is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. As a provider in the CMCD Neuropsychology Service, he conducts neuropsychological evaluations of pediatric patients with a variety of medical disorders affecting the central nervous system. Specific clinical interests include inpatient and outpatient evaluation of epilepsy, cardiac disease, and traumatic brain injury. He regularly provides pre- and post-surgical evaluative and consultative services to families and physicians through the CMCD Epilepsy Surgery Program. Research activities include diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) correlates of neuropsychological functioning in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Lana Harder, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Harder is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics and currently serves as the Neuropsychology Training Director at CMCD.  She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation of pediatric patients, from infancy to young adults, with disorders of the central nervous system.  Dr. Harder serves as the neuropsychologist for the CMCD Pediatric Demyelinating Diseases Clinic.  Research interests include cognitive and psychosocial outcomes for pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS), transverse myelitis (TM), acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), and neuromyelitis optica (NMO).  Dr. Harder also participates in a multi-site longitudinal investigation on the impact of cancer and its treatment on early development in infants and toddlers.

Alison Wilkinson-Smith, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Wilkinson-Smith is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.  She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and provides neuropsychological evaluations of pediatric patients of all ages through the Neuropsychology Service at CMCD and also through the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic.  Her clinical interests include therapeutic and collaborative assessment techniques, autism spectrum and other social competence disorders, and neuropsychological assessment in the context of complex psychosocial issues.  Research interests include the effects of neuropsychological evaluation on parenting stress, the differential diagnosis of autism spectrum and emotional disorders, and the effectiveness of social skills groups for children with autism spectrum and related disorders.

Description of Services


Neuropsychology is a specialty of Psychology that focuses on brain-behavior relationships.  Pediatric Neuropsychologists use standardized assessment tools, as well as clinical observations, to better understand a child's cognitive, behavioral, and emotional functioning.  A neuropsychological evaluation reveals a child's strengths and weaknesses in the context of the child's developmental, medical, and psychosocial histories to inform treatment planning.  Strategies for remediation, accommodation, learning, emotional coping, and educational planning are among recommendations that may be provided based on the results of an evaluation.  Populations commonly evaluated by the Neuropsychology Service include:

Traumatic brain injury
Epilepsy
Stroke
Pediatric cancer (i.e., ALL, brain tumor)
Demyelinating diseases (i.e., multiple sclerosis, ADEM)
Neurofibromatosis
Genetic disorders

Please provide the following when calling to schedule a patient for a diagnostic evaluation:
Patient name and date of birth
Medical diagnoses and supporting medical records
Referring physician
Insurance information
Information for referral sources:
• A referral from physicians or other referral source is required.
• Pre-authorization is required by some insurance plans.
• To avoid unnecessary testing, the family should bring relevant medical records and test results to the appointment (including school records, if applicable).
• To discuss a referral or to ask questions, contact the Neuropsychology Service by calling 214-456-5931.

Why Children's Medical Center?


• Our program offers special expertise in the neuropsychology of various medical and developmental disorders.
• Children’s neuropsychologists work with teachers and schools to provide educational recommendations based on the patient’s abilities.
• On-site research projects keep clinicians on the cutting edge of various neurological and behavioral disorders, as well as current valid treatments, interventions and neuropsychological assessment procedures.

Resources:
Parent’s Guide to Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment
http://www.optionspsych.biz/services/assets/NANPedNeuroPar.pdf

Physician’s Guide to Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment
http://www.optionspsych.biz/services/assets/NANPedNeuroPhy.pdf

 

 

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