Lana Lee Harder, PhD, ABPP $$

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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UT Southwestern Pediatric Group


Lana Lee Harder, PhD, ABPP, leads the Neuropsychology Service and Neuropsychology training program at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the flagship hospital of Children’s Health℠. She holds dual faculty appointments as Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern. Dr. Harder is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and is a board-certified Subspecialist in Pediatric Neuropsychology. 

Nationally, Dr. Harder was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) and the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) and serves on the Board of Directors and Medical and Scientific Council of the Seigel Rare Neuroimmune Association. 

Dr. Harder earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed post-doctoral fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Harder has served as a Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Children’s Health since 2008. She was a founding member and is the current Co-Director of the Children’s Pediatric Demyelinating Diseases Clinic. 

Her research interests include pediatric tele-neuropsychological assessment, brain imaging correlates of neuropsychological functioning in transverse myelitis and multiple sclerosis, and longitudinal cognitive and psychosocial outcomes for pediatric multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, and neuromyelitis optica. Dr. Harder also participates in a multi-site longitudinal investigation on the impact of pediatric cancer and its treatment on early development in infants and toddlers.

Education and Training

Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins Univ. SOM (2006), Psychology
Texas Childrens Hosp. / Baylor College of Medicine (2008), Pediatric Neuropsychology
Graduate School
University of Texas at Austin (2006)
University of Texas at Austin (2006)
Board Certification
American Board of Professional Psychology


  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Acute Flaccid Myelitis
  • Anti-MOG Associated Encephalomyelitis
  • Research Interests

    • Neuropsychological and Psychosocial Outcomes associated with Pediatric CNS Demyelinating Conditions (MS, TM, AFM, ADEM, Anti-MOG, NMO)
    • Tele-Neuropsychology
    • Pediatric Cancer
  • Publications

    • Greenberg, B.M., Krishnan, C., & Harder, L. (2019). New onset transverse myelitis diagnostic accuracy and patient experiences. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 30: 42-44.
    • Goodspeed, K., Harder, L., Hughes, S., Conger, D., Taravella, J., Gray, S., & Minassian, B. (2018). Optical coherence tomography features in brothers with aspartylglucosaminuria. Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology: DOI: 10.1002/acn3.672.
    • Harder, L., Bobholz, J., & MacAllister, W.S. (2018). Multiple Sclerosis. In Donders, J. & Hunter, S.J. (Eds.). Neuropsychological Conditions Across the Lifespan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    • Tan, A., Hague, C., Greenberg, B., & Harder, L. (2018). Neuropsychological Outcomes of Pediatric Demyelinating Diseases: A Review. Child Neuropsychology: DOI:10.1080/09297049.2017.1339785.
    • Holland, A., Hughes, C., Harder, L., Silver, C., Bowers, D., & Stavinoha, P. (2016). Effect of Motivation on Academic Fluency Performance in Survivors of Pediatric Medulloblastoma. Child Neuropsychology: DOI:10.1080/09297049.2015.1023272 .
  • Professional Activities

    • American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, Board of Directors
    • Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology, Board of Directors
    • Transverse Myelitis Association, Board of Directors
    • Transverse Myelitis Association, Medical and Scientific Council
    • American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology