Lana Lee Harder, PhD, ABPP $$

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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UT Southwestern Pediatric Group


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

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 her post-doctoral fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Harder was a founding member and is the current Co-Director of the Children’s Medical Center Pediatric Demyelinating Diseases Clinic and her primary research focuses on pediatric central nervous system demyelinating disorders. Inspired by her work evaluating children with rare disorders, Dr. Harder published the first study on pediatric tele-neuropsychology.

Nationally, Dr. Harder was elected President-Elect of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN). She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology and two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors of APPCN. She also serves on the Board of Directors and Medical and Scientific Council of the Siegel Rare Neuroimmune Association. Dr. Harder is also a fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

During her free time, Dr. Harder enjoys spending time with her family in nature and volunteering in the DFW community.

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

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