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Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Division of Neurology

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

513-636-4222

513-636-3980

Board Certified

My Biography & Research

Biography

As a pediatric neuropsychologist, I provide neuropsychological evaluations for children who have epilepsy or stroke. These assessments test memory, language, motor skills, problem-solving and other functions before and after surgery or to assist in evaluating the effects of treatment.

When I was in college, I took a physiological psychology course. The connection between changes in brain and changes in behavior was – and still is – fascinating to me. I love explaining to parents, who generally already know this to be true, that what they see their children doing results from their seizures, their stroke or their treatments, and that there are solutions to work around these problems.

In my practice, I try to keep the “whole child” in mind. A child with epilepsy, for example, has the same gifts and challenges, along with additional trials, as a child without epilepsy.

Neuropsychological assessment is a great tool for informing treatment, understanding the course of the condition and helping to identify targets for intervention. It will answer questions for your child's neurologist or neurosurgeon, and it will also tell you a lot about your child and his or her behavior.

A number of years ago, I was honored to be included in the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Women’s Scholar Program. This program continues to benefit me through networking opportunities and ongoing connections to other winners of this award, before and since.

In addition to helping patients, I’m involved in research. I collaborate with my physician colleagues on studies aimed at understanding the best ways to predict and improve disease outcomes.

In my free time, I'm usually following my three children around to soccer games, regattas or music performances. I've become a big soccer fan over the last 10 years!

Clinical Interests

Functional MRI; stroke; epilepsy; language disorders

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Neurology, Epilepsy, Cerebrovascular

Research Divisions

Neurology

My Locations

My Education

 PhD: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.

Internship: West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV.

Fellowship: Pediatric Neuropsychology, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

My Publications

Language predictors of autism spectrum disorder in young children with tuberous sclerosis complex. Schoenberger, A; Capal, JK; Ondracek, A; Horn, PS; Murray, D; Byars, AW; Pearson, DA; Williams, ME; Bebin, M; Northrup, H; et al. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2020; 103:106844-106844.

Scalp EEG spikes predict impending epilepsy in TSC infants: A longitudinal observational study. Wu, JY; Goyal, M; Peters, JM; Krueger, D; Sahin, M; Northrup, H; Au, KS; O’Kelley, S; Williams, M; Pearson, DA; et al. Epilepsia. 2019; 60:2428-2436.

Electrical stimulation mapping of language with stereo-EEG. Arya, R; Ervin, B; Dudley, J; Buroker, J; Rozhkov, L; Scholle, C; Horn, PS; Vannest, J; Byars, AW; Leach, JL; et al. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2019; 99:106395-106395.

A model for visual naming based on spatiotemporal dynamics of ECoG high-gamma modulation. Arya, R; Babajani-Feremi, A; Byars, AW; Vannest, J; Greiner, HM; Wheless, JW; Mangano, FT; Holland, KD. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2019; 99:106455-106455.

Changes in functional organization and functional connectivity during story listening in children with benign childhood epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes. Vannest, J; Maloney, TC; Tenney, JR; Szaflarski, JP; Morita, D; Byars, AW; Altaye, M; Holland, SK; Glauser, TA. Brain and Language. 2019; 193:10-17.

Impacting Development in Infants With Tuberous Sclerosis Complex: Multidisciplinary Research Collaboration. Williams, ME; Pearson, DA; Capal, JK; Byars, AW; Murray, DS; Kissinger, R; O'Kelley, SE; Hanson, E; Bing, NM; Kent, B; et al. American Psychologist. 2019; 74:356-367.

Neuropsychological outcomes after resection of cortical sites with visual naming associated electrocorticographic high-gamma modulation. Arya, R; Roth, C; Leach, JL; Middeler, D; Wilson, JA; Vannest, J; Rozhkov, L; Greiner, HM; Buroker, J; Scholle, C; et al. Epilepsy Research. 2019; 151:17-23.

Development of information sharing in language neocortex in childhood-onset drug-resistant epilepsy. Arya, R; Ervin, B; Wilson, JA; Byars, AW; Rozhkov, L; Buroker, J; Horn, PS; Scholle, C; Fujiwara, H; Greiner, HM; et al. Epilepsia. 2019; 60:393-405.

Cortical morphology, epileptiform discharges, and neuropsychological performance in BECTS. Fujiwara, H; Tenney, J; Kadis, DS; Byars, A; Altaye, M; Spencer, C; Glauser, T; Vannest, J. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica. 2018; 138:432-440.

Electrocorticographic high-gamma modulation with passive listening paradigm for pediatric extraoperative language mapping. Arya, R; Wilson, JA; Fujiwara, H; Vannest, J; Byars, AW; Rozhkov, L; Leach, JL; Greiner, HM; Buroker, J; Scholle, C; et al. Epilepsia. 2018; 59:792-801.