My parents inspired me to find a vocation that involved helping others. My fascination with the function of the human brain emerged in college, where I majored in philosophy. As a pediatric neurologist, I treat children and adolescents with movement disorders, including Tourette syndrome.

In my practice, I try to understand how neurological conditions and symptoms affect the child's life and function. With my work, I continually add to the field of neuroscience and find ways to apply new discoveries to improve children's quality of life.

Our team is pursuing multiple lines of research. We use transcranial magnetic stimulation to develop biomarkers of behavioral disorders and understand how the brain controls movement in healthy children and children affected by Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, and Neurofibromatosis. We hope to modulate the brain to improve symptoms. We participate in larger networks of researchers to identify new genes and do clinical trials of new medications.

In my free time, I’m an avid reader, and I also like to exercise and travel.

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French, Spanish

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Comparison of Impairment in Functional Tic Disorders Versus Tourette Syndrome. Larsh, TR; Wu, SW; Gilbert, DL. Pediatric Neurology. 2022; 134:83-84.

Adult Neurology Rotations for Child Neurology Residents: A Survey of Program Directors. Marshall, CS; Deng, S; Jackson, HS; Horn, PS; Wolf, DS; Thompson-Stone, R; Gilbert, DL. Neurology. 2022; 99:e858-e864.

From urges to tics in children with Tourette syndrome: associations with supplementary motor area GABA and right motor cortex physiology. Larsh, TR; Huddleston, DA; Horn, PS; Wu, SW; Cecil, KM; Jackson, HS; Edden, RA E; Mostofsky, SH; Gilbert, DL. Cerebral Cortex. 2022.

Adult Neurology Rotations for Child Neurology Residents: Exploring the Resident Perspective. Deng, S; Marshall, CS; Gilbert, DL; Jackson, HS; Wolf, DS; Thompson-Stone, R. Pediatric Neurology. 2022; 133:34-39.

OSARI, an Open-Source Anticipated Response Inhibition Task. He, JL; Hirst, RJ; Puri, R; Coxon, J; Byblow, W; Hinder, M; Skippen, P; Matzke, D; Heathcote, A; Wadsley, CG; et al. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers. 2022; 54:1530-1540.

The Phenomenology of Tics and Tic-Like Behavior in TikTok. Zea Vera, A; Bruce, A; Garris, J; Tochen, L; Bhatia, P; Lehman, RK; Lopez, W; Wu, SW; Gilbert, DL. Pediatric Neurology. 2022; 130:14-20.

Frequency and Intensity of Premonitory Urges-to-Tic in Tourette Syndrome Is Associated With Supplementary Motor Area GABA+ Levels. He, JL; Mikkelsen, M; Huddleston, DA; Crocetti, D; Cecil, KM; Singer, HS; Edden, RA E; Gilbert, DL; Mostofsky, SH; Puts, NA J. Movement Disorders. 2022; 37:563-573.

A Novel Variant of ATP5MC3 Associated with Both Dystonia and Spastic Paraplegia. Neilson, DE; Zech, M; Hufnagel, RB; Slone, J; Wang, X; Homan, S; Gutzwiller, LM; Leslie, EJ; Leslie, ND; Xiao, J; et al. Movement Disorders. 2022; 37:375-383.

EEG Correlates of Active Stopping and Preparation for Stopping in Chronic Tic Disorder. Vera, AZ; Pedapati, EV; Larsh, TR; Kohmescher, K; Miyakoshi, M; Huddleston, DA; Jackson, HS; Gilbert, DL; Horn, PS; Wu, SW. Brain Sciences. 2022; 12.

Rapid Onset Functional Tic-Like Behaviors in Young Females During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pringsheim, T; Ganos, C; McGuire, JF; Hedderly, T; Woods, D; Gilbert, DL; Piacentini, J; Dale, RC; Martino, D. Movement Disorders. 2021; 36:2707-2713.

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