The Developmental Clinical Neuropsychology Across the Lifespan (DNP-ATL) Lab at Georgia State University is directed by Dr. Tricia King.  We are interested in optimizing long term outcomes of individuals with acquired neurological disorders early in life. We study the impact of neurodevelopmental disruption on cognitive and adaptive outcomes over time and from a lifespan perspective. In doing so, we utilize a variety of neuroimaging (e.g., functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging) and neuropsychological testing methods to better understand the relationships between brain structure/function and cognitive abilities. We also examine economic and social conditions during brain and cognitive development across the lifespan. We investigate both neurologically and culturally diverse populations’ neuropsychological functioning within a culturally sensitive framework. The development of everyday living skills/executive function abilities and preparing for a smooth transition to adult health care are important areas of independence we aim to promote with our research participants and their families.

The breadth of our research within this framework is demonstrated by our investigations into many neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., pediatric brain tumor, congenital heart disease, childhood traumatic brain injury). The depth of our contribution to science is evidenced by our clinical research examining longitudinal cognitive performance and innovative structural and functional neuroimaging with long-term survivors of pediatric brain tumors, funded by a Research Scholar Grant awarded by the American Cancer Society. I have extended this comprehensive program of research in many exciting ways by building strong multisite, collaborative teams.

Our team is committed to equity and inclusion in research, clinical care, and education – for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color and for those who are underserved or otherwise vulnerable to poor outcomes and quality of life. We are located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia where lab members, collaborators, and participants come from highly diverse backgrounds, each with unique perspectives.

Thank you for your interest in our lab! Please look around the site to learn more about our team’s research and opportunities for involvement in ongoing research or joining the team. Watch our lab video below for more information too.

Lab Video

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