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Donald Jay Bearden, PhD

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Assistant Professor,
Department of Neurology,
Emory University School of Medicine

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I am a behavioral neuroscientist dedicated to improving children’s lives through research and clinical work. My professional identity and expertise are in the field of pediatric neuropsychology. I completed my graduate coursework in clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and behavioral neuroscience at Georgia State University. I completed my predoctoral internship at the University of California, Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior and my postdoctoral fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School where my primary focus was pediatric epilepsy. My primary research and clinical interests include the neuropsychology of epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, and pediatric pain. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, and traveling.


  • neuropsychology of epilepsy
  • epilepsy surgery
  • neurodevelopment
  • neuroimaging
  • pediatric pain
  • sickle cell disease

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