Biography

Dr. Harder is the Manager of the Neuropsychology Service and Neuropsychology Training Director at Children’s Medical Center. She holds dual faculty appointments as Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern. Dr. Harder is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and is a board certified Specialist in Pediatric Neuropsychology. Nationally, Dr. Harder was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) and the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN), and serves on the Board of Directors and Medical and Scientific Council of the Transverse Myelitis Association. Dr. Harder is a Clinical Neuropsychology Ambassador to the American Board of Professional Psychology Early Career Psychologist Task Force.

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 post-doctoral fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.  Dr. Harder has served as a Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Children’s Medical Center since 2008.  She was a founding member and is the current Co-Director of the Children’s Medical Center Pediatric Demyelinating Diseases Clinic. Research interests include pediatric teleneuropsychological assessment, brain imaging correlates of neuropsychological functioning in transverse myelitis, and longitudinal cognitive and psychosocial outcomes for pediatric multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, and neuromyelitis optica. Dr. Harder also participates in a multi-site longitudinal investigation on the impact of cancer and its treatment on early development in infants and toddlers.

Education

Undergraduate
Southern Methodist University (2000), Psychology
Graduate School
University of Texas at Austin (2004), Psychology
Graduate School
University of Texas at Austin (2006), Psychology

Research Interest

  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • CNS Demyelinating Diseases
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO)
  • Pediatric Cancer
  • Tele-Neuropsychology
  • Transverse Myelitis

Publications

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Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology Board of Directors (2018)
  • Transverse Myelitis Association Board of Directors (2016)
  • Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology Board of Directors (2015)
  • Transverse Myelitis Association Medical and Scientific Council (2012)
  • American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • International Neuropsychological Society