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Dr. Patricia Evans serves as the Director of the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, which includes an ACGME-accredited, 4 year core residency in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Dr. Evans received her MD from Texas Tech University School of Medicine, and completed her pediatric training at Texas Tech University Health Science Center; her Adult and Pediatric Neurology training at UT Southwestern School of Medicine; and her fellowship in Cognitive Development through the NIH at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Evans received her Ph.D. in research psychology through Walden University.  She completed the Palatucci Fellowship in Advocacy (AAN); and was formerly the chair of the Ethics Section for the AAN.  She carries board certification in Pediatrics (ABP), Neurology with Special Qualification in Pediatric Neurology (AAN), and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (AAN).  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Pediatrics; she is a member of the Child Neurology Society (CNS).  Special research interests include Fragile X Syndrome; Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan; and neuroethics in the pediatric setting, particularly in the context of end-of-life decision making. Dr. Evans has authored a textbook on Autism Spectrum Disorder; as well as several book chapters on autism as well as ethics.


Medical School
Texas Tech University School of Medicine (1983)
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center (1986), Pediatrics
Wake Forest University School of Medicine (1993), Epilepsy
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Jacobi Medical Center (1994), Autism Spectrum Disorders
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1995), Pediatric Neurology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1996), Neurology
Wake Forest University School of Medicine (2004), Pediatric Neurology
Other Post Graduate Training
Walden University (2014), Research Psychology

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Fragile-X Syndrome
  • Neuro-Behavior
  • Neuro-Developmental Disorders
  • Research Interest

    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Down's Syndrome
    • Fragile X


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    Efficacy of Low-Dose Buspirone for Restricted and Repetitive Behavior in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Trial.
    Chugani DC, Chugani HT, Wiznitzer M, Parikh S, Evans PA, Hansen RL, Nass R, Janisse JJ, Dixon-Thomas P, Behen M, Rothermel R, Parker JS, Kumar A, Muzik O, Edwards DJ, Hirtz D J. Pediatr. 2015 Dec
    Thiamine deficiency secondary to anorexia nervosa: an uncommon cause of peripheral neuropathy and wernicke encephalopathy in adolescence.
    Renthal W, Marin-Valencia I, Evans PA Pediatr. Neurol. 2014 Jul 51 1 100-3
    Phenotypic spectrum and genotype-phenotype correlations of NRXN1 exon deletions.
    Schaaf CP, Boone PM, Sampath S, Williams C, Bader PI, Mueller JM, Shchelochkov OA, Brown CW, Crawford HP, Phalen JA, Tartaglia NR, Evans P, Campbell WM, Tsai AC, Parsley L, Grayson SW, Scheuerle A, Luzzi CD, Thomas SK, Eng PA, Kang SH, Patel A, Stankiewicz P, Cheung SW Eur. J. Hum. Genet. 2012 Dec 20 12 1240-7
    Small genomic rearrangements involving FMR1 support the importance of its gene dosage for normal neurocognitive function.
    Nagamani SC, Erez A, Probst FJ, Bader P, Evans P, Baker LA, Fang P, Bertin T, Hixson P, Stankiewicz P, Nelson D, Patel A, Cheung SW Neurogenetics 2012 Nov 13 4 333-9
    Nonemergency medical care for illegal immigrants in Texas.
    Evans P Virtual Mentor 2008 10 4 195-200
    Efficacy of porcine secretin in children with autism and pervasive developmental disorder.
    Kern JK, Van Miller S, Evans PA, Trivedi MH J Autism Dev Disord 2002 Jun 32 3 153-60
    Ethanol suppresses the postcastration rise in serum luteinizing hormone in male rats.
    Ring DL, Evans P, Joanning S, Menendez CE Arch. Androl. 1983 Jun 10 3 229-32


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    Honors & Awards

    • Best Pediatric Specialists
      D Magazine (2013-2014)
    • Neurology-on-the-Hill Spokesperson for the 2008 Leadership Development Program
      American Academy of Neurology (2008)
    • Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology
    • Donald Palatucci Fellowship for Patient Advocacy
    • America's Top Pediatricians
      Consumers’ Research Council of America (2004-2006)
    • Outstanding Neurologist of Dallas
      D Magazine (2002, 2012)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • Fragile X National Foundation (2012)
    • American Academy of Neurology (1992)
    • Child Neurology Society (1992)
    • American Academy of Pediatrics (1986)