Dr. Marsha Carpenter is Board-Certified in Pediatrics and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. Her practice at the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children provides evaluation and consultation for children with learning and developmental disorders in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Her teaching activities include directing the annual educational conference for physicians and primary care providers presented by TSRHC, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics: Topics for Primary Care, and clinical/didactic training of pediatric residents.

Dr. Carpenter is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her undergraduate studies in non-Western nations led to a degree in Cultural Anthropology, and provided her an exceptional foundation in multicultural awareness and a vision for the value of every individual irrespective of differences. Her pediatric training included residency at the University of Kansas and Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and additional experience in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Dr. Carpenter is an advocate for healthcare and educational interventions designed to support every child’s success in life. Her activities include serving on Texas AAP Committees on Children with Disabilities and Children with Mental Health, supporting community endeavor EarlyMattersDallas, various faith-based outreaches to underserved groups locally and abroad, and the Society for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. 

Research Interest

  • Advocacy for children with disabilities and mental health challenges
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Communication and learning disorders
  • Educating parents and physicians in developmental-behavioral disorders
  • Educational laws and advocacy


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Neurological Sequelae of Reye Syndrome: A Follow Up Study
Sarniak AP, Maybury M, Nigro MA, McNeil P, Arcinue EL Pediatric Research 1979 1221

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Dallas County Medical Society and Texas Medical Association
  • Greater Dallas Pediatric Society
  • International Dyslexia Association
  • Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics