Jeffrey Waugh, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2017.

Dr. Waugh earned his medical degree at UT Southwestern Medical School in 2007. Following a year-long internship at UT Southwestern, he completed a residency in pediatrics at UT Southwestern/Children’s Medical Center followed by a residency in pediatric neurology at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital. In 2014, Dr. Waugh completed a fellowship in pediatric movement disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Waugh’s research focuses on pediatric and adult movement disorders, with an emphasis on developing methods for brain imaging in inherited neurological diseases. One recent project involves developing an imaging tool for identifying the striosome and matrix compartments in living human.


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2007)
UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center (2009), Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School/Boston Childrens Hospital (2012), Pediatric Neurology
Massachusetts General Hospital (2014), Pediatric Movement Disorders

Research Interest

  • Functional consequences of dystonia treatment, such as deep brain stimulation
  • Neurophysiology of the neostraitum
  • Structural basis of dystonia
  • The striatal compartments, the striosome and matrix


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Autoimmune Movement Disorders in Children.
Stredny CM, Waugh JL Semin Pediatr Neurol 2018 Apr 25 92-112
Inherited and Acquired Choreas.
de Gusmao CM, Waugh JL Semin Pediatr Neurol 2018 Apr 25 42-53


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Honors & Awards

  • CTSA-Pilot Award
    The Translational Pilot Program, part of the UTSW NIH-funded CTSA grant, is a funding mechanism for emerging investigators in the biomedical sciences (2022)
  • The Golden Boots Award
    Selected by Child Neurology residents as the best educator of the year (2022-2023)
  • Early Stage Investigator Award
    Awarded by the NeuroNEXT Network (2021-2022)
  • Chair, Practice Committee, Child Neurology Society
  • Career Development Award, American Academy of Neurology
    Three year award with K-level support (2018-2023)
  • Invited Member, Medical Economics and Management Committee, American Academy of Neurology
  • Member, Clinical Documentation Integrity Committee, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Resident Teacher of the Year, Harvard Medical School, Child Neurology
    As voted by Neurology residents (2012)
  • Silverman Family Fellowship, Bachman-Strauss Dystonia Parkinson Foundation

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Neurology (2009)
  • American Neuropsychiatric Association (2013)
  • Child Neurology Society (2009)
  • Collaborative Center for X-linked Dystonia Parkinsonism, invited member (2014)
  • Functional Neurological Disorders Society (2021)
  • International Child Neurology Association (2016)
  • Movement Disorders Society (2011)