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Sarah L. Karalunas Ph.D.

Increasing numbers of children and adults are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), yet its diagnosis is controversial and its treatment only addresses symptoms, without resolving the disorder. Dr. Karalunas’ research takes a multi-method approach to characterizing the basic cognitive and psychological processes contributing to childhood ADHD and to understanding how these processes differ between individuals with the disorder. This includes work to clarifying the bases of neurocognitive deficits commonly associated with ADHD, as well as research focused on identifying novel subtypes of ADHD. The long-term implications of this work include improved clinical assessment and potential for treatment matching, as well as identification of biological mechanisms.


  • B.A., Hamilton College, Clinton New York 2004
  • M.S., Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 2009
  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 2011
  • Residency:

    • Internship: child neuropsychology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2010-2011
  • Fellowship:

    • NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Sciences University, 2011-2014

Memberships and associations

  • Association for Psychological Science

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