Michael Vanderlind, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine


Dr. Michael Vanderlind is a neuropsychologist on the Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders team and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

As a neuropsychologist, Dr. Vanderlind assesses people's cognitive abilities (thinking skills), such as attention, learning and memory, and decision making. He helps patients understand their cognitive strengths and weaknesses and helps them learn strategies for maximizing strengths and for managing weaknesses. He also works with patients and their families to obtain school supports to help them live up to their academic potential.

Dr. Vanderlind also has expertise in emotional and behavioral functioning. For example, he has worked as a therapist helping people learn how to manage anxiety and depression. Dr. Vanderlind's research focuses on understanding how emotional challenges affect people's cognition and daily functioning beyond their medical history.

Additionally, Dr. Vanderlind prioritizes advocacy in his work. He seeks to support families who have had difficulty getting treatments and services and is committed to providing the extra help they may need.

In his spare time, Dr. Vanderlind enjoys running, yoga, and eating his way through Portland's delicious food scene. He and his husband love exploring Oregon’s endless nature with their daughter. 

Education and training

    • B.S., 2011, The University of Texas at Austin
    • M.S., 2016, Yale University
    • Ph.D., 2019, Yale University
  • Internship

    • Clinical Psychology, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, 2019
  • Fellowship

    • Pediatric Neuropsychology, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, 2021



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