Deborah Pearson, Ph.D.

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Children's Learning Institute
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
7000 Fannin Street
Suite 2476C
Houston, TX 77030-5400
 
Phone: 713-486-2588
Email: Deborah.A.Pearson@uth.tmc.edu
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Last Updated: July 24, 2012

Deborah Pearson
 

Primary Activity Coordinators: Clinical Services
Discipline Coordinators: Psychiatry: Child
 
Discipline(s): Psychology
 
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
 
Research: The focus of Dr. Pearson's research program has been the investigation of cognitive, behavioral, and biological aspects of developmental psychopathology, e.g., in children and adolescents with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), intellectual disabilities, conduct disorder, traumatic brain injury, and HIV. A particular interest has been psychopharmacological intervention in children with developmental disabilities. This research program has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, private foundations (e.g., Hogg Foundation), and industry. Her major current research focus is the study of psychiatric symptomatology in children with ASDs, as well as assessing the efficacy of various treatments for these symptoms.
Education: Deborah A. Pearson, Ph.D. received her Bachelor degree in Biology/Psychology from the Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT in 1979, and her master and doctoral degrees in Psychology from Rice University (1982, 1986).
Service: Within her university, Dr. Pearson has headed clinical teams providing developmental/psychological assessments to infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of concerns (e.g., ADHD, autism, HIV). She is heavily involved in the training of medical students, psychiatry residents, and child psychiatry fellows. In this role, she provides lectures and seminars on normal development, developmental disabilities, and developmental psychopathology.

Dr. Pearson also provides service to the professional community beyond the university setting. She has served as member of the CPDD (Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities) study section at NIH, and also serves on the editorial boards of Clinical Medicine: Psychiatry and the Journal of Child and Family Studies. Dr. Pearson is also a long-term member (and former president) of the Board of Directors of The Arc of Greater Houston, and serves as the UT Health Science Center representative to the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Planning Advisory Council (IDD-PAC) of the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County (MHMRA).