Sarah Laughlin, PhD

LEND Center of Pittsburgh
Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
University of Pittsburgh
Children's Hospital Office Building (CHOB), Second Floor
3414 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-6942
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: June 06, 2019


Primary Activity Coordinators: Research
Discipline Coordinators: Psychology
Discipline(s): Psychology
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership


Sarah F. Laughlin, Ph.D. is neuropsychologist and an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) in the University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine, Department of PMR.

Dr. Laughlin is a LEND faculty member contributing to LEND clinic, psychology doctoral student recruitment, the LEND Outcomes Study, and the development of LEND autism curriculum.

Dr. Laughlin works clinically within the Neuropsychology Service in the Division of PMR at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP). She provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation for children with acquired or neurodevelopmental conditions that affect brain development. She provides services on an outpatient and inpatient basis, and contributes to multidisciplinary specialty clinics/services within CHP (e.g., Epilepsy Service). Dr. Laughlin uses evaluation results to make recommendations to families and the child's broader care team that consider the child's unique profile of neurocognitive, behavioral and social-emotional strengths and weaknesses. In this clinical setting, Dr. Laughlin engages in teaching/training with medical fellows and psychology doctoral students.

Specialized Areas of Interest
Epilepsy/seizure; autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, intellectual disability, and related genetic syndromes; the neuropsychological effects of childhood trauma and/or maltreatment

Professional Organization Membership
American Psychological Association (APA)
National Association of Neuropsychology (NAN)
International Neuropsychological Society (INS)
American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN)
Education & Training
BA, Psychology, Bates College, 2003
MS, Clinical-Developmental Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 2008
PhD, Clinical-Developmental Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
Clinical Internship, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, School of Medicine, 2014
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Clinical Neuropsychology, Allegheny General Hospital, 2016