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Elizabeth R. Sowell, Ph.D.

About the Director

ABCD Training Meeting (52 of 66)Elizabeth R. Sowell, Ph.D., a preeminent expert on childhood and adolescent development, specializing in neuroimaging, made the transition from Associate Professor in Residence with UCLA’s department of Neurology, to an esteemed position as Professor of Pediatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine, affiliated with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), in Spring 2011.

Dr. Sowell received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and then went on to complete the joint doctoral program in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology at San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). While working with Dr. Terry Jernigan at UCSD, Dr. Sowell discovered her interest in studying the developing brain and working with kids. Since then, Dr. Sowell has conducted research and taught at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University Of Southern California (USC). Dr. Sowell and her team have been at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for the past 4 years and continue to make progress in learning more about how kids’ brains grow and develop.

My Research

My research is dedicated to understanding how the brain changes in structure and function both in normally developing child and adolescent populations, and in populations with neurodevelopmental disorders; and to determine how changes in the brain relate to changes in behavior and cognitive function, and if interventions (educational, behavioral, pharmacologic) can be used to alter deviant patterns of brain development are my ultimate goals. My group has made many advancements in measuring change in brain structure in normal development and neurodevelopmental disorders, and we are currently most highly focused on determining how brain structure relates to brain activation and cognitive function throughout childhood and adolescence, and how it is impacted by environmental or intrinsic factors. Future work will focus more heavily on the autism spectrum disorders, and the clinical significance of observed patterns of change in cognitive function, brain structure and brain activation and how interventions in children with developmental disorders can impact the trajectory of brain change during development.


Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Division of Research on Children, Youth and Families | Department of Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd., Mailstop #130 | Los Angeles, CA 90027

Ph: 323-361-7347 | Fax: 323.361.7836 |


E-mail: esowell@chla.usc.edu

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