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Michael Assel, Ph.D.

Michael  Assel
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s Learning Institute, UTHealth Medical School
  • Staff Psychologist, Dan L. Duncan Children's Neurodevelopment Clinic, Children’s Learning Institute

Michael Assel, Ph.D., evaluates children with a range of developmental differences and is co-investigator of several studies funded by the Texas Education Agency and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Assel specializes in learning disabilities, children’s behavior, child development, adolescent issues and behavior, pervasive developmental disorders, language delays, attention deficit disorder and the effects of early maternal interaction behaviors. Assel is also available to discuss how to talk with children about approaching storms.


Linda Ewing-Cobbs, Ph.D.

Linda  Ewing-Cobbs
  • Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Clinical Programs, Children’s Learning Institute, UTHealth Medical School

Linda Ewing-Cobbs, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist who works with children and families to address the learning, emotional and behavioral problems that are common during childhood and adolescence. She evaluates conditions that have a neurological component, including ADHD, learning disabilities, dysgraphia, complications of prematurity, seizure disorders, brain injury and other medical conditions. Dr. Ewing-Cobbs examines children’s reasoning, attention, and learning, as well as psychological concerns that often co-occur with neurodevelopmental problems. 


Pauline Filipek, M.D.

Pauline  Filipek
  • Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s Learning Institute and the Division of Child and Adolescent Neurology, UTHealth Medical School
  • Director, The Autism Center at Children’s Learning Institute

Pauline A. Filipek, M.D., specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, including the earliest identification of warning signs for autism and related disorders in very young infants (even before the first birthday), initiating the earliest intensive interventions and education for all disciplines on these topics. 

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Cathy Guttentag, Ph.D.

Cathy  Guttentag
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s Learning Institute, UTHealth Medical School
  • Staff Psychologist, The Autism Center at Children’s Learning Institute

Cathy Guttentag, Ph.D., evaluates children with various learning and behavioral disorders, including autism spectrum and related disorders. She has experience providing assessment and therapeutic services to children with a variety of issues. She has particular expertise in testing very young children and in working collaboratively with parents to determine the most appropriate intervention plans and approaches to emotional and behavioral issues. 


Anson Koshy, M.D., M.B.E.

Anson  Koshy
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Children's Learning Institute, UTHealth Medical School
  • Staff Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician, Dan L. Duncan Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic, Children's Learning Institute

Anson Koshy, M.D., M.B.E., is a board-certified developmental and behavioral pediatrician. He performs diagnostic evaluations and provides ongoing medical management for children who are at risk for developmental, behavioral and learning differences from infancy through the college years.


Katherine Loveland, Ph.D.

Katherine  Loveland
  • Landmark Charities Professor of Autism Research and Treatment, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UTHealth Medical School
  • Director, Center for Human Development Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UTHealth Medical School
  • Training Director, UTHealth Doctoral Psychology Internship Program
  • Director, C.L.A.S.S. Clinic (Changing Lives through Autism Spectrum Services), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UTHealth Medical School

Katherine Loveland, Ph.D., specializes in autism spectrum disorders, neuropsychology and neurobiology of developmentally disordered populations, development of social, communicative and emotional behavior in humans and neurodevelopmental and cognitive aspects of psychopathology.

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Deborah Pearson, Ph.D.

Deborah  Pearson
  • Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UTHealth Medical School

Deborah Pearson, Ph.D., specializes in the evaluation of children and adolescents having a variety of developmental and behavioral problems, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As an internationally, recognized researcher in the area of developmental psychopathology, Pearson has studied a variety of cognitive and behavioral problems in children and adolescents with ADHD, autism, HIV infection and serious behavioral problems (e.g., Conduct Disorder).

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