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UTHealth Expert List

Developmental Disorders

Michael Assel, Ph.D.

Michael  Assel
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics, 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 Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UTHealth Medical School
  • Director, Dan L. Duncan Programs, Children’s Learning Institute

Linda Ewing-Cobbs, Ph.D., is a pediatric 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, Autism Center at Children’s Learning Institute

Pauline A. Filipek, M.D., specializes in the early diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, developmental disorders, neurobiology of developmental disorders and neuroimaging.

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Cathy Guttentag, Ph.D.

Cathy  Guttentag
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s Learning Institute
  • 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 including post-traumatic stress, oppositional/defiant behavior problems, poor social skills, autism/pervasive developmental disorders, generalized anxiety, and adjustment to physical disabilities.

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Katherine Loveland, Ph.D.

Katherine  Loveland
  • Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, UTHealth Medical School
  • Professor, The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston
  • Director, Center for Human Development Research, UTHealth Medical School
  • Assistant Dean, Faculty Affairs, UTHealth Medical School
  • Director, C.L.A.S.S. Clinic (Changing Lives through Autism Spectrum Services), 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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W. Daniel Williamson, M.D.

W. Daniel  Williamson
  • Professor of Pediatrics, UTHealth Medical School
  • Developmental Psychologist, Dan L. Duncan Children's Neurodevelopment Clinic, Children’s Learning Institute

W. Daniel Williamson, M.D., evaluates individuals from newborns through college age. He follows prematurely born children who are at risk for developmental problems and children with developmental delays and/or disorders, including those with Autism Spectrum (autism, pervasive developmental disorder, and Asperger Syndrome), ADHD or learning disorders such as dyslexia and dysgraphia.