Desiree A. White, PhD

Professor of Psychology

Washington University in St. Louis (WU)

The research of my Developmental Neuropsychology Laboratory focuses on cognitive development in both typically-developing children and children with damage to frontal brain regions. The primary emphasis is on the development of executive abilities such as working memory, inhibitory control, response monitoring, and strategic processing. Neuroimaging correlates of cognition are examined using methods such as diffusion tensor imaging and functional magnetic resonance imaging. Studies of pharmacological effects on brain and cognition are also ongoing. Pediatric populations of particular interest include hyperphenylalanemia/ phenylketonuria, stroke related to sickle cell disease, and traumatic brain injury.