Robyn Howarth, PhD, ABPP-CN, is a board-certified Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. She currently serves as the Practice Director of Neuropsychology. As a Senior Neuropsychologist, Dr. Howarth primarily works with children and teens admitted to the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU) and in our outpatient clinics to monitor recovery over time. Her clinical interests include acquired brain injury in pediatric populations, anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis (NMDARE), pediatric brain tumors, and moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), including disorders of consciousness (DoC).
Before joining Children’s and Emory in 2012, Dr. Howarth received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and master’s degrees in education and psychology from the University of Denver and Teachers College-Columbia University, respectively. She worked as an elementary school teacher in the public school system for several years before earning her doctorate from the University of Iowa in 2010. Dr. Howarth then completed an internship at the Children's Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State School of Medicine followed by a two-year fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
In her spare time, Dr. Howarth enjoys traveling, reading, art, spending time with friends and family, finding ways to promote overall health and wellness, as well as keeping up with her young daughter.
Focus of Practice
Areas of Interest
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI), including disorders of consciousness (DoC)
- Acquired brain injury
- Neuroimmunological disorders, namely anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis (NMDARE)
- Pediatric brain tumors
- Inpatient rehabilitation
- American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN)
- American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM)
- International Brain Injury Association (IBIA), Disorders of Consciousness special interest group
- International Neuropsychology Society (INS), Pediatric Neuropsychology, Brain Injury and Oncology special interest groups
- International Pediatric Rehabilitation Consortium (IPRC)
Research & Publications
Dr. Howarth’s research interests include examining the neurocognitive effects and trajectory of recovery following acquired brain injury over time; examining the utility of assessment measures to serially track cognitive recovery during inpatient rehabilitation; as well as functional outcomes in children and adolescents with pediatric brain tumors, NMDARE, and various acquired brain injuries, including TBI and DoC.