Director, Neuropsychology Program
Attending Physician
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Dr. Anita Herrera-Hamilton joined the Children's Orthopaedic Center and Division of Neurology at CHLA after completing an APA-accredited pediatric neuropsychology track internship at Children's Hospital, Colorado and a two-year APA-accredited postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Children's Hospital, Los Angeles. Dr. Herrera-Hamilton specializes in neuropsychological evaluation of children and adolescents with conditions related to concussion, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy and other medical conditions affecting the central nervous system. She also supervises pre- and post-doctoral neuropsychology trainees and medical students with regard to brain-behavior relationships.

Dr. Hamilton holds an appointment as Assistant Professor at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. Her research is focused on neurocognitive and neuroimaging outcomes related to traumatic brain injury among children and adolescents, as well as the neurocognitive effects of exercise on learning and brain maturation.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric neuropsychology, sports-related concussions and traumatic brain injuries, intractable epilepsy, and comprehensive learning assessments


Graduate School: 

Fuller, School of Psychology


Children’s Hospital, Colorado


Children's Hospital Los Angeles


Professional Memberships: 

American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology April 2011 to Present

American Psychological Association, 2005 to Present       

International Neuropsychological Society, 2005 to Present

California Psychological Association, 2012 to Present



Lin, A., Garrett, A., Bachman, S., Burke, R., Zaslow, T., Piasek, C., Edison, B., Hamilton, A. & Upperman, J. Assessment of Parental Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Pediatric Sports-related Concussions. Sports Health, Sept./Oct. 2015. doi:10.1177/1941738115571570

Chmait, R., Baskin, J., Carson, S., Randolph, L., & Hamilton, A. Treatment of alpha (0)-thalassemia via serial fetal and post-natal transfusions: Can early fetal intervention improve outcomes? Hematology, Aug. 12, 2014, PMID: 25116001

Hamilton, A.H., Imagawa, K., Wisnowski, J., Tavare, J., Nelson, M.D., Bluml, S. & Panigrahy, A.  Characterization of Mircrostructural Injury in Infant Abusive Head Trauma. Journal of Neurotrauma. Jul 31 2014. PMID 24831582

Heilbrunn, B.R., Wittern, R.E., Lee, J.B., Pham, P.K., Hamilton, A.H. & Nager, A.L., Reducing Anxiety in the Pediatric Emergency Department: A Comparative Trial. Journal of Emergency Medicine. December 2014,

Vanderbilt, D.V., Schrager, S.M., Llanes, A., Hamilton, A., Seri, I. and Chimait, R., Predictors of Two-Year Neurodevelopment After Laser Surgery for Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. March 26, 2014. PMID: 24681290 

Research Interests: 

Neurocognitive and neuroimaging outcomes related to traumatic brain injury among children and adolescents.

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