Dr Karen Blackmon
Dr Karen Blackmon is a consultant neuropsychologist at the Brain and Mind Institute. She completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York City and her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at New York University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. She is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Her research interest is in expanding capacity to conduct culturally appropriate neuropsychological assessments and interventions in regions of the world that are disproportionately burdened by chronic neurologic diseases. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, US Agency for International Development, and Epilepsy Foundation. She is the recipient of the INS Laird S. Cermak Award for memory research and the Grass Young Investigator Award from the American Epilepsy Society. She is a Research Fellow at the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation and serves on the board of directors for the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) and Caribbean Center for Child Neurodevelopment. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles on neuropsychological manifestations of epilepsy, malformations of cortical development, and infectious diseases such as Zika virus and COVID-19. She serves on the editorial board of Epilepsy and Behavior Case Reports and Frontiers in Neurology. As part of her commitment to global health, she participates in international efforts to harmonize data collection, such as the Zika IPD-MA Consortium and ENIGMA-Epilepsy.
Dr. Blackmon’s aim is to improve prevention and management of neurological disorders and ultimately, to reduce global disparities in disability rates for people with neurological disorders.