Deborah Waber, PhD
|Hospital Title||Senior Associate|
|Academic Title||Associate Professor|
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston MA 02115
Deborah Waber's research goal is to understand in a developmental context the influence of endogenous and exogenous factors on children’s cognitive and behavioral functioning. She pursues this research interest in a variety of settings. She has a primary clinical and research interest in learning disabilities, and has written and lectured extensively on the importance of a developmental framework for understanding learning problems in children. Related to this, she has pursued research applying a neuropsychological approach to children’s cognitive and behavioral development to understanding sources of the achievement gap in standards based testing. As an investigator in the Dana-Farber Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) Consortium, she continues to pursue her long-standing interest in late cognitive and behavioral effects of therapy for ALL. Her developmental neuropsychological interests extend as well to life-span outcomes in adults who experienced an episode of severe malnutrition in infancy as a co-investigator on the Barbados Nutrition Study. As an investigator in the landmark NIH MRI Study of Normal Brain Development, she is also involved in ongoing studies based on these data, correlating brain structure with behavioral development.
About Dr. Waber
Deborah Waber received a PhD from Yale University.
Waber DP, Gerber EB, Turcios VY, Wagner ER, Forbes PW. Executive functions and performance on high-stakes testing in children from urban schools. Dev Neuropsychol. 2006;29(3):459-77.
Waber DP, De Moor C, Forbes PW, Almli CR, Botteron KN, Leonard G, Milovan D, Paus T, Rumsey J, The NIH MRI study of normal brain development: performance of a population based sample of healthy children aged 6 to 18 years on a neuropsychological battery. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2007;13(5):729-46.
Waber DP, Turek J, Catania L, Stevenson K, Robaey P, Romero I, Adams H, Alyman C, Jandet-Brunet C, Neuberg DS, Sallan SE, Silverman LB. Neuropsychological outcomes from a randomized trial of triple intrathecal chemotherapy compared with 18 Gy cranial radiation as CNS treatment in acute lymphoblastic leukemia: findings from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ALL Consortium Protocol 95-01. J Clin Oncol. 2007;25(31):4914-21.
- Waber DP. Rethinking Learning Disabilities: Understanding Children Who Struggle in School. New York: Guilford Press, 2010.