Dr. Calderon's research focuses on the consequences of prenatal and infant insults to the developing nervous system, particularly in the context of congenital heart disease and/or preterm birth. 

Dr. Calderon's studies include: 

  1. the mechanisms of neurodevelopmental impairments in children and adolescents with critical congenital heart disease after open-heart surgery
  2. the identification of prenatal, neonatal and infant medical risk factors contributing to long-term deficits and 
  3. the study of neurodevelopmental interventions to improve cognitive and behavioral outcomes in this population


Dr. Johanna Calderon has a PhD in Pediatric Neuropsychology from Paris Descartes Sorbonne Paris Cite University and a Master's degree in Cognitive Sciences and Psychology from Paris Descartes University.


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  1. Health-related quality of life and physical activity in children with inherited cardiac arrhythmia or inherited cardiomyopathy: the prospective multicentre controlled QUALIMYORYTHM study rationale, design and methods. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2021 Jul 28; 19(1):187. View abstract
  2. Long-Term Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Children with Congenital Heart Defects. J Pediatr. 2021 Oct; 237:109-114.e5. View abstract
  3. Neurodevelopmental and psychosocial interventions for individuals with CHD: a research agenda and recommendations from the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative. Cardiol Young. 2021 Jun; 31(6):888-899. View abstract
  4. Executive functions in children with heart disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Cardiol Young. 2021 Mar 26; 1-9. View abstract
  5. Randomized Controlled Trial of Working Memory Intervention in Congenital Heart Disease. J Pediatr. 2020 12; 227:191-198.e3. View abstract
  6. Autism and Congenital Heart Disease: Evidence and Unresolved Questions. Pediatrics. 2019 11; 144(5). View abstract
  7. Neurotoxicity of general anesthetics in children: evidence and uncertainties. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2019 04; 31(2):267-273. View abstract
  8. Improving neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with congenital heart disease: protocol for a randomised controlled trial of working memory training. BMJ Open. 2019 02 19; 9(2):e023304. View abstract
  9. Working Memory Training: A Promising Intervention? Crit Care Med. 2018 07; 46(7):1199-1201. View abstract
  10. Neurocognitive and Psychological Outcomes in Adults With Dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries Corrected by the Arterial Switch Operation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 03; 105(3):830-836. View abstract
  11. Population-based study of cognitive outcomes in congenital heart defects. Arch Dis Child. 2018 01; 103(1):49-56. View abstract
  12. Cognitive outcomes and health-related quality of life in adults two decades after the arterial switch operation for transposition of the great arteries. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 09; 154(3):1028-1035. View abstract
  13. Ages and Stages Questionnaire at 3 Years for Predicting IQ at 5-6 Years. Pediatrics. 2017 Apr; 139(4). View abstract
  14. Neuropsychological and Psychiatric Outcomes in Dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries across the Lifespan: A State-of-the-Art Review. Front Pediatr. 2017; 5:59. View abstract
  15. Educational needs of adolescents with congenital heart disease: Impact of a transition intervention programme. Arch Cardiovasc Dis. 2017 May; 110(5):317-324. View abstract
  16. Psychiatric Disorders in Adolescents With Single Ventricle Congenital Heart Disease. Pediatrics. 2017 Mar; 139(3). View abstract
  17. Early-Term Birth in Single-Ventricle Congenital Heart Disease After the Fontan Procedure: Neurodevelopmental and Psychiatric Outcomes. J Pediatr. 2016 12; 179:96-103. View abstract
  18. Executive Function in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease: Only the Tip of the Iceberg? J Pediatr. 2016 06; 173:7-9. View abstract
  19. Executive function deficits in congenital heart disease: why is intervention important? Cardiol Young. 2015 Oct; 25(7):1238-46. View abstract
  20. Facial expression recognition and emotion understanding in children after neonatal open-heart surgery for transposition of the great arteries. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2014 Jun; 56(6):564-71. View abstract
  21. Executive functions development in 5- to 7-year-old children with transposition of the great arteries: a longitudinal study. Dev Neuropsychol. 2014; 39(5):365-84. View abstract
  22. Use of early remedial services in children with transposition of the great arteries. J Pediatr. 2013 Oct; 163(4):1105-10.e1. View abstract
  23. Impact of prenatal diagnosis on neurocognitive outcomes in children with transposition of the great arteries. J Pediatr. 2012 Jul; 161(1):94-8.e1. View abstract
  24. Executive function and theory of mind in school-aged children after neonatal corrective cardiac surgery for transposition of the great arteries. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2010 Dec; 52(12):1139-44. View abstract