Certified Pediatric Neuropsychologists In California

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Sharon H. O'Neil, PhD, MHA, ABPdN

Title: Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Affiliation: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles & Curry Psychology Group, Newport Beach, CA

Phone: 949-258-9914

Email: dr.oneil@currygroup.org


Dr. O’Neil is a pediatric neuropsychologist with two decades of clinical experience. She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology and the Director of the Neuropsychology Core at the Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC). 

Dr. O’Neil obtained her PhD from USC in 1999 and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at CHLA. From 2003 to 2012, Dr. O’Neil directed the clinical neuropsychology program in the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at CHLA. In 2012, she was recruited to direct the hospital-wide neuropsychology research program at CHLA. In this role, she is involved in cutting edge research from novel pilot studies to large, multi-center NIH studies aimed at improving the quality of life of children with central nervous system dysfunction due to injury or disease.

Dr. O’Neil has a robust teaching program at CHLA for doctoral students training in the provision of pediatric neuropsychological services. She also provides didactic lectures approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) for continuing education credits for licensed psychologists. Topics have included reading disabilities, math disabilities, learning and memory, pediatric stroke, seizure disorders, sickle cell disease, congenital heart disease and preterm birth.

In addition to her research position at CHLA, Dr. O’Neil maintains a private clinical practice in Newport Beach, CA.  She specializes in the assessment of learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD, as well as the assessment of children with medical concerns.

Recent Publications

Choi S, O'Neil SH, Joshi AA, et al. Anemia predicts lower white matter volume and cognitive performance in sickle and non-sickle cell anemia syndrome. Am J Hematol. 2019;94(10):1055-1065

Baron Nelson M, O'Neil SH, Wisnowski JL, et al. Maturation of Brain Microstructure and Metabolism Associates with Increased Capacity for Self-Regulation during the Transition from Childhood to Adolescence. J Neurosci. 2019;39(42):8362-8375. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2422-18.2019. doi:10.1002/ajh.25570

O'Neil SH, Whitaker AM, Kayser K, et al. Neuropsychological outcomes on Head Start III: a prospective, multi-institutional clinical trial for young children diagnosed with malignant brain tumors. Neurooncol Pract. 2020;7(3):329-337. doi:10.1093/nop/npz071

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