Assistant Professor


Stephany Cox is a pediatric neuropsychologist who conducts comprehensive neuropsychological assessments for children and adolescents with medical conditions that affect brain development. Her expertise includes congenital heart disease; neonatal injuries; genetic disorders; extreme prematurity; pediatric cancer; and neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

In addition, Dr. Cox serves as co-director of the UCSF Healthy Hearts and Minds (H2M) Program, a neurodevelopmental follow-up clinic for children with congenital heart disease (CHD). She works with a multidisciplinary team of specialists in CHD, including pediatric cardiologists, neonatologists, nurses, dietitians, and social workers.

The primary focus of Dr. Cox's research is neurodevelopmental outcomes for children with complex CHD. She has also conducted research on other medical conditions affecting brain development, neurocognitive profiles of neurodevelopmental disorders (especially autism spectrum disorder)and intervention programs for patients with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Education and Training

Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017 Pediatric Neuropsychology, Children's National
Predoctoral Internship, 2015 Pediatric Psychology, Children's Hospital Orange County
PhD, 2015 Clinical & School Psychology, University of Virginia


Hardy KK, Olson K, Cox SM, Kennedy T, Walsh KS. Systematic Review: A Prevention-Based Model of Neuropsychological Assessment for Children With Medical Illness. J Pediatr Psychol. 2017 09 01; 42(8):815-822.
Cox SM, Cox DJ, Kofler MJ, Moncrief MA, Johnson RJ, Lambert AE, Cain SA, Reeve RE. Driving Simulator Performance in Novice Drivers with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Role of Executive Functions and Basic Motor Skills. J Autism Dev Disord. 2016 Apr; 46(4):1379-91.
Cox NB, Reeve RE, Cox SM, Cox DJ. Brief report: driving and young adults with ASD: parents' experiences. J Autism Dev Disord. 2012 Oct; 42(10):2257-62.