Danielle R. Carns, PsyD

Assistant Professor of Neurology


  • Clinical Neuropsychologist

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Carns’s clinical interests have involved general neurological conditions with specialty training in movement and seizure disorders. Her research interests have involved the study of gait and cognition in movement disorder populations, the impact of stress on cognition in fragile x premutation carriers, and how to improve clinical care within institutions to reduce financial constraints and improve resource utilization. Dr. Carns also has an interest in community outreach and education, and has given several local and international talks for the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Education & Training

  • Post-Doctoral Neuropsychological Fellowship, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience Division
  • Internship, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Pre-Doctoral, University of Illinois at Chicago, MACA Lab
  • Pre-Doctoral, Edward Hines VA Neuropsychology Service
  • Pre-Doctoral, Rush University Medical Center Movement Disorders Clinic
  • PsyD, Adler University

Specialized Areas of Clinical, Research and/or Educational Interests 

  • Research Areas: Cognition; Movement Disorders; Epilepsy; Development of Behavioral Interventions for Specific Neurological Populations
  • Clinical Areas: Neuropsychological Evaluations; Behavioral Treatment for Functional Neurological Disorders
  • Educational Interests: Neuropsychology; Professional Development Mentoring & Training

Professional Organization Memberships

  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • Functional Neurological Disorder Society
  • American Psychological Association

Selected Recent Publications

Weisenbach, S. L., & Carns, D. (2017). Chapter 6: Cognitive Impairment and Late Life Bipolar Disorder. In Bipolar Disorder in Older Age Patients. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

O’Keefe, J. A., Robertson, E. E., Ouyang, B., Carns, D., McAsey, A., Liu, Y., ... & Hall, D. A. (2018). Cognitive function impacts gait, functional mobility and falls in fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome. Gait & posture, 66, 288-293.

Chadderdon, A. L., Carns, D. R., Pudalov, L. R., McKernan, L. C., & Honce, J. M. (2020). Underlying mechanisms of psychological interventions in magnetic resonance imaging and image-guided radiology procedures. Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 29(3), 157-163.

Bernard, B. A., Carns, D., Stebbins, G. T., Goldman, J. G., & Goetz, C. G. (2020). Relationship of Movement Disorders Society–Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale Nonmotor Symptoms to Cognitive Functioning in Patients with Parkinson's Disease. Movement disorders clinical practice, 7(3), 279-283.