Laura Sheldon Blackwell, PhD



Primary Specialty



Board Certification
Am Bd Professional Psychology
Doctor of Psychology School:
University of Miami
Kennedy Krieger Institue
Boston Children's Hospital


Pubmed Profile



Laura Blackwell, PhD, ABPP-CN, is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Co-Director of the Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and serves as Associate Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Blackwell primarily cares for children and adolescents following an acquired brain injury, including moderate and severe head injuries, concussion, and stroke.

Dr. Blackwell joined Children’s and Emory in 2016 following her fellowship training in clinical neuropsychology at Boston Children's Hospital. Prior to her fellowship, she completed her doctoral degree at the University of Miami followed by a predoctoral internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with primary rotations in neuropsychology and pediatric psychology.

During her spare time, Dr. Blackwell enjoys taking long runs on the beltline as well sprinting after her two children, French Bulldog, and five chickens.

Focus of Practice

  • Pediatric Neuropsychology

Areas of Interest

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Concussion
  • Traumatic brain injury


Childrens Physician Group - Neuropsychology

Scottish Rite hospital, 1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE Atlanta, GA 30342 Get Directions 404-785-2849

Childrens Physician Group - Neuropsychology

Childrens Medical Office Bldg at Scottish Rite, 5461 Meridian Mark Rd NE Suite 180 Atlanta, GA 30342 Get Directions 404-785-2849

Childrens Physician Group - Neuropsychology

Center for Advanced Pediatrics, 2174 North Druid Hills Road NE 4th Floor Atlanta, GA 30329 Get Directions 404-785-2849

Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta - Day Rehabilitation

993F Johnson Ferry Road NE, Suite 260 Atlanta, GA 30342 Get Directions 404-785-3300

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association, Society for Clinical Neuropsychology, Division 40
  • American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • International Neuropsychology Society
  • National Neurotrauma Society

Research & Publications

Dr. Blackwell has an active research program that focuses on examining biological markers of injury in children following various brain injuries and exploring their potential role in both treatment and recovery. She is also interested in measuring and predicting outcomes following pediatric brain injury, characterizing the recovery trajectories of children with disorders of consciousness, and examining early predictors of outcome in this population.