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    Dr. Pearson is a pediatric neurologist with specialty training in pediatric movement disorders. She received her medical degree from the University of Adelaide in South Australia, and completed residency training in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital at Westmead in Sydney and at Montreal Children's Hospital. She then moved to New York, where she completed a residency in Child Neurology and a fellowship in Movement Disorders at Columbia University. Her fellowship training also included laboratory research experience in the field of human motor control, using non-invasive techniques of quantitative movement analysis to study motor learning.  She was awarded an American Academy of Neurology Foundation clinical research training fellowship in 2009 to study mechanisms of motor learning and recovery in children.

    Dr. Pearson evaluates and treats children with movement disorders, including dystonia, tics, chorea, ataxia, dyskinetic cerebral palsy, parkinsonism, tremor, myoclonus, and stereotypies. Her clinical research focuses on pediatric neurotransmitter disorders, such as dopa-responsive dystonia and aromatic amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency, and other forms of juvenile parkinsonism.


  • 2009 - 2009
    American Academy of Neurology Clinical Research Training Fellowship

  • 2006 - 2006
    The Daniel Sciarra Award for Exemplary Patient Care and Humanism
    Department of Neurology, Columbia University


Pediatric Neurotransmitter Disorders, Pediatric Dystonia, Juvenile Parkinsonism


Pearson T, Akman C, Hinton V, Engelstad K, De Vivo D. The Phenotypic Spectrum of Glucose Transporter Type 1 Deficiency Syndrome (Glut1 DS). . Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2013 April; 4: 342.

Virmani T, Greene P, Pearson T. Delayed onset of progressive chorea after acute basal ganglia injury. . Mov Disord 2013; 28(5): 585-587.

Gigante P, McDowell M, Bruce S, Chirelstein G, Chiriboga C, Dutkowsky J, Fontana E, Hyman J, Kim H, Morgan D, Pearson T, Roye B, Roye D, Ryan P, Vitale M, Anderson R. Reduction in Upper Extremity Tone After Lumbar Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy in Children with Spastic Cerebral Palsy. . J Neurosurg Pediatr 2013 Dec; 12(6): 588-594.

Sanger T, Chen D, Fehlings D, Hallett M, Lang A, Mink J, Singer H, Alter K, Ben-Pazi H, Butler E, Chen R, Collins A, Dayanidhi S, Forssberg H, Fowler E, Gilbert D, Gorman S, Gormley, Jr M, Jinnah H, Kornblau B, Krosschell K, Lehman R, MacKinnon C, Malanga C, Mesterman R, Michaels M, Pearson T, Rose J, Russman B, Sternad D, Swoboda K, Valero-Cuevas F. Definition and Classification of Hyperkinetic Movements in Childhood. . Mov Disord 2010; 25(11): 1538-1549.

Pearson T, Krakauer J, Mazzoni P. Learning not to generalize: modular adaptation of visuomotor gain. . J Neurophysiol 2010; 103(6): 2938-2952.

Pearson T, Curtis F, Al-Eyadhy A, Al-Tamemi S, Mazer B, Dror Y, Chiu S, Abish S, Bak S, Compton J, Der Kaloustian V. An Intronic Mutation in DKC1 in an infant with Høyeraal - Hreidarsson Syndrome. . Am J Med Gen A. 2008; 146A(16): 2159-2161.

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Dr. Pearson did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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