Kimberly Kerns

Kimberly Kerns
professor emeritus

Ph.D. 1991 (Chicago Medical School) joined Department in 1994

Area of expertise

Clinical psychology, Cognition and brain sciences

My research interests are in developmental and pediatric clinical neuropsychology.

Particular areas of interest include aspects of cognitive processing such as attention, memory, and executive functions. Clinical populations of interest are children with ADHD, acquired brain injury, and prenatal alcohol exposure.

My clinical interests are in learning approaches and pediatric cognitive rehabilitation as well as child & family social and emotional functioning.


  • Pediatric neuropsychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Attention and memory disorders


Kerns, K.A., Siklos, S., Baker, L. & Müller, U. (in press).  Emotion Recognition in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, in Child Neuropsychology.

Irwin, J.K., Joschko, M. & Kerns, K.A. (2014).  Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales (RIAS) in Canadian Children, The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 28, 1258-1277.

Talbot, K.D. & Kerns, K.A. (2014) Event-and time-triggered remembering: The impact of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder on prospective memory performance in children.  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 127, 26-143.

Kerns, K.A. & Macoun, S.J. (2014) Context-specific memory in children with ADHD. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 60, 184-197.

Umemoto, A., Lukie, C.N., Kerns, K.A., Müller, U.& Holyrod, C.B. (2014) Impaired reward processing by anterior cingulate cortex in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 14, 698-714.

Kerns, K.A., Mish, S.J., Roberts, J. & Jagdis, F. (2014) Neuropsychological Profile of Treated Children with Congenital Toxoplasmosis, Psychology, 5, 1079-1089.

Miller, M.R., Müller, U., Giesbrecht, G.F., Carpendale, J.I. & Kerns, K.A. (2013) The contribution of executive function and social understanding to preschoolers' letter and math skills. Cognitive Development, 28, 331–349.

Shalom, D., Ronel, Z., Faran, Y., Meiri, G. Gabis, L & Kerns, K.A. (2013).  A double dissociation between inattentive and impulsive traits on tasks of visual processing and emotion regulation, Journal of Attention Disorders, 17, 1-11.