Elizabeth Sowell, Ph.D.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles/University of Southern California
Dr. Elizabeth Sowell is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California, and conducts her research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on using non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging to understand how the brain develops in typically developing children, and in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She is particularly interested in how pre- and post-natal exposures to toxic substances like alcohol or environmental pollutants, socioeconomic factors, and pubertal development influence brain change over time during childhood and adolescence. Dr. Sowell is originally from Southern California where she grew up and went to college. Before attending graduate school, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of California, Irvine and worked as a research assistant in a brain imaging laboratory at the University of California, San Diego. She lives in Studio City in the Los Angeles area, and when she is not conducting research looking at kids’ brains, she likes traveling with her family to other countries and painting pictures of colorful flowers.