Julie Eisengart, PhD, LP

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Julie Eisengart

Contact Info

eisen139@umn.edu

Fax 612-624-7681

Office Address:
717 Delaware ST SE
Room 381
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Mailing Address:
Department of Pediatrics
MMC 486
8486A
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Additional Locations

Program Email: NPRD@umn.edu

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pediatric Neuropsychology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

MA, Developmental Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

Summary

Dr. Julie Eisengart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Director of the Neurodevelopmental Program in Rare Disease. As a pediatric neuropsychologist, she specializes in rare neurodegenerative disorders of childhood as well as a range of complex medical conditions, and she works with patients from infancy to young adulthood. Her clinical interests include assessing the strengths and needs of children affected by complex medical diagnoses, throughout their medical journeys, to optimize whole-child, whole-family care and supports. As a clinical supervisor and mentor, she values her role in training future psychologists and supporting their development into independent, balanced professionals.

Dr. Eisengart’s research focuses on the changing relationships between brain structure, biochemical abnormalities, and brain function in rare disease, with the goal of predicting outcomes and improving supportive planning. She has been heavily involved in examining outcomes of early diagnosis, newborn screening, and/or novel therapies for rare disease. Her research extends to defining and measuring aspects of disease that are under-represented in the clinical and research communities but are important and meaningful to patients and their families, such as neurobehavioral symptoms and the caregiver lived experience.

Awards & Recognition

  • Clinical/Translational Paper of the Year (Assistant Professor), Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2019, 2020)
  • Golden Apple Award for Teaching, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2018)

Research

Research Summary/Interests

  • Natural Histories and Treatment Outcomes of Rare Diseases Involving the Central Nervous System
  • Lysosomal Storage Disorders

Clinical

Clinics

Pediatric Specialty Care-Discovery Clinic

Clinical Interests

Rare Genetic Diseases of Childhood; Storage and Metabolic Disorders; Pre- and Post-Transplant Evaluation; Prenatal and Perinatal Injury; Traumatic Brain Injury; Complex Medical Involvement

Clinical Experience Statement

Dr. Eisengart uses a systems approach to understanding the infants, children, adolescents and young adults. She believes it is critical to take into account how the person’s relationships, multiple environments (home, school, community, medical journey, etc.), and cultural context influence functioning, and to use this information as part of the process for interpreting results of performance on neuropsychological evaluations.

Community Engagement

  • Member, Supervisory Committee of the Scientific Advisory Board for the National MPS Society USA
  • Advisor, Technical Expert Panel for the Evidence Review Group (ERG) for the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (ACHDNC), to consider expansion of the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP) to include Mucopolysaccharidosis II (MPS II)
  • Adviser, Rare Disease Subcommittee of the Patient-Reported Outcome Consortium at the Critical Path Institute
  • Adviser to the Minnesota Department of Health on implementation of newborn screening for MPS I and other rare disorders