Dr. Rene Pierpont is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. She completed doctoral (PhD) and postdoctoral training in experimental and clinical psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Pierpont participated in a pediatric clinical psychology internship and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology through the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
In her current clinical work, Dr. Pierpont conducts neuropsychological evaluations and consultations for children with complex medical conditions (e.g., congenital heart disease, seizures, brain tumors), inherited metabolic disorders, brain injury, and a variety of other neurodevelopmental or social-emotional challenges. Dr. Pierpont has specialized expertise in assessment of children with genetic syndromes such as: neurofibromatosis type 1; Noonan syndrome; fragile X syndrome; Down syndrome; Williams syndrome; 22q deletion syndrome; and rare chromosomal anomalies. Dr. Pierpont is licensed as a psychologist through the Minnesota Board of Psychology. She works with individuals during infancy through young adulthood.
Dr. Pierpont is passionate about research and about communicating scientific advances to the public in ways that will positively impact the lives of children. Dr. Pierpont's research focuses on neurocognitive and behavioral development in children with genetic syndromes. She is interested in how genetic and environmental variables affect risk and resilience in these populations. Dr. Pierpont is a member of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development at the University of Minnesota, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the American Psychological Association/Division 40. She also participates on the Medical Advisory Board for the Noonan Syndrome Foundation.