Dr. Alexander Tan, Pediatric Neuropsychology

Dr. Alexander Tan, Pediatric Neuropsychology

  • Alexander Tan Ph.D.
  • Specialties: Neuropsychology, Psychology

Alexander Tan, Ph.D., is a pediatric neuropsychologist at CHOC Children’s with expertise in the assessment of neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders in children and adolescents. Dr. Tan directs the CHOC Children’s Heart Institute Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program and is an affiliate member of the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative. His clinical and research interests include neuropsychological outcomes of congenital heart disease and demyelinating disorders, and he has co-authored over 40 scientific presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles. Additionally, he is actively involved in pediatric neuropsychology internship and fellowship training and supervision.

Internationally, Dr. Tan has held over 20 different positions of leadership across various organizations, including the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology, National Academy of Neuropsychology, Asian Neuropsychological Association, and the Cultural Neuropsychology Council. Additionally, he is a co-founder of KnowNeuropsychology, a professional member of the International Neuropsychological Society, and an affiliate member of the American Academy of Neuropsychology. He is passionate about advancing and addressing disparities within neuropsychology training and practice. He has won multiple national awards, including the Tony Wong Diversity Award in 2021 in recognition of his efforts to promote public education, advocacy, and research in brain health in culturally diverse and minority communities.

Clinical Interests

Neuropsychological assessment of neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders in children and adolescents.

Research Focus

Neuropsychological outcomes of congenital heart disease and demyelinating disorders.


CHOC Pediatric Psychology
1120 W. La Veta Ave., Suite 470
Orange, CA 92868
phone: 714-509-8481
fax: 714-509-8756


  • Graduate School
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Dallas, TX
  • Residency
    Children’s Health and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Internship in Pediatric Neuropsychology, Dallas, TX
  • Fellowship
    Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University, Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology, Atlanta, GA


Tan, A., Semmel, E. S., Rodrigues, N., Bishop, M., & Ilardi, D. (in press). Adaptive functioning in adolescents with congenital heart disease referred for neurodevelopmental follow-up. Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology.

Nguyen, M. C., Tan, A., Nguyen, A., Lee, G. J., Qi, G., Thaler, N., & Fujii, D. (2021). Cross-cultural implications for teleneuropsychology with Asian clients. The Clinical Neuropsychologist. Advance online publication.

Tan, A., Marcus, D. J., Howarth, R. A., & Gombolay, G. (2021). Neuropsychological phenotypes of pediatric anti-myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein associated disorders: a case series. Neuropediatrics, 52(3), 212-218.

Tan, A., Semmel, E. S., Wolf, I., Hammett, B., & Ilardi, D. (2020). Implementing standard screening for autism spectrum disorder in congenital heart disease. Cardiology in the Young, 30(8), 1118-1125.

Wilmoth, K., Curcio, N., Tarkenton, T., Meredith-Duliba, T., Tan, A., Didehbani, N., Hynan, L. S., Miller, S., Bell, K. R., & Cullum, C. M. (2019). Utility of brief psychological measures for prediction of prolonged symptom clearance in concussed student athletes. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 36(3), 430-436.

Wilmoth, K., Tan, A., Hague, C., Tarkenton, T., Silver, C. H., Didehbani, N., Rossetti, H. C., Bell, K. R., & Cullum, C. M. (2019). Current state of the literature on psychological and social sequelae of sports-related concussion in school-aged children and adolescents. Journal of Experimental Neuroscience, 13, 1-9.

Tan, A., Delgaty, L., Steward, K., & Bunner, M. (2018). Performance-based measures and behavioral ratings of executive function in diagnosing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children. ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders, 10(4), 309-316.

Tan, A., Dhima, K., & Holland, A. A. (2018). Creating professional development opportunities for students. Texas Psychologist, 77(2), 9-11.

Tan, A., Goodspeed, K., & Bordes Edgar, V. (2018). Pitt-Hopkins syndrome: a unique case study. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 24(9), 995-1002.

Tan, A., Hague, C., Greenberg, B. M., & Harder, L. (2018). Neuropsychological outcomes of pediatric demyelinating diseases: a review. Child Neuropsychology, 24(5), 575-597.

Steward, K., Tan, A., Delgaty, L., Gonzales, M. M., & Bunner, M. (2017). Low self-awareness of executive functioning deficits in adolescents with ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders, 21(4), 316-322.

Tan, A. (2017). Starting a successful local neuropsychology interest group. Texas Psychological Association Neuropsychology Division Newsletter, 1(2).

Tan, A., Yeh, S. H., Liu, C. J., Cheung, C., & Chen, P. J. (2008). Viral hepatocarcinogenesis: from infection to cancer. Liver International, 28(2), 175-188.


Understanding and Supporting Autism Spectrum Disorder

A CHOC Pediatric Neuropsychologist will talk with parents about autism spectrum disorder.