Sara J. Swanson, PhD, ABPP

Chief, Professor


  • Froedtert Hospital
  • St. Luke's Medical Center
  • Neuropsychology - Froedtert Hospital
  • Neuroscience Institute – Specialty Clinics


  • Neuropsychology
  • Epilepsy


  • English

New Patient Appointments


  • PhD
  • ABPP - American Board of Professional Psychology



Division Chief, Neuropsychology
Director, Neuropsychological Services in Adult Epilepsy




Adult Neuropsychology
Head Trauma
Memory Disorders
Adult Attention Deficit Disorder
Huntington's Disease


Internship, Clinical Psychology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, 1989

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Clinical Neuropsychology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1990

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Honors and Awards

1983 - Association of Research Professors Undergraduate Research Award, Washington State University
1984 - Women of Achievement Award
1989 - Member, American Psychological Association
1990 - Member, Wisconsin Psychological Association
1990 - Member, Midwest Neuropsychology Group
1991 - Member, Division 40 Clinical Neuropsychology
1992 - Member, International Neuropsychological Society
1995 - Board Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP-CN)
1995 - Board Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology}
1998 - Scientific Program Chair, Midwest Neuropsychology Group
1999 - Member, American Epilepsy Society
1999 - Elected Committee Member, American Epilepsy Society, Clinical Investigators Committee.
2003-2007 - Director, Neuropsychology Special Interest Group, American Epilepsy Society
2004 - International League Against Epilepsy, Diagnostic Methods Neuropsychology Submission
2004 - American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology Board of Directors
2007 - American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, Oral Examiner
2009 - MCW’s Outstanding Teachers for 2008-2009
2011 - American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Board of Directors

Clinical Expertise

  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy
  • Head Injuries, Closed

Leadership Positions

  • Division Chief, Neuropsychology

Research Interests

Sara J. Swanson, PhD, is a Professor of Neurology and Division Chief of Neuropsychology. She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology (American Board of Professional Psychology). She specializes in the clinical evaluation of adults with neurobehavioral disorders, epilepsy, head trauma, memory disorders, and ADHD. She conducts intracarotid sodium amobarbital testing and functional MRI for language mapping. Her research interests involve predictors of cognitive outcome after temporal lobectomy, functional MRI, and the neuropsychology of epilepsy. She has published in these areas, received a Junior Investigator Award from the Epilepsy Foundation of America, and been a co-investigator on NIH studies using fMRI for language mapping.

Sara Swanson is associated with the Center for Imaging Research and the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program.