Originally from the Metro Detroit area Dr. Kaufman completed her undergraduate training at the University of Michigan and remained with the University as a research assistant at the Kresge Hearing Research Institute for several years before enrolling in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in clinical neuropsychology and experimental neuroscience. Her graduate minor focused on deaf studies and sign language; this paired with her prior training in auditory anatomy and physiology provides a unique opportunity for her to work with children in her clinic who have hearing loss and neuropsychological assessment needs. Dr. Kaufman completed an internship in pediatric psychology at the Columbus Children’s Hospital (now Nationwide Children’s Hospital) before returning to Ann Arbor for an NIH T-32 training fellowship in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She joined the faculty following her fellowship and now enjoys her work as a pediatric neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology provider in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Clinically she aims to provide truly personalized care, helping each individual child achieve their best skills possible and ensuring active patient and family participation in all stages of clinical planning. She is co-investigator of the Adapted Cognitive Assessment Laboratory and is currently exploring the use of assistive technology and traditional research measures of cognition to increase accessibility to complex cognitive testing in children with severe motor and speech impairments. Her funded research targets the study of working memory in children with cerebral palsy. In her free time, Dr. Kaufman enjoys playing recreational ice hockey and is co-founder and coach of the Ann Arbor Rockets Disabled Hockey program; a program for children and adults to have an opportunity to play competitive ice hockey.
Areas of Practice
- Cerebral Palsy
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Deaf / Hearing Loss
- Cognitive Late Effects/Cancer
- Neurodevelopmental Conditions (e.g. genetic conditions, Down Syndrome, muscular dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Fragile X)
- Learning Disability
Dr. Kaufman's general research interests include the study of neuropsychological functioning in chronically ill pediatric populations and populations with congenital neurodevelopmental conditions. Specific research interests involve the use of basic cognitive neuroscience protocols during adapted neuropsychological testing of children with motor and language impairments using assistive technology. Related to previous work in neuroimaging of executive functioning, Dr. Kaufman is exploring ways for individuals with significant motor and speech impairments to provide responses to complex cognitive questions using simple button response activation strategies. Recent work has examined speed of processing using motor-independent measurement in children with CP. She is currently funded through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) as Primary Investigator to examine Working Memory in children with Cerebral Palsy.